About Brian Simons
Being a self-taught artist, I have derived much of my inspiration from the “Group of Seven”, the French Impressionists and the Writings of Baha’u’lla’h (Bahá’í Faith). My family and I moved to Vancouver Island from Alberta, where I first began to paint approx. 25 years ago. Prior to that time, I focused mostly on drawing and sketching. I began showing my work in 1988 and have been represented by numerous galleries on the Island. From 2006 to the present, I paint on a full-time basis and have had many successes and confirmations in that period, including numerous commissions for a television production company, architects several corporate and private collectors both in Canada and the United States. I also conduct acrylic painting workshops British Columbia, Alberta and the United States….
The Progress of an Oil Painting
This is the original photograph I used from the image library of www.wetcanvas.com. Thankyou to the contributor! At this step it is very important to study the image and identify shapes, colour etc.
This step involves “MAPPING” out the shapes and overall composition of the painting. Lots of room for mistakes and corrections here. I am using magenta, cobalt blue, burnt umber, cad yellow, cad red and titanium white for this painting.
At this point we start loosly blocking in the colours starting with the darkest and moving to the lighter ones until all the colours are “roughed in”
Here, you can see all the colours “roughed in” in a loose easy fashion. My apologies for the glare on this image.
In this step we start adjusting the colours and put in lighter variations and tones
In this step we pay close attenion to edges and softening of colours. More refinement of colour is added with a bit more sophistication and detail. We also begin “keying up” the lighter tones using thicker paint.
To finish the painting we look for only the important detail and add a bit. We check our edges again and make final adjustments on colour, being careful not to “fix” or “finish” everything. WE’RE DONE!