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From photo to painting

Part 8 Put into practice everything you’ve learned from Elena Parashko’s series as you produce this striking painting from five photographs



Work from five photographs

How to perfect perspective lines

Learn good painting practice

On a visit to the dock of the Sydney Heritage Fleet, I came across a smorgasbord of interesting images that would inspire any artist: historic vessels of all kinds in various states of repair; wharves strewn with spare parts and ship building tools; the backdrop of a harbour; and seabirds all around. I had no preconceived ideas about what I was looking for and I did not come with the objective to paint, but to be open to new ideas that I would document with my camera. I just photographed anything that caught my attention or excited me.

On the long trip home on the train, fragments of images came together in my mind to form an original story for a painting. I ended up incorporating elements from the five photographs below to create the composition for Boomerang.


I used this reference photo of the life ring from the vessel Boomerang as the main subject of this painting. However, I was not satisfied with the appearance of the stand as the base was obscured, and the no smoking symbol was unattractive and would detract from the imagery of the completed painting. I therefore had to refer to a different photo (above right) to paint the stand.
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Welcome to the summer issue of Leisure Painter. We've packed this issue with a variety of painting tutorials and demonstrations for landscapes, portraits, birds, nocturnes, harbour scenes, flowers and gardens. If you love painting detail in watercolour, look no further than Paul Hopkinson's portrait of a barn owl and Jarnie Godwin's beginners' guide to botanical painting. If you want to simplify the detail, look out for Paul Alcock's painting project of a busy harbour scene and Hazel Soan's watercolour portraits. From tips on work outdoors to how to paint successfully from photographs, there's something for all busy amateur painters in this month's issue. You'll find practical advice on how to use watercolour pencils and other drawing media, watercolour, acrylics and oils along with where to go and what to do throughout the summer. Enjoy your month of painting!