I’ve been experimenting with acrylic recently in anticipation of my workshop in Turner Valley on Oct 20. It’s been interesting because I’ve had to push myself a bit to get the effects I’ve wanted.
These paintings were done using acrylic in a non-watercolour style which I think it was a very good choice for me. Acrylic can blend wet in wet in a manner that approximates watercolour but it just isn’t the same. So I choose to use acrylic in an opaque manner similar to oil. It helps me to keep these 2 workflows completely separated.
I enjoy doing portraits from different angles because often we see the back of the head more freely than the front, probably because of the emotional impact of eyes so predominates a frontal view. From the back it’s easier to just see the shapse. These 3 portraits were of members of the Calgary Sketch Club.
The landscape was taken from a photo of our trip to England. While travelling from Southhampton to Cornwall we just randomly took a little detour off the motorway and discovered the charming little village of Punknowle in Devon. This painting is from a photo of the main street with the all important pub.
I was at the Big Rock Artists show in Okotoks today and had a few hours to pass in the afternoon. It was a beautiful sunny day and I was drawn to this house. I was very pleased with all the thinking I did before painting and I think the result is an interesting interpretation of the scene.
This is the demo I did in class last night. The interesting part of doing this painting was that when I had finished the demo I realized that the walls of the main building were too light and too bland. So I rewet the bottom half of the building and lay in a darker wash which helped but it still wasn’t enough. So I rewet the entire main building and got a lot more aggressive at applying some colour. So as much as our goal is to get the wash right the first time we often fall short of that goal but watercolour allows for many modifications and this is now a much stronger painting and still retains a freshness and a good sense of light.
The one change that I had to make that couldn’t be repaired was to correct the angle of the tram wires. You can see where I scrubbed the old ones out.
And further to our talk about happy accidents and accepting them as gifts. . . as I was sloshing paint on the walls a long drop splattered onto the road but it works as a cane for the figure between the car and the 2 main figures.
Back Lit Building
9 x 12
I have been doing a few things in acrylic in preparation for my upcoming workshop in Turner Valley on October 20, 2012. One of the exciting parts of this painting is the size – 4 ft x 3 ft. It also illustrates the vibrancy of acrylic paint as seen in the narrow band of yellow orange which has such tremendous power because most of the painting is in various shades of grey.
A Little Hope
36 x 48
Another painting from my visit to 19th St NW, in Kensington.
Friday Night Bustle
8.5 x 10.5
I’m participating in this event on Sept 28/29. It’s in support of a very good cause and is well worth the drive to Okotoks. I’ll be there Friday night and Saturday and I hope to see you there.
I just caught sight of the cat sitting on the railing one day. I sketched it from memory afterward. I did get to look at the background when I did the painting. Our cabin is situated in the woods and I didn’t really have an idea how to represent the tangled, wild nature of the trees and grasses. So I just took my best shot at it, again, consciously trying to keep it simple. I’m pleased with the way it turned out. Fairly simple and it does capture the feel of woods. You can just see the detail of the steps and the walkway in the background.
Lord Of All He Surveys
16 x 12
I just caught a glimpse of this sunset as I was walking through the woods. Painted it when I got home. Consciously trying for a lighter feel to suit the mood.
Sunset, Lake Of The Woods
9 x 12
9 x 12
This is the view from our boat house. The person was made up.
From The Boathouse
16 x 12
We just returned from a vacation at our cabin on Lake Of The Woods. I love the opportunity to paint there. This year most of the paintings I did were done from memory shortly after seeing the particular scene. Over the next few days I’ll post some of the works.
From The Water was inspired by the view of the boathouse and cabin as seen when I was swimming.
8 x 8
From The Water
12 x 8