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Fifteen Weeks: Leif Larson

April 21, 2020 – Apr 26, 2020
Shattuck Gallery

One day in third grade, I watched my friend draw a ninja turtle during lunch hour. I wanted to know what that experience was like. I went home and started drawing. I’ve never stopped making art since.

Currently, I’m fascinated with developing my paintings and watercolors like a movie company. I get an idea. If the idea keeps telling me to make it into a production, then I know it’s an idea worth producing. Like a director, I focus on developing the setting, the characters, the decor, the light source, and the mood of the story. I draw directly on the canvas with a fine tip charcoal pencil, editing my lines as I draw out the scene. Like a script, my drawing is what guides me while I paint. I use a strong light source to develop my forms and shadows. The showcase characteristics of the “Artist as Director Paintings,” are their vibrant colors and conceptually whimsical forms. I exaggerate my drawings and color pallet to make the experience more dramatic and entertaining. When completed, I have produced a full production within the final piece of art.

About Fifteen Weeks

Summer is for artists at TMA. One week at a time, beginning April 21, 2020, the Trout Museum of Art is showcasing the works of and celebrating the incredible artists who call the Fox Cities home. Every Tuesday, a new exhibit opens with a kick-off party featuring drinks, food, and of course, the incredible works on view. TMA is proud to share these artists and their works for all to enjoy.

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