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Always More Fish...

23" x 18" watercolor on Arches 300 lb. paper. Every watercolor artist seems to paint at least one koi fish in their career. Here are mine. Always More Fish was selected to be one of the two paintings selected from the state of Maryland to be part of the National Watercolor Society's 50 Stars Exhibition.

Marty

30” x 22” watercolor on Arches 300 lb paper. This is a painting of my father-in-law seated at the kitchen table after a Sunday brunch with the family. At that moment, he appeared to exude satisfaction and contentment. My goal was to capture that moment in time. This painting has been accepted into the American Watercolor Society's 153rd Annual International Exhibition held in New York City.

Pandogmonium

"Pandogmonium" - 48” x 30” - There are 37 hidden hearts ♥️ in this watercolor painting that I created for the Ronald McDonald House Charities “ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE” project. The original painting was auctioned at the RMH Gala fundraiser and a giclee hangs in the dining area of the house.

Vortex Rider

A combination of five dismantled umbrellas, wood, maps, pulleys, Paracord, buttons, and an upcycled overcoat created Vortex Rider. Reconfiguring the umbrella halves to open and close, adjusting the distances, angles and spacing of the pulleys, were a few of the challenges in making this piece functional. Awarded the Master Award, ManneqART Sculpture on the Human Form, 2017.

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About Stacy

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Artist and Baltimore native, Stacy Lund Levy has been creating art in many forms since kindergarten. She earned an undergraduate degree from Hood College in Biochemistry as well as a Masters Degree at The Johns Hopkins Art as Applied to Medicine program. Combining her natural artistic talents with her intellectual interest in anatomy and science, she initially worked as a medical illustrator. Stacy then opted to establish Lund Art Studios, a career move that enabled her to take on a variety of clients... more

Characters In My Life

What in a face makes it similar or unique? I am drawn to portraiture because of the infinite amount of subjects to depict. Two eyes, one nose, and one mouth, are combined to create billions and billions of permutations of one theme, a face. In a split second, those same structures can morph to express thousands of different emotions. Here are several of the characters that I have encountered in my life.

  • Kindness

    11" x 14" watercolor on Arches 300 lb paper. One of the residents in a senior living community where I taught drawing classes exuded kindness and beauty. She is still one of my favorite subjects to paint.
  • Mom

    23" x 23" watercolor on Arches 300 lb paper. I have often described my mom as being “like Ghandi”. She is kind, understanding, and infinitely patient. I hope that the viewer sees those qualities when looking at this portrait.
  • Renaissance Merchant

    13" x 16" watercolor on Arches 300 lb paper. The Renaissance Festival is a wonderful mix of people and one of my favorite places to take reference photos for portraits. Most of the people that I have approached have not only been enthusiastic about having their portrait painted, but the interaction often comes with an interesting background story. This jewelry merchant had designed and created his headwear.
  • Operator of the Wheel Of Death

    7.5" x 9.5" watercolor on paper. This Renaissance Festival Entertainer was the operator of the Wheel Of Death. He was more than willing to pose for a photo, and didn’t wait for my standard explanation of being a portrait painter.
  • Target Dude

    Watercolor on paper, 30" x 22", water paintings, art painting, commisions
    9" x 12" watercolor on Arches 300 lb paper. The checkout clerk or “Target Dude” had great hair and absolutely no expression. He was obviously very unhappy in his job, but was nice enough to agree to pose for a photo reference. I went back to give this to him, but he had moved on to greener pastures. He agreed to let me take his picture with absolutely no change in expression.
  • Great Hair!

