Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Artist Spotlight: Ceci Luepnitz

Cece Luepnitz
Ceci Luepnitz of College Station, TX, is this month's Spotlight Artist. If you would like to be "in the spotlight," please email Anna at to submit your information.

Interview with our February Spotlight Artist, Ceci Luepnitz:

When and how did you first become seriously interested in Art? 
I was always interested in art and loved to draw. I went to Newcomb college to study art in 1963 but quickly found out that the emphasis was completely on abstract art so I changed my major to art history. I didn't become seriously interested in painting portraits until around 1987.

What is your training, and what medium(s) / subject matter do you work in? 
I work mostly in oils but recently I am doing a lot of charcoal drawings. When I became seriously interested in portrait painting, I started taking workshops starting with John Howard Sanden in New York and then going to Scottsdale and Fredericksburg etc.

"Roy with Phone" by Ceci Luepnitz
What do you try to express in your work?
I deeply desire to  capture the subjects personality and uniqueness in my work!

What artists/professionals have been your biggest influences?
I love the work of Sargent and John Howard Sanden, Richard Schmid, Morgan Weistling, Adrian Gottlieb, and Kinstler.

What do you do to gain new inspiration for your work?
I am always reading art books and magazines and looking at websites.

What would you like to be doing with your art ten years from now?

Wow, I am 66 years old so I would say that I will be thrilled if I am still able to paint in 10 years!! I just had cataract surgery and I am so thankful for this gift of new sight!!

Drawing of Alegria by Ceci Luepnitz

Do you set goals for yourself concerning the making of your art?
Yes, I do set goals for myself and always keep painting even though I do not get many commissions. I attend a drawing/painting class with a model every Wednesday afternoon because I know the importance of working from the live model!

Are you happy with your job choice as an artist? Do you have any regrets in this career choice or things you would have done differently?

I love being an artist and especially a portrait artist...cannot think of anything I would rather be doing.

Bridal portrait by Ceci Luepnitz

Any fun or interesting facts about yourself that you'd like to share? Facts about myself? I have 3 children and 2 grandsons and 2 Bichon frise dogs! I love to paint animal portraits too!

Best piece of advice for other artists? 
Just don't stop painting, and enjoy it!!

Contact info:
Ceci Luepnitz
College Station, Texas

Monday, February 6, 2012

"You Be the Judge" FREE Online Art Competition!

Portrait artist Brian Neher has put together a great online art competition called "You Be the Judge." I've posted the YouTube video below about how to enter; you should also visit Brian's blog for more information and detailed instructions: