August 1 - 29, 2015
Paintings by Lisa Marie Ryan
I was interested in paintings for many years before I tried painting which I began as a hobby.
With limited time, a busy career as a Speech-language Pathologist and musician with young children, I painted only sporadically for a long time.
When I took courses at Rockland Center of the Arts a few years ago, I learned one or two really helpful principles with each course and built on them. I held painting classes in my home for several years to practice while the children played.
In my heart of hearts though, I knew I was meant to do portraiture. Not traditional poses but gestures that echoed something universal and meaningful.
I met Don Farin a few years ago. Don is an outstanding photorealist with an accessible teaching method and a real collaborative attitude with students. Don spent years perfecting his own oil painting methods which I now use. These freed me to advance more rapidly than ever and begin to realize my dream of doing portraiture. I often mix painting styles using photorealism with a looser more interpretive background with outstanding results. In every painting there must be something absolutely realistic as a starting point and other elements left to the imagination in order for the painting to be whole.
I use photographs for inspiration but only as a starting point. I love painting because it is a self-discovery process over and over. It is one area I’m certain to follow my instincts unquestionably. It is a place to say something for others to hear.
Many of Lisa's paintings may be purchased as giclee prints.
What is a Giclee Print?
It's an image generated from high resolution digital scans and is printed with high quality inks on various surfaces such as canvas. The giclee printing process provides superior color accuracy when reproducing a valued original.
Zentangles 3 Week Zentangle® Series – 10:30am – 12pm
created by Nathalie Marinoff
August 1 - September 8
Nov 6: Autumn Theme
Nov 13: Zendalas
Nov 20: Winter Theme
Tangle a Mandala (Zendala) and combine tangling with the beauty of the season with an Autumn and Winter theme. Previous basic workshop is recommended. Bring your mini kit (black pen & pencil) and samples of your work to share. Cost: $5 per class