Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Angus Wilson's painting process – and a demo

Still from video – painter Angus Wilson talks about his painting process

Angus Wilson, whose colorful abstracted still life paintings can be seen at www.anguspaintings.com, will give a painting demonstration this weekend, Saturday, May 15th, from 2:00 to 5:00 at Galllery i Fine Art, 685 Cannery Row in Monterey, California. If you want to go, the gallery asks that you R.S.V.P. at (831) 375-1617.

Angus Wilson arranges the still life setup for a photo shoot

You can watch a three minute video interviewing Wilson, "The Painting Process – Angus Wilson," at www.galleryifineart.com/events.asp. In it, he talks about how he doesn't see himself as a still life painter. For him, "it's all about color and form and shape – and the fact that I'm painting flowers and fruit and tables – it's just an incidental detail."

In preparation for painting, Wilson arranges and rearranges the objects in various arrangements, photographing them from different angles. Then he chooses the photos he likes the best. He says he can usually create two or three paintings from each photo shoot. He's often scouting flea markets looking for interesting bowls and jugs and other objects he can use in his paintings.

Angus Wilson with a painting in progress

Here, you see a painting in progress, with a reference photo posted on the right, and his color plan beneath it. He has already decided on the colors he wants to use, and knows where he wants to take the painting before he begins it. At this point, he has drawn in his composition, and is blocking in the big shapes.

Closeup of Angus Wilson's painting in progress

At that point, he just paints - and concentrates on enjoying the painting. He's already made his big decisions beforehand. Enjoy the video!

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