Most of my characters have a basis in reality, the people who are a big part of my life usually appear in some shape or form! The girl in this image is loosely based on myself, which is a first for me. But more importantly the penguin is real and has travelled with me for many years!
Years ago, I read Tourmaline by Randolph Stow. It's a story about a diviner who stumbles across a small town in the Australian outback. It is a place of heat and dust. When I remember this book, I think of the hazy atmosphere as well as the dream-like strangeness of being in a foreign place, which is why it is the inspiration for title of this image.