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with a photo taken with care­ful con­sid­er­a­tion of com­po­si­tion and light to cap­ture “what’s unique in that lo­ca­tion.” Light in a land­scape or cityscape, he notes, is “more a mood.” He adds: “If the paint­ing re­quires fur­ther ref­er­ences, I’ll take more pho­tos to cap­ture de­tails that I will re­visit when draw­ing.” These ref­er­ence pho­tos, though, are only that. They are of­ten changed in the paint­ing. Jay ex­plains: “I might put day­break in a pic­ture or I might change the in­ten­sity of the colours. I im­bue the paint­ing with the over­all im­pres­sion of be­ing there and record it in some way, but then I add my own colour lan­guage to en­hance the depth and vi­tal­ity of the im­age.”

Con­nect­ing

The past year has been an­other year of push­ing him­self cre­atively and pro­fes­sion­ally. Not only has Jay dis­cov­ered and de­vel­oped the mar­ket­ing and so­cial media as­pects of his ca­reer as an artist but he has also re­ceived sev­eral awards, in­clud­ing the Peg Forbes Memo­rial Award at the 39th An­nual La Cloche Art Show and the Peo­ple’s Choice Award at the 2016 “In the Spirit of Tom Thom­son and the Group of Seven” ex­hi­bi­tion at the Perivale Gallery. “It’s been fan­tas­tic to reach new au­di­ences; their en­thu­si­asm has been en­cour­ag­ing,” he re­ports. Not­with­stand­ing all of this ex­po­sure, Jay con­fesses to lik­ing what he calls “the soli­tary as­pect of paint­ing…. When I am in my stu­dio I feel a calm­ness and tran­quil­ity. I am sin­gle-minded in try­ing to get all the el­e­ments of a paint­ing just right.” At the same time, he ac­knowl­edges the im­por­tance of get­ting the work out there. “There is noth­ing more sat­is­fy­ing than when you present an orig­i­nal idea and some­one con­nects with it,” he says.

You can view the work of Jay Favot at www.artof­jay­favot.com or from May through Septem­ber at:

Perivale Gallery

Man­i­toulin Is­land, ON www.perivale­gallery.com 705.377.4847

right, Cock­tail Party, acrylic on can­vas, 48” x 48”

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