Acrylic practice – painting from photos

Dundas Street West – I took a photo of birds perched on telephone wires, but left out the birds so have this painting of partial rooftops and wonky wires (can’t figure out which brush to use, or how to control the stroke width,  or how to keep my hand from shaking as I try to paint gently swooping lines).  I might still add the birds to the wires, but for now I’m happy with this cropped view (it reflects a lot of the cell phone pictures I take while walking around).

Acrylic practice – bath

This started as a woman standing in a tiled room, facing me, then became a woman in a tub with her back to me, then the mirror appeared and called for a reflection.

My process at the moment is: keep going until something starts making sense. Then stop – stop when there’s a glimmer of being near completion (at which point things are often unsatisfying in a way that I can’t put my finger on). After a few weeks or months, I can sometimes see what I could have done differently.

Acrylic landscape practice

A landscape that exists only in my imagination. Lesson learned: it’s hard to make sense of light and colour when there’s no reference (i know that’s obvious to the point of “duh!”, but sometimes the idea of a painting is so strong that I just want to give it a try).

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