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Episode #14: Light and Leeks

Original art by Rose Jarecki Sunset Boat in Acrylic
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Episode #14: Light and Leeks of the Art for Life Podcast by Gallery’s Choice

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This episode breaks through the darkness and brings us into the light as we de-mystify the use of specific techniques.

Forward Light
Light Dawns in the Darkness
Do not be Afraid

Psalm 112

Explore the strategic use of light in art, as it is used by the masters across the ages and across different media. Challenge yourself to not only observe how light is used, but to plan your light strategy in the artwork you produce.

And don’t forget to brighten up your healthy cooking this week by grabbing some of your favorite seasoning from GC Lavender. (Ok -so it’s a shameless plug! But after all – you gotta eat!)

Show Notes:

Welcome to Episode #14 of the Art for Life Podcast

Expand your understanding of light and how it is used by artists to create not only imagery, but mood and emotion. By grasping how masters have applied light techniques, you can improve your work – should you be an artist or artist wanna-be. Or elevate your enjoyment and appreciation for how those special pieces of art you love in your life came to be!

Stay tuned to the end and discover a tasty, vegetarian-friendly, healthy recipe using one of my new healthy favorites: Leeks!

Visual Aids:

The topic of light is so vital to the work of art, it is amazing to witness the scope of what can be achieved just by playing with tonal differences of light and dark colors. Below are some rather awesome examples of works using light in the most dramatic ways.

Op art by Julian Stanczak
The optical illusions created by Julian Stanczak’s paintings made him a leader in Op Art
Studying tonal value in Op art of Julian Stanczak
Subtle gradations in color values create the sense of light illuminating from the art work.
Caravaggio pic
A single light source creates high contrast and generates strong emotions related to the massive figures in Caravaggio’s work.
Claude Monet impressionism
Monet’s impressionistic style and soft lighting creates a sense of whimsy as he uses light to blur the difference between reality and fantasy.

I am sure you can find other such examples. If you have access to a museum, gallery, local art fair, or The Art Institute in Chicago, I hope you will take some time to not only casually observe – but savor the effects of artists such as the ones I’ve cited and enjoy their works more fully!

And, should you be an artist (in whatever media), this podcast should arm you with not only a better appreciation for what others have done, but also some techniques to try in your own masterpieces!

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This is the Art for Life Podcast by Gallery’s Choice, and I am your host, Rose Jarecki. Gallery’s Choice’s Art for Life Podcast series. Meant to explore the creative side of life by sharing tips techniques, inspirations and recipes with the goal of living well.  Whether you are an artist, an artist wanna be, a regular Jane or Joe, with some time to kill, I promise there is something in here for all of you. We will talk about our business and how to be a great career creative. We will get you started if you never, or you never knew you could. And we will share anything we discover on the topics of being healthy, happy and wise…so that you can live your best life!

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Culinary Arts:

No artist should be starved for flavor!

GC Lavender Gourmet Triple Salt Blend

GC Lavender
Gourmet Triple Salt

GC Lavender Lemon Pepper

GC Lavender Lemon Pepper

As promised – recipe with video on how to clean and prep our veggie of the week – Leeks!


Transcript of this show is available on this site at

Special Recognition:

Royalty free music and sounds in this podcast were sourced from the
YouTube Audio Library
with special shout out to the artists of this episode’s featured tracks:
“You’re There”
“Stacy and George”
The Mini Vandals

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