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Medium: Oil
Base: Canvas board
Year: 2011
1st place - monthly qualifier of McClelland Guild of Artists, "Artist of the Year" competition (May, 2011)
Oil painting derived from a photograph of the shoreline south of the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia. Several details have been deleted, some added and the colours have been modified to suite the mood. Originally there was no sunset in the photograph, this has been added to give the painting more interest and to give myself a challenge of adding the colours, light and reflections.
This is the advantage of having the computer skills, you can take what looks like a fairly ordinary photo on first glance or even a good one, combine it with another photo, use a few filters in Photoshop, as well as cropping and deleting items that are taking your attention away from what you want to be the focal point and you have a unique piece.
When the winter comes and your may be too busy to get out to get more images as a reference, or you just don't like the idea of painting in the cold weather, the reference library you have built up becomes very important.
I am lucky that he Victorian coastline and countryside as well, is some of the most beautiful you can see anywhere in the world. No matter what time of year there is always something amazing to look at if you take the time to go for a drive. I love promoting our state, as it is so far away from most of the rest of the world such as the USA, England, Europe and parts of Asia and many people do not get to see what it has to offer.
I planned this painting to go to a demonstration at the McClelland Guild, and am very pleased that it was awarded first prize. It attracted a lot of attention in the Paintings I Love web site where I showcase a lot of works for peer review, many of which do not make it to this web site. It was very popular there which gave me encouragement to show it at McClelland and finally post it as a finished work for sale.
Dimensions: 71 cm (width) × 56 cm (height)
Ownership: Private Collector
Credit: Original photography by Stephen Welker

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