It was winter in
Perth 2013. I had an awesome reunion with a high school classmate of mine. We
have not seen each other probably since the last day of school and I was so
happy to bump into her in the airport and what coincidence that we were on the
same flight to Perth.
We made plans to
meet up and my dear friend and her husband brought me around town. This sweet
couple asked me to do a painting for them and I decided to draw my inspiration
from our memoirs in Perth.
|FAlling into Winter |
We were entering
winter but the colours of the leaves were still of Fall with lots of amber,
orange, brown and reds. I remembered a beautiful big tree with splashes of reds
and maroons where we savoured some exotic vegetarian food at this vegetarian
café located at Swan Valley. We were visiting the wineries where we also tasted
some splendid wines. I guess you could see by now that the tree that I painted
was inspired by this picturesque view captured in my head.
The sky was
bright and it felt like summer and that was why I had the background in bright
colours. It was also a lively day filled with warm conversations as we catch
The highlight of
our get together in Perth was bumping into Jersey Boys. After having some
cocktails and tapas, my friend decided to check out this jazz bar. Ellington
Jazz Club was like a cosy little cavern and there was a stage next to a few
tables. People were leaving the club and we could see that the live
performances just ended. Since we were already in the bar, we thought we might
as well sit back and enjoy some drinks. Little did we know that the ‘Jersey
Boys’ performers were coming to have a jamming session.
|'Jersey Boys' jamming|
absolutely no clue till someone from the next table asked us, “How did you know
the Jersey Boys were coming here?” We didn’t! We sat listening to them taking
turns singing and jamming it up! WOW! It was incredible and possibly one of the
best live performances I’ve ever encountered. My personal favourite was the
pianist. I was so glad that my friends took me there. We were so inspired by
them that we decided to watch them perform the actual musical Jersey Boys. I
felt like I was watching Frankie Valli serenading us with ‘Can’t Take My eyes
Off You.’ I wish I could watch it again but I already had to leave Perth.
And So…..I had
to create this imagery of them as the highlight of the painting but with a more
casual and fun attire ;)
If you look
closely, you can also see the dotted techniques. I had been to some galleries in Perth and I
saw this technique largely used in the aboriginal artworks of Australia and
since this is a memoir of Perth, I’ve decided to incorporate some of that into
Oh…you can also
see my friend and her super-tall 2 metres husband at the corner. They’re the
ones this painting was meant to be created. I hope my friend and her dear
husband likes it and I hope you enjoy it too.