Interview for Australian Wandarrah

Australian Wandarrah Anna Cull Art interview 2015

[No, I’m not Australian… Wandarrah is an aboriginal word meaning ‘meeting place’ and Australian Wandarrah is group of Etsy* sellers and buyers from Australia and New Zealand. One of our members has started a WordPress blog and my interview has just been posted.]

If you’re interested in reading about me and my Etsy shop, here’s the link: Anna Cull Art interview.

*Etsy is an online marketplace that specialises in handmade or vintage items and supplies.

Shoot it, Sketch it: Fly by

Fly by – acrylic on canvas, 230 x 305 mm, 2015. Private collection.
Fly By – acrylic on canvas, 230 x 305 mm, 2015. Private collection.

I finished my galah painting over the weekend and finally uploaded the photos this morning. There are so many layers of paint on it (which I hope you can see in the close-up below) that I’ll have to wait a few days for it to dry properly before varnishing it. I posted the reference photograph and sketch here last week.

Fly by – detail
Fly by – detail

P.S. This is what became of the blank canvas featured in December’s Anything can happen… post.

Life is too short to blend in

Galah, Australia – original photograph, 2014; Galah, pencil sketch – study for painting, 2015
Galah, Australia – original photograph, 2014; Galah, pencil sketch – study for painting, 2015

Sometimes the only opportunity to take photographs is from the back seat of a moving vehicle. No time to think ― just point and click. It helps if you are really quick and a little bit lucky. When you see the original shot prior to cropping (below), you could be forgiven for thinking that there was nothing much in this scene worth painting…

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…but I zoomed in and used the scribble sketch to figure out my composition. I’m now painting the landscape and building up lots of lovely textures, and then I’ll have to figure out the best way to paint the cockatoo — too realistic and he won’t have the sense of fun I want to create; too abstract and no one will know he’s a bird. Wish me luck : )