Sunday, January 16, 2011

Acrylic challenge

This was one of the last challenges in my art class. The challenge was to work on a painting from a photograph that I did not know how to paint. We were to break it down to what we were interested in and make the other "stuff" secondary. The other challenge was to paint it completely differently than we were used to doing. This is the final picture.

The "painting it differently' for me was to paint the underpainting in Cad Red Medium and Quin. Crimson. I chose these colours as they were far from reality. Here is a close up of what some of my underpainting looked like:

This is the complicated and challenging picture I was working from. I had taken this picture on a hike and was influenced by the "Y" in the water and the variety of colours. It was so busy I had no idea of where and how to even start this one!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Mount Royal University Panel completed

The story of Mount Royal University told through art.

"The Centennial Mural Mosaic Project is a permanent showcase of the most significant people and stories in Mount Royal's 100 year history. 180 panels created by numerous Alberta artists will make up the mural. Each panel celebrates those who created today's premier undergraduate university. Informative and engaging, this project is an artistic legacy that will bring Mount Royal's rich history to life."

The panel (#48) is shown below as it was given to me.


I chose to celebrate the Commercial Aviation program at MRU as my son Curtis will be graduating in April with his Commercial Pilot's License. Below is my finished panel. You can check out the panels that are posted so far at http://mtroyal.ca/100/mural100.htm  Click on a panel and it will increase in size and the artist's comments are shown plus the original panel.

My finished panel is of a MRU plane with the Springbank airport in the background.