Saturday, January 8, 2011

Painting Miller's Point from the top of Harbour Control Tower New Year's Eve 2010- Part 1: Nice Rooftops

I arrived at the Harbour Control Tower very early for New Year's Eve - about 10am and left after 4am. It was a very long day and a night and a day up there.
A small study of the rooftops of the heritage Miller's Point terraces. Unfinished oil painting on canvas 25 x 20 cm
Painting Miller's Point from top of Harbour Tower.
Starting a new canvas.  I'm going to paint a very large panorama of this area while I still can. The perspective is going to be very tricky so I'll try a few smaller works first. 
I can't help thinking of a hapless overseas star being asked the inevitable question by some hack before they had even got off the plane - "So....What do you think of Australia?" The snappy answer to the stupid question was "You have nice rooftops"  I can't recall who it was (John Lennon? Stephen Fry ? Worthy of either)
 Comparing art with life. I'm standing on a chair to compare my painting with the view outside.

I had to stand on a chair to paint this work as the windows are a bit too high for me to see the terraces. I'm 5'1", which is short, even for a woman. Exactly the same height as Toulouse-Lautrec reached.
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Unfinished study of the Miller's Point terraces and Walsh Bay Wharves from the top of the Harbour Control Tower 2010 oil painting on canvas 36 x 46cm
In the afternoon I start another small canvas. A small study of the rooftops of the heritage Miller's Point terraces and the former Bond stores of the Walsh Bay Wharves. The  roads curve towards the Opera House in the middle distance.