Flying Redhead Studio Art

Saint Duck - Lynette Hensley

Saint Duck, 36″x48″ on gallery wrapped canvas

You will find both whimsy and depth in my art, and currently a high degree of experimentation in what and how I paint and collage. Right now I’m experimenting with some non-representational art, highly stylized whimsical treats and even florals! I am also committed to spending time practicing my drawing, and some of those drawings have made their way onto little cubes of art and a variety of other items.

As a former costume designer I’m very interested in the human being, human interactions, and their meaningful or humorous stories. With that as a backdrop, I’m also enjoying playing with materials and surfaces, and trying to spend all my studio time working quickly and playfully. I’ve headed back to the basics like composition, line, value, etc to inform new work. I’m learning more about what paint can do. I’m making my own printed paper for collages and cutting my own stamps and devices for printing patterns and images. I tend to work in series, and will use these images and printed patterns for building up a painting series or collage series.

I hope you can tell I’m having fun! I’m so  glad to share my fun with you!

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6 painting series

6 Paintings, comin’ right up!

I started a 6 painting series, 6 compositions borrowed and cropped from old photos, all will be 16″x20″. They will be collages and paintings, and more colorful than what you see here, but it’s a good start, getting the drawings done and some values in place.

I’m excited to be working on this series, solidifying some methods of working out compositions and textures, and integrating people into an abstracted environment. Starting with cropped photos that move the focus a bit off center, or just outside the golden mean balance point. So then the problem to solve is how to balance the off-balance-ness. I think I can do it by moving other things around, like the colors in the background.

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Stories Add Depth

I’ve often thought there was a story behind many of my paintings and collages, but I seldom wrote them down. I recently read about and purchased a book, Significant Objects, 100 extraordinary stories about ordinary things. The idea behind the book was that narrative adds value. And while they were using monetary value as their […]

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Edouard Manet’s flowers…why does this painting work?

Breakin’ the composition rules, and still winning. This painting by Edouard Manet has two strong circle shapes side by side, almost centered, which is generally not advised for a great composition. Then add a strong line going off the edge of the canvas — whoosh — eyes are in danger of leaving the picture. Yet […]

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A New Easel for the Studio – A Review

As I sat with a group of artists last night discussing how to market ourselves, the subject came up about costs of doing what we do vs. earnings. For most of us, costs and earnings were about equal. While that’s sad, I bring this up to make the point that while we like to have […]

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Merry Christmas 2014

Yesterday was Solstice, and that my dear friends, begins to bring relief to the darkness of winter nights. I choose to live in Seattle, where the light is scarce anyhow, and in the winter, it’s scarcer still. But solstice brings the light around again, and hope for warmer weather in a few months, and I […]

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Morgue File

What is a morgue file? I used to keep a collection of images, a mini library of cuttings and photos to inspire and inform my costume design work. Standard practice for artists and designers, many fellow designers had impressive collections depending on their interests the projects they had worked on, and the space they had […]

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Photographing my art – beginner level

Photographing your art I set out to learn about photographing my art for two reasons: to get better photos for submission to shows to have good enough digital images that can be reproduced as prints The kind of art work I am photographing is 2 dimensional most of the time, with some 3d. Up till […]

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NEAT Seattle Studio Tour December 5-7, 2014

Next big show coming up is NEAT Seattle, a studio tour. I will be a guest of Sandy Spear, and Priscilla Peterson will also be with us. Sandy makes glass beads, and jewelry from the beads, and Priscilla makes wearable art clothing. Looking forward to sharing the tour weekend with these two lovely women! December […]

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New Work for Edmonds Art Studio Tour

Some interesting additions to my artworks! I’m calling them The Actors. I currently have five figures to show. This is a fun departure from 2 dimensional paintings and collages, and more akin to what I did in my costuming days. Meet the twins, called “Illumin-naughty” and “Illumin-nice.” Then there is “Nearly 12″, mostly because he […]

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30 in 30 Day 2

Another grouping of people this one strikes me as a Greek chorus. I like this working fast thing. Of course, I’m working on completing some that I started, so the ones that I start from scratch may take longer than a day. Nice to finish up some paintings though!

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