“Diagonals” 30 x 26 cm. June 2022

Bright directional light, deep shadows, a tilt of the head, and distant cranes of Fremantle’s inner harbour have come together to create a set of compositional diagonals. The seagull balances comfortably on one leg as if an anchor point for the whole.

It looks like silver gulls are going to make several guest appearances in next April’s “Home and Heart – Local Love Stories” exhibition. After all, Fremantle (a major subject in the exhibition) wouldn’t be the same without our eye-on-the-main-chance, casing-the-joint, feathered larrikins. I have a real soft spot for them!

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12 thoughts on “Diagonals

  1. Jean Davies

    Hi Julie,

    I love your composition! I have a photo of a seagull sitting on a wooden fence that I took when we were in Perth a couple of years ago, and I keep thinking about drawing it. Haven’t got there yet.

    Jean Davies UK

    Sent from my iPad


    1. juliepodstolski Post author

      Hi Jean, perhaps this drawing of mine will act as a nudge to you to draw your Perth seagull. It’s nice that your seagull is still lurking in your mind – probably hoping to become a work of art!

  2. Joy Rhodes

    Ahh, Julie – this one is my very favourite! Love the entire composition! You’re such a professional; just love it. I have seen so many gulls around the Fremantle area, over quite a few years, with just one leg…they are courageous, cheeky and absolute die-hards! Such characters, I’m also very fond of them; they are always there – beaches and oceans wherever you go in the world. I have often watched them from a distance ….. sadly, they are not very welcoming friends! Your dedication is extraordinary.

    1. juliepodstolski Post author

      Hi Joy, well – seagulls are VERY welcoming friends if you happen to be eating fish n’ chips. You’ll be happy to know that this particular seagull had two healthy legs. It was merely in the mood to be resting on one of them only. In some of the other photos I took it was standing on both of them. Sometimes gulls seem quite introspective; when they are not attacking or defending but just chilling out.

  3. Robyn Varpins

    those cranes never looked so good. beautiful composition. the textures seem to make it so intimate.

  4. anna warren portfolio

    Your composition is always so GOOD! This one is a stunner, the simplicity of the forms and balance of the soft feathers of the gull in front of the geometric cranes just works. Every one of your gulls has character in abundance – the viewer can look and make up their own story about what it is doing and thinking.

    1. juliepodstolski Post author

      Thanks Anna. Yes, the strength of this one is the actual composition. I named it “Diagonals” to draw attention to that fact. The bird is framed by the diagonals as well as being part of them…a kind of rhombus framing…if I remember the correct terms of geometric shapes.


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