Friday, November 7, 2014

Working Big and Luvin' It

After almost two years in the planning, this past weekend, Island ARTS Magazine hosted a Suzanne Northcott workshop. The title was "Working Big and Loose".

I was excited about this workshop, as Suzanne has a reputation as being a great facilitator. Second I felt a nature push to start painting bigger. Everything was in place for an exploratory experience.

First we were to scrub and brush some paint down to cover our canvas with an under-painting. It didn't much matter what you did, as some or most of the under-painting would eventually get covered over. I tend to reach for the warmer colours - quin gold, red and yellow. From there I roughed in a few shapes, standing back from the canvas, using a large brush and making marks on the canvas (as Suzanne would say).

After a day of standing and working BIG this is how my painting progressed.

Day two I experimented with copper foil and texture. I felt like a mason as I trowelled on the coarse pumice to get the effect of cement.

A week has passed since the workshop and this morning I finished the painting.
"South of the Border", 30 x 24"

Till Next Time ...
From the Prairies, to the West Coast and Beyond...

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