Kickstarter Campaign for Summer Residency in NY

Oil Paintings of New York's Burlesque

A couple weeks ago I launched a Kickstarter Campaign to help me pay model fees while I attend a residency with the Art Students League of New York at their Vytlacil Campus in Sparkill, NY.

I am just over the moon that I met my $3500 goal with 9 days to spare, and have added a stretch goal of $5000 to allow for furniture and props. If I reach my stretch goal, I will create a video of my painting process at the residency and every backer will receive this, regardless of pledge amount!

These are the models funded by my Kickstarter campaign!

These are the models funded by my Kickstarter campaign!

There are numerous pledge levels with rewards ranging from a personalized postcard and signed posters to limited edition prints and original artwork.

Original charcoal drawings available through my Kickstarter campaign.

Original charcoal drawings available through my Kickstarter campaign.

"Venusian Queen" available as a limited edition print through my Kickstarter campaign!

"Venusian Queen" available as a limited edition print through my Kickstarter campaign!

There are just 9 days left in the campaign if you'd like to contribute and snag some great art! You can keep track of my progress here, on my homepage, and on my Kickstarter page.

Portrait Demo at Blick Art Materials

Yesterday I had the pleasure of giving a 4 hour demo at Blick Art Materials in Kabsas City! Here are some progress shots with some thoughts on my process. 

Lacey Lewis painting a portrait at Blick Art Materials

Lacey Lewis painting a portrait at Blick Art Materials

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My palette is a semi-organized thing. I lay out my colors separating cool from warm, progressing through the hues of the rainbow and from light to dark.

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I mix across the palette to create lower chroma flesh tones.

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After making a basic sketch in charcoal, I started by laying in a background color, against which I can judge all subsequent mixtures. 

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Next I blocked in the darkest shapes, simplifying everything to one basic tone on the shadow side of her face.

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On the light side I included more variety in hue than I did on the shadow side, and started to add in smaller shapes like the eyes. This looked pretty weird with no mouth included!

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Once everything was basically blocked in, I started to include more accurate plane shifts, varying tones in more subtle mixtures. I simultaneously adjusted the drawing as I went along.

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The eyes and nostrils were of the last parts to be clarified in the painting, because they are the smallest parts of the face. I wanted to be sure of the overall placement before including such small details.

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The finished sketch, after a little more work on the hair and clothing. :-)

Free Portrait Painting Demo Tomorrow

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February 12th, 1pm-5pm at Blick Art Materials Kansas City

Stop by Blick Art Materials (4144 Main Street in KCMO) between 1pm and 5pm tomorrow to catch me painting live at the store! I will be doing a portrait from life in oil paint and taking questions as I work.

While you're at it, pick up some art materials at a good price. Check out the specials and a 20% off coupon here!

Cheers,
Lacey

PSoA Award of Merit to Eartha Delights IV

I'm excited to announce that my painting, "Eartha Delights IV" received 7th Merit in the Portrait Society of America's Members Only Competition. This is a very prestigious competition, and I'm so honored to be included amongst the winners. :-)

Eartha Delights IV  Oil on Canvas Adhered to Panel 36" x 24"

Eartha Delights IV Oil on Canvas Adhered to Panel 36" x 24"

You can see all the winners on the PSoA's Facebook page. My painting is included in the Commissioned Portrait category.

https://www.facebook.com/portraitsociety