Saturday, January 2, 2010
Well maybe not a conversion. Lets call it an addition. About six years ago, I was commissioned to paint several large pieces for a newly constructed activities building at a Sun City retirement community in Lincoln, Calif. The first piece was of a 1900 era Lincoln saloon just outside of the towns opera theater. I painted the scene in water color (my main medium at the time) on a sheet of 5 foot by 7 foot water color paper! It came out just fine, but what if I add blown the painting? I needed to do the remaining pieces with an opaque medium so I could make changes. So the next painting was done in acrylic. I learned the medium on the job! It was a bird rookery scene about 5 feet by 7 feet. I painted this in acrylic on water color paper, and it was wall papered above a hallway entrance. The third commission was to show senior activities and was to be above a theater stage. Needless to say, it too was painted in acrylic. Now, most of my gallery work is in acrylic. By the way, that's my water color set up on the stage. I was invited last fall to give a water color demo and talk to the Sun City Art Club. A water color demo of all things!