Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The Story Behind 40 works that changed my career 14

Number 14- Rush Hour II

In this post I'll be showing the stages of completion from start to finish. This shows another technique I use when starting off these kind of crowded scenes. With This Rush Hour I started with an abstract acrylic opaque wash, I really wanted the finished painting to have a lot of density and that's why I used this technique.

Rush Hour II, Oil on Canvas, 80 x 120cm, 2007

I exhibited this painting at the Patching's Art Exhibition organised by The Artist Magazine in 2008. It won the Pro-Arte Award- if I can remember, that won me Paint Brushes worth £250, some of which I am still using till today.

Stage 1

Stage 2

Stage 3

Stage 4

Final Stage

"Here are some other ways I try to spark my imagination:
=Look through my reference files, sketchbooks, and photographs
=Take a subject I like and paint a series of it
=paint some fresh flowers
=set up a still life
=buy a new brush, colour, or paper
=read a book or magazine on watercolours
=read about the masters
=look at some of my old paintings
=go to a workshop
=mat some of my work
=go to a museum"
-Angela D'Aleo on the Purpose of Painting


Greybrush, [Steve Dominey] said...

Nice to see your process. Are you referring to your sketchbooks for the various figures or are you just winging it? A little of both?

adebanji said...

Thanks Steve, everyone and everything was painted from a snap-shot apart from 2 figures, I had to think those ones up, as I didn't like the ones in the reference I used. They are the woman in the front and the black girl in green.

Greybrush, [Steve Dominey] said...

Thanks for the insight.

adebanji said...

You are welcome, Steve!

adebanji said...

@Steve-Looking again, it was the black girl in black standing beside the one in green that I had to think up.

Diana said...

I remember this one well. What a way you have come since then!

adebanji said...

Thanks Diana, it has been a long journey but worth it all! God has been really good!