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September 8 - Patricia Lyle - Colorful
Landscapes in Oils
Lyle is a visual artist working in the Austin area. Born in Cookeville, Tennessee,
arts training includes a Bachelor of Fine Arts in
Studio Painting from the University of Georgia and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Tennessee,
an artist’s residency at the Vermont Studio Center, and studies with
well known artists in the United States.
colorist by nature and training, Patricia says, “Color is another
language, expressing feeling better than words.” She has
exhibited nationally, pursues exhibition opportunities locally, and
teaches art classes at her studio in Round Rock and workshops in various
locations in Central Texas. She is also very personable; you'll love
her. Some of her works are shown here. Wouldn't you love to see her
meet at the Central Presbyterian Church,
9191 Woodway Drive. Traveling
out of town on Hwy 84, take the Hewitt Dr/Estates Drive exit. Stay on
the service road (Woodway Drive) past Walgreens and a bank. The next
building is the church. Bring a work for Show and Tell, and bring
friends. Their first visit is free; joining for the rest of the year is
September 8 - Patricia Lyle - Landscapes in oil
was originally was from Tennessee, and has been drawing and painting since
she was a child. At the University of Georgia she attended the art school
and obtained a Master's Degree in Public Administration. After working for
the government in Washington, D.C., she moved to Round Rock with her husband
and concentrated exclusively on oil painting. Patricia said that she often
paints landscapes with animals or people as the focal points. She mounted
her small plein aire easel (bought from Judson's Plein Aire) on a camera
tripod, using a special attachment.
Her compositions follow the
principles in Carlson's Rules of Landscape Painting. Her
demonstration and advice for a successful landscape included the following
1. Make a grid dividing the
canvas into thirds both horizontally and vertically,
and choose a main focal point at one of the points where the lines intersect
(blow left). Another point can be selected as a second and less important
focal point (below right).
2. Move toward simplicity.
Avoid putting too much in the painting.
3. Plan on having a definite
foreground, middle ground, and background (below).
4. Make your darkest values
vertical and in the foreground. The lightest value is usually the sky. The
darker mid-value is the mountain or large item toward the background. The
lighter mid-value is a path or river that leads you into the painting.
5. She sketched in a vague
landscape with her brush and paints. She used cool colors to suggest a
6. She put a path (or river) to
lead into the painting and put warmer colors in the foreground and middle
7. She used each color at least
8. She made sure to unify the
painting by relating the elements in a pleasing way.
9. She built up the painting
gradually by clarifying shapes, adding colors and details, but maintaining
the values she had planned for.
10. She stepped back to
visualize how she might add details and place the light source.
palette consisted of the following, plus white:
Grumbacher or Cadmium red light
Cobalt or Cerulean blue
She uses the warm colors in the
foreground and the cool colors in the background. She adds Terpenoid or
linseed oil to the paint and Liquin if she wants it to dry faster.
Patricia obviously took great
delight in her painting, making it quite accessible for everyone. We enjoyed
the demo and thank her for coming. We also thank those who brought
refreshments and those who brought art for Show and Tell, examples of which
Show and Tell:
Cagle Bill Franklin
Larry Garza Charleen Isbell
Gloria Meadows Christine
Niekamp Violet Piper