Pouring paint is a fun technique where the painting goes really fast because you literally pour on the pigment! However, there is a lot of drawing and filling in with masking fluid… which means major thinking and planning ahead. This painting shows some of my learning process, including finding out that my blue paint would granulate, but not reliably! Compare the right side with the left: the right granulated with the red while the left did not.
Whew! We’ve had such a busy spring I can’t remember which paintings I’ve posted. I don’t think I would have posted Cattail Dance. It was a demo from our negative painting course in Fairview this April. See how the dark snow behind the frost on the cattails makes the brights stand out?
Our weekend watercolour course at the Fairview Fine Arts Centre was a huge success. We were met by a very welcoming crowd of artists including several board members from the Centre and it was a joy to work amid their enthusiasm as students and fellow creators. One of the nicest parts was spending our lunch break together, sharing our hot meal and talking art (included our collections of art stuff!). When everyone is so keen plenty of hard work is achieved. We painted three paintings, studied perspective, negative painting, colour theory and all kinds of techniques and ideas from basic to advanced. It was all together an extremely enjoyable way to spend our time and we hope to do another course soon.
Obviously I could use some memory exercises! I wanted to paint a picture I took out at Moonshine Lake but I couldn’t seem to get the picture and my paint kit in the same room at the same time. Since I’ve seen this scene in person millions of times I figured I could paint it from memory. I knew the prevailing colour was purple and there was snow globbed on the trees and under the cattails. Long shadows stretched across the ice.
As I painted, I thought I was getting quite close to the way the scene is, although I wasn’t quite satisfied with the colour scheme and thought there was some disconnect between the warmth at the top of the trees and the chilliness of the ice and shadows.
Only when I finally put the two together did I see how off my colour scheme was! Why didn’t I remember the near monochrome qualities of the snow and shadows? Was I fooled by the old “trees are green” rule?
We always tell students that no one really looks at things until they try painting them. It doesn’t matter if you get something that isn’t absolutely photographically “right” so long as the overall effect is pleasing. That’s what art is!