Elena Parashko Australian Artist

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On this homepage I like to share the stages involved in the painting process of my latest artwork.
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If you have ever tried photographing breaking waves, you will know how tricky it is to capture the perfect moment. This photo of a Sydney beach comes fairly close to the wave shape and angle I wanted to paint. 

The shape of the headlands along the Sydney coastline have a lot of similarity in structure, allowing me to create a painting that could represent any number of beaches. The headlands are a bit too large and overpowering in the photo, so I pushed them back into the distance in the painting to make the composition more about the breaking wave and wash.

This is the painting nearing completion. Even though I do paint on location, also painting from photographs in the studio allows me to study the movement of complex subjects which I can then use as inspiration for a realistic interpretation in artwork.

Even though I worked from a pretty good reference photo, artistic decisions and changes still needed to be made in order to create a successful painting.
"New Beginnings", by Elena Parashko, oil on canvas, 61 x 91 cm.


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