Next up in my present-day artists of the month is a wonderful lady from my Chicago family, who is always amazing me with her ability to bring people together in the name of art.
Facts to Begin:
Name, where you live, and medium(s)
Nancy Lee Lewis
Carpentersville, Il, a suburb of Chicago
Current mediums are pencil sketches, oil painting, soft pastels, and fabric art (sewing and cross-stitch)
More to Know:
What’s your current “jam”?: in the following categories, what is something you recently discovered or are really into right now?
Song – "I'll Stand By You" by The Pretenders
Book/reading – Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card and The Book of Mormon
Food – quiche lorraine
Movie/video/documentary/etc – The Court Jester starring Danny Kaye
What do you love about the place you live?
I love my family and for a while we had 2 of my children and their families living 5 minuntes from us here. I also love that I'm able to take art lessons here from Debra Howard.
If you weren’t an artist, what would you do?
Work at a school and teach.
Nancy Lee's warm personality is so evident in her work, especially the expressive lines of her portraiture (of both humans and animals). It shows how much of a generous, people-oriented person she is, and that her gifts extend beyond the use of the media into a rare ability to connect with others--from close family members to total strangers--in a truly creative way. She finds and fully utilizes every opportunity to get fun and artistic with kids and adults alike, and from a teacher's perspective, I can see from Nancy how much a giving and energetic nature liker her own can do to develop the world's future artists.
Have a portrait party! Sit down with someone you are close with and spend some time drawing each other. Art can often be such a solitary endeavor, but Nancy Lee teaches us its lesser-known potential for building relationships and capturing characters. Once you learn the proportions of the face, the rest is what you can create together through his/her personality and your own artistic style.
It doesn't have to be fancy--some brown paper, chalk pastel, and my best friend from college were all I needed here.
"5 Proportions of the Face to Keep in Mind for Your Next Portrait Drawing" by The Drawing Source (article, 2016) http://www.thedrawingsource.com/proportions-of-the-face.html
The Book of Mormon (religious text, 1830)
The Court Jester (film, 1955)
Last of the Independents by The Pretenders (musical album, 1994)
Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card (novel, 2010)
Quiche Lorraine (recipe, 2016) http://allrecipes.com/recipe/17515/quiche-lorraine-i/