I had the pleasure of doing a demo for the Calgary Chapter of the Federation Of Canadian Artists. I really enjoy painting in front of people so it was a great day. The afternoon, when I was painting, went by so quickly. Win Win.
This first pic is the painting at the end of the show.
I got to finish it at home right after the show. It’s fun to be able to get in the studio and just focus on the painting with no distractions.
I like it because it’s pretty much what I was trying to do. The one thing I would like to have a second chance at, is the shadows across the road.
A number of people I talked to today said that they thought watercolour was really hard to change. If you look at these 2 detail pix you can see how I was able to make big changes to the picture.
In this detail from the painting at the end of the show there are 2 problems.
- the car in the back looks like it’s sticking out at a weird angle and
2. the guy in front is lost, dark against dark.
In this detail from the final painting you can see how I solved both problems.
- I used a toothbrush to lift out the right side of the car and painted it to define the car differently.
- I used white gouache mixed with a few watercolour pigments to turn the guy into a light figure. Because sometimes when I do this the gouache layer gets a little boring I scratched out with my fingernail a few lines that add some energy to the figure.
If you’ve read this far I would like to thank you and also to mention that I am teaching a
2 Day Urban Landscape Workshop at Swinton’s May 27 – 28.
I’ve also just contracted to teach an 8 week basic watercolour class at McKenzie Town Council. It’s Tuesdays, 12 – 3 pm starting April 11. As a promo for the class I’m doing a free demo in the same building on Saturday March 25, 10 am – noon. Contact the
co-ordinator for information or to register.