(Submitted by Brent Arlitt)
Artist Brain Harvey presented slides of many of his paintings and demonstrated his typical artistic method to the club on Friday November 16. He has training from Seneca College, Sheridan College, Toronto School of Art, the Art Centre at Central Technical School, and received a BFA in Drawing and Painting from OCAD University in Toronto. His paintings are studies of the commonplace and the typically mundane; everyday objects, spaces and urban landscapes which are frequently overlooked. His paintings reflect his very careful perception of colour which is translated into warm colourful cityscapes that are both captivating and rich in feeling.
In his painting demonstration, Brian used his favourite medium, oil painting, and a very simple primary colour palette. He typically utilizes a grid when painting from a photograph, and using minimum guidelines such that the images are properly located but there is plenty of scope for impressionist interpretation of the scene. The dark marks were made by a complementary combination for viridian green and alizarin crimson to create a lively vibrant dark colour that works well with his use of reds oranges and complementary blues.
A couple of views of the starting of his unfinished demonstration painting are attached.