Anita Barrett - Essence of Lon Exhibition
In this collection of work "Essence of Lon" Anita Barrett wanted to capture the essence of the Lon Farm and surrounds.
The magical Moonah trees with it's twisted branches, the lines, shapes and scent of coastal scrub while walking through the dunes and gazing at the sweeping views of the ocean, the birds and their beautiful calls. Anita had painted on circular shapes to draw your eye into the paintings. Essence of Lon is a mixture of birchwood or canvas, Anita started by sketching an image in charcoal, then began applying colour, after it's dry she used different colours and while wet scratched or rubbed back to reveal the underlying paint or wood. "I love using graphite or charcoal to create interesting lines and texture. I want the viewer to feel happy and relaxed when looking at the artwork, to remind them of nature and Lon's ﬂora, fauna and beautiful calming country coastal landscape."
Meet Anita Barrett
I am a creative soul who seeks calmness and happiness for my present and future self, and being in the natural environment is my meditation and a central part of my art practice. So I was so excited when the opportunity arose for me to become an artist in residence at Point Lonsdale's Lon Retreat, where I could immerse myself in its 200 acres of rural and conservation land sketching and documenting what I could feel and see.