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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
Commissioned memorial portrait in acrylic on canvas of Ruby the Rhodesian Ridgeback.
painted by australian artist Opal Pastro
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
This is “REX”
Rex enjoys going down to the river for a quick cool off on hot summer afternoons.
Rex loves the shake off the best though….
See Rex’s painting at my exhibit at https://dogloversshow.com.au/melbourne/