Internationally known Artist, Irit Landgraf is an extraordinarily talented artist. She has a remarkable sense of color and form and paints in a wide variety of styles. Irit has over 2.5 million viewers on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook and below she demonstrates Lebenzon Paintbrushes in an instructional video.
Below is a little from Irit’s biography. Her art very compelling and her background is even more so. You can find the full content at the link a little down the page:
How Art Came Back Into My Life
“As a creative child, I was always drawing, sketching and asking to attend art classes. But, I was also sensible and serious. I grew up with a family that valued professions which granted you a comfortable life and a reliable income. Secondary to those values, my family enjoyed hobbies. Art was a hobby.”
“I continued sketching and painting, but I studied math, chemistry and physics, so I could go to university and become a doctor, an engineer or, what I thought when I was in high school would be a good choice, an architect—a “sensible” profession. Conversations with my parents and grandparents led to an agreement that being an architect could satisfy a desire for creativity while remaining a “good” reliable profession.”
How I learned to paint with watercolors as a self-taught artist:
“Unlike the detailed plan I’d had when it came to learning medicine, learning to paint with watercolors was a brand new challenge. I had no idea where to start, what exactly I really needed to learn or from whom I might learn.
From online classes and from books, I sought anything I could get, and I was lucky to find some inspiring teachers. Being home with small kids in a small village meant I couldn’t easily enroll in an in-person art school. I had very little time to learn, and it had to be on my schedule.
Instructional books and online learning became great resources for me, but I became a little too focused on the details. I shopped for exactly the same supplies my teachers used, assembled color palettes that included “must have” colors, only transparent colors, only single pigment colors . . . . So many rules.
So many warnings about losing the light or making a flat painting. Only use watercolors. Always sketch. Don’t sketch. Never use white, never use black, only use primary colors, on and on.
It took me a long time to find focus and trust myself. I came to realize it is not just about techniques; it is about a state of mind. I learned flexibility and finding my own way. Technique was and is important, no doubt. But for every rule in art, there are artists that break them and still make beautiful artwork. I began rejecting teachers that only saw one way to do things, and I embraced instructors who encouraged me to go my own way and experiment.”