Paint brushes at 10 paces as family rivalry plays out in Arts on the Grass

THE rivalry was close to home at yesterday’s Arts on the Grass, with three members of the Warrnambool Peters family taking part. 

A mother-daughter creative battle between artists Rachel and Madeleine Peters was supported by entertainment from son and brother Didi.

Madeleine Peters said despite having taken part in last year’s event she was nervous about painting for an audience, but was taking the day light-heartedly. 

“We’re both super nervous but I think at the end of the day it’s going to be a lot of fun,” Madeleine said.

She said she hadn’t put as much planning into her artwork as her mum.

“I had a play last night. I’m trying to paint a poem by Jackson McLaren, it’s a song he wrote,” Madeleine said.

“It’s about a view from a house I used to live in and it was night time and the vines looked like the ocean.”

She said a cool change after set-up meant “I didn’t have to paint in my undies”.

Rachel said there was a healthy rivalry with her daughter.

“I’m a bit nervous. I think she’s a really good artist,” she said.

Rachel chose to paint an ocean view based on the lava flow between Shelly Beach and Thunder Point.

“I found objects on the beach near Thunder Point (to include),” she said.

Rachel said it would be challenging to complete an artwork in two hours, as she normally spent a month on one piece.

“I normally do a lot of layers … I like to step back and take another look.”

Additional live music was provided by Rhys Crimmin.

Votes for the best artwork can be posted on the Warrnambool Art Gallery Facebook page until lunchtime today with results announced this afternoon.

Arts on the Grass continues on January 24 and 31.

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