Windsor Palette and Brush Club hosts oil painting demonstration

By Lisa Stone - ReminderNews
Windsor - posted Wed., Jan. 29, 2014
Artist Lisa Smith creates an oil painting work of art from a portrait. Photos by Lisa Stone.
Artist Lisa Smith creates an oil painting work of art from a portrait. Photos by Lisa Stone.

Windsor’s Department of Recreation and Leisure Services sponsored the monthly meeting for the Windsor Palette and Brush Club at the L.P. Wilson Community Center on Jan. 14. The guest of honor was award-winning artist Lisa Smith, who presented an oil painting demonstration.

Smith has traveled the country and studied with master artists. The entire room was hanging on her every word, as Smith worked while explaining that a painting is a project that she is “constantly tweaking and adjusting.” One bit of advice that Smith had for the club was to walk away from your project. “Artists get tired eyes,” said Smith. “If you look at it for too long, you won’t be able to see what it truly looks like. I walk away for just a little while or even for a few days. When I come back to the project, I have a fresh perspective.”

One member asked if Smith ever paints live models. Smith said she chooses to paint from photos. “I really admire the artists that are able to paint from a live model,” said Smith. “I find that so hard to do. I would rather take a photo of the subject and paint from that.” If it is a portrait that she is painting, she may take several photos and paint section by section.

For the evening’s demonstration, Smith chose to paint a profile of a little girl with long curly hair. “The curls are a bit hard to paint. I will outline them first and later go back to add more color to reflect the shine on the curls,” Smith told the audience. The painting has to be done in stages, according to Smith. First, she did the preliminary outline and then proceeded to fill in the details of the portrait.

Though the room was silent except for the occasional question, the club members were intrigued by the artist’s talent. “I find it interesting to watch someone who learned from an old master and executed it in her own style of painting,” said Helen Davenport.

“I am a member of the Palette Club and I like to support the group by coming to the meetings,” said Susan Jaafar. “I enjoy the demonstrations.”

The club is always welcoming new members. For information on the organization, visit or call 860-688-8801.

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