| Michele Byrne to demo Figures in the Landscape at Hamden Art League|
Artist Michele Byrne, who paints in oils and watercolors, will give a demonstration titled Adding the Figure to your Landscapes, Painting in Solvent Free Oils, at the November 13th meeting of the Hamden Art League.
The theme for Michele's paintings is THE ART OF CONVERSATION. With that in mind, most of her paintings involve including the human figure. Byrne says of her demo, "Most artists do not add figures to their work, as it is not an easy thing to do.
This demo will show how to add the figure in a natural, fluid way and how to simplify the subject by breaking it down into basic shapes. I will also talk about how light falls onto a subject and its effect on color and value in the landscape, and how to add drama with your brushstrokes.
"I am not the typical plein air landscape painter in that I enjoy capturing social situations and views of the urban landscape. Whether standing next to a busy cafe, an isolated beach or inside a jazz club, I know that it is not just the visual information that becomes a part of the painting...There is something magical and mystical about standing with your feet firmly planted on the earth, absorbing all the sounds, smells and conversations as well as the visual information and letting it all flow out onto the canvas. I become a part of the scene and the paintings seem to flow out of me."
The artist holds a BFA in Communication Design with a minor in Illustration/Painting from Kutztown University. She studied figure and portrait painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and has studied painting with artists Robert Burridge, Richard Schmid, Quang Ho, and Carolyn Anderson, among others.
Two books of her work, The Art of Conversation and The Art of Conversation: Manhattan, have been published. She is a member of the American Impressionist Society, Oil Painters of America, Artists' Fellowship, Inc., Salmagundi Club and others.
Michele's award winning work is represented by galleries from New York to Florida.
The meeting will take place on THURSDAY, November 13th in the Social Hall of the Miller Memorial Library Senior Center, 2901 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden.
Miller Library Social Rm, 2901 Dixwell Ave, Hamden CT
The Hamden Art League meets the second Tuesday of the month.