Paint makes artist happy
OIL painting each day keeps depression at bay for Bundaberg artist Betty Searle.
“Until they put the lid on, I’ll be painting,” Ms Searle said.
The vibrant oil painter’s depiction of savannah country won first place in the oils/acrylic section of the 20th annual Mt Perry Art Show last month.
“This one was a visual impact as I was driving down from north Queensland through the outback, and we passed through savannah country with short stumpy trees,” Ms Searle said.
“I made my husband stop in the middle of the road, semitrailers going past.”
She took several photographs to get the right aspect and to capture the light through the trees and the old anthills.
“And this is what happened – and I got first prize,” she said.
Ms Searle said she couldn’t get the right light and texture using other styles of paint, so worked “wet and wet” with oils.
”I mainly use my board or my canvas as a palette and I put the colours on first, then I work through them.”
Ms Searle, 75, said her sister’s gift of oil paints when she was 15 transformed her life.
“It’s my life. I never have any depressions. I just wake up in the morning and look forward to the day.”
SAVANNAH: Betty Searle's work won first prize in the Mt Perry Art Exhibition (oils/acrylics).