Deborah Lazar is an artist living in Putney, Vermont. Her artwork is exhibited at the Gallery at the Putney Inn, Vermont Artisans Gallery 2. She has exhibited in many juried shows throughout New England. Her artwork has won several awards and is in numerous private collections worldwide.
For a complete catalog of paintings try my flickr site
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A word or two about my art
Ambition has one heel nailed in well, though she stretches her fingers to touch the heavens.
~ Lao Tzu
From the beginning the process of transforming a blank page into images has struck me as magical. And, over the years, that magical process has had its way with me, leading me from my beginnings as a painter, through a career in graphic design and photography, and back to fine art. My paintings are of real objects and real places and real people. I work form life and photography. Today, I work primarily in oil paint, in an impressionist-realist style.
I work quite deliberately, although I never know at the beginning of a painting what it will look like when I am done. I do however set a few parameters to stay within. Drawing is crucial, I begin with a clear plan of how I will place my subject on the canvas. I decide at the beginning of each painting what the dominant colors will be, and all the other colors I use must relate to the colors I have decided will dominate. Everything that receives light becomes a source of light, with this in mind everything is a light source, to a greater or lesser degree. I block-in the entire painting with a wash of transparent paint before I put in any details. This provides many opportunities for happy accidents and grace to influence the finished product. The painting evolves like a photograph in a developing tray, as time goes by, gradually the image takes form.
In art, the hardest skill to learn is to be simple. I try to make every brush stroke count. The best art amazes us because of what the artist left out. I think a lot about how we see. We see detail in only a tiny portion of our field of view, about 3° at the center, the rest is abstract and we are unaware of that. With each painting I experiment with how much detail I can leave out and what to make blurry or soft. I paint some parts of the painting with more detail or higher contrast to direct the viewer’s attention. I have learned to pay attention to these things through years and years of working with images.
My current work grew out of a desire to create images that include a local theme. The people in my paintings are friends or clients. I paint landscapes of places that are within a few miles of my home, and my still life paintings include objects that have been created or grown locally. I marvel at the beauty of my southern Vermont landscape, the wealth of pottery and the abundance of locally grown products I have at my disposal.
My main ambition in this world is to be a successful artist, and my second is to use my skills and abilities to help other people succeed. If someone finds joy or pleasure in viewing or owning one of my paintings, or it is purchased as an investment I will have been successful. I also share my knowledge of art through teaching and fulfilling my clients visions through my graphic design and photography business. If my work helps another person attain success I will have achieved my goal.
Here is the list of oil colors I use . A link to my teachers cart can be found here. Click the list to add whichever tubes you want. I put large and small tubes in this list. You probably only need to order the small tubes.
Artworking school of Art- Deborah Lazar
To start this is a good list-
Windsor & Newton
Yellow Ochre Pale
Cadmium Yellow Deep
Transparent Oxide Red
Cobalt Blue Light
(008 extra fine/250ml)
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