The Mill at Night

The Mill at Night ©2018 Kendrea Rhodes


The Mill at Night – Building 21

The Lobethal Woollen Mill is an inspirational collection of heritage buildings, melding into the social history of the township. Each building changes with the time of day, the weather and my own mood. The Mill By Night – Building 21 is the view that I adore weekly as our close-knit art group finishes after an evening immersed in artistic endeavour.

How did you do it?

Historic events occur every day. This painting was created during an historic event. The act of painting The Mill At Night saved my soul as I sat through Meghan and Harry’s televised wedding. I knew, as an older and wiser version of my younger self, that I needed to watch the whole Royal Wedding because I’d watched all the ones before. But I also knew that this might kill me. I required a secondary activity to get through the hours of history unfolding before my eyes.

A limited palette of Umton’s oil paints were prepared. My space near the fire, a canvas, palette knife and glass of wine surrounded me and guarded against my old friend, Mr. I Giveup. On this very cold winter’s night in Australia, I was envious of the blue sky and sunshine at Windsor Castle.

I began slapping paint on the canvas amidst speculation about Meghan’s dress. She was wearing white and I was painting Raw Umber on the night sky.

The clumsy palette knife technique provided complete creative freedom and I reveled in it. Cadmium Red Light and Helio Gen Middle Yellow provided the majority of the warm hues of the building and I laughed when told that the walls were Harry’s hair colour. And of course there’s some zinc and titanium white sparkling in the lamp-light like the crown jewels.

I have much to thank the Royal family for; a moment in history and the painting of a beloved historic icon. Let’s hope the marriage, the Mill and my memories last forever.

The Mill at Night is an original framed oil painting on canvas depicting Building 21 at the Lobethal Woollen Mill, by Kendrea Rhodes for the South Australian Living Artists’ Festival.

Where can I see it?

The Mill at Night will be exhibited at The Connected Thread exhibition throughout the SALA festival from 3 – 26 August. Open on weekends only, Building 20 at the Lobethal Woollen Mill.

“The Connected Thread” aims to explore the idea of fibre and textiles in contemporary and experimental art practice. This is the twelfth exhibition managed and curated by the Hills Art Advocates group (hART) at the State Heritage listed Lobethal Woollen Mill in Adelaide Hills, South Australia.


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