It’s been some time since I’ve shared a video with you of me doing the thing that I do. So, I used this awesome photo taken by my friend Gina Rodgers while she was on holiday through Europe. It’s just great in so many ways: the composition, the colours, the everything!!
So here’s the original photo I stole from her Instagram account: (used with permission)
(The Dürrensee is a lake in the Dolomites in South Tyrol, Italy)
And here’s me just getting it done (once I dusted off the filming equipment)!
Last year my friend Kate went on a sabbatical throughout Europe and I tell you, the photos were amazing! (Why just Europe? Well, it seems everyone was heading that way this year.) After a wine or two over lunch, I agreed to paint some as a birthday gift. I shared some process pics on Instagram and Facebook under the hashtag #somewhereineurope if you want to have a look.
Here are the original photos with the final painting. “Pont Neuf, Paris” , “Stockholm, Sweden” , “St Chamond, France”
Landscapes are tricky but loveable little buggers. Sometimes more so than portraits. There’s a lot of detail and perspective, and the trick is knowing what to leave out while capturing the essence of the place. And you invariably have to crop it and tweak a few colours, buildings, horizon lines, etc to turn it into a great painting.
I loved doing them so much, I decided to do a 4th photo to enter into another group exhibition at Aspire Gallery, “Somewhere in Oslo”.
It didn’t sell at the exhibition but a few days later got a message from my gorgeous friend Lindsay who has moved to Canada. Was “Oslo” available? Can she have it? Ummmm, lemme think……OMG YES!!!! (this is the 2nd time someone has messaged me after an exhibition!) Can I now say I’m an Internationally Renowned Artist? haha!
If this is something you’d like me to do for YOU, get in touch. This group of paintings are all 20x20cm on cradled hard board. They start at AUD120. The process is easy. You provide the photos, tell me what surface and size you’d like, I quote, I crop, I paint. Molto facile!
Remember, email address is hello <at> giovannascott <dot> com for a no-obligation chat.
Would love to hear from you.