Craftster Community

CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES => CHALLENGE 25 ENTRIES => Topic started by: eternallyeve on March 05, 2008 07:33:50 PM



Title: < *waves from Gold Coast Australia* WELCOME!
Post by: eternallyeve on March 05, 2008 07:33:50 PM
Ok, I live on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia. Most people just think of the beach when considering my home town; don't get me wrong, our beaches are lovely, but not nearly all we have to offer.

Within half an hour either of each other are the bright blue and gold beach and the lush sub-tropical rainforest. I love that! Also, our wildlife is spectacular.

So, as a homage to my town you have 'Green and Gold' Acrylic on canvas, completely handmade. Even the frame. Size approx 120 cm x 60 cm.



Left side: the Natural Arch. A natural bridge of stone carved from eons of water, about 30 mins from me in the Springbrook National Park. link (http://www.gold-coast.net/nationalparks/naturalarch.html)



Middle: Rainbow lorikeet. Local and sometimes annoying little buggers  ;). Can be found everywhere - beach to rainforest. link (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rainbow_Lorikeet) Yes, you can have them as pets but only from registered breeders and NOT from the wild (as some people do  >:()



Right side: 'The Spit' surf beach famous for its enormous sand pumping jetty reaching far out into the sea and where many a fisherman has spent long hours trying to catch something brag-able  :D. our beaches (http://www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au/t_standard.aspx?pid=2360)



The scene is a blend of the best of the Gold Coast's environment and includes natural and manmade phenomena. Bringing the two halves together is a native parrot flying from the shady confines of the rainforest to the buffeting expanse of the surf.



I hope you like it, comments welcome.

Eve


Title: Re: < *waves from Gold Coast Australia* WELCOME!
Post by: brii-elzebub on March 05, 2008 07:40:37 PM
wow, you did such an amazing job on this!  Makes me very jealous of where you live ;)


Title: Re: < *waves from Gold Coast Australia* WELCOME!
Post by: EmilyFlew on March 05, 2008 08:23:55 PM
This came out beautifully! I love the shape of canvas that you chose, the long rectangle adds a nice sense of drama to your painting!


Title: Re: < *waves from Gold Coast Australia* WELCOME!
Post by: eternallyeve on March 06, 2008 03:27:27 AM
Thanks for the replies! Somehow I didn't make it to the 'new projects' board so I was wondering if I'd be skipped over  :'(.


Quote
Makes me very jealous of where you live
Lol, thanks! It is a beautiful place and hard to believe just how populated the city is too. People think we are some little beachy town but boy, do those tourists know how to infiltrate  :o.... and then they stay.

Quote
I love the shape of canvas that you chose,
I wanted something to compliment the panoramic view and I never would have foud a ready-made one. So off I went to the hardware store for some cheap pine and the canvas is a heavy-weight thrift store sheet that I primed with ceiling white. Much cheaper than store nought and made to order! Plus it's a nice deep box frame, not a thin one.

Eve


Title: Re: < *waves from Gold Coast Australia* WELCOME!
Post by: sweets4ever on March 06, 2008 04:36:14 AM
Beaautiful piece!  I love the shape of your canvas, the design of the painting and the vibrant colors you incorporated.

Newest Projects From All Categories takes a little while to update.  If you checked immediately after you posted, it probably wasn't there yet.  I'll check to make sure all the gears are turning properly just in case, though!


Title: Re: < *waves from Gold Coast Australia* WELCOME!
Post by: ScrappySue on March 06, 2008 06:26:42 AM
Awesome and amazing!
Truly inspiring work,
S


Title: Re: < *waves from Gold Coast Australia* WELCOME!
Post by: turtlelove on March 06, 2008 09:22:01 AM
wow your home town seems amazing!  great job!


Title: Re: < *waves from Gold Coast Australia* WELCOME!
Post by: loveandasandwich on March 06, 2008 10:05:10 AM
ooohhhhhhhhhh wwwoooowwww, this is gorgeous!  i wish the birds were that colorful around here!


Title: Re: < *waves from Gold Coast Australia* WELCOME!
Post by: narcissus on March 06, 2008 11:46:27 AM
Okay, I think I am moving there!


Title: Re: < *waves from Gold Coast Australia* WELCOME!
Post by: eternallyeve on March 06, 2008 03:50:54 PM
Quote
Okay, I think I am moving there!
Yay! Anyone else in, we'll have a crafty house party?!

