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Graffiti Backyard

Rex Beanland, Graffiti Backyard, watercolour, 16 x 12

Graffiti Backyard
16 x 12











This is another scene from our recent trip to Toronto.  The Kensington Market area.

An interesting challenge in this painting was to paint the graffiti.  It was a little complicated but it was also a wonderful opportunity to play with colour.


Calgary, Plein Air

Rex Beanland, Snowy Day In Elbow Park, watercolour, 9 x 12

Snowy Day In Elbow Park
9 x 12













Rex Beanland, 11 Ave SE, watercolour, 12 X 9

11 Ave SE
9 x 12








Rex Beanland, Downtown, watercolour, 9 x 12

Downtown, Another View
9 x 12













3 recent plein air paintings.  The bottom 2 paintings were done in exactly the same spot on 11 Ave SE.  There are a few smaller, older houses that have somehow survived the expansion of the Stampede.  One way sees these little houses dwarfed by the encroaching office towers.  Turn the other direction and get a nice view of the back end of downtown.



Christmas On 8th Pt2


Rex Beanland, Christmas On 8th, watercolour, 20 x 15











Rex Beanland, photo of 8th Ave, Calgary









This is the painting that I just demoed today at Paintworks Art Studio in Okotoks. It was a great workshop and it was very enjoyable meeting new people.

After I got the painting home I added a number of finishing touches.  It’s a little wild and wooly but I quite like it.  It certainly was a great experience trying to turn this scene, which is in reality a fairly simple one point perspective exercise into a watercolour lesson and teach it.   The most significant element I added was the people  and the car and trying to use them to create a story.

The bright red banners are visually a neat element.  I used cad red light gouache to paint them opaquely on top of all the other paint.

Christmas On 8th Pt2
20 x 15

Kensington Plein Air

Rex Beanland, Destination 19th St, watercolour, 9 x 12Rex Beanland, Kensington, watercolour, 9 x 12Rex Beanland, Cafe, watercolour, 16 x 12





















I’ve found my new plein air paradise, namely Kensington a very varied and interesting neighbourhood in Calgary.  Lots of street life.  I spent yesterday and today doing some plein air painting there.  I’m very pleased with the process I used.  Get a good composition and then work out a value pattern.  I’m also happy with the actual paintings I did.  I find it best for me at this point to thing of plein air painting as a time to gather information.  If the painting works out that’s always a bonus.

So I definitely got lots of ideas and had a fun and satisfying experience.