05 June 2010

Reservoir Lounge 01

11" x 15", watercolour, 2001, private collection

As mentioned in my previous post, this painting was one of four works I had in last weekend's Terroir at the Crystal Palace in Picton. 

The reference for this was shot on one of my many outings to Toronto's Reservoir Lounge to see some great live music --mostly swing and such-- back in the late 1990s. I'd planned to do a series from this venue (hence the "01" in the title), including some shots of the various musicians, but I only ever did one other painting --and it wasn't so great, so you may never see it here.

The paper I used was very smooth, so the paint soaks in very quickly, making blending a challenge. This forced me to work slightly differently, as evidenced by the rectangular strokes and various unblended areas.


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