Demonstration: Nikki Basch-Davis, figurative and plein air artist

Demonstration: Nikki Basch-Davis, figurative and plein air artist

On Wednesday, April 5, the Rossmoor Art Association (RAA) is pleased to offer a working demonstration by Benecia artist Nikki Basch-Davis. Her presentation will focus on how to build a painting, focusing on subject matter, composition, value and color.
 
The program is on Wednesday, April 5 from 1 to 3 p.m. in Art Studio One at Gateway. Doors to Studio One open at 12:30.  The demonstration begins at 1:00, with a 20 minute break at 2:00, after which Basch-Davis will continue painting.   
 
The RAA demonstrations are a unique opportunity to watch an artist at work. The studio is equipped with cameras that project the artist’s every stroke on the canvas, as well as with microphones that clearly project the artist’s explanations of their process.
 
Basch-Davis will demonstrate how having an emotional connection to your subject matter gives your painting mood and passion. She will also talk about placing objects to achieve the right balance, using darks and lights to add interest and drama, and letting your own personality dictate your pallet. She will create a painting during the demonstration, and she will have many examples of her work on display.
 
Basch-Davis began her art education in graphic design, studying first in Jerusalem and then in London. She discovered her passion for painting at London’s Royal College of Art. Her first paintings were in watercolor, but after about a decade, she changed paths and took her oil paints outside and became a plein air artist.
 
“Over the next 20 years,” she says, “my paintings became more and more about mood. I was pleased when the responses I got were, ‘I can see it was humid when you painted this’ or ‘I wish I could drop my canoe into these waters.’ I choose what I paint by my response to a scene’s mood and light. Capturing the scene on canvas makes me experience it more deeply than simply observing it.”
 
Basch-Davis’ subject matter is diverse, from figures to landscapes, all done with attention to composition, color and value. Her demonstration will help you see how to bring these elements to life in your own work.
 
Basch-Davis currently has an exhibition titled “Connecting” at Gallery 621 on First Street in Benecia. It features primarily figurative paintings. To learn more about the artist and to see her work, visit her Web site, www.nikibaschdavis.com. 
 
All residents of Rossmoor are welcome to this free event, and refreshments will be served during the break. For more information please contact Marcy Wheeler, RAA Program Chair, at 787-9159.
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