    15" x 11" watercolor on Arches 300 lb paper. This gentleman has great hair and is a snappy dresser. He was also kind enough to let me take a photo to paint this portrait.
  • Junius

    10” x 12” watercolor on paper. Junius is an artist who drops in to visit my painting class occasionally. He has a very expressive face and he seems to exude happiness wherever he goes.
  • Feather Head

    15" x 11" watercolor on paper. One of my favorite events to take reference photographs is the Maryland Renaissance Festival. This lady was kind enough to give me permission to photograph and paint her likeness.
  • Jet Lag

    11" x 15" - My son Max after a red-eye to Glasgow.
  • The Smirk

    9" x 12" watercolor on paper. A serious discussion among friends based on the idea that smirking was truly a lost art, led me to start a portrait project on smirking. I shot a multitude of reference pictures of people giving me what they thought was their best smirk. I now have a large collection of faces contorted in ways that I didn’t think possible. My conclusion, once a person is beyond middle school, the ability to smirk on command is lost. This kid won “Best of Show”.

People In Their Natural Environment

I love portraiture. In my larger more developed paintings, I like to include elements that I hope will contribute a suggestion of a back story. My goal for these paintings is to suggest an insight into the subject’s personality, depict a snapshot of their daily routine, or capture their mood.

In familiar surroundings people are relaxed and unguarded. When not posed for the camera, they can be themselves. If the subject is in the act of doing something that can only be caught in that specific moment in time, it makes the painting process even more interesting to me.

  • Honey, It Don't Get Any Better Than This

    "Honey, It Don't Get Any Better Than This" - 17” x 23” watercolor on Arches 300 lb paper. I approached this beef jerky vender at an outdoor farmer’s market in Wisconsin. I was drawn to the challenge of painting his beard. When I asked if he would smile for a picture, his response was “Honey, this is as good as it gets”. This painting was awarded the People’s Choice Award at the Annapolis Watercolor Club’s Linthicum Walks Exhibit 2019.
  • Receiving Alms

    22” x 30” watercolor on Arches 300 lb paper. This trio of female monks are receiving alms as is their ritual. The combination of the bald heads, small feet, and pink robes were so unusual to me that I felt compelled to paint this image. This painting was accepted into the Alaska Watercolor Society’s 45th Annual Juried Exhibit at 2 Friends Gallery in Anchorage 2019.
  • Rehoboth

    21.5” x 13.5” - Last winter, over the course of one day, I made several trips up and down the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk. Each time I passed by this man I noticed how calm and content he seemed. When he hadn’t moved after several hours I felt compelled to paint his picture. I have no idea what he is holding.
  • Arizona Blues

    Watercolor on paper, 30" x 22", water paintings, art painting, commisions
    22" x 28" - The reference photo for this painting was taken as the subject was lost in thought, totally relaxed. I was drawn to the way the light touched her face.
  • Lost In The Music

    44” x 48” watercolor on paper
  • Chesapeake Bay Bridge Run

    22” x 30” watercolor on Arches 300 lb paper. This painting was based on a series of my photos from the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Run. This figure was obviously more interested in the view than the run.
  • Snoozin'

    7” x 7” watercolor on paper. Beachscape of Rehoboth vacationers in their natural environment.
  • Tutu Envy

    30" x 22" watercolor painting on Arches 300 lb paper. Awarded an honorable mention at Baltimore Watercolor Society's Slayton House Juried Exhibition.
  • Cold in DC

    12.5" x 23" watercolor on paper.
  • Pipe Dreams

    16” x 21” watercolor on Arches 300 lb paper. Walking the High Line in New York, I was struck by how the residents in the apartments along the trail were so detached from the tourists walking mere feet from their windows. I felt that the figure in the window juxtaposed to the mechanical landmine that was his backyard needed to be painted.

Animal Magnetism

Animals are very capable of showing emotion and I love them as subjects of paintings for this reason. Dogs in particular have distinct personalities which I enjoy trying to capture. As I described in the portrait section... two eyes, one nose, and one mouth, are combined to create billions and billions of permutations of one theme, a face...only these faces are extra furry.

