Elena Parashko Australian Artist

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During my recent artist residency in the Maldives, I was greatly inspired by the beauty of the natural landscape. I wanted to paint a typical beach which would capture the clean, bright colours as well as the sense of vast open space and tranquility.

I chose a wide panoramic canvas to portay the feeling of big sky and sea. After painting the sky then the textured sand, I blocked in the area of vegetation with the darkest shadow colours.

The next stage of the painting process was to paint the details of the dense growth of coconut trees and underlying vegetation. This is when the painting really started to come to life.

I then worked on painting the calm ocean and reflective wash lapping on the shore. The painting was completed with the addition of a distant sailing boat on the horizon and two figures walking on the secluded beach. Ahhh ...
"The Maldives", by Elena Parashko, oil on loose canvas, 41 x 91 cm, $1200.


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