This is the painting I did today as a demo at the Art In The Garden show. It’s from a photo I took on a very sunny and hot day behind Eau Claire Market here in Calgary. I tried to capture the strong sense of light.
The photo had this really interesting grouping of 5 people with 2 groups of 2 and one girl off by herself. The only change I made to the photo was to make that last girl a little larger and bring her forward and to emphasize here quizzical stance. I feel that gives it a much stronger sense of narrative.
9 x 12
I’ve been painting strictly in watercolour for the last 2 years. I’m offering an acrylic workshop in Turner Valley in October so I’ve started to dabble in acrylic again. I want to incorporate the things I’ve learned about painting from my watercolour experiences and transfer them to acrylic. I’ve painted in acrylic in the past but I have never been as comfortable with it as I have with watercolour. The one thing that I am certain of however, is that I don’t want to do acrylic in a watercolour manner. For me it just becomes confusing when I try to do with acrylic what I do with watercolour. Acrylic just doesn’t flow and mix on the paper the way watercolour does so I plan to avoid that entire issue by painting in an opaque manner. Full bodied paint.
I hope to keep some of the same subject matter (buildings, people and vehicles) and also to continue to paint with looser, more spontaneous brushwork but opaquely.
This is a quick little study that I did yesterday. I liked the impressionistic handling of the face.