(Submitted by Ingrid Mueller)
Abstracting the Figure in Landscape
Andrew Sookrah is an experienced illustrator and designer, having spent the first part of his career in the advertising business. But his passion for fine art and painting and ability as an experienced instructor shone through on this Friday evening.
“Sookrah is a raw colourist whose free brushwork is confident and powerful. His strengths can be seen in his strong sense of design, exquisite use of effective composition, confident presentation of bold colours… and in his figurative and portraiture work, his capturing the essence of the human spirit.” Ref. www.sookrah.ca
Andrew maintains that all painting is abstraction in varying degrees. He suggests that when one paints, no matter the subject, it is an abstraction of a form, shape and colour.
Andrew spent most of the evening demonstrating Abstracting the Figure in Landscape, where he started with an interesting reference photo and using a canvas which had been prepared with a loose sketch of a figure in a boat, and using paints based on value rather than colour, produced a remarkable semi-abstract painting.
A video of the full demonstration can be viewed on the DVAC Facebook page in the VIDEO section.
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