September 29, 2007


DEMONSTRATION: "Reflections in Gold"

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Step 1
Levée began by loosely painting in rough shapes to indicate where the main forms would be placed in relation to one another. She was thinking very abstractly at this stage, working to establish correct placement.
Step 2
Next the artist did her structured drawing, using the sight-size method to measure the length and width of shapes and adding ellipses to the rounded parts of the vase.
Step 3
Once she had executed her structured drawing, Levée was ready to move to color and began painting the background, being mindful where the background color reflected into the metallic objects. She painted the background color and the reflections at the same time, obliterating some of her edges.
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Step 4
At this stage, the instructor blocked in the reflection areas in the vase as well as in the branches of leaves on the upper left of the painting.
Step 5
Levée next added another coat of paint to the background to create a sense of atmosphere in the work. She also added more paint to the body of the metal objects, continuing to paint through the edges. After doing this, the artist went back and softened or sharpened those edges that she wanted to either recede or come forward.

The Completed Painting
Reflections in Gold
2007, oil, 16 x 20. Collection Karl T. Dennis.

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This is great. The explanations were clear and concise. Thank you

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I'm impressed with her process. It gives me more hope - seeing that she started with such rough shapes and then, the finished painting showing so much refining. Thanks!

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