Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Artist's 'Direct Painting' Style Fits Well with Her Personality

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Artist's 'Direct Painting' Style Fits Well with Her Personality

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Byline: Mark Faulkner, Shorelines correspondent

If painting were a track meet, Ingrid Lederer would be a sprinter.

The North Carolina resident uses a technique called direct painting to create her works. Lederer completes most of her works in less than an hour, maybe two for her largest pieces.

The method allows Lederer to race through subjects such as animals, people, landscapes and just about anything she wants to paint. Thursday, the Beaches Arts Center hosts a reception in honor of Lederer's work, which will be on display Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the center.

Lederer's show features all recent works. Whether she's painting an animal, person, landscape or flowers, Lederer searches for interesting colors and shadows. She loves creating colorful paintings of distinct objects.

"I'll squint and I'll look at the light and shadow," Lederer said. "I'll look at the bright colors or how the shadow hits the side of the building and the colors you find in there, and, of course, bright, colorful flowers."

Lederer sometimes re-creates subjects in her mind. She calls these paintings "What If's." Lederer said she might take a blase, rundown house and surround it with a vibrantly colored landscape. It's the most challenging and most rewarding part of her art.

Although this is Lederer's first show at the Beaches Arts Center, she has visited the Jacksonville Beach gallery to teach workshops on her method.

"I don't believe that everybody should paint the way I do and the subject matter I do," she said. "But I try to teach the basics, like how to design, how to look for light and shadow, and then [my students] decide what they want it to be or how they want it to be. I just teach them the fundamentals of how to get a painting from within them."

Getting watercolor paintings from within herself was difficult for Lederer initially. …

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