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Artist Hosted Gallery Hours – Lucas Farlow

June 22 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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Artist, Lucas Farlow is hosting open gallery hours at the NoBo Art Center on Saturday, June 15th and Saturday, June 22nd. The open hours run from 1:00 to 3:00 PM on both the 15th and the 22nd.

Lucas typically works with acrylic paint in which he creates pieces that have an impressionist feel to them. He typically gains inspiration from everything that he sees on a day-to-day basis.⁠ ⁠

A convo with Lucas:

Why do I paint portraits?

In 2018, I tried one of my first portrait paintings I wanted a challenge. Something different. Compared to how my portraits are done today, overall my early portraits were done in bland colors but the use of highlights and intense shadows was prevalent even back then. I had fun with it but didn’t feel too attached to the idea of painting people. I decided to delve back into portrait painting in 2022. I found inspiration in figures highlighted in intense neon colors.

–         I found a muse in painting women usually in bright synthwave colors. Several of my pieces have neon lights and colors in non-objective designs. But, others have them in various settings like city streets and cityscapes.

–         I think the female form is really fun and beautiful to paint. The challenge of getting light and shadow just right with color mixing, too is very entertaining to me. Using bright colors to accent as shadows and highlights.

–         I rarely paint portraits with the person smiling.  Moodiness adds to the overall emotion and aesthetic I’m going for. Many of the subjects of my portraits seem to be daydreaming or lost in though. It gives the viewer another thing to make up in their head about the person in the painting. What are they thinking about? Did they have a good day and they are remembering everything that happened? Or is it that they are feeling nostalgic and dreaming of old memories they wish they could relive?

–         One aspect of myself I paint into my portraits or scenes with people is empathic nature, I’m an empath and I  hope it looks like the subjects in my pieces are feeling intensely and thus making the viewers feel that intensity.

–         I think the world needs more color. Thus, I add synthwave or rainbow-like color schemes to my paintings of more or less everyday scenes.

What is Synthwave colors?

–         I’m not sure what drew me to the synthwave color schemes. I was born in the early eighties and so I remember that aesthetic. Even though, synthwave is more of an exaggeration of the 80s-90s style and color. But, purple is my favorite color and used a lot in synthwave style art. I love using neon pink, neon blue, and Phthalo blue along with purple. I guess it reminds me of simpler times.

–         I believe synthwave colors and or lo-fi colors are very calming and soothing to viewers. So, I think adding them to my work gives viewers relief from stress and can add wonder to their days.

What draws customers to my art?

–         People have said they are especially drawn to my portraits because of the way I chose to do the eyes.

For my landscapes, I believe people are drawn to the calming nature to my work and often I get comments from people who mention they see places they have been to. It always makes me smile when someone says my art reminds them of something good.

–         I was inspired by Bob Ross growing up. I watched his shows all the time. Even though he did oil painting, I found ways to use his techniques in acrylic paint.

The NoBo Art Center: 4929 Broadway Unit E, Boulder CO


June 22
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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