Ellen Starr Lyon

commited to creating art while being a full-time working mom


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A BIG THANK YOU!

The 2016 Bloomington Open Studios Tour is over and I have so many to thank for a great weekend! A huge shout out goes to all my visitors and supporters. My parents came for a second year in a row to help me ready for the event (including providing the snacks), my husband and son got out of “Dodge” to create space, my friend Ceci covered the dog-watching and my daughter stuck around to clean and greet guests.The threat of thunderstorms made for a slow start but the visitors came in a steady stream afterwards.

In the days leading up and directly afterwards, I had 100+ visitors and sold work to new and experienced art collectors. Many took advantage of my once-a-year sale on “littles”, the 4″ x 4″ oil on canvas works created solely for this event. It is my way to insure than anyone that has the desire, can own an original piece of art. Buying from a local artist is the best way to start your collection and to support your local creative community. Who wants to live in a place where there’s no art being made? If making it is not your thing, you can still be an important part of the process. See below, shining examples of community art supporters! If you’ve ever bought a painting from me and don’t mind sharing a photo of you with your painting, please send me a copy at ellenstarrlyon@gmail.com. I will be creating a scrapbook on my blog to track the happy homes that my “children” have gone to. Many thanks in advance!!

For recent images of what’s happening in my studio, follow me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ellenstarrlyonfromthestudio and on Instagram @ellenstarrlyon or contact me for a private studio tour.

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Still Life Show @ The Evelyn E. Jorgenson Gallery in Missouri

The Evelyn E. Jorgenson Gallery presents

Still Lifes: Perceptions of Inanimate Objects

October 1- November 12, 2015

An international curated exhibition exploring the still life theme. Including works from: Laura Aish, Pamela Delaura, Joseph Holsapple, Steven Hughes, Christina Kerns, Ellen Starr Lyon, Sarah Malakoff, Katrina Majkut, Ann Mansolino, Matthew McLaughlin, Emily Newman, Chee Wang Ng, Melodie Provenzano, Susan Sidebottom, Robert Thurlow, Susan P. Tolbert, Randall Tosh, Radek Vizina, and Tom Wagner.

Evelyn E. Jorgenson Gallery

Moberly Area Community College

October 1 -November 12, 2015

Opening Reception October 8th 5-7 pm

These three paintings of mine were accepted into the show- enjoy!
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FROM THE GROUND UP. And in this case, a Venetian Red ground.

My most recent exhibition, Grown Compositions,  just opened last Friday at Gather in Bloomington, Indiana. The opening reception was three fantastic hours of greeting friends and family but also meeting the many art lovers in our town. I missed seeing my first buyer, so this is for her! S.P. here is your painting. I thought you might (and everyone else) enjoy seeing the underlying layers of it. It is a good example of my technique. I almost always start with a colored ground and then sketch in my composition- you can see the sketch in the first image. In larger paintings, this sketch is often altered, sometimes significantly but for smaller works, the sketching stage involves more planning. Next I will add the darkest areas and then the lightest, seen in image 2 and 3. This helps me to balance the composition and allows for the final glazing layers. Image number 4 shows the addition of the mid-tones- in this particular painting, the mid-tones were comprised of many different close shades of green. The final image shows what I think of as the “body colors”, the solid non-transparent colors. I had intended on taking another pass but the softness and velvety depth was already asserting itself and my deadline had come! So, S.P. enjoy your small plant portrait of Vinca Major and let me know if you have any questions.

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Sunny Succulent

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Here is a sneak peek at what you’ll see when you come visit me at my home and studio. Please visit the BOST to plan you weekend and remember to bring your friends!

“Welcome to Bloomington Open Studios Tour 2015! My home and studio at 3629 S. Bainbridge Drive in the Sherwood Oaks neighborhood, will be open to inquiring minds, curious neighbors and art lovers alike. Please come to the front door through the front court yard and roam around. All ages are invited to have a snack, look at finished work and see a work-in-progress on the easel in my studio. I will be on hand both days to answer questions about my process. While you wait for June to come, check out my website https://ellenstarrlyon.wordpress.com/ for insight into my world and how I see it.”

2015 4th Annual Bloomington Open Studios Tour

 Saturday, June 6, FROM 10AM – 6PM

Sunday, June 7, FROM 10AM – 4PM

Be Inspired

www.BloomingtonOpenStudiosTour.com

In my studio

In my studio

Ellen Starr Lyon

ellenstarrlyon@gmail.com

ellenstarrlyon.wordpress.com     (812)631-9711


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Stay Tuned for More Leaves.

I find myself drawn to depicting plants. As I worked on this portrait of my begonia I tried to distill the reason why. It’s not news or unusual that I love to garden. I love the new foliage, the bright juicy colors, the delicate flowers. I love the feel of dirt and enter a happy trance while I weed. I value having something living in my space, especially through the dark cold months. For these reasons and a hundred more, planting and tending are a part of me. That, however, is not why I paint them so often. It is always the same three things that drive my work: abstraction, light, and negative space. I do use objects that I have an affinity for but only as tools to create fascinating (to me) passages, niches, nooks and transparencies. The end product is a naturalistic portrayal but that really is secondary or tertiary to me. Perhaps in the future I’ll allow that to fall away and paint what I love without the context. For right now, stay tuned for more leaves.IMAG5657IMAG5824IMAG5661IMAG5672