A unique exhibition that brings together practising illustrating members of Illustrators Australia to produce original works on 9X5 inch wood, this follows the concept of the Heidelberg artists’ 1890 Exhibition of paintings on cigar lids.
The theme for this, the 18th Annual 9x5 Exhibition, is "Flourish". My artwork features the image of the three flying ducks, the third duck has morphed into a peacock and is flying free of it's gilded wallpaper surroundings. The three birds are painted on foam board and thus sit proud of the background.
Tracing outline of the three birds.
Peacock shape on foam board.
Cutting out of silhouette.
Third and final bird shape cut out.
Applying a layer of acrylic gesso to foam board shapes.
Rough placement of 3D ducks and peacock on wood before painting begins.
All three birds are painted simultaneously so that colours match.
Ducks completed. Peacock tail ready to go.
Tracing of wallpaper backgound.
Antique gold metallic finish mixed with turpentine creates beautiful sheen to wallpaper pattern.
Tracing mistake on right covered up!
Sticking 3D elements onto wooden background.
Final artwork. Acrylic on wood. 9 x 5 inches.
St Heliers Street Gallery, Abbotsford Convent, Abbotsford, Melbourne. Opening Night, 18 October 2013.