How do we acquire the vocabulary necessary for creating a satisfying picture? And once we begin to recognize the many elements of our visual experience how in the world do we organize it all. How do we figure out what element to employ, and where and when? How do we learn how to use light/dark or figure/ground to make a world that holds together and engages? These are real painting questions that for me were brought up in a recent lecture at WCSU by visiting artist Stanley Lewis.
Lewis set out to talk about some of the works from the “Liber Veritatis” a book of drawings made by Claude Lorraine that records his completed paintings. He spoke about the amazing precision and cogency of each mark and described his experience drawing from Claude’s copies, how the experience of drawing opened up new spaces and awareness of mysterious and previously unseen details. Continue reading.