This is a commissioned painting of an armoured vehicle towing a damaged tank in Afghanistan. It's an unusual subject for me, but it was a true pleasure to paint from the excellent photos provided by my client.
Acrylic on muslin laid on birch panel, 24 x 36" (Commission)
Apologies for the poor video quality -- and for my head in the frame. This was a one-woman, one-tripod, one-shot project. However, it should give you some idea of how I go about starting a drawing using my wax and scratch technique with graphite on Claybord.
I am very pleased that my portrait, Stefan, 23, has received an Honourable Mention in year's Kingston Prize exhibition, an award of $2000. The show opened on November 14, 2015, at theBeaverbrook Art Galleryin Fredericton, New Brunswick, and will run until February 14, 2016. On March 16, 2016, it will travel to Galerie d'Art Desjardinsin Drummondville, Québec.
I've turned to a new technique recently. These pieces are made with graphite and conservator's wax, an acid free paste wax normally used for cleaning and polishing. The process involves not only scraping back to the bare Claybord, but adding more layers of graphite and wax, then scraping again. Although I've mainly used a mini box cutter for the scraping, some of these effects are achieved with a waxy rag, cotton swabs, sandpaper, and steel wool. In order to add traces of colour, I've also used touches of egg tempera, pigment mixed with wax, and brown shoe polish.
Most of the work shown here is available for purchase at Village Studios, 24 Downie Street, Stratford, Ontario. To inquire about prices or shipping, please call Village Studios at 519-271-7231. Or email firstname.lastname@example.org.