Perry Had­dock

Bri­tish Columbia, Canada, Coastal Car­pet, acrylic, 24 x 18" (61 x 46 cm)

International Artist - - Art Challenge -

My In­spi­ra­tion

The west coast of Vancouver Is­land is known for its pound­ing surf and wild win­ter storms, but in its rest­ful mo­ments, the tidal wa­ters are calm. The long stretches of sand are cov­ered with a thin layer of colour, re­flect­ing the sky`s in­ten­sity. As the pull of the tide re­veals the soft sand be­neath, the colours change and in­ten­sify, leav­ing the beach a shift­ing car­pet, invit­ing hand­hold­ing lovers or beach­combers to the small off­shore is­lands.

My De­sign Strat­egy

I wanted to place the em­pha­sis on the wa­ter, so I placed the hori­zon very high, al­low­ing me most of the can­vas to play with reflections. I used the is­land as the “des­ti­na­tion,” but left the fo­cal point just short of the land, choos­ing in­stead to place the ma­jor in­ter­est in the bro­ken light of the reflections.

My Work­ing Process

Whether I’m work­ing out­doors or in the stu­dio, I usu­ally be­gin with a toned can­vas, most of­ten a warm mid-tone, such as burnt si­enna. Keep­ing that tone as my mid-value, I lay in the com­po­si­tion very loosely with pen­cil, and then do a more def­i­nite draw­ing and rough “no­tan” us­ing black gesso. When it dries, I glaze over ev­ery­thing with broad washes of trans­par­ent colours such as In­dian yel­low, green-gold, diox­azine vi­o­let and quinacridone burnt or­ange. When my darks and mid-tones are es­tab­lished with the trans­par­ent hues, I start to de­fine my shapes with opaque colours, mov­ing around the paint­ing to en­sure unity, bal­anc­ing warms and cools, and re­tain­ing the trans­parency of the dark­est darks when­ever pos­si­ble. The fi­nal stage is to cut in with the light­est val­ues, keep­ing the brush­work loose and lively.

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