Join Prue as she takes you on a journey through her exhibition. Discover what inspired her and her process, including her theory on colour.
Prue Acton is an Australian living legend and spending anytime with her and her art is a genuine joy!
Join us for an intimate HIGH TEA with Prue Acton in conversation with Jacinta Parsons. Prue is a living treasure of Australian fashion and art, and Jacinta is a broadcaster, radio maker, writer and public speaker. We are thrilled to present this event.
Ticket includes cocktail on arrival, sit down high tea, tea service, and conversation with Prue and Jacinta.
We are also delighted to welcome AKC Alumni Musician Abby, who will be playing harp on arrival.
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I love soft pastels and using a coloured 'sand' paper that grabs the pastel and allows me to use layers of colour and to move the colour around using my hands - it's so tactile. The downside is glazing - it's expensive and unless it's top quality, it reflects and can change colours.
I love painting my old favourite vases to reflect my colour palette. I choose the grounds carefully so the colour can come through adding vibrancy and light to the final effect. With yellow I love umbers - an impure yellow. Then adding a similar tone-value whether another yellow or my chosen complementary colour - and by complementary I mean the opposite colour on our Moriarty Colour Wheel - such as a blue-violet, or purple-violet. That way I can play with producing coloured light.
My process is first to spend ages setting up my subject, framing up, then sketching the design and selecting my colour palette from hundreds and hundreds of soft pastels. That takes around 4 hours. Sometimes the blossoms have changed colour or the fruit is going rotten - so the sketch helps. I never work from a photograph. When I am almost finished I use a mirror or I take a photo to make sure I am happy the work is finished - objectivity is critical. I also find exhibitiong gives me distance and future directions.
Pear #1 is inspired by the colour and pattern of waxed paper wrapped around a Christmas present from my daughter Atlanta.
Pear #2 is a simple yet complex shape. In this instance a pear set against a coloured ground, gives me opportunities to create light - here a red-gold glow.
Pear #6. By the time I was able to work on this subject of winter rose' pears, the pears were changing colour. I like the geometric shapes that I saw in the folds of the thick cloth. Going back to life drawing after lockdown honed my sense of structure, shape and light beyond my love of colour.
Wattle #3. This exhibition's theme song of winter pears and spring's wattles allowed me to play with colour, with creating light in our eyes using not only my experience but the knowledge gained using modern colour theory applied using our Moriarty Colour Wheel and COLOUR - a definitive guide.
Wattle #6. I would love to keep working on wattle as the season keeps on - my favourite colour is yellow set off with violets and purples. My next exhibition will need to be later than October!
I am loving being back in studio mode and excited to be working towards my coming exhibition YELLOW WORKS. So it's autumn yellows now and my first ever sunflower and paper daisy paintings. These, plus last spring's wattles should satisfy my love of yellow, for now.
The artworks showcased below are all still life, pastels on paper or board and are framed in natural 'Tas Oak', a sample of which is shown at the top of our SHOP page.
Check back soon for more of Prue's artworks that she is currently working on and will be on display and available for purchase at BRIGHTSPACE in May, June and July, 2021.
Fine Art Prints are all printed on 310gsm 100% cotton ragmat, archival quality.
Print areas vary - all sizes stated below are approximate only. Mounted samples supplied for Pear #1, Wattle #1, Wattle #2 and Wattle #5. Please note that the price includes presentation pack or delivery in a roll and postage.