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Burpengary, Queensland, Australia
For as long as I can remember, I have always loved art... I often get asked 'what inspires me?' When I was growing up...we made our own fun. We didn't go on expensive holidays or theme parks, our holidays were spent camping or we would rent an old 'beach' house and play on the muddy tidal flats, pumping yabbies for fishing. As a family we would go for Sunday drives....we might go for a bush walk, search under logs for 'critters', picnic in the middle of 'no where', or go for a cool swim in a rock pool in the mountains. When I first started painting, I mainly painted the beautiful places that my husband and I tavelled to on our many camping journerys. Now that I have my 2 beautiful girls...I am sharing the beauty of the outdoors with them, and they now feature quite often in my artwork. I have been told by many people, that my artwork brings back childhood memories for them, and I hope that my artwork reminds you of a special memory too.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

'The Challenge' - Under-painting - Commission 'Untitled'

Well, this is my latest commission piece, and boy oh boy is this one a challenge.
I really have to get creative with this one, as I don’t have a reference photo that I can work straight from. What I mean is….the client’s family are all grown up now with children of their own. They have asked me to paint their children in a beach scene, as this was their favourite holiday destination…’camping on the beach’.
They’ve given me albums containing family snap shots. As these have been taken probably some 30 odd years ago, they’re not the best quality to blow up....plus they’re just candid family photos, there’s not one particular photo I can use as my main reference photo. I pretty much have to construct the whole painting.
With some of the reference photos of the kids there’s no light at all on the figures, or the photo may have been taken with a flash….I really have to think to make sure I get it right, ie. with the shadows and sunlight touching the skin.
.....close up of the figures
 Commission Untitled - 'under-painting'
oil on stretched canvas
102 x 76cm
Normally when I get requests for commissions, I ask the client if they can provide reference photos taken the same day, place, time, and in bright sunshine. I can then compose the painting from the various photos, and the light and shadows on the figures and landscape is all pretty similar. Not sure what other artists do, but this works for me….makes my job a lot easier anyway.
The customer is also wanting me to add some family pet dogs to the painting….stay ‘tuned’, I’ll let you know how I go with this one…..

2 comments:

  1. Beautiful summer scenes, so light they almost look like watercolor.

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  2. yes...they do look like a watercolour. This is how I start my oil paintings....very diluted with turps

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