About this Painting
Bonfire night used to happen on New Year’s Eve when I was a teenager. I’m not sure if it would even be permitted now. It was a special event when a large group of friends would head up to the beach, having collected dried branches and drift wood all week and stashed it in the dunes. Once the fire was built and lit, it was so magnetic that you couldn’t keep your eyes off it. We would tell stories, sing songs, laugh and joke all night to celebrate the dawn of a new year.
This painting is about the closeness of our friends and family. When we come together and experience traditions and special ceremonies, inevitably modernized for our times. These are the moments that we remember, that become part of our souls.
In new work for 2019, I continue to explore the gestures and stances of people. How they convey their emotions, conversations, intensity through the stance and gestures. These are painted using broad brush strokes in a semi-abstract way. There is not much detail in the actual people of these paintings and it’s not necessary because you can read them from their body language, their shapes, the angle of the head.
Original acrylic painting on gallery stretched canvas.
Artist: Narelle Callen - Copyright 2019.
Medium: Acrylic on canvas.
The painting measures 61x61x4cm
Unframed weight is 800g
The painting is unframed. Sides are fully painted. It includes a hanging wire and is ready to hang.
Framing can be arranged at an additional charge. Please contact me for a price.