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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 a of Melbourne – Australia’s famous racing season, 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 race in Australia, it ran first in 1855 (Derby Day. 2014). Melbourne, once again, turned on a beautiful day with a clear blue sky! During this day, I took many photos of interesting people, in great outfits.
The photo below was taken of a site, in a section called “The Rails” that is located right next to Flemington’s race track and is adjacent the finishing line. If you are lucky enough to be here, you can see the horses close up and their jockeys in colourful silks.
This photo below features a young lady who was on the site next to ours and she was wearing this fabulous red hat with a bright yellow flower and a delightful personality.
This photo below was a photo of her vibrantly coloured tartan silk skirt. I loved the texture and style! Her whole outfit was bright and cheery and really reflected the celebratory feeling of the day.
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. 32 featured below and Paintings Nos. 33, 34 & 35 – please click here to view!
Painting 32 – Title “On the Rails & Youthfulness” Jan/Feb 2009 – Acrylic on Canvas
60cms Length x 60cms Wide x 3cms Deep
Painting Story: Whilst attending my sister’s racing day function on Derby Day during Melbourne’s famous racing season. I helped her prepare the food and entertain her friends. During the day I took many photos of interesting people in great outfits. This was of a young lady called Joey whom was on the site next to ours. She was in this fabulous outfit with a tartan skirt and red hat with yellow flowers. I loved the combination of colours and the way she had put together her outfit. Joey was having a great time with her friends and enjoying being part of one of Melbourne’s greatest Sporting Events – “Derby Day”.
Abstract Artist: Karen Robinson
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The above single digital photo painting is a digitally manipulated photo of the tartan skirt.
The above collage digital photo paintings is a digitally manipulated photo of the tartan skirt.
The above single digital photo painting is another version of the digitally manipulated photo of the tartan skirt.
The above collage digital photo paintings is another version of the digitally manipulated photo of the tartan skirt.
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Victoria Derby. (2014). Victoria Derby History. Retrieved June 6, 2014 from http://www.victoriaderby.com.au/history/