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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Russell Smith Demo Appealed to Both Sides of the Brain

Artist, Russell Smith, showing picture of airplane model

Russell Smith, a local artist who paints primarily aviation themes in oil, gave a lecture and demo about his creative process. He tells us the right brain is visual, which is obviously essential in creating art, but there are times when the left brain is needed especially when rendering realistic images. Russell provided the group with handouts on how to figure proper "viewing distance." He also showed us the meticulous evolution of his works from multiple sketches on tracing and synthetic papers to grisaille underpaintings with strong white highlights to multiple layerings. (He also told us how to create carbons for transfering drawn images that won't smear on canvas... THANKS!). A great demo to start off 2012! Thanks, Russell!

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