Ucluelet is described on the internet as a district municipality on the Ucluelet Peninsula found on the West Coast of Vancouver island in British Columbia.
I just describe it as beautiful.
The painting of Ucluelet is a 24 by 30 inch oil on gallery wrapped canvas, which I thoroughly enjoyed bringing to life.
Most artists simply paint rocks as grey, but I feel that is wrong. When you examine a rock, or in the case of the Ucluelet painting, which has large boulders, you see a kaleidoscope of colours, a multitude of pigments you did not expect to see.
To start the painting the boulders were all done with a combination of Prussian blue and alizarin crimson. This combination picks up the light a different way and creates depth, whereas just using Lamp black, would be too flat.
Usually my sky is started with cereleum blue and titanium white, but knowing that I was going to position a rolling fog, I opted for cereleum blue , and a combination of flake white and davy’s grey. This gives the duller impression as a base that you would expect to see on a foggy, misty, grey day.
Building the boulders was done with a triple zero rounded tip brush, and a series thin layers of Paynes grey, cobalt turquiose, mauve , and pure davy’s grey not thinned.
When the boulders were almost complete, shadows of light magenta, cereleum blue and davy’s grey mixed with flake white, were added in small areas.
Trees and greenery were kept simplified with burnt umber, magenta, Prussian green, Terre Verte, and tiny areas of cobalt turquiose.
Rolling fog was introduced after the buoy and tiny sailboat were completed, so that they would also drift over these two items, pushing them to a distance.
Using a glaze technique repeated multiple times you get the impression of the heavy mist moving in and can almost feel the dampness on your cheeks. If you have never done a glaze effect, it is accomplished very patiently. In my practice I use Liquin Fine Detail with a very minute touch of whatever colour you are using added. This creates a very thin, almost transparent painted area, using again a round tip brush, and loose free flowing strokes.
So where is this painting now?
The Legislative Assembly of Ontario known to us a Queen’s Park, juried and selected a small number of paintings from Ontario artists, to grace the building and be exhibited there for all of 2024, and I feel honored that Ucluelet is one of those artworks.
I hope you get a chance to visit my studio at the Alton Mill Arts Centre. Saturday January 27th and Sunday, January 28th is our popular Fire and Ice Festival.
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