"Raking Light", 11 x 14", oil on board
$200 unframed, shipping & taxes not included
The Calgary Sketch Club had me and my plein air buddy Jan Chalupnicek doing an "Iron Brush" painting competition. The idea was to simulate the plein air experience inside. Jan did his thing in acrylics while I did mine in oils. We chose a photo from one of our paint-outs together and this was projected onto a screen for us to work from.
Here you can see the set-up -Jan is on the other side of the room. There were about 35 people present to watch our humiliation, opps, I mean success. They were free to come closer and we were able to share some of our methods and thoughts. Look at how fast that brush is going! We had less than an hour to finish the painting.
Several members dressed up to represent the kind of distractions present during plein air painting. We had tacky tourist, people dressed up as wild animal and others with stuffed animals -it was a hoot. Oh, and I forgot to tell you that there was a sound track playing of wild birds, wind and rain. (Jan had time to do 2 paintings to my one, the speed of acrylics!)
At the end of the evening, I won the award for oils and Jan won the award for acrylics (nobody wanted to pick a winner!) We were presented with these cute awards complete with brushes. Great fun was had by all, and the funky atmosphere put the artists at ease.
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