Our first inspiration for 2018 is this fantastic painting by Arthur Streeton called Beach Scene.
CRITERIA - Use vacation photos
A little about Arthur Streeton ...Arthur Streeton was born on 8 April 1867 at Mount Duneed, Geelong, Victoria, the son of a schoolteacher. He took night classes at the National Gallery School, Melbourne, from 1882-87 and for two years during that time he worked as an apprentice lithographer with George Troedel & Co., Melbourne.
In the summer of 1886 Streeton met Tom Roberts and Frederick McCubbin, and subsequently joined their painting camps around Heidelberg and Box Hill, on the outskirts of Melbourne, where they were also joined by Charles Conder. Streeton exhibited about forty small plein air paintings in the ’9 × 5 Impressions’ exhibition of 1889. He moved to Sydney in 1890, where he became known for his lyric views of the area around Sydney Harbour and heroic landscapes of the Blue Mountains and the Hawkesbury River.
In 1897, Streeton left for England, breaking his journey with a stay in Cairo and Naples. While living in London he visited Italy and France and made several return trips to Australia. He admired the landscapes of Constable and Turner, as well as those of Philip Wilson Steer.
During the First World War Streeton served as an orderly at the 3rd London General Hospital, Wandsworth, and was subsequently appointed an official war artist, working in France. He finally returned to Australia in 1923, where he painted sunny, pastoral landscapes – which were appropriated in the cause of a conservative nationalism. In 1929 he became art critic for Melbourne Argus . He campaigned to preserve native forests, and sought better urban planning for Melbourne. After his wife’s death in 1938, Streeton retired to Olinda where he devoted most of his time to his gardening and listening to music. He died on 1 September 1943 at Olinda, Victoria.
And now some inspiration from our team ...
Judy Willey - AustraliaI was inspired by the beach theme of the painting. The beautiful textures of the water and waves inspired my mixed media background too
Tanya Heritage - AustraliaI choose the yellow and red colours from the people’s clothes to use with my Fijian holiday snap shot.
Kripa Koushik - Australia
Tone Jensen - NorwayI was inspired by the blue and light yellow colors....and water of course
Kat Gray - AustraliaI made a pocket page inspired by the beach themes and the title of the artwork.