Nothing but Aussie hues
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.
AUTHENTIC COLOURS: Monto artist Glenda Ostwald makes her own pastels from Australian earth.