I’ve always been a big proponent of the benefits of playing with paint. It’s often surprising how much you can learn from it. This painting is an example.
I’ve always found this building very interesting. It is right beside the Lougheed House. The other day I wanted to do a little painting but wasn’t interested in doing a detailed drawing and all the other ‘stuff’ that goes into a formal painting. I had a long and narrow piece of paper at hand and just for fun I thought I would try to paint this house. Because I had to fit the house into this unusual format I couldn’t worry about being accurate and I painted that way. With very little pre-thought I just began throwing paint around. It was half an hour of pure fun. When doing something like this there is absolutely no pressure. It’s all about just playing. I was just reacting to what the paint was doing on the paper. Also because I didn’t really care if it worked out or not as soon as I got an idea I just did it. For example the house, because it was a very light value and there weren’t a lot of shadows didn’t really stand out as much as I wanted so I thought ‘let’s see what it looks like if I exaggerate the darks on both sides’. From the photo you can see that there was actually a very dark house beside it which helped.
That feeling of being in the moment and not worrying at all whether it would be successful freed me up to just have fun. From all this playing I realized how much I want to have the same feeling of fun in my ‘serious’ painting.
The title came from the 2 figures on the left. I put my usual blob of orange for the faces but the background was wet so the paint spread out and it began to look like a couple of wild afro-type hair styles. So those 2 blobs evolved into the twins.
I think the spontaneity of the process shows in the final painting.