Bunting House, PEC36" x 84" (36" x 36" (centre); 36" x 24" (each side)),
oil on canvas, 2016, private collection
This is a big commission I recently completed for a couple who live in Toronto but have had this house in Prince Edward County for a couple of decades. They wanted a picture of their home away from home, so I went out there a couple of summers ago and shot tons of reference while the trees were nicely foliated, the grass was green, and the day was sunny, knowing I'd likely be working on the painting during the winter.
While we originally discussed a triptych, we later settled on one large painting, but finding a canvas the desired size proved difficult, so we went back to a manageable, but large, triptych.
There's a whole lot of canvas to cover, so let's get started (remember to take regular breaks after each phase).
The Rick Wakeman shot.
Whichever prog-rock keyboardist my painting set-up reminds you of, you gotta admit: the wall of canvas with drum stool shot is quite amusing.
Phase 6 detail.
Phases 7 & 8.
Phase 8 detail.
While the left side of the house is very bright, and I did use pure white to cover the dark underpainting, I didn't give it a second coat to make it absolutely white, rather, the relatively thin application of white allowed the dark grey to temper the white, giving it an interesting quality that an absolutely pure and flat white wouldn't have (same with the creamy right side).