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

Friday, October 5, 2012

Under the Bridge

oil painting of Anzac Bridge by artist Jane Bennett


oil painting of Anzac Bridge by artist Jane Bennett
oil painting of Anzac Bridge by artist Jane Bennett
Starting my painting commission at dawn, under the Anzac Bridge, looking at Sydney City Marina over to the western side.


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The Anzac Bridge has always held a special place in my heart.
Even before I was given the amazing opportunity to paint it from the top, I had painted the progress of the construction of its pylons in the background of many of my Pyrmont paintings during the early-mid 1990s.
Many other people also love this bridge. Recently I was given a very special commission to paint the Anzac Bridge.
But not from the top this time.
From underneath.
The "Underbelly".


oil painting of Anzac Bridge by artist Jane Bennett
'Under the Bridge 1- early morning' oil on canvas 76 x 76cm 2012


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So now I'm painting on the other side of Blackwattle Bay.
Behind me are the dragon boat teams, and beside me are the construction sheds of the people doing maintenance work on the Bridge.  
My canvas is 76 x 76cm and has been primed with black acrylic paint to help me gauge the colour values against the glare of the morning sun.
oil painting of Anzac Bridge by artist Jane Bennett


'Under the Bridge 1- early morning' oil on canvas 76 x 76cm 2012


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I've started to paint in the pale blue morning sky. 
The building in the background is "evolve", part of the Jackson's Landing development.
oil painting of Anzac Bridge by artist Jane Bennett
6.30am 'Under the Bridge 1- early morning'
 oil on canvas 76 x 76cm 2012

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The morning sun lights up the Glebe Island silos and the old Glebe Island swing bridge.
At the moment Glebe Island is almost deserted, but soon this will change when they start construction of a new temporary exhibition space while the Darling Harbour space is undergoing refurbishment.
oil painting of Anzac Bridge by artist Jane Bennett
A promising start 'Under the Bridge 1- early morning' 
oil on canvas 76 x 76cm 2012

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 After 2 hours, the silos and the bow legs of the pylons supporting the Anzac Bridge are starting to take shape.


oil painting of Anzac Bridge by artist Jane Bennett
At the end of the first session 'Under the Bridge 1- early morning' oil on canvas 76 x 76cm 2012

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However my first painting session was cut short unexpectedly.
At 8am I got a phone call from the hospital saying that after reviewing some of my mum's blood tests they wanted me to bring her in so that they could operate on her, so I stopped painting and rushed to get her. 


oil painting of Anzac Bridge by artist Jane Bennett
Stage 2 Half finished -'Under the Bridge 1- early morning' 
oil on canvas 76 x 76cm 2012

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 During the next painting session, I made sure to paint the green and yellow Devine tug berthed at Sydney City Marina, as I knew it would soon move away. 
Next week it was berthed on the other side of the old Glebe Island swing Bridge, so I was lucky to catch it.

oil painting of Anzac Bridge by artist Jane Bennett
Stage 3 Nearly finished -'Under the Bridge 1- early morning' 
oil on canvas 76 x 76cm 2012


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 The painting is nearly finished, but the colour and shadows need a bit of adjusting before I'm happy with it.
oil painting of Anzac Bridge by artist Jane Bennett
Stage 4 Nearly finished -'Under the Bridge 1- early morning' 
oil on canvas 76 x 76cm 2012


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 Almost finished.
I had to make sure that I didn't get locked in with all the dragon boats.There are several clubs but nobody seems to know when the last club will leave. My painting site is hidden by the construction area, so I have to keep checking to see if there are any cars left.
There are lots of different clubs. Some of the rowers say that it will close about 2 - 3pm, and some say as early as 11am.
I don't want to be locked in!
I'm working fast!

oil painting of Anzac Bridge by artist Jane Bennett
'Under the Bridge 1- early morning' 
oil on canvas 76 x 76cm 2012


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I needn't have panicked about being locked in.
The construction guys have promised that if I get locked in they will let me out, and there are constant security patrols.
Tuesday to Thursday mornings there is a boat repair course for unemployed people, so I have a bit more access than I thought I would.
I was worried about completing this commission as I thought that my access would be restricted to very early on Saturday mornings.
A bit of glazing to add colour highlights and some rose pink early morning clouds have completed the painting.

oil painting of Anzac Bridge by artist Jane Bennett
Stage 2 Half finished -'Under the Bridge 2- storm warning' 
oil on canvas 76 x 76cm 2012
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The weather has been variable - sometimes very windy and a couple of wild storms.
One morning I turned up and it was so cloudy that I almost decided to head back home again. 
I'm glad I didn't, although I couldn't paint for long before it started raining.
I always take a couple of spare canvases just in case, and luckily I had one the same size as the one for the commission.
 The sun crept out from behind the clouds every now and then - playing across the bridge pylons and the last vestiges of the working harbour beneath. 
The colours changed the mood so much that I had to start another painting rather than add to the one that I was half way through.
oil painting of Anzac Bridge by artist Jane Bennett
Stage 3 Nearly finished -'Under the Bridge 2- storm warning' 
oil on canvas 76 x 76cm 2012
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 Same time of day as the previous painting , but the stormy conditions give such a different mood, and a complete change of palette.
One of my favourite paintings is "The Tempest" by Giorgione. I love the sense of foreboding he has created by such simple means - a few clouds, shadows and highlights, and the resulting painting has a mysterious poetry that defies analysis.
oil painting of Anzac Bridge by artist Jane Bennett
'Under the Bridge 2- storm warning' 
oil on canvas 76 x 76cm 2012

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I was initially worried that I wouldn't have enough time to complete my commission - and now I have 2 canvases!
I don't know which canvas my client will choose.
I've emailed both and she's said that I've made it difficult for her - she loves both of them! This is her birthday present to herself, and very important to her, so I wanted her to be very happy with the result.
The big decision is tomorrow. 
Update
The client finally decided on the early morning painting.


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Jane Bennett Artist said...

Update - After a day of agonizing, the client finally chose "Under the bridge-early morning", and dropped the "Under the bridge-storm warning" canvas off at the gallery.