August 25, 2015

IV on the Ramsay Mural

Its been a lot cooler out, which is really helping with the application of paint. The pigments are covering with fewer layers because it is coming out of the can thicker.
I also brought up a camping chair for the lower bits so I don't have to kneel on the gravel. Unfortunately, it broke within the first hour of using it.
I'm adding pink and purple which is getting me closer to finishing off the pattern in many of the letters.
The remaining white areas will eventually be filled in with blue, a different blue than the background.
My buddy wandered up and reapplied some of the orange he painted to make it less streaky and transparent. It was a super hot day that day and the paint was coming out of the can as thin as ink.
The letters are shaping up. Once they are filled in I will go back and retouch the black outline.

August 18, 2015

Add more colour to your world

When I'm not teaching my teen camps full time, I sneak in some colour after work and on the week-ends, wether permit tin, on the Ramsay Community rink mural. Got his by some bad storms which really cut down how much I could do this past week but I did have a little help from my friends recently.

My best friend Ben, and niece Teegan, helped me add some orange and magentas while I added some green to the piece.
There is an overall pattern I am following, ROYGBIV and mixing the previous and following colours onto each letter.
One thing I didn't expect that has become apparent as I proceed, is that the pure tones need multiple coats to flatten them out and hide the transparent looking brush strokes. Meaning…… I have many more hours to put in than I anticipated. C'est la vie.

Its nice and quiet when working alone, but much more fun when I have music playing and helping hands. I teach after my day shift tonight but will be back at it tomorrow night and throughout the week-end if anyone out there wants to pop by, message me for details :D

August 11, 2015

Ramsay Mural - Red handed

Every chance I get after work I get up the hill to put down paint on the Ramsay mural.

I left it a bit too long and it acquired some graffiti, the whole purpose being that this mural would hopefully discourage it altogether, Where it got tagged, I will be painting over it with my signature information.
I started filling in my lightest hue - yellow.
I filled in the many little shapes which has been taking a lot longer than I initially expected and needs multiple coats to cover properly.
The process of filling in the letters gets underway.
On another session I start in on the red.
Some of the letters get a bit more emphasis than others.
I get to the end of the long line of letters and anticipate my next session of paint application.

August 10, 2015

Acrylic Sampler at Swinton's

Sunday Sampler at Swinton's Art Supply. 

What a lovely way to spend a Sunday.
I wish I got to do this every Sunday.
My kind of church, the "Church of Creativity." 
Here is my quick demo piece for this weeks class.
No experience necessary!!!!
If you have always wanted to try painting, but don't want to drop hundreds getting the supplies before you try them out, Come down to Swinton's for on of their samplers. I will help you get your paint on.
This class is for people who have never painted before or a re beginners who have been hit by the creative bug. Its a great way to try out a new medium and to learn to mix different colours.
We work on fundamentals then everybody gets a bit of time to make their very first acrylic painting that they take home after they are finished.
I love the colours on this piece as it gets blocked in, a little more time and thick application of pigment......
And presto, nice work Lisa!
this mushroop piece was started on a bright yellow underpainting which gave the mushrooms a luminous quality, I'm totally stealing that idea. Even the instructor learns stuff on sampler days.
This participant had a wonderful sense of lighting on this snowy mountain.

Think you might want to try acrylic or oil out with me? go to Swinton's website (here) and look up when the next sampler is scheduled.