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 Canuck 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 Canuck 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!