Painting holiday portraits at the Port Douglas markets is a far cry from art school in Adelaide, majoring in ceramics, for Robin Ayers.
But it was this creative beginning, coupled with an insatiable urge to learn more and more about art, which has led Robin Ayers along interesting life pathways…all the way to the markets, drawing people, one might say!
Port Douglas Sunday markets afford a fascinating glimpse into the
creative world of the area, renowned for its accomplished artists,
beautiful scenery, fine food and relaxed life-style.
Stall owners at the markets are required to make or grow their own produce, or to, at least, have creative input into their production.
When I first met her, Robin used to do something which I would never dare to attempt. In the full glare of public scrutiny, she would sit down in front of children, adults and lovers and draw charming portraits of them!
For a start, that was bravery of a special kind. But the more obvious
reasons for admiration were her skills of observation, her knowledge of
how to draw people and her understanding of her subjects, so that she
was able to render their appearance and expressions in a way that was accurate and which
appealed to them.
Locals and visitors at the markets
These days, with queues six deep, Robin’s popularity has meant that, in order to keep pace with demand she will either make a quick conte or charcoal drawing from individual or family portrait poses or she will photograph her subjects from various angles to be painted later in her studio from the resultant high resolution digital images.
Sometimes she is happy to use her artistic skills to draw or paint a portrait just from photographs, so, if you haven't been to the markets for a while and your children have grown up a rapidly since your last visit Robin may oblige with an up-to-date version from your recent photos...you can always ask!
in her white hexagonal marquee at the Port Douglas Sunday Markets… you might just join that queue!
If you would like to contact Robin direct, please do so via the form below. I am sure that she will be delighted to hear from you.