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2019 Lewis Williams: Outdoor Still Life Painting (Nature Morte)
September 23, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Nature Morte is the French term referring to Still Life painting. Morte is the French word also used for death, inferring objects are still or not moving. Don’t leave YOUR still life painting for dead…bring it outside and back to life! Sunlight, wind, bugs, etc…help you to bring life to your work! At a quickened pace, I can’t fuss as much as painting in the studio. In nature, there is such light and shadow, deep space and close-ups. The opportunities are endless.
My still life theme will use Native American Objects. I will work in acrylic on a black under painting. Colors glow in a different way using this approach. I will discuss my painting method in acrylic in dry climates, working rapidly, and my emphasis of linear\graphic elements – reestablishing the drawing near the end of the painting. We’ll see where inspiration leads?! (Off a cliff?!)
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. He was also selected for the Zion National Park Invitational Plein Air event 2018. Reproductions of his work are available for viewing and purchase at trinitystores.com and bridgebuilding.com.
Married with two children, he was a longtime resident of Tijeras, NM., and currently resides in Montrose, Colorado. See more of his work here.