Elena Parashko Australian Artist

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This painting was inspired by the amazing aerial view of Whitehaven Beach and the forever changing sand patterns of Hill Inlet in the Whitsundays, Australia. I started by painting the sky, then the distant ocean. I worked my way down the canvas to the foreground ocean and then up into the sand bars.

The intricate interplay of sand bars and tropical water at varying depths was quite a complex pattern to first draw and then paint. The sand was painted with subtle shades of purple and off white. For the sea I used gorgeous Pthalo Green and Pthalo Blue - my favourite colours.

To create the illusion of distance, I mixed 5 batches of different "green" colours for the receding vegetation. This is my palette of paint for the islands. I mixed different palettes of colours for the sea and the sand.

The finished painting.
"Whitehaven Dreaming", oil, 61 x 122 cm by Elena Parashko.

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