Seventeen Weeks: Leif Larson
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.
One week at a time, beginning September 8, 2020, the Trout Museum of Art is showcasing the works of and celebrating the incredible artists who call the Fox Cities home. TMA is proud to share these artists and their works for all to enjoy.