My good friend Renee Lawrence, a former copy editor and page designer at The Oklahoman, is preparing to open her first gallery show, “Life in Black and White: Ink Drawings by Renee Lawrence,” at Jann Jeffrey Gallery, 3018 Paseo.
The exhibit is opening Friday during the monthly Paseo Gallery Walk. The opening reception is set for 6 to 10 p.m. Friday.
The show will be on view through Aug. 24. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Based in Oklahoma City, Renee uses crow-quill pens dipped in ink or rapidograph pens on bristol board to create images in black and white. People, animals, architectural elements and landscapes are some of her favorite subjects.
Whenever possible, Renee likes to take her own photographs, which form the basis for many of her drawings. Because the ink once on the paper cannot be erased, she starts with a light pencil sketch of her subject to ensure the accuracy of the drawing. Sometimes the sketch is merely an outline; occasionally, portions can be highly detailed, depending upon what is being rendered. Sometimes the pencil sketch and inking are evolving at the same time. Once an area has been inked, Renee will erase the pencil underdrawing. Delicate hatching, cross-hatching and occasionally stippling are techniques Renee uses to give the illusion of texture, tone and form.
For more information on Renee’s art, go to www.inktankart.com. For more information on the Jann Jeffrey Gallery, go to http://jannjeffrey.com.