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Sal Badcock, local artist/singer, spends most Thursdays painting outside Oceania, her studio in community, although occasionally the weather decides it’s time for her to move her materials as happened during the Feast of the Senses Artist Trails.
Today it’s Sunday and she’s painting at a new location – The Shrubbery a café/bar down near beach front of Mission Beach for Art Del Mar. She attracts an appreciative audience, especially of younger patrons, who sit in rapt attention, some even coming close to ask questions about what she is doing, and others perched on chairs learning about art by observing.
Sal, is garbed in her colourful painting overalls, armed with her paintbrushes and sponges and surrounded by her works and that of two other local photographer/painters – Trish Milburne, of Barefoot photography and Jacqueline Brodie, another local photographer/artist. The canvas she is currently working on is a tropical reef scene. She walks to the back of the café every now and then to check its progress and work out which section she will work on next. She lets me know that it’s important to see it from where her audience will, not just close up where she is hard at work with the paint.
Sal works with signpost paints – they’re quite expensive, but vivid, bright and effective at conveying the tropics. They make quite an impression on the viewer, leaping off the canvas and presenting the brilliance of life in North Queensland. She explains that she creates a rough outline on the canvas and then work from the background to the foreground.
Her major subjects are wildlife, nature and people of the tropics. She is partial to birds and frogs and knows a great deal about the local wildlife, also working as a wild care volunteer. Her favourite picture, for which there have been several interested buyers is of a group of four women lounging at the beach on their towel under a tropical sun. Sal plans to make this one into prints and post cards once she can have it scanned.
Sal may have several paintings going at once, for instance there is a picture she began prior to cyclone Larry, but with so much rainforest devastation, she was not able to continue past the cassowaries in it for sometime. No background to work from. Canvases can take up to 18 hours of work, but that 18 hours may be spread over months, or longer, depending on the subject.
Sal is also a well known local singer, and together with Kim, her partner, they provide an avenue once a month on a Saturday night for people to take to the open mike session, WAM, held at Oceania.
All artwork and photographs courtesy of Sal Medwin Badcock not to be reproduced.
(c) Article June Perkins, all rights reserved.
(Please note Oceania no longer exists since Cyclone Yasi)