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Near Cape Schanck 1 ·

Near Cape Schanck 1
Medium: Pastel
Base: Paper
Year: 2010
Pastel on dark blue pastel paper from photograph taken by Janice Mills of the shoreline along the ocean near Flinders and Cape Schanck Victoria, Australia. The photos were taken during 2009 on a day trip for resource material for paintings to be done later.
When I was working full time as a graphic designer I was never really sure when or for how long I would get into the studio to paint. Having such a tight schedule and little time to plan works or get out to paint on site meant that having a library of images made it easier to have a good subject to paint or draw when I did have some time to get into the studio.
The advantage of having the computer skills also meant and still means that what looks like a fairly ordinary photo on first glance, can be made into something spectacular with some work in Photoshop.
During the cold and wet months during winter my library has helped me to enjoy many hours in the studio with the sound of raindrops on the roof, while I have been happily working away. The seascape photos from Cape Schanck area, amongst others, have inspired a lot of work during the winter - which without them I would not have been able to do.
The beautiful colours in the water and the strength and movement in the waves along the Victorian coastline, I am pleased to say, have been captured in the photos. That is what I have aimed to capture in the artwork. Vivid colour, loads of movement in the waves and not overworking the pastels to the point where they may get "muddy". If the viewer feels like they can nearly hear the waves hitting the shore or smell the salty spray from the water, I will have done my job.
This is the first of a set of three or so pastels that I hope to be producing from the trip last year.
Dimensions: 60 cm (width) × 33 cm (height)
Ownership: Private collector
Credit: Original photography by Janice Mills

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