Local artist Kenneth Smith featured at BAYarts

A good painting must begin with an accurate drawing. Kenneth Smith, a local painter, says that in order to create a realistic portrait, one must start with careful measurement and a good eye for spatial relation.  

Next, Smith's careful drawing is transformed into a value painting by using a "grisaille" underpainting. This technique of using gray tones to define the volume, form, texture and value of a subject allows for precision and accuracy before glazing the gray tones in color.

A graduate of Ohio University and the Cooper School of Art, Ken Smith now lives in the greater Cleveland area. His work has been seen at the Midyear Exhibition at the Butler Museum of Art, the Annual May Show at Lakeland Community College, American Greetings, BAYarts and several other national venues.  

Check out his artwork in action on Saturday, Sept. 21, from 10-3 p.m. during a workshop called "Portraits" at BAYarts. Ken will walk students through the steps of portrait from start to finish with a live model. For more information go to bayarts.net. 

Nancy Heaton

Executive Director of BAYarts, non-profit art education and exhibition center in Bay Village

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Volume 5, Issue 18, Posted 10:30 AM, 09.04.2013