Saturday, January 23, 2016
Sunday, January 17, 2016
The next project, I and a friend of mine, were commissioned to do a 3ft cx 4f paint-
ing, live, at the Marriott hotel in Vancouver for their customer appreciation night. The
medium: Acrylic paint on Canvas. The theme was international skylines: Vancouver,
England, Paris and New York. I chose Paris, because I just came back from Paris
not too long ago and my painting partner lived in Paris for a few years.
The challenge: Incorporate the Marriot and Renaissance logos in the piece.
We only had three days to prepare. Painting in acrylics is very different
from painting in watercolors but I thought I’d make it look and feel like
When I tried to do it on canvas, I ran into some problems:
1) I couldn’t get the acrylic paint to look like watercolors.
2) I decided to use watercolors. (Approved by the organizers.)
3) The watercolors kept dripping down the canvas.
4) The white paint was not runny enough to make streaks.
5) The internet had nothing about using watercolors on canvas
It was a big risk to take but if I could somehow find a way to make it work,
the result would be very different and really cool. So, I developed my own
technique overnight, researched and drove around the city to find the
special paint for the white streaks and then taught my painting partner the workflow.
Although the hotel was the focal point, people saw and felt something beyond that and connected with the painting. The beauty about art is that it reveals your thoughts and impressions. It reflects your feelings. It mirrors who you are. It shows you, you.
It was a successful night and I had a taste of what this could be like if I could paint full time. It only serves to motivate me to work harder and develop an exit strategy from the day job.