Atelier is the French word for “workshop”, and in English is used primarily for the workshop of an artist in the fine or decorative arts, where a principal master and a number of assistants, students, and apprentices worked together producing pieces released in the master’s name.
Coastal Kindred artist Lori Wallace-Lloyd has an atelier studio that is sometimes a workroom. It is where she teaches art.
“THE NATURAL WORLD INSPIRES AND FASCINATES ME. I START WITH AND BELIEVE IN MY INSTINCTUAL RESPONSE TO A CRITTER. ONCE I KNOW WHAT I WANT TO DRAW, I THINK ABOUT THE SIZE AND COLORS OF THE SURFACE OF THE THICK PAPER I USE. IT HAS TO BE ABLE TO TAKE A LOT OF ABUSE BECAUSE I NEVER KNOW MY DIRECTION.
ALTHOUGH MY VISION IS ALWAYS AHEAD OF MY EXECUTION, SOMETIMES THINGS WORK AND SOMETIMES THEY DON’T. FAILURE AND UNCERTAINTY ARE JUST PART OF THE PROCESS.
I TEAR EACH PIECE OF PAPER BY HAND TO GET EXACTLY THE SIZE I I’M LOOKING FOR,THEN I START MIXING GOUACHE WASHES IN COLORS I FEEL ARE COMPATIBLE WITH THE ELEMENTS OF THE DRAWING. I USUALLY REWORK THE WASHES SEVERAL TIMES. AS THE PAPER DRIES, I DECIDE WHETHER I’M SATISFIED OR SHOULD START NEW.
IF I START AGAIN, THE PREVIOUS EFFORT MIGHT STILL WORK FOR ANOTHER PIECE. WHEN I FINALLY BEGIN TO DRAW, I ALWAYS START WITH THE HEAD OF THE ANIMAL AND I TRY TO NAIL DOWN THE EYES AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. EARLY SUCCESS MAKES ME FEEL MORE CONFIDENT TO CONTINUE, AS I ALWAYS HAVE DOUBTS UNTIL THE LAST WHISKER OR FEATHER IS PLACED.
I CONCENTRATE ON DESCRIBING THE VARIOUS COLORS WITH AS MUCH LIGHT AND SHADOW AS POSSIBLE, WHILE STILL KEEPING THE CHROMA (HUES. VALUES (TONAL CONTRASTS) ARE SOMETIMES SACRIFICED FOR COLOR INTENSITY.
I NEVER TRY THE SAME COLOR COMBINATION TWICE, YET BECAUSE MY STYLE IS FAIRLY CONSISTENT, THE WORKS ARE COHESIVE. I USE PASTEL PENCILS.
EVERY PIECE USES THE CLASSICAL PRINCIPLES I WAS TAUGHT, WHICH ARE REPRESENTATIVE OF RULES DISCOVERED AND DISSEMINATED DURING THE RENAISSANCE.I AM ALWAYS COMPLETELY ABSORBED IN ART MAKING AND IT IS SOMETIMES DIFFICULT TO COME BACK TO THE REALITY OF DAILY LIVING.”
Lori Wallace-Lloyd will be at Fairweather’s during the Seaside First Saturday Art Walk on March 7th to offer a Painting Seaside LIVE ™ demonstration.