Gallery Panel: Janette Drysdale

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Reannon Navaratnam

Kerry-Anne Blanket

Kerry-Anne Blanket

Sarah Montgomery

Janette Drysdale, Drone Days. Oil on stretched canvas, 122 x 122cm

Janette Drysdale, Drone Days. Oil on stretched canvas, 122 x 122cm

Reannon Navarathnam

IndiCo Galleries, Sydney

Incorporating precise detailing whilst overall maintaining a simplistic, illustrative effect is no easy feat, but the artist here has managed to perfectly combine the two. The calming nature of this beach scene is cleverly conveyed from a bird’s eye view, alluding to an element of weightlessness.

Kerry-Anne Blanket

KAB Gallery, Terrigal

Aerial drone photography has opened up new possibilities for studio painters. This stunning original painting by Janette Drysdale, Drone Days, is a great example of how new angles and perspectives of the landscape are being explored through contemporary painting. Here the artist has used her brushes to present the aerial subject in a very realistic style, almost tricking me into thinking it was a photograph at first glance. I am particularly drawn to the pair of canoes – an interesting way of breaking the horizontal composition. The rocky outcrops just offshore are also fantastic as they draw the viewer directly into the main action of the painting almost instantly.

Sarah Montgomery

Sydney Road Gallery, Seaforth

Drone Days is a tranquil oil painting delivering a distinct feeling of relaxation and time well-spent on the Australian coast. I love the spaces between the umbrellas: the unsaid beach rule of “not too close” is well-understood. The drone perspective allows the viewer to see new details; patterns emerge in the water in soft, translucent layers. What an exquisite natural world we inhabit.

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