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“If you see beauty everywhere in everything your soul is set free.” Nikolai Serov in Local Color

An artist finds solace and inspiration in cherished relics. By Louise B. Hafesh 1. A CLEAN SLATE:

Whenever I begin a new painting, I clean shop. Sweeping away traces of my last oeuvre by cleaning my palette, brushes, tools and workspace is tantamount to the promise of a fresh start. T.S. Elliot said, “ ... to make an end is to make a beginning.” 2. CAPTURING THE SOUL OF A VISION: I especially

enjoy taking simple objects and giving them human qualities, creating a story line that people can respond to emotionally, visually, intellectually and/or spiritually. Sometimes a concept springs to life—such serendipity is a blessing. More often, though, themes and compositions need to be coaxed into fruition. That’s when I look to my trusty treasure trove of props, music, favorite writers and artists for inspiration. 3. GUIDED BY THE LIGHT:

I scour my stash for subjects that speak to me. My goal is beautiful imagery and incisive compositions that will entice, provoke, inspire. Arranging the objects to utilize luminous north light in a way that will draw in the viewer, I choose what best describes my inner vision, take photos of perishables

for reference and, finally, engage the canvas. 4. BUILDING BLOCKS:

I begin with a sketchy drawing of ivory black and cadmium red. Massing in large dark shapes and wiping out the lights, I address color once the first layer is dry. As the work progresses, I may modify elements to maintain the painting’s integrity, like heightening the vase and adding the flag and pin. Eventually, I’ll glaze and push back the leaves and strengthen the light flow across the box from right toward the left. ■

FAVORITE ACCOUTREMENTS: I happily joined the ranks of fellow artists persistently praising the portable easel EdgeProGear PaintBook. It’s easy to set up (I’m using my own tripod) with a sleek, gray-toned glass palette and practical magnetic accessories. ABOVE: Work in progress, Heart of My Heart (oil on linen, 16x16), is an homage to my U.S. WWII Army Air Forces father and Royal Air Force mum.

MARCH 2017

MARCH 2017

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