Images of New Works at Hawthorne Fine Art and Insight Into the Artist’s Process

An Artist’s Process: A Painting Demonstration by Lauren Sansaricq

December 2, 2012 by Hawthorne Fine Art

Lauren Sansaricq (b.1991), whose landscape paintings are inspired by the artists of the Hudson River School and are represented by Hawthorne Fine Art, recently performed an exciting artist demonstration at the Alva de Mars Megan Chapel Art Center at Saint Anselm College, where her work is on exhibit until December 6, 2012.


Lauren Sansaricq, Winter Afternoon, View of Carter Notch, NH. Oil on canvas, 14 x 19 in.

This event featured one of Lauren’s hauntingly beautiful nocturnal scenes illuminated by a pulsing full moon, and demonstrated the process of drawing, underpainting, and the final glazing. She selected a nocturnal scene in order to show the clear transition from underpainting to a richer finished image once glazing is complete. After drawing out her composition, Lauren spent time building up the primarily monochromatic underpainting—often called the dead color stage. The choice of a nocturnal scene, according to Lauren, was successful in revealing the importance of determining the tonal values of the whole image in relation to the drawn arrangement. Lauren began painting concentric circles outward from the central full moon, deepening the color and warmth of the pigment as she progressed. Fr. Iain MacLellan, Director of the Chapel Art Center, noted that visitors were especially amazed by the quickness with which Lauren transformed pigment from her brush into naturalistic form, as if by magic! He stated that Lauren’s “apparent learnedness and deftness with pigments and brush” were especially impressive and exciting for viewers.

view-of-mt-washington-from-the-saco-river-2012-lsLauren Sansaricq, View of Mt. Washington from the Saco River, 2012. Oil on artist’s board, 10 x 16 in.

Since the underpainting must dry before glazes can be applied, Lauren had prepared another panel ahead of time with the same composition in order to show visitors how to glaze a painting. As Lauren explained, glazing uses thin layers of transparent paint to enhance the colors and shadows of a painting in a way that creates richness but preserves the lightness or freshness of the paint.

This impressive demonstration provided an illuminating experience for visitors not only into the technical aspect of creating a painting and the extensive care and work that goes into each image, but also the intense emotional part of Lauren’s work. Fr. Iain mentioned that the demonstration revealed “the real purity of intent on the part of the artist. [Lauren] relayed in a quiet and forthright way… the fullness of the experiences she has had with the almost unsurpassable beauty of the brilliant moon at night.” One visitor’s question, which the artist found particularly inspiring, was in regard to the spiritual quality of her work. The visitor asked how Lauren’s technique enhanced this spiritual feeling. Lauren responded that her glazing technique and scumbling (glazing with a more opaque paint) would help call a viewer’s attention to one particular element of the painting. This element, as Lauren says, “should tell a story of the journey we are all on for enlightenment and ultimately the Truth.”

view-of-madison-from-the-androscoggin-river-lauren-sansaricq-editedLauren Sansaricq, View of Mt. Madison from the Androscoggin River, 2012. Oil on artist’s board, 7 ½ x 14 in.

Lauren’s technical prowess and reverence for nature as conveyed through painting reflect the ideals expressed by the nineteenth century American landscape painters of the Hudson River School. While the demonstration is especially significant for its illumination of Lauren’s own working process and personal connection to the subjects she depicts, it also reveals the important techniques, pigments, and types of brushes used by historic artists. This very special event, which so brilliantly supplemented the exhibition of her work, The Glimmer of Light, “became a living metaphor for how to enlighten others,” said Fr. Iain, and “how to bring light out of darkness with materials, methods, perception, and memory.”

autumn-afternoon-lsLauren Sansaricq, Autumn Afternoon. Oil on artist’s board, 8 x 12 in.

In addition to Lauren’s demonstration, the exhibition at Saint Anselm College was recently supplemented with a lecture by David Dearinger, Susan Morse Hilles Curator of Paintings & Sculpture at the Boston Athenaeum. Dr. Dearinger’s talk introduced the Hudson River School, focusing on the development of the art movement through the careers of three major artists—Thomas Cole, Asher B. Durand, and Frederic Church—all of whom found painting subjects and artistic inspiration in the Hudson River Valley and Catskill Mountains of New York State.

view-of-the-mt-washington-valley-2012Lauren Sansaricq, View of the Mt. Washington Valley, 2012. Oil on artist’s board, 8 ¼ x 15 ¼ in.

