"Twenty-eight!" she squawks, as an example. There's the irreverent Australian humour. She then tells me the story of that particular painting, Shuddering Echoes I.
"A friend of a friend shot a twenty-eight. My friend then gave it to me. Dead birds are easier to paint," she says smilingly.
By 'she', I mean 38 year-old Clare McFarlane, whose bird-centric exhibition, Murders and Echoes, is showing at fortyfivedownstairs in Melbourne CBD until April 20. Yes, while we are moving from summer to autumn, it's best to think of pleasant indoor activities and events. Why not go on a 'gallery crawl' along Flinders Lane? While you're doing that, check out fortyfivedownstairs, which is in full swing.