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The Milking Shed ·

The Milking Shed
Medium: Pastel
Base: Paper
Year: 2011
I have been having heaps of fun with pastels during the past eighteen months since mid 2009. I am pleased that my subjects are getting more varied and I am getting more and more satisfied with the final results. This little A3 size landscape reflects the joy I am getting from trying out new subjects for my steadily growing pastel collection. This rusty old milking shed is on a farm on the Western Port Highway, near Carrum Downs in Victoria, Australia. There is a lot of new development nearby and I don't know how much longer this view will be there so this artwork is a record of the original use of this property.
It occurred to me as I was busily working on this piece that until now I had no idea that I was going to enjoy the pastel medium so much! I am getting finished results that look like paintings but are drawn and I had forgotten how much I love drawing. It is the best of both worlds. It helps that I found out recently how well pastels archive and how the colours hold up over many years so I feel I am still providing very high quality to my clients with more variety. Win-Win!
I took the original photo for this artwork about a year ago and have only just thought to try it in pastel rather than an oil painting which I would have done previously. This old milking shed is rusting away within metres of the Westerport Highway not far from us, I don't know how much longer it will be standing given all the farms are being bought up for development on that part of the highway and the steady deterioration of the building, so I want to make a record of this scene before it disappears. I have added the light and shade needed to give it more depth and trimmed a few of the trees in the background but the scene has been kept fairly close to what you would see in reality. Any comments via the feedback form on this site are most welcome. This work will be presented at the Victorian Pastel Society during 2011 and will be presented at exhibits during the year.
Dimensions: 40 cm (width) × 30 cm (height)
Ownership: Private collector
Credit: Original photography by Janice Mills

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