"Whispers from the dreaming concept" by Cate Townsend


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Original Pastel drawing developed in photoshop using layers of original drawings and photographs.
Initial concept for “Whispers From The Dreaming” Pastel and gold leaf on canvas sold in Sydney at the Tap Gallery Darlinghurst 21st Birthday Exhibition.
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I am an artist from the North Coast of NSW, utilizing my Graphic Design skills to generate thought processes in Adobe Photoshop. I then translate my designs onto canvas using mixed media, ie acrylic, ink, pastel, gold leaf etc. I also work intuitively with colour straight onto the canvas letting the flow of paint dictate the composition. I can relate to the Bowerbird, as I am drawn to blues and turquoises, collecting my treasures from the artists universe to produce my work.

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  • Paul Gibbons
    Paul Gibbonsabout 5 years ago

    Love her eyes, beautiful work Cate.

  • thank you so much Paul… my friends that have seen the original are really captivated by the eyes

    – Cate Townsend

  • Duncan Waldron
    Duncan Waldronabout 5 years ago

    I like it Cate, and the thin format. Leave as pastel – I love pastels (not that you’re doing it for me!).

  • I’m glad you like it Duncan I just have to put the finishing touches and it will be done… down and two to go.

    I really couldn’t believe it when I stood back and looked at it…. I thought did I really do that??? lol.

    Well I am so happy with it I can’t paint over it and when you see it in person I think you will understand even more. It was so funny Daniel my 11 year old son came out in the morning and looked at it and said "mum it’s just like leonardo da vinci’s Mona Lisa lol so cute that my son is comparing me to Da Vinci (hmmm I wish).

    – Cate Townsend

  • eon .
    eon .about 5 years ago

    AMAZING WOW " – ))

  • Thanks so much for stopping by Steve, I’ve been so busy sorry I haven’t been in touch. This is the first of three 6ft by 2ft panels I am doing. I’ve been doing like 3 or 4 am mornings for the past month just researching. I don’t think people realise how much effort goes into some work.

    The work currently is at the stage of experimental drawing two. I worked out the rest in photoshop today and came up with the name Whispers from the dreaming. I have been influenced by many things but especially a story from the dreamtime. I will probably finish it in the next day or two and upload.

    – Cate Townsend

  • Petra Pinn
    Petra Pinnabout 5 years ago

    this is gorgeous Cate, she’s got such aura, like a goddess

  • Thank you so much Petra…. I worked out this composition today in Photoshop the original is still at the stage of experimental drawing no 2. I will finish and upload again in the next day or two.

    I have been sharing the journey of my class exhibition and this is the first part of my current work.

    it is a lot stronger when you see the original. When I showed my teacher the design for this he said it reminded him of iconic art from Greece and Russia.

    – Cate Townsend

  • ArtSlut
    ArtSlutabout 5 years ago

    This is really beautiful.The format suits her perfectly :-)

  • Thank you so much Flower I can’t paint her now I love the pastel way too much

    – Cate Townsend

  • ArtSlut
    ArtSlutabout 5 years ago

    the textures and layered effects are gorgeous too, and I agree, she’s all she needs to be in pastels :-)

  • Cate Townsend
    Cate Townsendabout 5 years ago

    Well lets hope my teacher agrees …

  • Anita Inverarity
    Anita Inverarityabout 5 years ago

    Sooo beautiful- great work Cate xx

  • Thank you so much Anita I still have two to go ….

    – Cate Townsend

  • luvapples downunder/ Norval Arbogast
    luvapples down...about 5 years ago

    Gorgeous, I can’t wait to see all three panels.

  • Lynnette Shelley
    Lynnette Shelleyabout 5 years ago

    wonderful work

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