I did a demonstration at the Leighton Centre on Saturday June 1 for their annual Clothesline Sale. It is always a very enjoyable event. Lots of people, lots going on, and a chance to catch up with friends and fellow artists. After the rain yesterday, today was beautiful. Sunny all day. Unfortunately, as you can see I forgot to take a hat and I don’t do well in the full sun so I’m paying for it tonight. But it was a great day. I enjoyed the day and I’m very pleased with the painting. It’s of the Barley Mill at Eau Claire.
As I heard someone say recently, the real subject of a painting like this is not the objects, the people etc but it’s the light and this painting I think has a very strong sense of that wonderful yellow light.
I also enjoyed having nearly all the figures work as lights against a darker background. Lately I had fallen into a bit of a trap of always trying to make the figures very dark. However when you have a dark figure against a dark background there is no contrast and it’s boring or muddy. So I like the fact that the figures are all lighter than the background. The lightness of the figures in this painting was achieved by mixing in a little white gouache with cobalt or ultramarine blue.