I spent the past weekend in Whistler. Canadian Thanksgiving and a beautiful place to spend it. Weather perfect.
My art plan for the weekend was to do a one-day acrylic demo in the White Dog Studio Gallery and to do as much plein air as my wife would allow. So I decided to put my self to the test – of time. I often get the chance to do quick studies – an hour or less – but usually feel that it is not worth the effort so I generally don't bother. So I decided that for the weekend any plein air would be ONE HOUR MAX – from set up to take down – oil or acrylic. A test of me and the efficiency of my setups.
Acrylic Demo White Dog Gallery Studio.
White Dog is a new gallery in Whistler and I am very pleased to be represented there. It is full of energy and represents artists I am proud to hang alongside.
I did two acrylic demos – total time 3 hours. I keep coming back to time taken because I really want to push myself to improve my efficiency. I can always add finishing touches as required later.
|Initial lay in 12x16 on acrylic primed linen
|Got a bit carried away with colour - again
Second demo set up on Coulter Art Box Standard Size with StaWet palette on left holding heavy viscosity paint , glass palette in middle for mixing, Golden and Liquitex fluid acrylics on right
Plein Air Sketchs
I painted three mornings and one midday.
Each morning I was at the site just after sun up – about 7:30, the mornings were beautiful with no wind and a clear sky – but COLD – from 3to 5 C. I “ suffer” from Raynauds Syndrome– a nuisance disorder that causes me to not be able to use my hands in cold weather so I was worried – but gloved up and it worked OK because there was no wind – another reason to push myself for time.
|Oil set up ; mid size Coulter Art box, 6x8 acrylic primed linen
|Started with good intentions of a careful sketch
|Cold got the best of me and I grabbed my palette knife and went wild
Two Green Lake Mornings
|First morning oil - WS
|The hour went from almost dark to intense early light - a real challenge to hold onto
|Again grabbed the palette knife to finish up quickly
Second day acrylics. Because it was COLD the acrylics were not drying to I started two and staggered them hoping that time would let them dry - but no luck. And I HATE working with acrylics that are not drying quickly as I am a layer painter. So the day was a challenge and the sketches showed it. Total time for the two was 1.5 hrs. I was so cold I could not have finished them on site.
|Quick outline using blue china marker on linen
|Previous acrylic underpainting
The mid day was in Whistler Village, my wife and daughter wanted to continue to hit the stores and I had had enough so said they gave me a hour to meet them back at the car. So by the time I got to the site – a beautiful fall stream – I had only 40 minutes to setup, paint and clean up. Normally I would not have bothered but I really wanted to test myself again.
This one I really enjoyed. The mid day was warm and the site beautiful.
|Oil on acrylic primed linen - bit of palette knife in the foreground 8x10
A great weekend and it was fun to push myself - product suffers but all a part of progressing. I am VERY happy with the Coulter Art Box systems for both the oil and acrylics - fast setup and easy to work with.