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Pink Peonies

These pink peonies were picked just before fading and painted to capture the transition from spring to summer 2016.

Photo-collage of painting progress (from my June 9 social media posting.

Photo-collage of painting progress (from my June 9 social media posting.

Step by step, following is the painting progress and the finished painting.  Visit #183 Northrup King Building, 1500 Jackson Street NE this Saturday 12-4 pm (and every Saturday) to see the painting for yourself. 

http://www.northrupkingbuilding.com/open-Saturdays

Pink Peonies model for still life painting

Pink Peonies model for still life painting

Sketch of composition, measuring carefully

Sketch of composition, measuring carefully

Full color block-in, connecting shapes

Full color block-in, connecting shapes

Add leaves in full color block-in, still no white added to color

Add leaves in full color block-in, still no white added to color

Add background, adjusting drawing slightly. No ivory black is used; instead, dark chromatic pigment is a varying blend of Ultramarine Blue, Alizarin Crimson, and a "dash" of Cadmium Yellow Deep.

Add background, adjusting drawing slightly. No ivory black is used; instead, dark chromatic pigment is a varying blend of Ultramarine Blue, Alizarin Crimson, and a “dash” of Cadmium Yellow Deep.

Add tablecloth, cast shadow, and vase; now adding white to colors. At the same time, lightest portions of flowers are noted by rubbing out the underpainting.

Add tablecloth, cast shadow, and vase; now adding white to colors. At the same time, lightest portions of flowers are noted by rubbing out the underpainting.

Flower shadows are added.

Flower shadows are added.

Color of shapes are adjusted by adding paint. Ask: is the shape lighter or darker, warmer or cooler. Flowers and foliage emerge from the underpainting!

Color of shapes are adjusted by adding paint. Ask: is the shape lighter or darker, warmer or cooler. Flowers and foliage emerge from the underpainting!

Still more shape adjustments are made, including pulling the background paint inward and pulling the still life paint outward.

Still more shape adjustments are made, including pulling the background paint inward and pulling the still life paint outward.

Flower shadows are connected and adjusted slightly towards the blue rather than the violet. Painting is nearly complete - this time photographed outdoors for truer color. The previous photographs exaggerate the warm halogen light cast. Stop by the gallery this Saturday, 12-4 pm (and every Saturday) #183 Northrup King Building,1500 Jackson Street NE, Mpls to see the painting for yourself.

Flower shadows are connected and adjusted slightly towards the blue rather than the violet. Painting is nearly complete – this time photographed outdoors for truer color. The previous photographs exaggerate the warm halogen light cast.

Final painting: Adjusted background color slightly, added highlights in forward blooms, softened some edges. Photographed under better lighting.

Final painting: Adjusted background color slightly, added highlights in forward blooms, softened some edges. Photographed under better lighting.

Pianos On Parade – Downtown Minneapolis

I was invited to participate in Pianos on Parade – a public art project jointly produced by the Minneapolis Downtown council and Keys 4/4 Kids.   Upright pianos will be displayed on downtown Minneapolis public spaces during the month of June.  To learn more, please visit: 

http://pianosonparade.com/twincities/about/

 

My submission for Pianos On Parade - Day One progress

My submission for Pianos On Parade – Day One progress

My submission for Pianos On Parade - Day Two progress

My submission for Pianos On Parade – Day Two progress

My submission for Pianos On Parade - Day Three progress - Completed

My submission for Pianos On Parade – Day Three progress – Completed

2016 ART-A-WHIRL – Report; and Thank You!

Paintings sold during Art-A-Whirl 2016 Thanks to all who visited and supported artists!

Paintings sold during Art-A-Whirl 2016
Thanks to all who visited and supported artists!

2016 ART-A-WHIRL – Preview

Make #183 Northrup King Building, 1500 Jackson Street NE, Mpls your first stop during Art-A-Whirl 2016:

Friday, May 20, 5-10 pm
Saturday, May 21, 12-8 pm
Sunday, May 22, 12-5 pm

Here is a preview of newly completed paintings:

Art-A-Whirl Preview - New Paintings

Art-A-Whirl Preview – New Paintings

2016 ART-A-WHIRL – Painting Demonstrations & Giveaways!

2016 Art-A-Whirl Painting Demonstrations

2016 Art-A-Whirl Painting Demonstrations

Fifteen mini-demonstrations are planned – one on each hour Friday 6-9 pm, Saturday 1-7 pm, Sunday 1-4 pm.  Throughout Art-A-Whirl, on the hour, Greg Lecker dons a hard hat advertising “Artist at Work”.  Signage provides a short written summary of the 5-10 minute painting demonstration to follow.  On a small tan toned panel, on which the landscape subject is pre-drawn, Greg paints shadows in blue-gray paint that vary in value and saturation with the distance to the subjects.  After quickly “freezing the light”, Greg begins to add middle tones, highlight, and light source.  At the conclusion of the brief demonstration, instead of signing the piece, Greg stamps it “Artist At Work”. 

