Congratulations to Teresa Franks & Sharen-Lee McLachlan who have been named as finalists in the Linden Postcard Show 2017-2018.
The Gold Coast sisters who own Sisters Air Artistry airbrushing studio in Ashmore decided to challenge themselves by entering this art competition through Gallery 247. The theme was an open theme where they were able to paint whatever they wanted but the paintings had to be no larger than 20cm x 25cm.
Airbrushing is a genre that is very difficult to master on small surfaces – but Sharen-Lee decided to paint an emu (which she lovingly called “Peeps”) in this genre. Sharen-Lee McLachlan said “I have always wanted to paint an emu, and we did a day trip earlier in the year to the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary to take photos of Australian native wildlife. We got some wonderful shots of emus so this swayed me to use a close up so I could really concentrate on the eyes – I believe they are the window to the soul and the depth you can get with airbrushing is amazing. Being able to get this much depth on such a small canvas was a real challenge and something I really enjoyed attempting. Animals and birds are my favourite subjects to paint and the fact that I have become a finalist in such a prestigious event is such an honour. I am very proud.”
Teresa Franks decided to go outside her comfort zone and chose to paint in acrylics – a medium she has not used extensively, but one that she enjoys. Teresa entered the Linden Postcard Show 2017-2018 with her entry called “Where To Next” and she says “I wanted to paint a piece that created an air of mystery, something familiar but something that left the interpretation open to the viewer. I love taking the subject of colours outside the realm of normal and also wanted to use vibrant colours that appear to be almost a photo manipulation to invite the viewer in but create an alternate reality as well. I am very pleased with the result of the painting and very pleased with being named a finalist in the Linden Postcard Show 2017-2018.”
The Linden Postcard Show has been running since 1990 and the exhibition opens Friday 10 November 2017. The exhibition will be held at Domain House at South Yarra in Melbourne (it is normally held in the Acland Street building which is currently undergoing renovations) and gives the opportunity for the public to not only purchase a mini-masterpiece, but also to vote for their favourite painting for the People’s Choice Award.
This year’s judges for the Linden Postcard Show are Mardi Nowak – Director, NETS Victoria, Vanessa Gerrans – Director, Warrnambool Art Gallery and Danny Lacy – Senior Curator, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery.
What an honour for Teresa Franks and Sharen-Lee McLachlan, the airbrushing sisters from Sisters Air Artistry. The sisters will travel to Melbourne for the opening night and we will keep you updated with the outcome.