Thursday, January 28, 2010

A palm tree in Moorabool Street

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From a photo of a fan palm tree, which we call 'iri masei' in Fiji, I made a few abstract kind of pictures. Moorabool Street, one of the main streets in Geelong is lined with these trees which were planted to beautify the city, though palm trees in a climate like ours is a bit odd. The leaves are lovely though and in South Pacific countries these leaves are used to make fans for dance groups or fans just for dealing with hot weather! I realize that many painters are satisfied to stay with the realistic image, but I like to mess about with cropping, using gamma or flattening the shapes and so on, using Photo-edit an earlier image program with Microsoft. Some day I'll pick the best of these 'found' images, and make some large paintings but not yet.

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