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Painting No. 33 – Title “On the Rails with my sister entertaining friends” Painted Nov/Dec 08 – Jan/Feb 2009
A good part of my art therapy journey has involved taking photos, which are part of my visual diary process that I use for inspiration, to create my abstract paintings and abstract digital photo paintings. During one of Melbourne – Australia’s famous racing seasons, I had the good fortune to be able to attend my sister’s Derby Day marquee function at Flemington Race Course 2008. Victoria Derby is a thoroughbred race and is the oldest classic horse race in Australia, it ran first in 1855 (Derby Day. 2014). And on this day 2008 Melbourne, once again, turned on a beautiful day with a clear blue sky!
Whilst attending my sister’s racing day function, I helped her prepare the food and entertain her friends. During the day I took many photos of interesting people in great outfits. One of the photos of my sister really inspired me to paint an abstract painting of her.
Below is the portrait abstract painting I did from the photo inspirations of that day. It is one of four that I painted for the 2008 Melbourne Racing Carnival. They consisted of this Painting No. 33 featured below and Paintings Nos. 32, 34, & 35 – please click here to view!
The below single digital photo painting is a digitally manipulated colour cropped photo of my sister in a honey coloured straw hat with a flurry of feathers! I did a range of photos where I digitally enhanced the photos so that you only viewed part of the person’s face and I found these photos more interesting than a view of the whole face. In this photo I love how the colours pop out, the honey coloured straw and the orange tipped feathers and how the image contrasts against the vivid white back ground.
The below collage digital photo paintings are digitally manipulated photos of the feathers in the honey coloured straw hat.
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