IF IT was a challenge Newcastle artist Dino Consalvo was after, it was a challenge he got.
Ankle-deep in water and staring down the elements with a paintbrush in hand, Mr Consalvo has vowed to capture Merewether Beach in all its beauty.
It means early mornings, long days and more than one lick of paint.
“It certainly is a challenge,” Mr Consalvo said.
“Nothing at this beach stays still for long – the tides go in and out, the light changes and the sky changes. It really is quite an effort, but it’s worth it.”
Mr Consalvo is capturing Merewether for a large-scale oil painting titled en plein air, which he hopes will make it to an exhibition local outfit Gallery 139 is set to open in Sydney next month.
“I couldn’t think of a better project,” he said.
“People really do forget how beautiful the local beaches are. “Other countries have beautiful beaches, but when you compare, it’s apples and oranges.”
VAST EXPANSE: Dino Consalvo stares down the horizon at Merewether Ocean Baths to capture its detail for his latest project. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers