Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Busy Season

Between my students and a few commissions, it's been difficult to find time to work on my own projects. I've done drawings at the open sessions, but have neglected to download the images to my computer. It's a busy season for me right now, but eventually I will have more to share. There are some special projects/events coming up in the spring and summer of 2011, so I will have some (relatively) interesting posts by then at the latest!

Cheers and have a great holiday season.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Back Home in KC

I've just returned from two weekend excursions; one to Charleston, SC for the Women Painting Women opening and one to Akron, OH for a drawing workshop with David Kassan. I met a lot of artists I admire at WPW, and hope to get together with these ladies again in the future. The exhibit was amazing and and I definitely left inspired.

Above is my painting with 2 others at the show in Charleston.

David Kassan is an amazing teacher and I highly recommend his workshops to students at all levels... I had a great time and learned a ton. Above is my drawing from the workshop. David will be doing a free live demo in the iPad Saturday the 27th at 10am Pacific time at, check it out.

Hopefully now I can get back to some actual painting here in KC! Stay tuned and I will share something new soon.

P.S. Thanks to the people whose pics I swiped off of Facebook for this post, Sadie Valerie and Terry Strickland.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Women Painting Women - Group Invitational at Robert Lange Studios

I've just completed this painting for the Women Painting Women show at Robert Lange Studios in Charleston, SC. The opening is November 5th from 5:30-8:30 if you are in the area! I can't wait for this event as I will be showing with some artists I've looked up to for a long time and have admired from afar.

From Robert Lange's website:

“This is our most ambitious show to date,” says gallery owner Megan Lange of the galleries upcoming “Women Painting Women” group invitational. Robert Lange Studios will be bringing together forty female painters from around the globe, with an opening reception on Friday, November 5 from 5:30-8:30PM at the 2 Queen Street location during the Charleston Fine Art Dealers’ Association’s (CFADA) Fine Art Weekend.

The female form is one of the most painted subject matters of all time. Works like Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer, Whistler’s Mother, Mona Lisa, Girl with a Pearl Earring, and Madame X, are all considered among the most recognized paintings in history, and were all created by men.

The November exhibit at RLS, featuring a variety of paintings depicting the female form, displays a shift in notoriety towards contemporary women painters. Starting in 1707, this historic shift began in the United Sates when Henrietta Johnston began to work as a portrait artist in Charles Town (now Charleston), South Carolina, making her the first known professional woman artist in America.

“Few people outside of the art world can name female painters, with the exception of perhaps Frida Kahlo and Georgia O'Keeffe, and even fewer can name a painting of a woman created by a woman,” says Lange. “However, there is a sensitivity to the female form that perhaps a woman can only truly understand.”

The artists chosen for this show are the ones that refuse to play it safe. Those who don't adhere to traditional painting standards and are creating truly unique works include:

Sharon Allicotti, Jennifer Balkan, Helen K Beacham, Mia Bergeron, Candice Bohannon, Linda Tracey Brandon, Kerry Brooks, Ali Cavanaugh, Rachel Constantine, Jessica Dunegan, Alia El-Bermani, Diane Feissel, Sandra Flood, Katherine Fraser, June Glasson, Lisa Gloria, Haley Hasler, Abby Heller-Burnham, Karen Kaapcke, Anna Killian, Sharon Knettell, Stanka Kordic, Francien Krieg, Hilarie Lambert, Lacey Lewis
Amy Lind, Francesca Marzorati, Suellen McCrary, Jazz-minh Moore, Kirsten Moran, Karen Ann Myers, Jennifer Nehrbass, Joyce Polance, Gail Potocki, Jennifer Presant, Catherine Prescott, Lee Price, Cindy Procious, Stephanie Rew, Elisa Rossi, Shannon Runquist, Tiffany Sage, Lique Schoot, Sara Scribner, Karen Silvestro, Adrienne Stein, Terry Strickland, Katherine Stone, Stefani Tewes, Sanna Tomac, Alexandra Tyng, and Sadie J Valeri.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Workshop with Graydon Parrish

A couple weeks ago I had the pleasure to take part in a workshop in New Haven, MO with artist Graydon Parrish. Not only is his work some of the most amazing stuff I've ever seen (I took a peek at Hirschl & Adler when I was in NYC in August) but he's also an extremely generous and helpful teacher. Here's our group photo... I'm in the 2nd row with the green shirt and my buddies Jenna Tomlin and Jamina Bone are in front of me. Graydon is in the dark shirt in the front row, and also pictured are virtual turned real-life friends Lisa, Lori, Steve and Travis Michael Bailey, who arranged the workshop. (Thanks Travis!)

