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.”
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:
Manitoulin Island, ON www.perivalegallery.com 705.377.4847
right, Cocktail Party, acrylic on canvas, 48” x 48”