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Kelly, Caroline

"The Letter" by Caroline Kelly won Merit Award and People Choice award at the Splash-2019.

I was a self-taught artist from a very young age, I have always felt a deep love for art and wanted to know everything I could.

In the last 4 years I have been drawing with coloured pencils, learning how to finely blend 30-50 layers of coloured pencil to create drawing. I did “The Letter” first as a coloured pencil drawing, it took 134 hours to complete & was roughly an A4 sized drawing.

Now, since learning classical art and the value of tone I was able to do a double sized watercolour painting in 3 days.

When I took the photo of “The Letter” I was expecting to just take a photo of the building, but when I got there a lady was sitting in front of the door drawing the spiraled columns. The whole scene looked and felt as if it was a painting set up just for me. It is to this day one of my favourite photos and moments.

Since the beginning of 2019 I have had the honour of being taught classical art under Min Kim. I am lucky enough to learn from such an inspiring, talented artist. She has been teaching me classical drawing, classical oil painting and classical watercolour.

She has taught me how to capture light, the essence of a subject and the importance of tone. I have always had a very deep connection with art and now through being classically trained I feel a sense of peace and an even closer connection to the incredible and beautiful world of art.