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September 8 - Patricia Lyle - Colorful Landscapes in Oils

Patricia Lyle is a visual artist working in the Austin area. Born in Cookeville, Tennessee, her 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.

A 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 paint?

We 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 only $6.

September 8 - Patricia Lyle - Landscapes in oil

Patricia Lyle 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 steps:

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 northern landscape.


6. She put a path (or river) to lead into the painting and put warmer colors in the foreground and middle ground.

7. She used each color at least 2-3 times.

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.

11. Her palette consisted of the following, plus white:

Warm Colors                                                                       Cool Colors

Cadmium yellow                                                                 Lemon yellow

Grumbacher or Cadmium red light permanent                   Alizerin

Ultramarine blue                                                                 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 are below.

Show and Tell:


       Nancy Cagle          Bill Franklin            Larry Garza        Charleen Isbell    


   Gloria Meadows  Christine Niekamp    Violet Piper

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