Archive for March 28, 2012

Awesome Acrylic Artist series……Brent McIntosh…..

mediums used: oils, acrylics, watercolor

surfaces used: paper, canvas

This artist hails from Canada and was born in 1959. He paints mainly in acrylics but has worked in oils as well. Things we can learn from the artist, how to design on a square format. The artist uses the square format routinely using sizes of 60 inches by 60 inches.  The most amazing aspect of the work of this artist is the use of rainbows of color and reflections of color in the leaves.  If you like the work of this artist please checkout Gregory Packard or David Foley, Foley is an expert at painting white colored trees in acrylics and repeating fun colors in the leave shapes. Packard loves to paint thickly with an emphasis on complimentary colours.


The artist received a fine arts diploma from John Abbot College in Kirkland, Quebec. He then received a bachelor of  fine arts from York College in Toronto.  After this he went on to earn a master’s degree in fine art in Edmonton, Alberta.

For painting the leaves and grasses of his paintings the artist uses the palette knife to apply thin lengthy strips of colour.

low price range: $4,000

high price range: $10,000

on line and land based galleries:  Nicholas Metivier Gallery in Toronto, Canada.

J. Cacciola Gallery in New York City.

The artist has a home in Thornbury, Canada.

If you get a chance to see works of this artist or the other listed who employ a similar impressionistic technique. Up close the viewer sees only flashes and dabs of color. From a distance of five feet or more forms and light and shade come into play.  A very impressionistic painting such as works by Beaux or Sargent are best viewed from fifteen to twenty feet away.

The artist sometimes spends as much as one year to complete a painting. One thing to learn about layering paint, if you look close enough you can see all the colors of the rainbow in the boring greens already present. The great watercolour artist John Pike started his foliage greens by painting them yellow in the under painting. Its great for adding a sense of light and vitality to the greens. Leaves reflect a great amount of light, exaggerate it for wonderful effect. Sargent also used yellow in many under paintings of foliage.


Another artist similar in style is Gustav Klimt. Sometimes this artist used gold leaf when doing fall paintings of the trees.  He made wonderful shapes with the silhouettes of the trees and  combined with the jewel like aspect of the leaf and oil paint make his work very unique.  For a short while a portrait done by the artist was the most expensive painting in the world.

Need an idea to paint today. How about drawing and painting some trees in your neighborhood when they are empty and without leaves.  Once you have painted the trees hide the piece until fall.  When fall comes around add the fun reds, oranges, and yellows to the ground and you will have a perfect fall painting!

Happy painting!