24×30 Oil on Exhibition Canvas, this painting entitled “Manarola” has possibly been my most ambitious piece this year. I don’t normally paint so many buildings, I’m a portrait painter by trade, but the colors and lines of the buildings and landscapes throughout Italy inspired me to attack this subject matter. I’m pretty in love with this painting.
Just finished my second Watercolor piece from what is turning into a full “Italy” Series. The frame is a loaner, I mostly just wanted to keep the piece protected until I could do something with it. I’m pretty darn happy with it. Watercolor is so different from Oil. I spend so much of my time plotting and drawing and blocking in dark colors. I feel that the final product looks both sharper than my usual work and also looser. This will definitely be something to see in person either at Sundog, Saskatoon or Wintergreen, Regina this winter.
This lovely 23×31 watercolor painting of a canal I fell in love with in Venice is actually my first real attempt at watercolor painting. I’ve been talking about it for years. Buying paint and books about watercolor, talking to masters of the medium, but I have never built up the guts to give it a go. What if I screw it up and I’ve wasted all that paint and paper? What if I fail? Also, trying something new is different and hard and staying in my comfy safe space with oils and acrylic is very nice. It is a lesson about life as much as it is about art. We need to challenge ourselves more often. We need to grow. It’s wonderful how different subjects and mediums can influence one another to create something extraordinary. I’m not saying I am there yet but I’m not going to stand in my own way either. I am happily pleased with this piece. I think I shall attempt a watercolor portrait in the future.