My Bio and Then My Style

They said a good bio should be no longer than 500 words, so I decided to be twice as good!  Because of the length, I’ve broken my “About” profile into three sections:

Bio (a glimpse of my life in a roundabout way…some art included)

My Style & Technique

How to Find and View My Available Art

So if you are in a hurry and just want to look at the art, feel free to jump to that third section.  If not, then you may want to fill up your coffee mug or a glass of your favorite, sit back and relax – I don’t like to rush creating my art, so I love it when you are not in a rush to view it as well!

Bio

On October 4, 1957, Sputnik got off the ground right on schedule and the world’s fist satellite began its orbit.  Less than a month earlier, ten minutes after four o’clock in the afternoon on the tenth of September, I was launched on this planet.  However, this was ten minutes later than anticipated, which became relevant over the decades, on the odd times that I would be tardy for this or that.  Most people understood and accepted my simple excuse, “I was born ten minutes late and have never caught up!”

My journey began in Winnipeg, Manitoba and it seems to be one as non-linear as Sputnik’s orbit, (and thankfully more interesting . . . Sorry Sputty!)  I like to use terms like linear and circle, as in my youth I had a passion for math, especially algebra, a little geometry, and logic as well (loved my magazines of logic puzzles and detective stories!)

At the risk of being branded a nerd, I was always intrigued by the symbol of Pi and what it represents . . . the impossible attempt to measure what is perhaps the only true perfection . . . the path around the purely imaginary circle.

Most people automatically think of “imaginary” as meaning “not real”, but for me quite the opposite is true.  I think of the imaginary as being synonymous with the realm of ideas, and when you think about it, no matter what happens in the physical sense, that realm remains intact . . . I have a lot of respect, appreciation and awe for that.  I like to lose myself in that realm. It’s such a friendly, often funny place . . . peaceful and playful . . . a place where Love lives freely, however you define it.

Okay, it appears this bio has already gotten way off track, so let’s just skip to about ten years ago.  Around then I began noticing things around me in a much different light, and I have to be honest, there occurred many solitary surprises that I can only describe as “gentle magic.”  I keep most of that to myself.

At the same time I took off my executive hat and finally broke away from a bad, unhealthy business situation.  Too many rotten things had happened, things that I would never want my children to experience, so why continue with that?

Again in the same time period, while watching my natural surroundings more closely, the simplest truth dawned on me.  This has become pervasive in how I think, and certainly in my art.  It’s an innocent kind of statement, yet one that I would later learn can cause violent reactions…even death threats (and from some pretty intelligent people).

“There are no lines in nature.”

So for the past ten years all this has influenced my art, and my writing. It’s not my only preoccupation though.  For many years now I’m also a live-in caregiver for my widowed mother, who endures dementia but is not at the stage where she needs to be in an institution.  It’s a very stressful situation, so thankfully my art helps immensely in my coping . . . much of which occurs in the evening and into the wee hours, while she sleeps.

In a way it is good that I kind of drifted into computer-based art.  That’s because we live in a two-bedroom suite; it’s comfortable but small, and there is no way I could set up an artist’s studio here, if I painted in the more traditional styles.

Finally, while I continue to work independently, I am open to partnering with suitable galleries and art dealers.  As someone with a strong business education and background, I actually welcome that kind of relationship.  However, I am as selective as those folks; whether good or bad, I don’t trust super easily, and I value honesty and integrity more than anything . . . especially when it comes to my art.

Now here are a few words on my art style in terms of technique and the three kinds of art I offer for acquisition.

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My Style & Technique

My art involves three stages.  First there are the drawings, mostly abstract and figurative.  Then I add layers of natural material, such as leaves or pieces of an orange or a pineapple. These are scanned and combined with the drawings, becoming my electronic canvas.  Lastly, that’s where I start  playing with the images on-screen.  It’s a process of discovery in both the big picture as well the finest of details.

Most of my paintings evolve over a span of several years. I work on them for ten or thirty hours over a few weeks.  Then they rest in dormancy, often for three years or more.  Eventually I bring them out again for another twenty or thirty hours. After a few more cycles of dormancy and creativity, suddenly a painting feels finished and it’s “Voila!”

My French isn’t that good, so even then there is usually several hours of minor touch ups . . . nothing major but also surprisingly important to the final appearance.

