Elaine d'Esterre

Feminist Visual Artist – Paintings, Mixed Media and Etchings


Sunrise Photographs

My expectation and anticipation yesterday as I quickly drove to the beach was to capture the image of the rising sun seen  through a colourful and gradual burnt off low cloud and sea mist. I was sure that if I hurried along the edge of Point Roadknight toward the point I would arrive at the rock edge as the sun rose. Not this time.

As the minutes passed not a glimmer of light or faint glow could be conjured from an opaque wall of cloud.

View from the beach

View from the beach

Cloud at Point Roadknight

Cloud at Point Roadknight

Cloud at Point Roadknight

Cloud at Point Roadknight

Return to the beach

Return to the beach

I thought it a wasted effort and with rising tide I returned to the beach, however the rock profile in the foreground echoed the misty distance. When I momentarily glanced back I noticed how at the same time cloudy mist obscured and revealed  different aspects of the rock formation.

Rising tide

Rising tide

Rising tide and thicker cloud

Rising tide and thicker cloud

White line of foam flows over reflection

White line of foam flows over reflection

Illusion of merged tide line and foggy cloud veil-like appearance

Illusion of merged tide line and foggy cloud veil-like appearance

About to leave when the sun made a feeble attempt to disperse the cloud. Approximately half an hour had passed witnessed by the sun’s position above the horizon line.

Sun and cloud

Sun and cloud

Sun, cloud and wave

Sun, cloud and wave

Before I left the beach two hooded plovers scurried across damp sand and came into view. Moody tonal type of imagery is quite hard to chance upon and was a rewarding experience when I had expected bright pink/ orange almost chocolate box-like misty atmosphere.

Hooded plovers

Hooded plovers

Many artworks including etchings were inspired by forces of nature at Point Roadknight. Some of them are for sale and can be viewed at etsy.com/shop/elainedesterre


Seascape, Oil Painting Commission continued

Middle Stages

During the middle stages of the painting I gradually thickened the paint by pouring together different colours mixed in different medium consistencies. For instance the transparent colours were poured over opaque lighter colours  to produce a glowing surface that alluded to a winter time  shaft of light that appeared over a section of ocean making it turquoise. This colour contrasted with purple and indigo cloud shadow.

Winter seas buffeted the coastline washing away part of this land form so I depicted remnants of this structure as they disappeared beneath wild seas. Flowing and bleeding texture, edges and boundaries blurred over the structure beneath in the under painting so that only earth coloured remnants of the land form appeared to be above the water’s surface.

At this stage the subject matter  also ‘talked’ to me and the essence of the composition revealed itself more clearly. This process happened to me when my paint application  became freer which produced nuanced and random texture and light contrast effects. The composition appeared to change and instead of my planned vertical format it changed to horizontal. The colour reproduced is a little inaccurate, instead of the grey on the left the colour is a neutral soft blue green with a touch of raw umber and Naples yellow. These combinations gave a sense of an approximation to shallow water with sand not quite visible.

Oil Painting Commission continued into middle stages

Oil Painting Commission continued into middle stages