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Inside The Artist’s Studio with Lana Grauer

My studio is the great outdoors.  Standing alone in a forest or meadow in the warm morning sun behind my easel is my favorite way to start a day and a new painting. I have a number of favorite places near my home in Mamaroneck, NY including Otter Creek and The Marshlands Conservancy.  However the best scenery and inspiration for me is found in the Finger Lakes. I am a pastel landscape painter.  Here I am painting near a vineyard on Keuka Lake with my dog, Annie. Tip #1  Don’t ever tie your dog to your easel while you are painting.

Plein air painting with my dog, Annie

Plein air painting with my dog, Annie

My paintings are about 80% complete when I leave my painting location and head home.  The remaining 20% is called the resolution phase which involves critiquing the composition and tweaking color values. This typically involves me sitting in a chair in my studio and staring at the painting for about 10 minutes until the weak areas become apparent to me.  Most of the time I can improve a painting by adding more drama by exaggerating the value differences. If I am troubled by a larger area I will use a stiff brush and brush off the area outside.  Most of the pastel will come off the paper and I can proceed on a different path with that part of the painting.  Lastly I refer to my Check Off List.

Lana Grauer, "White Cliffs", pastel on paper, 17" x 14", 2015.

Lana Grauer, “White Cliffs”, pastel on paper, 17″ x 14″, 2015.

Lana’s Check Off List

  1. Are the colors in the foreground of greater intensity than the background?
  2. Is the back ground neutral enough?
  3. Are the edges sharp in the foreground and blurred in the background?
  4. What is my point of interest?
  5. Is the eye drawn back into the painting?
  6. Are there sufficient differences in value?

Here are some photos of my studio.  Notice the flat drawers for storing paper and work in progress. The vertical slots are great for storing framed pieces. I converted a closet into shelf space for storing frames, shipping boxes and my plein air backpack.

Grauer Studio

Grauer Studio

Studio #2

Stop by Main Street Arts to see Lana’s artwork in our current exhibition, Fifty Landscapes (runs through May 13). View her work online at www.lanagrauer.com. Take a look at our previous Inside the Artist’s Studio blog post by painter Lanna Pejovic.

Sulphur Springs Festival Artists

This weekend at Main Street Arts we celebrated the 2014 Sulphur Springs Festival. As part of the festival a number of artists spread throughout Clifton Springs, working from the beautiful town scenery. But don’t worry if you missed the festival! We interviewed the artists so you can enjoy their work here and elsewhere online.

Seven members of the Rochester Sketch group came in for the day, working in watercolor, pen & ink, and more.  They quickly went to work, sketching cars and landscapes and sharing their work with festival visitors.

Members of the Rochester Sketch Group

Members of the Rochester Sketch Group

The Rochester Sketch group is for people who like to draw, sketch, or doodle, who want to sketch together and share their sketches with others. We were lucky enough to speak with a few of them about their artwork and sketching experiences.

Andy Reddout is an art teacher who likes sketching people, buildings, and more (today he created a gorgeous watercolor of a car).  See more of his work at reddoutart.tumblr.com

Andy Reddout

Andy Reddout

Andy Reddout's Watercolor Sketch

Andy Reddout’s Watercolor Sketch

Genine Carvalheira-Gehman loves sketching in pen & ink and watercolor, and loves working from life. Genine thinks the fact that several people sketching the same object can produce such a variety of images is fascinating. She has been sketching for the past five years. You can see more of Genine’s work at broadhurststreet.blogspot.com

Genine Carvalheira-Gehman

Genine Carvalheira-Gehman

Anthony “Mecha” likes to sketch a lot of different things and has recently been trying more life drawing. He’s been sketching on and off since he was twelve years old. You can see more of Mecha’s drawings at http://ghost599.tumblr.com

Anthony Mecha

Anthony Mecha

Jim Gresko is an industrial designer who started sketching with Rochester Sketch just today! He lectures and teaches and you can see more of his sketches at jimgreskosketches.carbonmade.com

Mary Ann Coleman is primarily a fiber artist who works in other mediums as well. This was her first day with the Rochester Sketch group! She designed her own unique brooch, seen below.

Mary Ann Coleman modeling the brooch she created!

Mary Ann Coleman modeling the brooch she created!

In addition to the Rochester Sketch group, a number of artists who have displayed work at Main Street Arts spread across town, sketching, painting, and creating exciting new work.

Lana Grauer is a pastel artist who primarily creates landscapes. When asked why she creates landscapes Grauer said that she is a nature lover who enjoys being outdoors and the quiet solitude outdoor drawing allows. She believes that creating artwork from life allows you to look closely at things in a way that is more intense than just seeing them. You can see more of Lana’s work at lanagrauer.com

Lana Grauer

Lana Grauer

Michael Buell is an oil painter who loves working outside. His flower painting of the blooming irises was coming along beautifully when I stopped by.

Michael G. Buell

Michael G. Buell

Don Howell is one of our current artists showing at Upstairs Main Street. His wood carvings of birds create a bright and beautiful flock in the Main Street building. Don started whittling and carving as a way to pass the time during his job, and has progressed to the point where he can picture a 3D sculpture in his head without even creating sketches. Don arrived with a number of carved pieces today, including an impressive carousel horse. His current show, Birds in Nature, runs through July 26, 2014.

Don Howell

Don Howell

Stop by the gallery to see some exciting new artwork, and make sure to check out the rest of what Clifton Springs has to offer! The Sulphur Springs Festival is an annual event, so come by next year to say hello to some of our artists.