It’s a crisp, clear day in Western Canada when a float plane makes a bit of a hard landing (a ‘late flare’) into a crystal clear glacial lake deep in the wilderness.
This painting, a commission for a pilot (who also happens to be my favourite..and only… brother-in-law), was a challenge due to it’s size and the subject matter since it’s quite different from what I usually paint. I’m very pleased with the result and most importantly the pilot is as well!
I started the process with a number of photos that he provided of mountains, trees, lakes and a specific airplane. I did a number of sketches and we agreed on the composition. The size of the canvas was chosen to fit the space above the fireplace mantle in his home.
Once the composition was determined then I started the drawing on the canvas. I wanted to make sure I had the detail of the plane right as it is the focal point of the painting.
With the first layer of paint that goes onto the canvas I try to get an idea for colours and concentrate on the darks and lights. I’m not worried about detail at this point.
With the second layer (and third) I add definition to the edges, deepen the contrasts and add intensity to the colours.
And finally, after many months (another late ‘flair’ if you will) the painting is complete and ready for its new home! I hope you enjoy it Rob & Karen!