Falls Church Arts

Pastel and Gouache – Mixed Media Painting (Oct-Nov 2024)

Instructor: Richard Levine

Thursdays │ October 24, 31, November 7, 14, 21, 2024 │ 1:30–3:30 pm │ $180 │ beginner-Intermediate │ Falls Church Arts Gallery

Pastel is a wonderfully intuitive medium and works beautifully with gouache. Both are compatible with each other, and gouache can be used as either an underpainting or right alongside the pastel. The final class will discuss proper framing for pastel.

Students must have completed vaccination for Covid-19.


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Richard Levine

Richard Levine, born in Newark, NJ, is a painter and photographer whose professional career has spanned more than 30 years in the graphic arts working for prominent design firms and corporate clients. A graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University, he studied oil painting for four years with artists Alan Turner and Andrew Lattimore and photography with Gary Winogrand. Additional studies were at Cooper Union and The School of Visual Arts, NYC. Extensive travel throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia have formed the foundation for his personal work.
Richard has exhibited widely on the East Coast from Virginia to Maine in both solo and group shows. In 2005 he won a NY State Certificate of Merit for his exhibit: India, A Traveler’s Reflections. He has done photo documentary work in the refugee camps of Darfur with the International Medical Corps and in Mississippi with Mississippi State University and The Annie E. Casey Foundation. In June 2016, he won 2nd Place prize in the Bethesda Painting Awards, a juried competition sponsored by the Trawick Foundation. He is a 2017/18 recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant. His work is held in both private and public collections.

Artist’s Statement

My love of travel and exploration spark the inspiration, both spiritual and visual that I derive from experiencing new landscape, people and culture which in turn invigorates my work and challenges me to both portray and understand our world.  I like to paint and photograph in places where the weather, the traditions and the geography still dominate; where these elements identify and characterize a locale. Where I can still connect to what has gone before and one feels an authentic “sense of place.”

For the past several years I have been combining the abstract Color Field paintings of the Washington and New York schools with the vernacular architecture of rural New England and Nova Scotia. This has inevitably led me deeper into abstraction and I currently find my focus at the intersection of climate, culture and geology. The new work seeks to portray the evolving effects of climate change on the land caused by erosion and the movement of water and presented in a framework of indigenous culture and color. The work of Richard Diebenkorn and the poured paint techniques of the Color Field painters inspire and inform this new work. My current work on heavy watercolor paper involves pouring paint, tilting and manipulating its flow, adding texture elements into the wet paint and then repeating this process multiple times. I then overpaint with acrylic to enrich and solidify the composition.

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