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Sea Scouts Training On The Garonne

Description : During an outing on the River Garonne at Bordeaux, I was captivated by this crew of female sea scouts training in what looked to me to be a quite heavy, robust rowing boat. A local told me that the Garonne can be a very tricky river to navigate, so it certainly seemed to be tough training! I wished them well as we cruised by, and was all admiration for their efforts, vowing to capture it in a painting as best I could.

NRN # : 000-1287-0187-01

DIMENSIONS : (Height - 20.00 cm X Width - 59.00 cm )

Medium on Base : Oil on Wood

Genre : Seascape

Status : Not Currently for Sale Online

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Copyright : © Graham (max) Walker

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I have been painting in oils and pastels for about twenty-five years in Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne. Landscapes, streetscapes and still lifes are my principal subject matter, although more recently I have done figure work (pleasingly, I won a prize a number of years ago for a figure study, which gave me new impetus to explore the figure). I enjoy viewing and reading about all types and styles of visual art, but am principally a tonalist and colourist - believing that tone is the central building block and then colour can be used to give a painting excitement and vitality.

My approach strives to combine tonal accuracy and colour vibrancy to capture distinctive, memorable moments in the landscape and urban surrounds. I enjoy portraying those special moments that seize our attention and stimulate the senses, yet experiences that can be fleeting such as an evocative street scene, a grouping of people in an interesting urban environment, or a striking combination of shapes and colours in a city view. The words of John Berger resonnate with me: "Art is an oganised response to what nature allows us to glimpse occasionally". Also the views of Corot: it is said that he considered art simply as conveying a sensation, using a natural vision. This is what I follow, while paying due regard to the concept and structure of each painting and hitting a few well-chosen high notes to provide excitement and interest.

I have been influenced to varying degrees by the Australian tonalists (such as Meldrum), the Scottish colourists and the Barbizon school. The great Australian painters such as Roberts, Streeton, Withers and McCubbin are acknowledged as inspirational. I particularly admire the work of Rupert Bunny and Charles Conder.

I have studied with a number of tutors and teachers, and more extensively with: Peter Smales, one of the Melbourne 20; Ross Patterson and Max Wilks (also in the 20); Yvonne Audette; John Wilson (Sydney); Joseph Attard; and Regina Hona. However, my painting style, my artistic "signature", and what I want to express to the viewer, are entirely my own and I am pleased to say that I am still on that exciting journey of discovery.

I sign my pictures as Max Walker, using the long-standing nick name of Max. Sobriquets are endearing as they form a special link between the person and the group of contacts or friends who use them.

Artshow: Kilmore Art Expo
Title: Early Morning, Small Town
Award: Highly Commended
 
Artshow: U3A Knox Art Show
Title: Big Southern Sky
Award: Second Prize, Oil Painting Category
Sponsor: U3A
Prize: $100