This is the painting I did last week somewhere off the Ogden Road. Due to a late start I had about 25 minutes before it started getting dark. By the time I had a drawing done it was already beginning to darken. The interesting part of that situation is that due to the lack of light all I could see was value. But since value is the crucial element in successful paintings this lack of light actually helped.
There was a fairly thick smoke coming up behind the building on the left. I wasn’t sure how to paint that effect but I think it worked out well.
I also think that the composition is very effective. I’m especially pleased with that because in person this building was not a particularly interesting shape. So I think zooming in on this section does give it a bit of a story. The truck acts as a stand in for people and humanizes the whole scene.
Ogden Yards 1
9 x 12
This is the painting I did the next day. This is the full view of the building I did yesterday. Again, concentrating on value made the entire process much easier. As I heard at a demo last week. Colour gets the glory but value does the work.
The technical challenge again was to represent smoke. In both paintings I used a wet in wet approach including some chinese white.
I believe the building is the Alberta Distilleries.
Ogden Yards 2
9 x 12