It’s kind of funny, how many people think of my style as being a quick series of pushing a bunch of buttons . . . that’s so very far from the truth.  In a recent discussion with a gallery owner, I told her, “I spend ten seconds zapping something and then ten hours unzapping it!”  We both got a chuckle out of that, as she nodded in agreement and understanding.

In summary, here is how one art expert describes my technique, “Lawrence`s unique choice of combining his drawing, natural found objects and digital painting represents an evolved and mature art language.” – Laara Williamson, professional artist from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design.

This is a very simplified attempt to explain my technique.  Sometimes I wish I could do a YouTube video to show you more, but it takes a lot of time to do what I do, and I simply don’t have the skills to do something like a time-lapse presentation.  However, here is a marvelous example of on-screen art, where you can see how traditional it all actually is: Live Painting Show – A Woman’s Life.

There’s also an issue of being “camera shy” though it is actually more than that.  I recently watched the documentary, “Gerhard Richter Painting” – the link is a 3:17 segment from the film.  I was amazed at how much we seem to have in common, in terms of our thinking process – the waiting and the discovery.  And I did get a chuckle when after trying so hard to do a painting while being filmed over several days, he finally came to the realization that he “simply can’t do it” – that’s a paraphrase of his frustration, in his admission of that need for privacy in the process.

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How to Find, View and Select My Available Art

Open Edition Prints – These are museum-quality pigment ink prints, available through a third party site called Fine Art America.  While this is the most economical way to acquire some of my art, they really aren’t collectibles from an investment point of view . . . they are neither number nor signed.

Limited Edition Prints – These paintings are separate from the open editions, as in they are ONLY available as Limited Edition Prints.  While the same kind of high-end printing technology is used, I personally supervise and approve these prints.  This is done at a printmaking studio in Winnipeg and typically means an afternoon of enjoyable tweaking.  On top of that, there is the final stage of varnishing the print, which I do by hand, often adding a little tint of this or that with the final brush.

These pieces are signed and numbered on either the front or the back . . . my choice.

Original (one-of-a-kind) creations – These are mixed media paintings, combining ink on paper or canvas with extra touches of either acrylic paint, ink, colored pencil and other medium . . .  sometimes in combination. I sign and number these as “1 of 1”.

Sorry, but I’ve recently decided not to offer any of these works on this site, at least not publicly. If you are genuinely interested then please contact me privately. Keep in mind that prices for my originals are $2,500 USD or higher.

Where to Find My Art

Open Edition Prints – Here is a link to My Art on Fine Art America.  Also, you can find it on one of my separate Pinterest boards, with links back to my FAA site.

Limited Edition Prints – These are only available for purchase here on my site . . . the prices are public and you can simply order them through Paypal.  You can see the link up top, in the main menu. That link will take you on sequential tour of the prints.  To see them all together in thumbnail form, you may prefer to visit my Limited Edition Pinterest Board.  Since I don’t have an index or slideshow on here, I strongly recommend using this board with easier viewing – it’s actually very cool!

Finally, I know this is a lot of information to have in an “About” profile.  However, it needs to be said, and I think it’s better to put it here rather than in various art sections . . . over there it’s much more about viewing the art.  Thanks again for your time and interest.

Last but not least, here is a link to my privacy policy.

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2 thoughts on “My Bio and Then My Style

  1. Ceciliya

    Yes, it’s long “about” but with good informations and interesting observing guide. I’m glad you pointed out that digital art isn’t kind of quick creation or pushing few buttons on keyboard. Electronic canvas seems to be much more complicated and requires a lot of techno skills and quite opposite of expectations, requires a lot of time. Wish you the best. C.

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    1. Lawrence Grodecki Post author

      Thanks Cecilya. Actually I’ve found that the variety of techniques on-screen is much the same as in using traditional techniques. I don’t mind saying that a person can therefore develop his or her own style this way. The one exception is adding the kind of texture that one can do with oils and acrylic paint . . . combining the two (mixed media) offers the opportunity to add that kind of depth.

      Having said that, there are things one can do on screen that simply can’t be done in other ways, and I believe the opposite is also true. I can no longer say that one is “better” than the other.

      As for computer skills, I’m no whiz that way. It’s not that difficult really, just takes a little practice. For me it is much easier to draw and paint on my computer than it is to put together a simple email campaign with MailChimp . . . I guess I’ll just have to eat more bananas until I get the hang of it? 🙂

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