The painting process has many steps. A step that most often takes the longest but I never seem to include in the scope of work is location scouting. I am currently working on two painting commissions this month, one of which I have spent three full days visiting the painting scene waiting for good lighting. When the commission painting is of a scene I am unfamiliar with and I am not given a photo – I spend significant time figuring out the composition as well as what is important to the client.
I never seem to allow myself the same luxury of scouting for my personal artwork. However most landscapes and city views I paint are of scenes I just happen on when the lighting is just right. So the scenes I paint are curated based on luck: a serendipitous moment when I am at a location and the scene inspires me. This year I am focused on series of painting compositions that work together, so my process of collecting scenes to paint is becoming more thoughtful and taking longer.
When I found out “Doors Open Vancouver” was happening this past Saturday I decided to devote a full day to wander downtown Vancouver, scouting vantage points I do not normally get to see. I even tried out the Vancouver bike sharing system: Mobi. Here are a few scenes and sketches from this past weekend.
Now to review the photos and ideas and get back to painting. And if you dig the pink laneway in my photos – check out More Awesome Now’s latest laneway project on Kickstarter (I’ve already invested!)