Noth­ing but Aussie hues

Central and North Burnett Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

PAINT­ING Aus­tralia’s land­scape us­ing ma­te­rial from the na­tion’s land­scape makes Glenda Ost­wald’s art­work twice as au­then­tic.

Her pas­tels are hand-made by siev­ing soil and ochres and mix­ing them with a pas­tel com­pound and al­co­hol.

“Th­ese cre­ative lit­tle fin­gers worked out how to make the pas­tels them­selves,” she quipped.

“I came up with it be­cause the colours we have here in Aus­tralia are very, very dif­fer­ent than other places in the world.

“Our greens, for ex­am­ple, need to be made au­then­ti­cally. They are much greyer and bluer than the Euro­pean green.

“But once I’ve fi­nally got my pas­tels and my in­spi­ra­tion, ac­tu­ally do­ing the paint­ing is a very quick process.

“My hus­band will get the camp­fire go­ing and I will sit there and paint; it some­times only takes about 40 min­utes.”

The Monto-based artist is grate­ful for the ex­cuse to travel all around the coun­try paint­ing many dif­fer­ent slices of it.

To take a peek at Mrs Ost­wald’s paint­ings, check out the old CMC of­fice in Monto’s main street for her pop-up ex­hi­bi­tion, be­fore it closes on Fri­day.

PHOTO: EMILY SMITH

AU­THEN­TIC COLOURS: Monto artist Glenda Ost­wald makes her own pas­tels from Aus­tralian earth.

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