  • Pick Me

    22” x 30” watercolor on Arches 300 lb paper. Many trips to the SPCA and the Humane Society were made to find our family dog. This guy was adopted by another family the same day that we found our perfect dog.
  • Somebody Bring Me A Biscuit

    22” x 30” watercolor on Arches 300 lb paper. Using a limited palette is one of my favorite methods of painting, especially the combination of one warm and one cool color. This painting was done with this method. I also wanted to push the range of watercolor from areas of true transparency to complete opacity.
  • Frenchy

    10” x 13” watercolor on Arches 300 lb paper. I painted Frenchy as a Baltimore Watercolor Society workshop demonstration for painting pets.
  • Riding To The Park

    22” x 18” watercolor on paper. I had a few seconds while stopped in traffic, to catch a reference photo of these two hanging out of the truck next to me. They filled the window and rocked the truck.
  • Reclining Nude

    30” x 22” watercolor on Arches 300 lb paper. Penny is my friend’s dog. She has a really great life.
  • In Memory

    18” x 22” watercolor on paper. This painting was commissioned as a gift, intended for a friend who had recently lost their beloved family dog. When the recipient of the gift unwrapped the painting and saw it for the first time, they cried. My job here was done.
  • Solitude

    23" x 17" watercolor on paper. My cat's favorite spot at her favorite time of day.
  • Pandogmonium

    48” x 30” - There are 37 hidden hearts ♥️ in this watercolor painting that I created for the Ronald McDonald House Charities “ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE” project. The original painting was auctioned at the RMH Gala fundraiser and a giclee hangs in the dining area of the house.
  • Nixie

    24.5" x 16" watercolor on 300 lb. paper. I am frequently more inspired by how light plays across a subject than the subject itself.
  • Dog in Doorway

    16" x 22" watercolor on paper. The reference picture for this painting was taken in Glasgow, Scotland. I was inspired by the stance of the attentive dog, as well as the fluorescent light blasting from the shop.

Water Is My Favorite Element

Swimming has always been my favorite sport and painting water in watercolor is my latest obsession.

  • Life Is AWESOME!!!

    Watercolor on paper, 30" x 22", water paintings, art painting, commisions
    30” x 22” watercolor on Arches 300 lb paper. The pink inner tubes were the inspiration behind this watercolor painting. I took several photos of the pink color reflecting in the water. Then I shot a few pictures of the kids. I liked the images so much that I painted the kids with the inner tubes as a background feature. “Life Is Awesome!” was accepted into the Pittsburgh Watercolor Society Juried Aqueous Exhibition 2019.
  • The Swimmer

    Watercolor on paper, 30" x 22", water paintings, art painting, commisions
    22" x 30" watercolor painting on Arches 300 lb. paper. This painting was inspired by a trip to Rehoboth Avenue Inn & Spa. The Inn has an indoor metal lined pool with colored lights. The lights cycle through green, blue, red, and pink, and reflect through the water and onto the swimmers.
  • Untethered In Blue

    Watercolor on paper, 30" x 22", water paintings, art painting, commisions
    22" x 30" watercolor on paper. This painting is the third in the swimmer series.
  • Bliss

    Watercolor on paper, 30" x 22", water paintings, art painting, commisions
    28" x 22" watercolor painting on Arches 300 lb paper. “Bliss” was accepted to the Philadelphia Watercolor Society's 119th Annual International Exhibition of Works on Paper and awarded Blick Art Materials Award 2019.
  • Missed Opportunity

    26” x”18 watercolor on paper.
  • Tom's Boat

    18” x 24” watercolor on Arches 300 lb paper.
  • Untethered In Green

    Watercolor on paper, 30" x 22", water paintings, art painting, commisions
    30" x 22" watercolor on paper. Second in the swimmer series.
  • Always More Fish...

    23" x 18" watercolor on Arches 300 lb. paper. Every watercolor artist seems to paint at least one koi fish in their career. Here are mine. Always More Fish was selected to be one of the two paintings selected from the state of Maryland to be part of the National Watercolor Society's 50 Stars Exhibition.
  • Tub Time

    30" x 22" watercolor on paper. Tub Time was painted to study water and how it reacts in yet another environment, under fluorescent lights, in a monochromatic shallow background. Max is a great model and fun to work with.
  • Remember When...

    Remember When...' - 30" x 22" watercolor on Arches 300 lb paper.

Flowers

Experimentation with both a full range of value and diversity of palette.

