Fine Art
by

Lisa Huber

Art Techniques

I would define myself as an impressionist artist, although I expect my horses to look like horses and my perspective to make sense. I consider poor perspective, just that, not an artistic statement.

I have my favorite subjects, but find that I also like variety. For a long time, my subject was more about the loss of the tractor as the primary worker on farmland, and documenting that. However, as I gather images, I find the tractor is not the only thing being abandoned and paint scenes including working animals, barns, and old homes, as well as other abandoned industrial vehicles and sites. I see beauty in nature's reclamation of abandoned or well-used equipment and structures. I also portray nostalgia for times gone by.

I currently work in Pencil, Pastel, Watercolor, and Oil. I also splurge once a year with block-print Christmas cards.

 
Pencil: This is one of the most calming mediums I use. I love to detail an object or scene way beyond what is necessary, just to see the shadows and dimensions develop. I have sold my pencil pieces in the past but use this only as practice or for thumbnail or value studies.
Watercolor: This is my second love when it comes to art. My experience as a youth was that watercolors were more for children, and practicing, and oils were "what the adults use". I now find that watercolor is more complex, and requires the patience of an adult to produce successful pieces.  I typically paint on 140 pound paper and my favorite size is 11x15 (full sheet quartered). Cheap Joe's produces fairly inexpensive bulk papers, although I also use Arches. I've been introduced to a technique using non-absorbant surfaces, much like Yupo. I prepare my surfaces with texture unlike typical "cold-press" paper. The final result can be mistaken for oils.
Pastel: My pastels have been mostly limited to portrait studies. I love the vivid accents that can be placed on a top layer, but also love mixing the colors and the richness that can be achieved.
Oil: I paint with brushes as well as palette knives. I use many shapes of palette knives and have no favorites. Most of my palette knife pieces have been 9x12, so I use a fairly medium-sized knife.
I like to prepare my paint surface with a non-traditional texture. I feel this enhances the painting experience and the final piece of art. I also select non-traditional paint surfaces, such as wood, and prep them with varying textures.
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