2016 Art-A-Whirl Door Prizes

2016 Art-A-Whirl Door Prizes

One mini-workshop attendee wins the partially finished painting, source photograph, and a small acrylic paint kit to take home to complete the painting.  Other attendees are invited to take home drawing kits with drawing pencils and paper.  Everyone is a winner at this Art-A-Whirl Artist-At-Work demonstration.

THIRSTY LILACS

Kami Mendlik inspired me to paint these lilacs.  During the Bryn Mawr Festival of Garage Sales this past weekend (May 7 & 8), I arranged these in a watering can since I couldn’t find a vase large enough for the bouquet I had collected.  I painted for about four hours on Saturday, less time spent speaking with neighbors.   Even in the shade, the flowers wilted over this time — as did I.  Overnight, in the coolness of the garage, the blooms perked up — so I started anew on Sunday; and I did my best to capture their beauty, if not their fragrance.   Check out the following time-lapse; then read the tips I collected from a recent two-day workshop taught by Kami Mendlik.

Still Life Arranged & Lit

Still Life Arranged & Lit

Step 1: After drawing; Starting block-in

Step 1: After drawing; Starting block-in

Step 2: Filling in Shapes - Paying attention to whether shapes are cooler or warmer, darker or lighter.

Step 2: Filling in Shapes – Paying attention to whether shapes are cooler or warmer, darker or lighter.

Step 3: Refining Edges of forms for accuracy; Develop Foliage and Watering Can

Step 3: Refining Edges of forms for accuracy; Develop Foliage and Watering Can

Step 4: Refining Flowers and Foliage, including Stems; pushing and pulling edges into one another.

Step 4: Refining Flowers and Foliage, including Stems; pushing and pulling edges into one another.

Step 5/Final: Softening select edges; Refining highlights; Adjusting foliage, flowers to overlap watering can rose head. It was calling too much attention to itself!

Step 5/Final: Softening select edges; Refining highlights; Adjusting foliage, flowers to overlap watering can rose head. It was calling too much attention to itself!

Here’s what I learned from a recent floral still life lesson from Kami Mendlik:

– Measure carefully,
– Draw arrangement carefully – using brush or pastel pencil if necessary. 
– Envelope outer forms with straight voluminous lines, not curves, not zig-zags! Fill the panel.
– Key to rendering water in vase (if applicable) is to accurately match shape, value, & color.  That methodology is applicable when painting flowers too. 
– Don’t “paint” petals or leaves.  Paint the shapes, values, and color – and the still life elements will be revealed in your painting.
– Paint backdrop & tabletop to serve as a reference for still life elements
– In painting backdrop, note what is cool and what is warm colored. 
– White tabletop is darker than one thinks- remember: yellow-white highlights on vase are the brightest value,
– Carefully block in & check shapes
– Use enough paint – it allows pulling forms into one another.
– Refine by pulling still life elements outward and background inward.
– As you look at edges between shapes of different color or value, ask yourself – wamer/cooler, darker/brighter?
– Soften edge between tabletop & backdrop.

There is so much more to learn!  Visit www.kamimendlik.com for class & workshop schedule.

CONNECTION MADE WITH JEROME, ARIZONA

I will be at Gallery Immaginé, #183 Northrup King Building, 1500 Jackson St NE, Minneapolis this Open Saturday, April 16, 12-4 pm.  Please stop by and see my ongoing WXSW show.  Though the show continues through May 14, this Saturday will be the last day to see the painting of Rickeldoris candy store pictured below.  Following this weekend’s Open Saturday, I will ship the painting to its new Arizona owner.  On a whim, I had e-mailed a picture of the painting to the Jerome, Arizona Chamber of Commerce.  As fate would have it, the volunteer forwarded the picture to the new owner of the store; and she inquired about purchasing the painting.  It is fitting that she will own the piece to help commemorate her mother who operated Rickeldoris for twenty years until her passing the week before my December 2015 visit.    

TWO OPPORTUNITIES TO SEE MY WORK – Thursday, April 7

I will be at #183 Northrup King Building, 1500 Jackson St NE this First Thursday, April 7, 5-9 pm, as usual.  Please stop by and see my WXSW show.   Visitors are enjoying the color and depth of the new work on display.  Navigate and click on the NEW WORK tab to see my latest southwest and west pieces.  Here’s a preview of one studio piece from my December 2015 trip (selected since our early April weather seems more like December):

December in Jerome

December in Jerome

In the Southwest portion of the metropolitan Mpls-St. Paul, visit Edina Art Center to see Water Slide, a newly framed work of mine.  This Thursday, 5-8 pm, stop by the opening reception of the Minnesota Artist’s Association Spring Show.

