Entries by Alan Ray

Lonesome vs. Wild

In this post, I compare two self-portraits: “Lonesome”, completed in spring 2018, and “Wild”, a new version in progress. For each, I adopted a different approach to portraiture — a direct alla prima approach in the first case, and a traditional, the indirect approach for the other.

Three Square Foot Paintings

Painting on a square panel presents a challenge from the perspective of composition. There’s less room to lead the viewer’s eye into and around the painting.  It’s tempting to put the focal point in the dead centre and be done with it, but the result can be boring if the subject isn’t compelling. In this post, I describe three square foot paintings on cradled wood paintings that I prepared for the annual square foot show at the Westland Gallery in London, Ontario.

Revisiting a Portrait

Artists are rarely satisfied with a finished painting. At the end, you know it’s too late to improve a composition or other fundamentals.  But sometimes you know you can still improve what’s on the surface by tweaking colours, some values, and edges. In this post, I discuss a portrait painting I revised by repainting the face and hands to improve on the skin tones.

Art on the Road

A handful of my paintings are currently on show this month in public and commercial galleries. Taking them to and from these shows feels like the equivalent of dropping kids off at a hockey tournament or music festival. You hope they do well and won’t get hurt in the process. And if they find a new home, I’ll be delighted. Click on the feature image to read more.