Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Rainy Day shopping in Chinatown, Toronto

12x12 oil on canvas
I learned a very important lesson here. ALWAYS PUT EXTRA PRIMER ON A PURCHASED CANVAS. I normally prime and texture my purchased canvas, but being unprepared and in a hurry, decided to go ahead and paint anyway. Paint sinks in a lot, and colors fade and get muddy (much faster). I continued on, learning my lesson every step of the way, and used a knife to get some pure color. Still a little flat and muddy, but not too bad I guess.
This is Spadina on a rainy day in Chinatown. It is a study for a larger canvas (which I will coat and prime with gesso.)

5 comments:

Carol Schiff Studio said...

I think it is lovely and your two spots of red and yellow glow beautifully against the grays.

I am not getting around to the blogs much any more, either. Seem to run out of time much faster than I used to. Thanks for stopping by my blog, I have enjoyed your work once again!

Susan Roden said...

I just returned to play with acrylics onto gessoed wooden panels, so greatly appreciate your info Catherine!
As always your paintings are superb - and am always amazed on the luminosity you attained on rainy days.

Barbara M. said...

Beautiful work Catherine. Not muddy at all. I always use an undercoat colour, or more than one over purchased, gessoed canvas. Seems to work, but then I'm painting in acrylic. Love these rainy scenes, they are so right on.

XO Barbara

Peter Lee said...

So beautiful!
Love the lighting and reflections.

Claire Beadon Carnell said...

I think this is quite beautiful, Catherine. You paint atmosphere so exquisitely!