The iPad as canvas: Corliss Blakely lecture at Morrison House

an iPad painting by Corliss Blakely

“Look within and see the world around you.” Finding art in that wonderfully contradictory outlook is what motivates and inspires Corliss Blakely, a native Vermonter who’s joining us at the Torpedo Factory in June and July as a Visiting Artist. Blakely is internationally recognized for her work in watercolor, oil, and egg tempera, but recently she mastered an entirely new medium, tapping the potential of electronic tools that many of us already have in our homes.

“The iPad and iPhone are the new canvas for artists,” she says. “As an oil painter, I work in a classical, traditional style of glazing layers, which takes days for a painting to dry. With the iPhone and iPad, the painting comes to life before my eyes.”

On Tuesday,  June 3, 2014, from 6 to 8 p.m., Blakely will discuss her transition to iPad painting at the Morrison House Hotel, just a couple blocks from the Torpedo Factory. Blakely’s presentation is the latest in a series of fascinating salon-style lectures that take place on the first Tuesday of every month, with cocktails available for purchase through the Grille, the restaurant at this elegant boutique hotel.

Last year, in her Vermont studio, Blakely glanced up at a small painting she had made in 1974, a tempera depiction of the inside of a green pepper, and was inspired to return to previous subject matter with entirely new artistic tools. On Tuesday night, she’ll showcase work that that exemplify her knack for translating her meticulous sharp-focus oil painting technique onto the iPad—an experiment she encourages others to try.

“The world is changing, and artists now have a new canvas to create on,” Blakely says. “It’s all magical to me.”

You’ll find Corliss Blakely at the Torpedo Factory in studio 30 from June 1 through July 31, 2014. Stop by to discuss digital painting with her, see more of her work online, or attend her lecture at the Morrison House Hotel, 116 S. Alfred Street, Alexandria, on Tuesday, June 3, 2014, from 6 to 8 p.m.

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