Painting in the Foyer

Today was the day to paint in the foyer at CFT. I wanted to re-engage with being in the theatre as I have spent June in the studio and on the final lectures and tutorials of my MA at the University of Chichester. As ever, Sophia Alexander-James was there to help me with the lifting and carrying and setting up and clearing away. She also makes and primes my canvases, which osteoarthritis prevents me from doing myself. I have no strength in my thumbs and wrists. Even drawing or any other fine movements with my hands can be painful. Sophia also filmed the painting session for me on a video camera. I also tried an experiment, to use my i-Pad to take a time-lapse video, which was successful for a few seconds and then something interrupted the filming and when it re-started, hilariously, the lens was facing in the opposite direction to where I was. I am able to find it amusing, only because of what it actually recorded. The flickering light on the tables and chairs and the wind blowing the foliage outside is truly beautiful. What a bonus!
Here is the link to see the video. https://vimeo.com/user25569393

Painting in the Foyer 7.7.15

Painting in the Foyer 7.7.15


Painting in the Foyer 7.7.15

Painting in the Foyer 7.7.15


And here is what I was painting:
Painting in the Foyer 7.7.15

Painting in the Foyer 7.7.15


This is only the start of a painting. There is much more work to do.
I also had a warm-up time before starting on this painting on a much smaller canvas, working from some earlier drawings.The painting is visible on the floor behind me in the first photo.
Painting in the Foyer 7.7.15

Painting in the Foyer 7.7.15


I used acrylic paint on both canvases, not my usual choice for painting, but working in oils on location is not very practical. The issues I have with acrylic paint are that mostly, the pigment is much less dense and dries very flat looking. This is fine for underpainting. Acrylic paint dries very quickly and I struggled at times this morning with the paint ‘setting’ before I had finished putting it on. On the second (square) canvas I painted water onto the canvas first to help with the drying time. I always use acrylic medium too as this helps with the loss of brightness of colour as the paint dries.
Here is the link to the time-lapse video of me painting in the Foyer:
https://vimeo.com/132906147
This is the painting after editing and re-working in the studio, using oil paint. There may be further changes too.
Meeting with Luna

Meeting with Luna

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