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Lewis Williams: BOGO – Two for One Painting
September 25, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
This demonstration is more about a painting experience than a daily practice, but it might lead into a new way of working or seeing. The two for one, ironically, will involve painting two paintings of the same view at the same time. One painting will be done with direct observation while the other, facing with the back to the scene, will be painted from memory. “Why?” you’ll ask – “why not?” I will respond. I will challenge myself to paint by memory to see how the mental power of observation is effected when delayed from the actual observed landscape. Does quality decline or might it improve? Could this be a tool to simplify those big shapes and values and not bog down in all the tiny detail that ruins innovation? Robert Henri discusses a similar approach in his book, The Art Spirit.
Iconographer and artist, protégé of world-renowned master iconographer Br. Robert Lentz, OFM, Lewis Williams has been creating art for over 30 years. It’s his life and vocation. He earned his BFA\painting from Northern Arizona University (1983), and an MFA\ painting from Utah State University (1991). Lewis’s art interests are wide and varied in all paint and drawing media, printmaking, sculpture and ceramics. Since 2012, he has returned to exploring sacred landscapes in plein air and studio works. His teaching experience is extensive, most recently as an Arts Educator with Senior Citizens in Montrose, Colorado. His work has been awarded in many Plein Air events, as well as many national and international juried competitions, with work held in many private collections. Earning three Artist in Residence positions with the BLM, his work was the single piece chosen for reproduction to promote their parks in 2014. Lewis resides in Montrose, Colorado. See more of his work here.