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Three's A Crowd ·

Three's A Crowd
Medium: Pastel
Base: Paper
Year: 2011
Pastel on pastel paper taken from photography by Janice Mills during the 2011-2012 Australian summer from a series of photographs in Janice's collection based around her home on the Mornington Peninsula. Details have been simplified and a few photos have been merged together to create a more interesting image. The birds in all three artworks in this series were added later. These lorikeets do live in the area but were not in the original photos.
This pastel artwork is the first in a set of three pastels of our native lorikeets in the Pearcedale area. The artworks were a good project to complete at the end of the year when everything was winding down for the holidays. This pastel, the first in the series is based on a part of the road Janice lives on with a few simplifications. The colours in the shadows have been altered to make them more appealing and the background was simplified. Altering the colours in the tree trunks to bluer colours allowed for a contrast of “warm” and “cool” with the warm yellows and oranges in the grass in the background and light areas at the base of the picture. The three little lorikeets give life and movement to an otherwise fairly static image and add a splash of bright colour.
The pastel painting is around A4 (21cm × 30cm) in size so there is not a lot of detail. Trying to get fine details from artists pastels at this size is not practical and the aim was not for every little feather or leaf to be visible, rather the light and shadow in the scene and texture of the pastels with the fun and character of the birds. The authentic Australian "flavour" was the underlying goal via these means.
The little lorikeets have surprisingly bright colours, so it was worth the time and effort to include them, even though not in the original photo, to help give spark and entice the viewer. They also give a common theme to the three artworks in the series in addition to the location.
Dimensions: 21 cm (width) × 30 cm (height)
Ownership: Private collector
Credit: Original photography by Janice Mills

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