Sunrise over Yarra GlenA fleeting moment captured

Photorealism painting - Sunrise over Yarra Glen 1

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The photo that this painting is based on is amazing. I struggled to capture the incredible moment that I witnessed that morning.
I hate painting photorealism on canvas.
I have decided to use birch board for my next photorealist projects.
That middle ground had fog layers that floated just above the ground. Very abstract and difficult to paint.
Dimensions: 50x70cm.
Painted: 2020.
Materials: Acrylic on canvas.
Availability: For sale $400.

The story behind Sunrise over Yarra Glen

In future I will paint a series of incredible landscapes from the many photographs I have taken of the Yarra Valley.

This painting was intended to be entered into the 2020 Wynne Prize but due to circumstances I could not do so.

This is a disappointing painting. I painted on an unprepared canvas which was too small. The texture of an unprepared (gesso) canvas doesn’t make painting fine detail easy at all; and this problem plagued me throughout the process of copying the very fine details that are visible in the source image. Compounding this problem was the scale I chose – I used a 50×70 cm canvas instead of 120×180 cm size (which I have now bought two). And in addition I see that the colors are substantially different to the source image. Some of that is due to the process of photography.
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Detail views of painting

Photorealism painting - Sunrise over Yarra Glen 1 - Detail 1
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Source image

Photorealism painting - Sunrise over Yarra Glen 1 - Source image

Wall mockup

Photorealism painting - Sunrise over Yarra Glen 1 - Wall mockup