Painting a city scene can be time consuming, why do I love painting them so much!? This scene of Victoria St. in Kamloops is like eye candy with all the colours of late August caught in afternoon light.
I've shown a few close ups with the brush details in view. The trees were painted first with transparent colours which meant painting around them while they were still wet. The first photo shows how I painted in the negative spaces around the leaves. The second one shows after I softened edges and added more leaves wet in wet. I wipe more paint into my rag than what goes onto the canvas... I call it swipe and wipe. It's a little time consuming and uses a ton of paint. My goals is to keep my colours clean and vibrant.
The building details show how I didn't just paint in one flat colour on the sides of the buildings but took the opportunity to make it more interesting by adding other hues of the same value. When faced with large areas that appear to be of one colour it's much more interesting to add some fun colours into the mix. I've taken liberty in this painting when it comes to colour. Why not, it's my artistic license. : )
Debbie Milner Lively- AFCA
I've been a professional artist for the past 20 years. I can say the journey has been amazing!