Friday, March 8, 2013

Calgary Sketch Club Demo

Borrowed Scarf
20 x 16
2 hour demo

I'm always thrilled to be asked to do a painting demo.  The tension of talking about my process, answering questions and observing the model well enough to capture a likeness is invigorating and some of my best paintings have been created under these circumstances.  While I won't go so far as to say that I work best under pressure, it sure does focus the mind and you don't do any useless fiddling about.

This portrait was painted in 2 hours last night in front of members of the Calgary Sketch Club.  The image to the left is where I left off at the end of the demo and the large picture above is the finished piece.  I put in another hour or so this morning while it was still wet and the model's face was still clear in my mind.  Most of the work was just a matter of strengthening the paint in thin areas and creating linkages of colour throughout the piece.  I also toned down the reflected colour on the neck and chin area.  It was too strong and the audience said so, but it's a dangerous thing to make huge changes in a few minutes, so I saved it till today.

Of course he stimulation of painting at night kept me awake for hours, but it was worth it.  There's nothing better than painting, not even sleep.


Bobbi Dunlop said...

Wow! This is stunning, Ingrid! What an amazing feat, and such an incredible result, under such pressure!

Cudos, my friend!


Ingrid Christensen said...

Thanks, Bobbi, for your wonderful comments! I'm a total studio hermit, but I always feel like I've got a community when hear from you.

I think I'm about ready to tackle those urban plein air paintings that we've been talking about. We should make a date to get out there and paint the sunny, snowy city when the weather warms up.