Tag: commission

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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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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