I often paint the same subject several times using a variety of media. The painting above is a good example of how changing media can give a wide range of results. I originally painted this painting of The Boathouse, a small bar in Lambertville, NJ, as a monochromatic acrylic wash drawing for a poster. Intrigued by the building, I decided to do another one in watercolor using full color. As you can see by looking at the one above and comparing it to the one below, the results are dramatically different, yet each captures the same spirit of the subject.
I find painting a subject multiple times in a variety of media a good way to ensure that I am in tune with its essence. If both works say the same thing but do so with different “words”, I know I have a clear message and understanding of why I am painting the subject. In addition to using different media, it’s also interesting to paint the same subject at different times of day, in different seasons, from different angles, etc.
Lambertville is one of my favorite locations to paint, and this little building will surely get painted a few more times in the upcoming plein air season!
Note: The watercolor painting is available for sale directly from me, to inquire about price and availability, fill out the form below. The Shadfest poster will be auctioned during the annual Shadfest in Lambertville event on April 26. Both are original works of art, not prints.