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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While I was recently artist in residence in the Maldives, I was inspired by the abundance of sealife, so I had to paint a turtle! Every morning I set up my painting gear outside the restaurant so guests could watch my painting progress while they had breakfast. Over a period of 10 days, this turtle emerged. Day 1 involved drawing the turtle on canvas and then painting the background underwater scene.

By Day 6 I had painted the skin on most of the turtle with blue reflected light radiating up from the sea floor. The intricate scale patterns were starting to take shape. Some mornings I got more painting done than others, depending on how many guests wanted to talk to me about what I was doing.

On Day 8 I painted the eye and the turtle really came to life. All the skin and scale patterns were also completed. I gave the honour of naming the painting to a very interested guest who visited me every day to check on Pako's progress. 

The last stage was to paint the shell of the turtle. On Day 10 I completed this painting of "Pako". Below you can see a time lapse video of painting progress from start to finish. 
"Pako" by Elena Parashko, acrylic on canvas, 51 x 35 cm, $690.

View the time lapse video of the painting of "Pako" the turtle ...


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