Water Slide featured at Edina Art Center

Water Slide
featured at
Edina Art Center

 

MY GRATITUDE

Spark Bridge

I extend heart felt thanks to the 60+ visitors who contributed conversation & purchased art at my WXSW show preview and opening March 18 and 19.  You, the viewer, make our art possible!  The show continues — read on to learn more.

CURRENT EXHIBITION

WEST BY SOUTHWEST – March 19 Opening Reception

Plein Air Painting Travelogue by Minneapolis Artist

Over the past several years, Minneapolis artist Greg Lecker travelled to Catalina Island, the Badlands, and Arizona to paint varying landscapes. Subjects include the red rocks of Sedona, Sonoran Desert of Arizona, the continually eroding wall of the South Dakota Badlands, knobby granite dells, and the Grand Canyon. Greg schleps a large, twenty-five-year-old blue backpack with tripod and portable paint box. By traveling merely to his Northrup King Building gallery in Northeast Minneapolis, you have the opportunity to view Greg’s graphic travelogue.

Details:   #183 Northrup King Building, Gallery Immaginé, 1500 Jackson Street NE. Show continues through May 14.  Opening on Saturday, March 19, 4-10 pm.   Meet the artist, enjoy food and drink. http://www.greglecker.com

Opening Reception October 19

Opening Reception October 19

Use Main Entry or Door F (new ADA ramp from parking lot!)

Use Main Entry or Door F (new ADA ramp from parking lot!)

Winter’s End Show – Last Weekend

This Saturday, March 12, #183 Northrup King Building, 1500 Jackson Street NE, 12-4 pm; or by appointment – contact Greg at gregelecker@gmail.com

View paintings under New Work tab.

Please stop by to see my new work!

Please stop by to see my new work!

 

Courtyard Clearing

Courtyard Clearing

 

Courtyard Clearing painted during #artshanty pop-up at Minneapolis Institute of Arts.  Watch Outdoor Painters of Minnesota at work in Target Park during museum hours September 10-13!

 

SURPRISE event at Minneapolis Institute of Arts Thursday, Friday & Saturday, September 10, 11, 12, 10-4 pm & Sunday September 13 from 11-4 pm.   Look for announcement Thursday, September 10! 

 

NORTHRUP KING FIRST THURSDAYS

#183 Northrup King Building, 1500 Jackson Street NE, Mpls

Thursday, October 1, 5-9 pm

Thursday, November 5, 5-9 pm

 

ART ATTACK

Friday, November 6, 5-10 pm

Saturday, November 7, 12-8 pm

Sunday, November 8, 12- 5 pm

Northrup King Nights:  Gallery Opening/Open Studios 

Saturday, August 15, 2015, 5-10 pm                                                     

You’re invited to the next installation of Northrup King Nights:  Ultimate Family Reunion.  Many galleries will be open this evening and are offering special offers:  build your own sundae, make your own s’mores, art activities, painting demonstrations.  I will offer a door prize drawing for a free painting.  Come see my latest paintings, including a preview of subjects I’ll paint during Hudson’s Plein Air Festival, August 14-16, with show at Seasons on St. Croix Gallery from August 17 through August 30, 401 Second Street, Hudson, WI, www.seasonsonstcroix.com

Gallery Immaginé is open:                                              First Thursdays of each month, 5-9 pm                           Saturday afternoons, 12-4 pm                                         

 

Art Attack at Northrup King Building

First Thursday, November 5, 5-9 pm

Friday, November 6, 5-10 pm

Saturday, November 7, 12 Noon – 8 pm

Sunday, November 8, 12 Noon – 5 pm

Follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Tumblr:  /gregleckerarts

Travel Themed Art Opening – Saturday, April 25, 2015, 12-6 pm

Art Opening - April 25, 2015

Art Opening – April 25, 2015

10,000 MILES BY HIGHWAY, HIKING TRAIL, PLANE – AND PAINT

Plein Air Painting Travelogue by Minneapolis Artist

In 2014, Minneapolis artist Greg Lecker travelled 10,000 miles by car, canoe, ferry, hiking boot, & airplane to paint both gray & green landscapes en plein air (in the open air).  Greg captures changing light in the man-made & natural world in paintings filled with color, motion and emotion.  He communicates his “real-time” experiences with passersby and shares newly finished oil paintings – sometimes still wet — with gallery visitors and collectors to trigger memories of favorite places or make introductions for newly discovered treasures.

