Featured Artist: Lesley Powell!

Illumination by Lesley Powell 16×12″ Oil

Lesley Powell – Illumination is a wonderful “wow” painting, isn’t it? The pop of light on the hydrangea bloom against the dark background is stunning, and always captures my attention. Often times I notice I’ve select a painting to feature that has a dark background, which makes the light pop (as they say).

In addition to the contrast, I love the shapes (after all, everything is a shape and paintings seem to turn out better when you aren’t painting a “thing”, but painting the shapes you see). Lesley has many gorgeous paintings.

I LOVE Lesley’s Journal. You can tell by her (interesting!) words, she is a dedicated and very knowledgable artist. Her interest is contagious. She makes me want to learn more. Please check it out, if you’re an artist especially (but not only for artists!) – it’s spectacular!

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BIO (via artist’s website):

My approach to painting is to use simple but interesting shapes, as well as true to life color relationships, to convey the essence of  the subject.  I prefer to paint on location, where the entire experience of the scene can inform my work.  Painting en plein air is full of challenges, such as fast-changing light and weather conditions, which require a hundred decisions in the space of a few hours.  I believe that these challenges actually elevate my  work.  They force me to grasp the single most compelling aspect of the scene, which then becomes the heart of the painting.

I sometimes say that painting on location is like racing in the Kentucky Derby, and painting in the studio to going on a leisurely trail ride.  Although they are vastly different, each has its place.  For example, a painter on location is usually limited to a smaller canvas.  To achieve a larger scale, I often paint a small study on location, which I bring home to my studio as a springboard for further work.  Supplementing the field studies with reference notes, sketches, visual memories, and photos taken on location, I can create larger works that retain the energy and immediacy of the field work.

To read more about my current inspirations and works, check out my weekly updates here.

IMAGE AND BIO VIA lesleypowellart.com, USED WITH PERMISSION…
IMAGES ARE NOT FOR REPRODUCTION, THEY ARE PROPERTY OF THE ARTIST.

✍️ Can you believe it’s the last day of January? #wheredoesthetimego Catch you back here next month! Hehe.

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