Painting: "Going Home"

This is my latest painting I finished it a couple of weeks ago..
It is also my largest painting to date.

This is an acrylic on canvas.. measuring about 800mm wide and 700mm high.

It is based on a photo I took when I visited Western Australia about 2 and a half years ago.
I went back to where I was born in Carnarvon (I was 6 weeks old when my family came back to NZ). We were staying in Monkey Mia, just a little way out of Denham. This photo was taken coming back from Carnarvon on the way to the Monkey Mia resort. I call it "Going Home" because we were nearly at the end of our holiday (most of which we spent in Perth) and although I have some roots in WA, my home is in NZ.

These are some close ups of the painting.

Here I used some pumice and small landscaping pebbles from Bunnings and PVA glued (and coated) them to the cavas before painting over them

This is a close up of the pebbles, I used a couple of shades of grey to bring out the road texture

This is some of the grass along the roadside, I used a mix of colours on a rigger brush (a very thin long bristled brush)

This is close up of some of the bushes at the horizon line, I think these could have been done a bit better, but it looks fine from far away

I actually used Dulux testpots, I like these because I can choose colours and have a good amount, it also means I can order the colour again if I need more. Of course mixing does occur either on the brush or canvas once I get into the swing of things. I just find test pots easier to manage when I might not finish a painting all in one go. I means I dont have to remember my exact recipe.

I have since given it one coat of polyurethane and want to do at least one more before I decide what to do with it.

This is the photo that the painting was done from:


  1. Mel, this is FANTASTIC. I love it. And you know the great thing, I can come to your house and see it. So often bloggy people are on the other side of the planet.
    A real talent you have there girl.


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