Next week I'm to paint a demo for the Cincinnati Art Club. It's one of the oldest art clubs in America, and the dinner meeting will be well attended.

I'm considering what to paint for the demo. The club leans strongly towards conventional art - lots of landscapes, still lifes, and portraits in oils, pastels, some sculpture, so my thoughts are to expand their horizons on materials. This small study was done this summer in oil, and I really like how it turned out. I'm wondering - should I paint it again really large, on YUPO, and in watercolor for the demo? I think so!

Another option would be to paint it on a big sheet of hot pressed paper, maybe 26 x 40" using fluid watercolor acrylics. I consider the new 'fluid acrylics' to be watercolors since they act and look exactly the same, except for the fact that the acrylic stays put, can't be easily lifted once dry ..... a benefit and a hinderance depending on the situation.

It's a bit of a change to use an 'oil study' for a watercolor painting. Conventional practice does it the other way around. My hope is to maintain the impressionistic look done in the oil study. This will be fun.

"AFTER CLASS" Oil study on paper - 6 x 9" (The paper will eventually disintegrate due to the oil on it.)


Sandy said...

Sandy: Both options sound good. However, I favour the one on yupo...you could introduce your group to yupo and show them how easy it is to remove what you don't want.

Michelle Himes said...

Either way should be a fun demo. wish I were going to be there.

RHCarpenter said...

Whichever you choose, I know you'll shake 'em up!!

Tracy Wandling said...

If anything will expand their view, it will be your painting on YUPO!! Your work is amazing...can't wait to see what you do with this one.

Tracy Wandling said...

I read your letter to the editor in Watercolor Artist magazine, and I couldn't agree more.