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.
This pastel painting is taken from a larger photo to be made into something a bit more spectacular with some work in Photoshop. The image was cropped and the colour saturation has been altered to bring out the blues and greens in the waves.
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. This scene is one of my favourites as it has so much movement and power. It has water spreading in different directions and running back over flat rock which I have never tried before. The water at the bottom of the work also looks like it wants to run out of the bottom - which is just what I wanted to achieve.
Vivid colour, loads of movement in the waves and not overworking the pastels is something that I have been working on diligently this year and 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 second of a set of three or so pastels that I hope to be producing from the trip last year.