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PostSubject: Gathering: studies and experiments   Wed Jun 23, 2010 8:51 am

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This series of paintings started off as the small 2 studies, based on compiling a few early evening crowd photographs I took in Halifax last summer. After I painted the two "representational" paintings, each 6" x 6", I wanted to try them again as two linked larger paintings that could sit side by side.

So, in order to try something different, and being aware that I did not have model releases for all the people,
I tried altering each face so it was different from the reference, and then got really bold. I would change the lighting, make it a moody night scene, and use red and green light. So, I embarked on that adventure, but by the time a few weeks passed, did not like the results.

So, I started again, and painted over the whole thing, both 30" paintings. This time, I went with blue and yellow, with red highlights. Why not stick to the basic palette? Of course, the colours I painted with were mixed combinations, but I started off as the basic idea of using red, blue and yellow. That was a great paint mixing exercise for me.

Anyway, the result is also "mixed", I like some parts of it here and there, but certainly found my limits, ha ha. Faces are hard to invent, obviously, and it is also difficult to imagine and then paint lighting that is falling on invented facial features. But we do this for fun and amusement, right?

On the positive side, I guess I like the mystery and ambiguous nature of these two larger paintings. What are all these people doing?
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PostSubject: Re: Gathering: studies and experiments   Wed Jun 23, 2010 11:50 am

Hey Alan, They look wonderful - great work
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PostSubject: Re: Gathering: studies and experiments   Wed Jun 23, 2010 12:26 pm

very interesting experiment Alan. I actually think I like the first two best, because they are such tight views and really give the feeling of a crowd. The larger ones seem more spaced out between the people. Quite a challenge you set yourself - well done! Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Gathering: studies and experiments   Wed Jun 23, 2010 3:06 pm

Wow these are fantastic paintings! I love the way your figures fade in the distance. The faces are really well modeled with just the rite amount of detail. Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Gathering: studies and experiments   Tue Jun 29, 2010 10:50 pm


Thank you for sharing these with us.....I really like the expressions on the faces of the people – quite nice and fun to look from one to another and try to interpret what they may be thinking or feeling....Like the shadows, light, and capturing some of the complexity of human exprssisons. Thank you again for sharing your work.
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