Industrial Cathedral

Industrial Cathedral
"Industrial Cathedral" charcoal drawing on paper 131 x 131 cm Jane Bennett. This drawing was a finalist in the 1998 Dobell Prize for Drawing (Art Gallery of N.S.W.) ; Finalist in 1998 Blake Prize for Religious Art ; Winner of 1998 Hunter's Hill Open Art Prize

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Irons in the Fire - Part 4 'Strike while the Iron is Hot'

Paintings of the Blacksmiths at Wrought Artworks,
Bay 1/2 Australian Technology Park,
Eveleigh Railway Workshops

'Strike while the iron is hot'  is a very old proverb, and like the phrase 'irons in the fire' comes directly from blacksmithing. It means when you have an opportunity to do something, do it before you lose your chance.
Plein air painters and blacksmiths both need to react quickly.
oil painting by industrial heritage artist Jane Bennett of blacksmith forging at Wrought Artworks, Eveleigh Railway Workshops, Australian Technology Park
Forging,Wrought Artworks ' 2010 oil on canvas 20 x 25cm
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I grabbed the opportunity and caught a dramatic moment in a small canvas. I don't know whether the small white hot bit of metal is supposed to be on the floor  and is all part of the process, or whether it was a bit of accidental run off. We're all wearing safety boots anyway, and it looks spectacular.
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