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Painting during SALA
During SALA I painted to provide some insight for visitors and to add an element of interest in the Open Studio display.
Here is the final look back over the shoulder at the paintings I created or started during SALA (the Festival of South Australian Living Artists).
On the whole, painting during SALA was part of the challenge but also the fun for me. Unfortunately I was unable to paint and host the studio, so I usually put the brush down unless people asked to watch rather than look immediately at the studio.
This third work is finished and has already had its first public outing. More about that later, but here it is in draft form.
The weather on one of the weekends was showery so I needed to paint an indoor still life. We had such luck with the sun during August weekends that this was a rare chance to retreat into the studio for a change. I had advertised outdoor painting demos weather permitting, after all.
The subject matter was close at hand. It was a bunch of tulips, a gift from a visiting niece and her husband. I was unable to complete this one in the first sitting, so the pressure was on. If you know how quickly tulips open, you understand what I mean.
I finished the painting during the following week and was able to hang it at the next Open Studio session. It took the place of one which sold and went off to a lovely new home!
An unusual work?
There has been quite a bit of interest in this one. Although I have painted many still life works over the years, this one certainly strikes a different note in my catalogue of recent works.
The size is 30x30cm and the painting is framed in a narrow white box frame, with other choices available. I am not sure where it will fit on my website, so if you are interested, please let me know. Price is $AUD350 ($300 for newsletter subscribers) with shipping and frame included.