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Denman Island, British Columbia, Canada
Jean Cockburn retired from her professional career as an academic librarian in 2008 to become a textile artist living on Denman Island, British Columbia. She draws, quilts, embroiders, knits and crochets, makes wearable art, weaves baskets, dyes fabric, and paints watercolours. Her work has been exhibited locally in juried and group shows on Denman Island, in Courtenay, Comox, and Duncan on Vancouver Island, in West Vancouver, and across Canada with the Surface Design Association.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Process of painting "The Wedding Reception"

My latest painting for FIN 221 at NIC was an acrylic painting on stretched canvas, approximately 3 feet square.


This is the painting at last week's class critique. It is on an easel, and I was not quite square to the canvas when I took the photo.

The original sketch from a quick Iphone pic taken at the wedding reception in October 2017, in London, England.
I set these glasses on the table at home so I could judge shadows from overhead lighting.
I used this photo from home as a reference for the glass of red wine in the centre of the painting.

A pencil sketch of a wine glass of water, done at home in preparation for the painting in order to understand the reflections on the glass from overhead lighting.
I had not sketched the flowers originally, so I made them up and used this photo as a reference for a yellow chrysanthemum.


Starting to paint the flower so it will be behind the wine glass.

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