A year ago, Paul Debois and I collaborated on a project I have talked about on this blog called Wildlings. Paul photographed me painting 'Wild Thing' one of a series of my paintings then made this timelapse video: some people have loved it, some laughed at the comic timing! If it makes you smile, job done!
I painted this earlier this year. I used a photograph by Paul Debois (who I was working with at the time) to paint. I'm not altogether comfortable painting urban scenes, but I like a challenge so I set to...
Prep your canvas. I used cotton drill, a heavy weight cotton primed with gesso or acrylic primer. I decided not to stretch the canvas, but to pin the cotton onto a plywood wall, and use the rough texture as part of the painting. Finally, roughly paint a dilute mix of yellow ochre and white spirit over the canvas to knock back the white primer. Leave to dry-this doesn't take long.
Now I have called this blog easy steps and this painting looks very complicated, but by taking it slowly
and layering it over a few days the final image is revealed.
Roughly paint in the main shapes to give the correct balance to the painting. Then paint in the base colour of the two sets of bricks. The 'white bricks' were mixed with:
Vandyke Brown or Burnt sienna
Experiement with different quantities of each to add texture
The red bricks were painted with:
Again, xperiement with different quantities
I didn't worry about each individual brick I just put down rough colour.
Why is this called 'Teaching the world to sing?' Because there is a Coca Cola can in the image.
Just a few brush strokes. Cadmium red and a little grey made with Blue Black, Titanium White and
Put in the finishing touches. The final details to the poster, the Wildling growing in the wall.
The writing on the plaque. more texture to the bricks and a small part of the pavement.
And don't forget to sign it.
Because I liked the rough feel of the canvas I decided to frame these by pinning them onto matt black painted board and mounting them in a black frame.
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