Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Monday, March 28, 2011
from the article "A Sense of Place" in the March /April issue of WNC Magazine (www.wncmagazine.com) :
"Plaxico is one of the few architectural illustrators who generates her renderings by hand (most are created using 3-D modeling software programs), so her work is in high demand. Many architects still want a collaborator to create artistic imagery and enhancements that give a true sense of place. It’s atmosphere and life which give her work that undefinable quality only attainable by an artist’s hand.
“Lorraine breathes life into her designs, adding people, landscaping, natural or man-made lighting, and overall character,” says Jane Mathews, an Asheville architect with whom Plaxico worked to illustrate several North Carolina Arboretum buildings. “She sometimes has to do this with very little information, as we might only be in the early stages of design.”
Khaled Allen, editor of Farm to Table Online, wrote: "Lorraine draws buildings for architecture projects and landscapes for fun, neither of which are very similar to vegetable booths. Nevertheless, as soon as she walked into the farmers market, she saw the potential for great art: she called the vegetable stands “still life waiting to happen.” That is a good way to describe Lorraine’s renditions of local produce: happening still lifes.
She prefers to draw fast and focus on the energy of the scene rather than its intricacies… Her artwork swirls and swells as if the vegetables she draws are still growing or caught so soon after being picked that they are still coasting to a steady state.
Her drawings are distinctly approachable. Just as farmers markets vegetables are not just for the gourmet and the connoisseur, Lorraine’s artwork is unpretentious. As she described it, it’s “not anything real highbrow; everyone appreciates fruits and vegetables.”
To read entire article: www.farmtotableonline.org/2011/03/lorraine-plaxico-local-food-artist/
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
I spent two weeks in the Southwest in September and had a grand time -1700 miles in two weeks in a convertible! I loved drawing the red rocks in Sedona. They were unlike anything I have ever seen! I am posting three of them and have many photographs to work from.
I have a new series of work I began this summer. I set up a number of times at the Farmers Market and found the produce on the lovely fruit and vegetable stands "still lifes waiting to happen."
The majority of these pieces are on exhibit and for sale at the new Homegrown Restaurant on Merrimon Avenue (the former Picnics).
I also have matted prints, tee shirts, placemats and tote bags with the images and "Homegrown"(before I heard of the restaurant) on them.
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to order.