  • Blooming

    29" x 21.5" watercolor on paper. Awarded 2nd Place at the Baltimore Watercolor Society's Brookside Gardens Juried Exhibition 2018.
  • Primavera

    9.25” x 9.25” watercolor on 300 lb paper. This painting was done as a demonstration which I called “Don’t Be Afraid of the Darks” at one the Annapolis Watercolor Club’s monthly meetings.
  • Study In Yellow

    11” x 14” watercolor on 140 lb paper. Study In Yellow.
  • Study In White

    8.5” x 11.25” watercolor on 140 lb paper. Flower study.
  • Lillies

    16” x 24” watercolor on 300 lb paper. This painting was awarded 3rd place at the Annapolis Watercolor Club’s Juried Exhibition at Linthacum Walks, 2017.
  • Pink!

    13.5” x 9.5” watercolor on 140 lb paper. Study In pink

Places That Interest Me

I am usually inspired to draw or paint people or scenes that contain people. This group of paintings is of places that were interesting to me with little or no human element. Peaceful, serene, quiet, erie or desolate, each of these locations had a personality or mood that was clear to me.

I selected the color palette for each painting to convey to the viewer the same feeling that I had when looking at each location.

  • After The Rain

    22” x 30” watercolor on Arches 300 lb pape. This is the view from the upper floor of the RISD Museum of Art. Between admiring exhibits, I looked out of the window. The brief break in the rain was perfectly timed to see reflections in the clear pool of rainwater puddled on the top of an adjacent building. This painting was awarded the Cheap Joe’s Award in the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society’s 39th Annual Juried Exhibition in the Crary Art Museum, 2018.
  • Arizona

    11” x 5” watercolor study on Arches 300 lb paper. Landscape painting of a dwelling in Arizona.
  • Day in Philly

    22” x 30” watercolor on Arches 300 lb paper. Two color study.
  • Mountain Biking Haven

    8.5” x 11” watercolor on Arches 300 lb paper. Study in Green.
  • Rain In Bosnia

    30” x 22” watercolor on Arches 300 lb paper. This is the view from a hotel room overlooking an apartment complex in Bosnia. Photographic reference compliments of Eric Ogden.
  • Afternoon in Miami

    30” x 22” watercolor on Arches 300 lb paper. This painting was accepted to both the Mid-Atlantic Regional Juried Watercolor Exhibition at the Black Rock Arts Center, 2018, and the Transparent Watercolor Society of America Juried Exhibition at the Kenosha Public Museum, 2019.
  • Colorado

    9” x 15” watercolor on Arches 300 lb paper. Early study of water.
  • Tower

    5.5” x 10” watercolor on Arches 300 lb paper. Abandoned tower in Pennsylvania.
  • Brunch!

    17” x 13” watercolor on Arches 300 lb paper. Urban landscape painting of a rainy day in New York City.
  • Arizona Flats

    11" x 5" Ink and watercolor wash on Arches 300 lb paper. Landscape painting of a dwelling in Arizona, miles from the nearest sign of life.

Life Drawing

The following images were drawn during open studio modeling sessions. The poses lasted between 30 minutes and 3 hours and were done with either pastel, Conte, or charcoal on Mi-Teintes Paper.

My philosophy is that if you can draw the figure, you can draw pretty much anything.

Still Life

The images in this project are of the finished paintings from my watercolor and drawing class demonstrations. I arranged and photographed each still life with a specific painting technique or focus in mind. In the classes, I talk about what to look for before starting to paint. I think careful observation is 90% of art.

  • Reflective Color

    11” x 10” watercolor on paper. Study of metal surfaces and reflected color.
  • Vases in Blue

    18” x 8.5” watercolor on paper. Study of warm and cool colors.
  • Reflections

    8” x 12” watercolor on paper. Study of transparency and reflected light.
  • Tools Of The Trade

    19” x 14.5” watercolor on paper. Study of light and shadow and how it effects composition.
  • Pencil Study

    13” x 8.5” pencil on paper. Study of glass.
  • Two Color Study

    8” x 11” watercolor on paper. Study with limited palette, one warm and one cool color.

