Priscilla Levesque

Artist Priscilla Levesque Around the bend on Westford Rd

Around The Bend

Artist Priscilla Levesque October on Littleton Rd

October, on Littleton Road

Artist Priscilla Levesque Still Life August 4

Flowers in White Pitcher

Artist Priscilla Levesque Still Life with Reflections

Still Life with Reflections

Artist Priscilla Levesque Twilight on Jackson St

Twilight on Jackson Street

House on Dover Street

House on Dover Street

"Evening at the Library"

“Evening at the Library”

"Mill City Snow"

“Mill City Snow”

"Monday at the Thrift"

“Monday at the Thrift”

"Still Life with Tea Pot"

“Still Life with Tea Pot”

Artist Statement

The relationships between buildings and their surrounding landscapes are intriguing.  When I

am outdoors, whether driving or walking, I watch for possible painting subjects such as the way

structure shapes overlap or trees cast shadows on them.  When weather permits, I set up my

easel and do a preliminary sketch and then start the painting.  I also take photos so I can finish

the work in my studio.  When the weather is bad or it is impossible to work on location, I complete

the painting with my photos.

For the past few years I have used the pointillist technique, which was developed by Georges

Seurat in the 1880’s.  Seurat built up colors by juxtaposing tiny dots of various hues which

merge when seen from a distance.  In this “optical mixing” the color mixture occurs in the eye , not

on the palette.

Usually I start a painting by blocking in all areas of the paper or panel with transparent water-

color.  Then I apply small dots of casein to build up texture and enrich the colors.  Casein is very

useful for this technique because it is opaque, thick and dries fast.

Even after a painting is “finished”, I usually see areas which could be improved and I make

changes.  It’s essential to view it as a work of art rather than an exact reproduction of a landscape

or still life.