Elena Parashko Australian Artist

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This is one of the locations my group of students and I visited on my recent painting retreat to Fiji. In the shade of a beautiful rain tree we set up for the morning to paint the lush vegetation on Savusavu Bay. Nature is quickly recovering from cyclone damage so there were plenty of gorgeous scenes to choose from for our week of painting.

Here I am about halfway through demonstrating how to paint this view. Painting on location is a very different experience to painting in the studio. It's wonderful to feel the sunshine and breeze and to hear (and sometimes feel!) the lapping of the waves. In this environment it is easy to relax so we have to remind ourselves to work fast as light, shadows and tide are constantly changing.

A location like this has plenty of learning opportunities - how to paint the sky, distant hazy mountain range, a variety of vegetation, rock formations, the movement of the sea, and the texture of sand. My students did a great job of honing their painting skills during the week, as well as having lots of fun!

In only 3 hours we all managed to capture the essence of the scene before us. We went home with lots of lovely paintings and memories of our amazing time in Savusavu, Fiji. I'm already thinking about my next painting retreat! See Coming Events page for details...
"Tropical Breeze", acrylic on canvas, 21 x 30 cm.


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