I have started a new collage using some of my one minute drawing of models. I love capturing the movement of the poses using the simplest use of line and color. Then I using old watercolors to be the background. I will use acrylic to bring the images together. This time I pieced together six sections. I want to give a feeling of the dance between the panels.
I started art again when I started a draft on the Bartehieff Fundamentals. I thought that I would illustrate the writing. I signed up for Anatomy for Artists with Nicki Orbach at the Arts students league.
Nicki has changed my life. She got me back to my creativity especially since I stopped dancing and choreographing. Nicki is a bit of rebel. Her teaching supports you wherever you are in your process. She does not teach about being technical perfect in your drawing but finding your inner voice.
Even with her being sick the last couple of years, she always brought inspiration to the class with her lectures about artists,perception and anatomy. She created a unique experience for all to grow and feel creative. Her spirit was extraordinary. We will missed her greatly
This collage are from plein air paintings that I did this summer at Grant’s Tomb. I cut the paintings up to make this large collage. I first played with the cut images like a puzzle and then clued them down. With acrylic paint, I added on to bring the images together.
I have been fascinated by this photo for a long time. It is definitely of my mother, my father’s mother and I believe my uncle Albert. The photo probably was taken in the 50’s and I think in the suburbs.
I have played with the photo adding color and making a photo collage. I have been working on this as an oil painting since the summer.
I haven’t been happy with the figures so today I am starting over on the figures.
This summer I discovered Grant’s tomb at 123rd street and Riverside Drive. Around the monuments are mosaic benches inspired by Gaudi. I went up many times this summer to paint. I love the whimsical nature of the benches. Many times I went up to do plein air watercolor paintings. Watercolor one has to see the form and then be spontaneous. Overworking makes the painting muddy.
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Gaudi Comes to Manhattan 1
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Gaudi Comes to Manhattan 4 plein air Grant’s tomb in NYC By Lesley A. Powell
Gaudi Comes to Manhattan 5 plein air Grant’s tomb in NYC By Lesley A. Powell
Gaudi Comes to Manhattan 6 plein air Grant’s tomb in NYC By Lesley A. Powell
Gaudi Comes to Manhattan 7 plein air Grant’s tomb in NYC By Lesley A. Powell
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Using the images from photos and watercolor painting I began
playing with collages on the ipad and paper. From these ideas I started an oil painting. Oil painting allows a different process. One can add/subtract and then add layers. Each form: watercolor,collage and oil, invites a different play of color, texture and form..