Art, Identity & Place

How wild places, deep time and archaeology inform my contemporary art process

Seascape, Oil Painting commission continued

MIDDLE STAGES 1

The following stages in my layered style of painting gradually move into application of middle layers. Often taking much longer to paint these stages are about tonal values, colour, line and shape. Because I  emphasise the textural aspects of a composition and juxtapose them with flat abstracted shapes it requires modification of other compositional elements. These stages are often messy as paint is pushed and pulled and poured, objects fade and then part or all of their shape and volume need reestablishing.

Untitled Point Roadknight - early stages. I freely sketched with oil crayon and wash elements of eroded rock face consisting of " columns " and " entablature "  scattered on the sand.

Untitled Point Roadknight – early stages. I freely sketched with oil crayon and wash elements of eroded rock face consisting of ” columns ” and ” entablature ” scattered on the sand.

Underpainting 4,untitled commission about Point Roadknight. Rocks partially disappear under tone and colour layers.

Underpainting 4,untitled commission about Point Roadknight. Rocks partially disappear under tone and colour layers.

Author: elainedesterre

I have been producing oil paintings, mixed media, prints (etching), digital prints and drawings for many years travelling to the Australian outback and overseas for inspiration and further education. My formal education consists of a PhD in painting and a BA in printmaking and my artwork is represented in public and private collections. My purpose and ongoing challenge is to create a gender-balanced and environment-focused iconography within the Western canon of European oil painting. These themes find expression within imagery about time, memory and identity as well as in geomorphology of evolutionary and environmental significance.

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