The Glimmer of Light: Landscape Paintings by Lauren Sansaricq will be on view at the Alva de Mars Megan Chapel Art Center at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH, until December 6th. We hope you will have an opportunity to visit the exhibition! To enjoy more of Lauren’s paintings, please view the PDF catalogue of the artist’s previous exhibition at Hawthorne Fine Art, Nature’s Poetry.

snow-scene-in-jackson-n-h-2011-ls-unframedLauren Sansaricq, Snow Scene in Jackson N.H., 2011. Oil on artist’s board, 6 1/4 x 4 in.

Exploring Boston through the eyes of an artist

This past weekend some of my paintings were on display at Hawthorne Fine Art’s booth at The Boston International Fine Art Show. So I decided to checkout the show , this being my first time in Boston, I also  wanted visit all the wonderful museums and beautiful  sites this old city has to offer.
Here are some Images of my work and some lovely historic works from the Hawthorne Fine Art display at the Boston international Fine Art Show:
Charles Henry Gifford (1839-1904)
My Paintings At The Show
In addition to attending the Boston International Show. Erik and I also enjoyed The Museum of Fine Art in Boston, they have a superb collection  and in addition to this currently have a show on White Mountain Landscape Painting. here are some images taken at the museum:

Great Ionic columns at the museum
Asher B. Durand
George Inness
exploring one of the lovely period rooms
Thomas Doughty (1793-1856)
Sanford Gifford, “Mount Chocorua”

    Our trip to Boston was lovely and I highly recommend visiting to anyone interested in beautiful Art, Architecture and Culture.


Thanks for reading….






Artwork Featured in the Boston International Fine Art Show this weekend!

  If anyone is in the Boston area this weekend consider checking out this wonderful event! Enjoy fine food, delicious wine, festive music, and of course an array of historical and contemporary fine art.

My artwork will be included in the show represented by Hawthorne Fine Art.

November 15-18, 2012

The Cyclorama

At The Boston Center for The Arts, 539 Tremont Street, in the South End

New England’s Premier Show and Sale
of Contemporary and Traditional Fine Art

40 Outstanding Galleries
from the
 United States and Europe

Paintings • Works on Paper • Sculpture
Photography • Fine Prints • Mixed Media

 Friday 1pm – 8pm | Saturday 11am – 8pm | Sunday 11am – 5pm

Admission $15, under 12 Free
Tickets available at the door.

Demonstration of Underpainting to Glazing at Saint Anselm College

Setting up for the Demo

    Thank you to everyone who made it to the artist talk and demonstration! It was an honor to have the opportunity to discuss my process and show my work  at such a prestigious venue.  I would also like to send out a deep thank you to  Fr. Ian MacLellan for making the whole exhibition possible, and Jennifer Krieger who represents my work at Hawthorne Fine Art for making this possible.  I have decided to do a blog post illustrating the moon painting demo I did this past Thursday.


Once the drawing is sketched in and I know where I want the moon to be placed, I start to paint the band of sky directly around the sphere of the moon. This color tends to be a light blue color with hints of red and orange.  Once this band is complete. I build out with progressively darker and warmer bands until I feel the gradation of the sky is right in value and hue.

30 min. demo. of moon underpainting

Once the
Underpainting is done I progress to the Glazing phase on a separate panel…

demo of underpainting brought through glazing


Here I am rubbing the tonal glaze over the whole picture
color of tonal glaze


And just give you an idea
here is an image of the glaze on a piece of clear plastic. look at it in comparison to the white panel!



the same underpainting with tonal glaze
another example of a moon underpainting












I had a wonderful time explaining the glazing process.  It was a lovely event. Here are just some photos of the space and show…….

Thank you for reading! And if you would like to check out the show it will be up from now until early December.

Painting Demo and Lecture at Saint Anselm College

This Thursday at 4pm at the Chapel Arts Center at Saint Anselm College. I will be discussing and demonstrating , the techniques of traditional landscape. I will walk through the process of transitioning from the Dead Color Under-painting to the final Glazing and Scumbling.

In this demo specifically I will be approaching “How to paint a Nocturnal Landscape- a Moon Scene”. It should be a wonderful event!

 All Are Welcome! 

Thursday , Oct. 25th at 4pm

at the Chapel Arts Center

Saint Anselm college