Wearable Art

I want a big reveal in life. I am always hoping that there will be just a little more. When I create wearable art, I try to incorporate that “little more” in my designs. I want the viewer to look at a little closer, to see the small details or maybe find something humorous within.

Building unexpected movement or functionality into a piece is irresistible to me. Coming up with a concept, envisioning how the piece will move, and sourcing suitable materials is only the beginning. To me, working through the trial and error of making the piece functional is the really exciting part.

I try to start building from the supplies already in my studio, leftover materials from earlier projects, recyclables, and found objects. I have repurposed bridesmaids dresses, costumes, building and plumbing supplies, kids toys, maps, books, and fabric/trim remnants. I add new materials to fill the gaps.

  • Vortex Rider

    Sketches of the “ornithopter” or flying machine by Leonardo da Vinci brought to light the possibility of human flight in about 1485. The oldest reference of a collapsible umbrella was recorded in the year 21 AD. These two ancient works inspired me to repurpose umbrellas to give the illusion that human flight is possible in a more elegant manner than using a jetpack.
  • Vortex Rider

    A combination of five dismantled umbrellas, wood, maps, pulleys, Paracord, buttons, and an upcycled overcoat created Vortex Rider. Reconfiguring the umbrella halves to open and close, adjusting the distances, angles and spacing of the pulleys, were a few of the challenges in making this piece functional. Awarded the Master Award, ManneqART Sculpture on the Human Form, 2017.
  • Read More - Front

    Read More is a collection of the images and prose representing memories of my favorite books. Using mostly materials that I had in my studio and at home, I showcased what was most significant and influential to me from the readings. I disassembled and repurposed materials relating to the people and the time period that I associate with the books. Stuffed animals, my daughter’s dance costumes, my grandmother’s sewing lace & quilting supplies, bridesmaids dresses and floral arrangements are some of the memory invoking materials used.
  • Read More - Back

    Symbols associated with L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven are represented on the back of Read More. The red poppies, yellow brick road, red glittery shoes and striped stockings of the wicked witch from Oz and the prose and a raven from The Raven.
  • Action Waiting To Happen - Back

    The embellishment on the hat and the bustle on the back of Action Waiting To Happen are composed of ride tickets in keeping with the carousel theme. The frame of the skirt is made of metal strips much like the mechanical workings of a carnival ride. Awarded the Action Award & Ace Binding Award, ManneqART Sculpture on the Human Form, 2016.
  • "Action Waiting to Happen" in motion

    My kids had outgrown an entire room full of toys. I repurposed and added bling to the forgotten animal figures. The animals reminded me of the glitter and fun of carousels and inspired me to create a “Lazy Susan” with the human body at the center.
  • Untethered

    Untethered is raised slightly off the ground, unrestrained by gravity. Lego Mindstorm units slowly raise and lower the balloons to enhance the illusion of buoyancy. The color palette was limited to white to suggest a free and spiritual being. The bodice was designed in a flower shape to suggest an open connection to life and nature.
  • Untethered In Motion

    Untethered in motion during the judging of ManneqArt 2018. (Not Shown) The balloons raised and lowered controlled by Lego Mindstorm and pulleys. Untethered was awarded the Mechanics Award, ManneqART Sculpture on the Human Form 2018.
  • Iron Mantis

    Plumbing tape, Worbla, window screening and an outdated riding helmet come together to create Iron Mantis. Awarded the Alien Award, ManneqART Sculpture on the Human Form, 2019
  • Iron Mantis

    The Praying Mantis is considered the perfect predator. I modelled this piece after the body shape of the Mantis with the finish of armor.

Mixed Media Figures

All of the figures in this project are approximately 18 inches in height and are handcrafted from polymer clay, wire, lace, and upcycled fabrics, beads, and various assorted bling. The heads, facial features, and hair styles are sculpted from polymer clay and attached to handsewn fabric stuffed bodies. Individually designed and hand sewn clothes, as well as sculpted polymer clay purses and shoes are then added to complete the unique look and personality of each figure.

