Saturday, February 2, 2013

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Family circa 1958 at ARTastic...

Our February inspiration at ARTastic...

comes to you from famous Australian artist ...
Charles Meere (1890-1961) with his painting Australian Beach Pattern (1940)
Criteria - Free choice, make of this as you will
A little about Charles Meere

Meere was one of a group of Sydney artists who took a modern take on classical artistic traditions as a way of portraying national life in the period between the First and Second World Wars.
Born in London, Meere trained as a mural artist at the Royal College of Art, where he was influenced by the ideas of William Morris on craftmanship and the role of the designer. Moving to Australia, he worked as a commercial artist and as a cartographer and illustrator for newspapers.
His most famous work is Australian Beach Pattern which depicts a tableau of beach goers whose athletic perfection takes on monumental, heroic proportions. Meere created a crowded and complex composition through the pattern of figures, which appears as a still-life of suspended strength. This iconic painting encapsulates the myth of the healthy young nation symbolised by the tanned, god-like bodies of the sunbathers.
This is the only photo I believe of my parents, my siblings & me..the only one!! 
This happy snap was taken with my parents (rarely used) Box Brownie camera, at Cabarita Beach in summer of 1958.  Yes, it is blurry but I absolutely love it.
Pictured from l to r is -
Alan, Dad (Jack), little me, Mum (Joyce), Judith holding the umbrella & Lance.
The Peters Clan.
So with gesso, templates, hessian, scrap papers, & Pink Paislee hexagon, I created this page with that fab inspiration by Charles Meere. 
Do join in as this is a wonderful site, with great inspirations each month.
Hugs xxx


  1. A very special layout for a very special photo. You've captured the essence of the inspiration painting perfectly here.

  2. This is totally fab I love it Debi huggles hun Sue J xxx

  3. What a special photo to scrap! Love the background technique! :)

  4. I love your layout - its so vintage - what a wonderful treasured photo! :)


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