Julia Lesnichy works in oil and pastel, doing primarily plein air landscapes and outdoor still life. She is a painter of light and color. Her goal is to study colors of light. Her palette changes with the rapid changing of light in nature. Both in oils and pastels Julia uses a broken-color technique applying layers of colors. She applies oils in thick strokes using a palette knife and brushes creating multi-layered paintings. Julia also works in in oil pastels and often does oil pastels sketches when traveling. Occasionally she does some figurative work and life drawings in oil/pastel.
Cabell gallery, Lexington, Va; The Little Gallery, Moneta, Va; For Art's Sake gallery, Henrico, Va; C gallery in Raleigh, NC;Bella Arte gallery in Midlothian, Va.
American Impressionist Society, Pastel Society of America, Southeastern Pastel Society, Northwestern Pastel society, Midatlantic Pastel society.
"Whether it was to escape classroom boredom or standout among the crowd, creativity has always been there in my life. I started drawing in my teens and moved on to painting before going off to college for a degree in studio art. I realized very quickly that I was probably not going to make a living in art so it became my avocation. My real job afforded me time to pursue art on the weekends.
I have worked in many mediums but have settled on oil paints. My subject matter ranges from landscapes to people, still lifes and pets. As a pet lover I suppose I enjoy painting them the most.
I try to paint in a realistic style as it simplifies things. If I put the right amount of paint, color in the right location then I have done the subject justice and provided some "truth" to the art. Being able to draw and paint is an incredible gift and I am grateful for it on a daily basis." - Richard Bednar
My latest artwork reflects both my recent travels and some still life work in my home studio. Mainly, I paint to preserve memories of what I value in life. This often takes the form of beautiful scenery in places visited or even object I enjoy assembling in my environment. I usually work in oils, though sometimes in acrylics or gouache when traveling due to their speedy drying and ease of packing. My favorite tool is the palette knife because of the fun of texture when using thick paint; I also enjoy the freedom of expression through quicker rendering and brilliant colors.
This summer I had the distinct joy of hiking a piece of the Camino in Spain, a long dream of mine. I hope to paint many of scenes of this beautiful pilgrimage. My husband and I again returned to Maine this year during several of Charlottesville’s hottest weeks. Both locations, as well as Virginia itself, provided opportunities for me to create art. When home between travels, I always love to put together still lifes in my studio, several of which I’ve enclosed with this email.
September 5 - October 27 2018
Sixteen members will show oils, watercolor, acrylics, photography, mixed media: Carol Barber, Randy Baskerville, Rich Bednar, Matalie Deane, Joan Dreicer, Judith Ely, Frank Feigert, Sara Gondwe, Anne Hopper, Julia Kindred, Julia Lesnichy, Brita Lineburger, Craig Lineburger, Carol Martin, Barbara Ryan and Barbara Wachter. Photo above is an oil landscape by Barbara Ryan.
The actual painting is complete. If you look closely you will see the glazing for inside and outside the petals is done with the opposite colors from week 3. It was a lot of work but Carol is so glad she did all the experimenting and planning.
After much experimenting Carol finds paint colors (lower left) that play well together and glazing techniques that will produce the look she wants.
Before committing to watercolor paper Carol sketches on Bristle Paper and adds water soluble black marker to decide where to put dark, mid tone and light values in her piece.
A few posts to illustrate Carols process from selecting a subject matter to the final artwork.
Although the shape and value of this photo would make for a good painting Carol wants to narrow the focus to just three flowers for this piece.
Dear Bozart Friends, I want to share what I have just developed. It is a 24 pg soft cover book of my paintings as seen here. I plan to take copies of the book as well as several paintings - probably ones not in the book - to some shops to hopefully entice these places to sell my paintings. With hopes that I have pushed my work to a higher level, the contemporary landscapes which I am doing now hopefully will make a good fit where I take the book. We will see!
Thanks for your continued support of my painting. The reception at Park Gables Gallery in Harrisonburg at the VMRC Juried Show was a lovely event. Along with sharing an image of taken that day I want to show you a few new paintings. These are all done with my numerous usual start up layers of paint and collage followed by discovery of ideas, mostly thought up “on the fly” as I look at the markings, shapes and colors. I’m not sure where these images come from in my head, but I do know that it is a great deal of fun working on them. These are all 12 x12 in. size.