I gave 2 workshops in Edmonton last weekend. They were sponsored by The Paint Spot a great art store, gallery and studio just off Whyte Ave. I have to thank Kim and her staff for making me feel so welcome. They are big supporters of Canadian and Albertan artists.
There were 2 classes both very enthusiastic about learning more about watercolour. It’s always a wonderful experience to be in a room like that.
The first day I did a demo of one of my favourite scenes from Calgary, the Stephan Ave Mall. It’s a good example of the monumental style street scene and has great shapes and composition.
This painting is all about value, the colour is completely secondary. But if you have a good composition and a good value then the painting will be successful. As a friend of mine said: Colour gets the glory but value does the work.
On the second day I did something I’ve never done before which is do a demo that I hadn’t practiced. This time I went in cold and that made it a very interesting experience. There was extra focus when I began the painting. But it did allow me to demonstrate the process I go through before I start a new painting. I always do a thumbnail value study in pencil. I find this practice very important. Since I’ve been doing this I notice the quality and especially the consistency of my paintings improved dramatically.
This is the demo I did on the second day. It’s a view down Jasper Ave. My main thought process was to see and paint the buildings on the left side as a single shape. I think it’s very successful. I really like the sense of light. I plan to do this painting again as a demonstration for my new distributor ArtClick.tv. Next time I do it I would like to improve the sky and also change the composition a little to bring the building on the right a little closer to the edge. Bringing that building right out of the frame at the bottom was the biggest change I made after the workshop when I got back in my studio.
Anyway it was great to meet everyone and it was a lot of fun. I look forward to returning.