Quote
i wish the birds were that colorful around here!
Do any search for Australian native birds (or wildlife) and you can see just how amazing some of them are. Although just like any other place you sometimes have a really hard time seeing them in the wild, threats of extinction suck  >:(. I am still waiting to see a wild platypus but it's probably for the best since I'd probably try to cuddle it and end up getting poisoned  :P.

Thanks for the kind words everyone, Eve


Title: Re: < *waves from Gold Coast Australia* WELCOME!
Post by: JCDillustration on March 08, 2008 01:18:39 PM
I wanted to compliment your painting ability. You have great drawing ability with both natural images and human-built structures, plus the painting is beautiful. I don't know if you ever seriously considered a career in illustration but you certainly have the talent!  :)


Title: Re: < *waves from Gold Coast Australia* WELCOME!
Post by: eternallyeve on March 08, 2008 03:57:22 PM
Quote
I wanted to compliment your painting ability. You have great drawing ability with both natural images and human-built structures, plus the painting is beautiful. I don't know if you ever seriously considered a career in illustration but you certainly have the talent!
Wow thanks JCDillustration!

I have considered illustration but I am not someone who just conjures stuff up out of thin air really quick. I pour over reference photos and sketch my design before finally settling on the final piece. I guess illustration to me is really talented artists who can sketch out a picture real quick first time round and have it look great! The only exception is when I'm sketching out tattoo designs or the like, then I do a draft and copy it onto a fresh piece of paper for the final. I suppose I am getting a little quicker and less messy, after learning how to use gouache you get the idea pretty quickly about only drawing onto watercolour paper once - without erasures!

I actually have some ideas for my art so hopefully you will see some new ideas on Craftster soon...  ;)


Title: Re: < *waves from Gold Coast Australia* WELCOME!
Post by: klboo33 on March 08, 2008 07:06:39 PM
That is very pretty


Title: Re: < *waves from Gold Coast Australia* WELCOME!
Post by: kaledrina on March 13, 2008 01:33:22 PM
Absolutely stunning!! Can I live with you? I can do dishes, laundry, I can make pancakes...  ;)

The artistry itself is also intense! Wow! That kind of talent is definitely something to talk about.


Title: Re: < *waves from Gold Coast Australia* WELCOME!
Post by: eternallyeve on March 13, 2008 07:06:09 PM
Quote
Can I live with you? I can do dishes, laundry, I can make pancakes... 
Yay! I hate dishes and laundry and I love pancakes! Come and stay  ;D

Thank you for your kind posts, I am currently working on some new pictures (mostly illustration-like in goauche and pen) that I hope to post soon.

Eve


Title: Re: < *waves from Gold Coast Australia* WELCOME!
Post by: kaledrina on March 13, 2008 08:55:56 PM
Quote
Can I live with you? I can do dishes, laundry, I can make pancakes... 
Yay! I hate dishes and laundry and I love pancakes! Come and stay  ;D

Thank you for your kind posts, I am currently working on some new pictures (mostly illustration-like in goauche and pen) that I hope to post soon.

Eve

I'm also a good baby sitter (exp limited to 2 nieces under 18months but I can learn as we go!)... When can I move in?  ;)


Title: Re: < *waves from Gold Coast Australia* WELCOME!
Post by: Rhiannon Sarah on March 16, 2008 05:45:47 PM
I love it. It may be Gold Coast (where I have never been), but it still screams Australia to me. I may be going to the Gold Coast for a holiday in a few months - now I'm really really looking forward to it!!


Title: Re: < *waves from Gold Coast Australia* WELCOME!
Post by: Sparky1982 on March 27, 2008 11:12:58 PM
Wow! I am from the Gold Coast also, this rocks you have captured where we live perfectly!


Title: Re: < *waves from Gold Coast Australia* WELCOME!
Post by: cyndiq on April 01, 2008 08:48:12 PM
love it! great to see more aussies posting!
love to see more of your work.
hugs cyndiq


Title: Re: < *waves from Gold Coast Australia* WELCOME!
Post by: lol-lol on April 23, 2008 12:54:51 AM
go aussies! (and yes, i know the comp is over)...lol.

beautiful painting too, btw  :D


Title: Re: < *waves from Gold Coast Australia* WELCOME!
Post by: eternallyeve on April 23, 2008 01:58:53 AM
Quote
go aussies! (and yes, i know the comp is over)...lol.
lol,  :D. Thank you for your post, it made me all happy again that my painting was so well received!