Unfortunately I missed this part of the workshop due to another commitment, but I got the scoop later regarding the morphology of the head. This was more advanced than your usual planes of the head models, and I think I will be absorbing more of this as time goes on. (Thanks, Travis, also for the photos to share.)

This was my drawing from the workshop, which I am considering working on more. Something Graydon had been trying to tell me clicked a few days after the workshop, and maybe I can make that fix after-the fact.

Friday, October 15, 2010

A Couple Drawings

I will have a new painting to post some time in the next few days. In the meantime, here are a couple drawings from recent open sessions. Getting ready for another one tomorrow, can't wait to bust out my pencils again!

Thank You Kansas City and The Pitch Magazine

I found out last week that The Pitch named me Kansas City's Best Painter 2010. Hopefully they don't mind me quoting them here:

In an age of visual abstraction, it's easy to forget that the accessibility of classical realist painting is achieved only through really hard work. Lacey Lewis' neoclassical art combines modern techniques with the labor-intensive practices of the masters. Her rich, detailed figure paintings begin with painstaking graphite studies, and her effort results in thoroughly contemporary observations in a classic visual idiom. To capture the personalities and emotions of her subjects, Lewis favors dramatic poses and often uses performers as her subjects. She's also the founder of Red Door Studios in Kansas City, Kansas, where she works with an apprentice on her own work and teaches life-drawing classes. Keeping a tight schedule of work, exhibits and study, Lewis shows off a commitment as big as her talent.
I'm completely blown away and surprised and honored. What a great feeling to get this nod from my community!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010


Here are some pics from the opening of "Sideshow" last month at Strecker-Nelson Gallery in Manhattan, KS. The exhibit will run through the end of the month. I have a room of paintings and a room of drawings.

Monday, September 27, 2010

NYC: The Workshop

Unfortunately, this post will be brief as I am short on time lately and am thus not able to explain more of the workshop. Steven Assael is a favorite artist of mine, yet he paints drastically different than I do. I knew this going in to the workshop, but his process and way of making marks was even more different than I had anticipated. My goal here was to do something completely uncomfortable to me, and that's certainly what I got! I've never before used so many saturated colors in my flesh tones, or used such thick paint, and it was great to do something different. I had no idea what would happen to my work once I got home, but since I've been working for a bit since returning, I can feel the influence on my work. I'm not doing things the same way as in the workshop, but I've added a few new colors to my palette, I'm thinking about what I see a little differently, and even my mark has changed slightly. All exciting stuff to me!

Anyway, I had a great time in the workshop and met some really cool people that were also in the class. I loved being surrounded by Steven's art, various props, and seeing his demo progress. Below I've included images of his work and items from the studio, and my painting progress.

Above, my painting with Steven's marks on it. I debated just taking this home and starting a new painting, but then decided I might learn more by continuing on top of his work.


More progress.

My final work.

Close up of the face (too yellow.)

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Inspirations from the Met Part 5: Technique

Of all these things, I think what I wrestle with the most is technique, and where I personally want to go with it. Should I use higher chromas, or mostly grays? Should I let my brushstrokes remain more visible, or obliterate them? Build more texture in the light areas or not? Might I use more soft edges to create atmosphere, or keep my work crisp but subtle?

I think I am beginning to answer some of these questions for myself, but no doubt I will continue to sway. Part of me hopes that I never fully make up my mind so that I will not find myself in a routine.

That is it for my images from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I hope you have also been inspired!

Inspirations from the Met Part 4: Sculptures

I especially loved the sculptures at the Met, and really wish I had time to sit and draw many of them. Unfortunately I only had time to draw the first one here. I think I enjoy the sculptures because since they are in-the-round and not supported/confined (depending on your opinion) by a frame or background they depend almost exclusively upon expression of pose. It makes me wonder whether I should have been a sculptor since I seem to not have much interest in 'backgrounds' or 'props' in my paintings. I have yet to decide if this is just something about my work and myself that I can accept, or a flaw to be fixed. For now, I am working on considering the entire space on the canvas and creating a complete scene around the figure, and I can decide later (or never) which path is right.