Happy Accidents – painting becomes drawing

Happy Accident - in the process of doing a water colour painting of my grandfather, a chalk pastel drawing appears instead. Original Art by Kendrea Rhodes.

Not all accidents are bad, this one was almost comical as I carefully selected my water colour paints that would create the 70s stripes. My mentor, Anne, saved me with only seconds to spare — you see, I’d drawn the picture underneath the stripes in a watercolour pencil.

Thank goodness I had someone watching over my shoulder, otherwise this understated rendition of my grandfather would have dissolved into the muddy world of liquid obscurity.

Anne suggested I use chalk pastels to colour the lines instead of watercolour — liquid to be avoided from this point onward. The result is so much softer than expected and for once appears better in real life than in my head.  A very happy accident.

Many thanks to that lurking black watercolour pencil and my marvelous mentor — without you both, this picture would be very different.


For more information on my grandfather’s story, please click here to visit Forgotten Australians.

For more information on the artwork I’ve created around my grandfather, please click here to visit Abandoned – original artwork.

For a snippet of the biography still in progress, please click here to read Abandoned – Forgotten Australians, a biography .


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