RAA presents artist Mary Lou Correia demonstrating oil painting

RAA presents artist Mary Lou Correia demonstrating oil painting

​The Rossmoor Art Association is pleased to welcome local artist Mary Lou Correia, an oil painter as the featured artist at its April meeting.
 
The demonstration is on Wednesday, April 3, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm in Art Studio One. Doors open at 12:30 pm, and the program begins at 1:00 pm. There will be a 20-minute break at 2:00 pm with refreshments and an opportunity to talk with the artist.
 
Mary Lou Correia’s inspiration for painting arises from observing nature and man’s gentle intrusion into it – the angular slope of an old barn, reflections in a quiet stream, the changing light of a pastoral scene.
 
Influenced by the Impressionists’ use of brilliant, sensuous layers of color, she observes the grace and beauty of nature to capture a vignette in time. Painting loosely with exuberant brush strokes, her vibrant color combinations express the changing moods of the landscapes. The subtle use of figures stirs the viewer’s imagination. “I like to think of my painting as revealing more that the eye can see. I give great attention to finding a sense of place”. Challenged by painting pure landscape with only a hint of human presence, her painting encourages the viewer to appreciate and preserve landscape for future generations.
 
She will show how she sketches quickly to see the essence of the landscape, making small thumbnail value studies called Notons to further her knowledge of the scene. Using the value sketch as a reference, she sketches with dry brush on a pre-ground canvas to note shadows that tie the composition together. Then she paints color notes covering mid tones and darks to define the shapes. Surrounding the subject with a platform of background color slowly molds the painting.
 
Mary Lou has a classical art education. She received a bachelor’s degree at Syracuse University, followed by graduate work at CCAC in Oakland. After an early career teaching art at Salinas High School and Monterey Community College, she worked for a number of years as a designer and as Director of Publication for Saint Mary’s College in Moraga.
 
Mary Lou has received many awards and exhibited through the Bay Area and nationally, including Oil Painters of America Annual Show, Washington D.C.; Plein Air Painting Festivals in: Carmel; Marinscapes Festival; Carquinez Scene on the Straits.
 
Her works are in collections throughout the world and she is represented by galleries in San Francisco, the East Bay, and Marin County. She teaches Plein Air workshops on a regular basis through the Walnut Creek Continuing Education Program. Mary Lou Correia lives with her family in Martinez CA. To see her art, visit her website at [email protected] 
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