  • Clarissa Simone

    Clarissa Simone is made of Fimo clay, fabric remnants, costume jewelry parts, boa, and stuffing. She stands 18” tall and weighs 1 pound. She was born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland where she dreamed of becoming a veterinarian. At age 33, Clarissa gave up her job as an assistant dental hygienist and moved to the U.S. to realize that dream. She is currently enrolled In the University of Maryland Veterinary program. She is an avid knitter, a two-time Ironman Triathlon finisher, a certified martial arts instructor, and has a weakness for drag racing. Her favorite food is Haggis.
  • Sadayakko Kikuya

    Sadayakko is made of Fimo clay, silk remnants, beads, silk cord, and stuffing. She stands 18” tall and weighs 1 pound. She works as a professional kimono model in the Baltimore area. She is the founder of “Cloggers For Peace”, an amateur dance group that performs at charity functions to help increase awareness of clogging and also to raise money for various charity groups. She has mad hula hoop skills and also plays the accordian.
  • Marie Antoinette

    Marie is made of Fimo clay, silk remnants, tulle, lace, rhinestones, and stuffing. Her hair is supported by a metal champagne cap and decorated with small birds and flowers. She stands 18” tall, 19” with the hair, and weighs 1 pound.
  • Marie Antoinette

    "Let them eat cake...I would prefer some Utz and a cold Natty Boh!" Marie has weaknesses to gambling and the home shopping network. Marie is an avid runner which helps her to stay fit and in turn enables her to support her large dresses and coiffures. She won the Baltimore Marathon two years in a row, incognito of course.
  • Ana-Amaranta

    Ana-Amarante is made of Fimo clay, fabric remnants, lace, costume jewelry parts, wire, paper, and stuffing. She stands 18” tall and weighs 1 pound. She works as a professional flamenco dancer and teaches ballroom dancing at her local senior center. Ana-Amarante has an extensive collection of antique Pez dispensers. She is currently studying the Italian language at the Center For Italian Studies at Bryn Mawr School in the evenings. Her favorite movie is Clue and her favorite band is Slipknot.
  • Delilah Desiree

    Delilah is made of Fimo clay, fabric remnants, lace, costume jewelry parts, wire, paper, and stuffing. She stands 18” tall and weighs 1 pound. She worked at the Moulin Rouge until her bunions could no longer tolerate the stylish footwear.
  • can can

    Delilah relocated to Rehoboth Beach where is enjoys long walks on the beach and reading romance novels in her free time while soaking in the tub. She refuses to own a cell phone or eat any food than contains olives. She has seven cats, each named after her favorite action movie stars. Her favorite movie is Total Recall.
  • Allotta Rumspringa

    Allotta Rumspringa is made of Fimo clay, dance costume fabric, netting, lace, costume jewelry parts, bells, and stuffing. Allotta is a professional drag queen who is at the top of her game. She swims at least five days a week for fitness and to fit into her costumes. She has five hidden tattoos, three penguins, one bunny, and a portrait of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson which is tattooed on her right thigh. Allotta volunteers her time at inner city after school enrichment programs. She has a PhD in forensic Science.
  • Svetlana Rose

    Svetlana is made of Fimo clay, fabric remnants, tulle, wire, nylon stocking, stuffing, and my grandmother’s broach. She stands 18” tall and weighs 1 pound. Svetlana comes from a family of dancers. When her grandmother defected from the Bolshoi Ballet, she relocated to Baltimore. Svetlana remains in Baltimore because of her love of steamed crabs...also pork rinds and nachos. She recently binged watched all five seasons of The Wire.
  • I love my hair!

    Monique Renee is made of Fimo clay, dance costume remnants, costume jewelry parts, boa, and stuffing. Her hair was created with a garlic press, twisted into braids, and attached one at a time. She stands 18” tall and weighs 1 pound. Monique witnessed a gangland style shooting in 2018 during a trip home to the South of France to attend her 25th high school reunion. After testifying, she entered the witness protection program. Even though she may risk exposure, she could not miss this opportunity to be included in the Baker’s Artist Portfolio and show off her latest hairstyle.

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