Author: opalpastro

The things I love the most come together in my artwork to create pieces that celebrate joy, quirkiness and beauty. I grew up in semi-rural Victoria, with big cumulous skies and lovely natural bushland. I was blessed to have many family pets and animals in our household. I loved them all, particularly the dogs and horses. They brought me friendship, humour and honesty. Art was my other childhood delight. I was seen as the arty one in my family and fully supported by my parents to pursue my creative interests. I completed my Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Monash University Gippsland Campus and thrived on the community of art school. Going into my studio everyday was a delight, but at the completion, I found myself lost and ill- equipped to pursue my art professionally. Life moved on and I fell in love with many other creative expressions which satisfied me at the time and fit better with the business of raising a family. Finally, after a long hibernation, my love for painting re-emerged. In my animal paintings, I enjoy capturing a moment or a gesture which reflects communication between the subject and its human audience. In all my paintings, I look for compositions that bring colour, beauty and a little bit playful. In my commission pieces, I aim to capture his unique personality and physical likeness in my paintings. When your portrait is hanging on your wall, I want you to recognise your special friend through his expression, the twinkle in his eye, or maybe his unique smile.

The Kangaroo Dog Project

The Kangaroo Dog was responsible for feeding our very early settlers by bringing down kangaroos and wallabies so these early settlers could eat. So they were somewhere between a Scottish Deerhound and a Greyhound

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Dog Lovers Show Melbourne

Doing a Dog Expo for the first time is a pretty daunting experience. Many wakeful nights I have spent with my mind racing ideas around my head and fantasizing about how many hundreds of dog owners will be rushing to my store to get their custom pet portrait. I spent the seven weeks of lead […]

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One week to the Doglovers Show

  My preparations are all in order for the  https://dogloversshow.com.au/melbourne/   next weekend at the Royal Exhibition Building. I’m really proud of myself for getting all these paintings completed early- and I’m thrilled with them as a group. It has given me time to have a break from painting and organise all the other bits and […]

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Only 14 days to the Doglovers Show

My Doglovers Preparations are almost complete! Buy your tickets online before the show and get 20% off the door price. Add promocode OPALPASTROMDLS and receive a further 10% discount. After seven very busy painting  weeks, today I finished the last piece that I am taking to the Doglovers Show as pet portrait examples. It’s been […]

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Acrylics vs oils ? – that is my question

  When I re-ignited my passion for painting a couple of years ago I started using acrylics because of the environmental impact of cleaning up after painting with oils. I always used oils at art school – lots of it. My paintings were huge (up to 2mt square) and mostly applied with a pallet knife. […]

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Ruby

Commissioned memorial portrait in acrylic on canvas of Ruby the Rhodesian Ridgeback.
painted by australian artist Opal Pastro

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Max’s Portrait

I had my first solo exhibition at our local pub last July. I had been back painting only a year and a half after two decades of perusing other outlets for my creative nature. My two daughters grew up not knowing their mum could draw or paint because they barely saw me with a paint […]

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Portrait of Fergus – My Process. part two

In part one of this blog I went through how I set up the canvas and the primary stages of blocking in. This blog go through the finishing off layers. Below is Fergus after I’ve painted in his mouth and put a first layer of colour on his hair. I’ve included the background at this […]

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Portrait of Fergus -My process. Part One

In preparation for my exhibit at the https://dogloversshow.com.au/melbourne/,I need to paint examples of my work for the visitors to see what I do. I thought it might be interesting to document my painting process from start to finish.   This is my reference photo of a beautiful shaggy dog I recently met outside the local IGA […]

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Re-working Miss Murphy

Miss Murphy the painting had been hanging around for a year now. Last year she had two outings. The first was as an entrant in the Mantova Art Prize at the local Bellingen Agriculural Show. A couple of months later, she had a six week stint at my first solo exhibition at the local pub. […]

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