Subjects include the Sonoran Desert of Arizona, the continually eroding wall of the South Dakota Badlands, water lilies on a local lake, a favorite campsite on the Superior Hiking Trail, trout streams, and Mississippi River towns.   Greg schleps a large, twenty-five-year-old blue backpack with tripod and portable paint box. By traveling merely to his Northrup King Building gallery in Northeast Minneapolis, you have the opportunity to view Greg’s travelogue.

Details:   #183 Northrup King Building, Gallery Immaginé, 1500 Jackson Street NE.  Opening on Saturday, April 25, 12-6 pm.   Show continues through Art-A-Whirl – Fri., May 15, 5-10 pm; Sat., May 16, 12-8 pm; Sun., May 17, 12-5 pm. Talk with artists, enjoy food & drink, discounts, & door prize.

THANKS to visitors to WILDFLOWERS 2014 Shows at NKB & Bassett Creek Arts!

Many thanks to those who attended the art openings of “A Year of Wildflowers”.   The show, “A Year of Wildflowers” continues at the art and framing shop and at my Northrup King Building, 1500 Jackson Street NE, Mpls, #183 – Gallery Immaginé.

To watch and listen to a short TV news story of a local sketching group, MetroSketchers, and me sketching in a local garden conservatory, please visit:

http://www.kare11.com/story/news/local/land-of-10000-stories/2014/03/09/metro-sketchers-urban-como-park-conservatory/6088651/

Please bear the brief sponsor message – the cheery colors of the flowers and drawings are worth the short advertisement!

ALSO EXHIBITING AT BASSETT CREEK ARTS

Bassett Creek Arts, 416 Penn Avenue South, Bryn Mawr, Mpls, www.bassettcreekarts.com

NOW EXHIBITING AT GALLERY IMMAGINE ROOM 183, NORTHRUP KING BUILDING,                                              1500 JACKSON AVE NE @ 15TH ST NE, MINNEAPOLIS, MN — IN THE ARTISTS QUARTER

As of January 1, 2014, Greg Lecker’s work may be viewed at the cooperative gallery, Gallery Immagine in THE building to see contemporary art in the artists quarter of Minneapolis.  Conveniently located on the first floor just steps from the main entry, the gallery is open most Saturdays from 12 Noon to 4 pm and on all First Thursdays (except for July 3) from 5 – 9 pm.  View the work of over 200 artists; and don’t miss the unique opportunity to speak with the artists themselves!

ARTIST STATEMENT

Through vibrant oil pigment, Greg Lecker shares glimpses of his experiences of the landscape – submitted for the viewer to compare with their perceptions.  We travel through an enchanting, ever-changing environment of visual stimulation.  In direction, intensity, and color, the quality of light changes throughout the day and night.  From season to season too, the illuminated environment is transformed.  Practicing as an architectural lighting designer for the past twenty-five years, light has been Greg Lecker’s medium.  At the same time, Greg continued to draw and paint subjects largely drawn from the natural world.  Greg continues to learn from fellow members of a figure drawing cooperative and from landscape artists of Outdoor Painters of Minnesota.  He captures light and renders three-dimensional space on a simple flat piece of paper, wood, or cloth. 

Greg Lecker  — NOW EXHIBITING AT ROOM 183, NORTHRUP KING BUILDING,                                              1500 JACKSON AVE NE @ 15TH ST NE, MINNEAPOLIS, MN — IN THE ARTISTS QUARTER
2104 Laurel Avenue West
Minneapolis, MN  55405
cell:  612-207-4156
gregelecker@gmail.com

SELECTED RESUME

ART EDUCATION:
Workshops, private; and studies with Joe Paquet;  School of Visual Arts (NYC) – Anatomy and Portraiture.  Member, Outdoor Painters of Minnesota.

SELECTED AWARDS AND EXHIBITIONS:
Juried Exhibition, Minnesota State Fair, Fine Art Exhibition.
“Something Sketchy” Group Exhibition, Bell Museum of Natural History Jaques Gallery, Minneapolis, MN on view September 5 through December 29.   For hours and more information, visit:  http://www.bellmuseum.umn.edu/index.htm

  Bell Museum photo

TEACHING:
Drawing on Nature week-long drawing class at Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, NY, July 2013

GALLERIES:
P
arley Lake Winery Art Gallery

PUBLICATIONS:
Bryn Mawr Bugle “Drawing On Nature” and “View From The Bridge” columns 2003 to 2013.
Arboretum Nature Notes Blog, 2012 through 2013

To view publications where my illustrations or photography are included, visit the “Blogroll” on the right-hand-side of this website.   Click on the year desired, then from the website, navigate to Bryn Mawr Bugle, and the issue, and scroll through to find the column.  Or, click on the Nature Notes link indicated, then scroll through the Nature Notes blog entries. 

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