|Linda A. Levy
416 Westdale Drive
Cruz, CA 95060
consists of original images drawn on a Pentium-based computer using the program Painter
and a pressure sensitive Wacom tablet.
I have been working with the human form for numerous years in many different
media. I started with oil paints at the age of 12. Under the tutelage of Patricia
Frey, a bay area artist, I experimented with acrylics, oil pastels, soft pastels and
watercolor. During college, I became enamored with using clay to describe the human
form. I also dabbled with several printmaking techniques. After all this
experimentation, I prefer using charcoal or watercolor for my short, gestural pieces, and
a black oil pastel with turpenoid for longer poses. Most of my current work
At Left: Original artwork, Hat,
handdrawn on computer.
After years of somewhat "tight" classical drawing attitudes,
I've come to enjoy the gesture approach: allow yourself only 60 seconds in which to
capture the essence of the pose. You elicit much movement and feeling with a gestural
drawing that often gets lost in longer poses. With my watercolors, I do not mix colors in
the palette; I mix my color on the page as I paint. The paper is held almost upright, and
a lot of running and weighted blending occurs that is really beyond control. The resulting
images are always varied and unique: the looser I am, the more I like the figures. The
wireform images are based on gestural sketches, with the form set away from the
background, creating enticing effects that change with the direction of light.
Gestural (60 second) watercolor image at left.
My computer artwork is currently created using
the program "Painter 9" by
Corel. All my pieces are originals: nothing
is scanned and no clipart is used. I treat each printed creation as one-of-a-kind
original. Selected images are printed on 100% rag paper or Epson Photo Quality
Glossy Paper and stored in an archival tradition.
In the past years, I've displayed my artwork in San Francisco bay area
group shows, restaurants/galleries and universities. Current work has been displayed at
the Santa Cruz Art League, the Santa Cruz Mountain Art Center, and various on-line web
A collection of work is available for viewing and purchase.
(left) created entirely in Painter 8, using the new soft pastels.
Based on a life drawing of Annie, 2003.
Please click on thumbnail at left to
view larger image.