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Painting No. 35 – Title “On the Rails & The Business End of Celebrating Melbourne’s Racing Festival Season” Painted 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 a 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 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!
I took this photo below, of a lady enjoying herself in her work’s marquee which was located on “The Rails”. On “The Rails” is located right next to Flemington’s Race Track and is adjacent the finishing line where, if you are lucky enough to be there, you can see the horses close up and their jockeys in colourful silks. This lady’s striking hat and pose made for a good photo. Her hat was a particular inspiration for me. It had been designed by one of Melbourne’s most famous hat designers – Peter Jago!
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. 35 featured below and Paintings Nos. 32, 33, & 34 – please click here to view!