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Some Red?

Some Red?
Medium: Oil
Base: Board
Year: 2013
2nd place - monthly qualifier McClelland Guild of Artists "Artist of the Year" competition (May 2013)
Practice piece for painting class in Diploma of Visual Arts Course at Chisholm, second year. Still life is not my forte, however this year I have decided that no subject is off the list for a challenge. This means doing things I wouldn't normally do, just to make sure that I am taking full advantage of this learning experience at TAFE.
If a great subject is right in front of you, you just have to do it, no matter what it is. Usually, I find the enthusiasm and ability to complete the work comes along anyway but some things in the past have been a real challenge or less than the standard I hoped for. I should however, be able to paint nearly anything as a professional artist and teacher. The subject should be of no importance if I understand the basics of composition and drawing.
This scene was one that I found whilst doing some research. It is purely for educational purposes and to show at a couple of my art societies.
It will, I hope help me to get a good grade for the first semester this year and it has already been awarded a second place at one guild on it's first outing for feedback.
I really wanted a bit of a challenge with this work so I gave myself a time limit an altered the original image to a layout that I thought more balanced. This meant a little adjusting on the fly - yet another little challenge.
From 9AM to 1PM I painted and stepped back to do some thinking and adjusting. At 1PM I stopped and signed it. I was very pleased when students at the other end of the room commented positively on the painting. When I walked down there to join them I was also a bit taken by what I had achieved. Wow, I didn't know I had it in me! It just goes to show what you can do if you set some guidelines, limits and just get stuck into it without any fear.
Still life is fast going from one of my worst subjects to one of my best, just be sheer application and practice! As I said, as a professional I should be able to tackle nearly any subject well if not very well - I just need to keep working at it!
Dimensions: 25 cm (width) × 35 cm (height)
Ownership: Artist
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