Portrait ( pictured left), also made using a dry point tool, plays with the element of light; the man’s face serves as a surface for light to reflect and transmit off of. In Family Portrait (pictured below), Lawler incised the image into a copper plate with numerous hard-pointed tools. Ink was then applied into the finished image in order to add detail and expression with the “residual ‘tone'”. The loyalty and protection of a canine companion is seen in The Lookout. The initial stages of this painting began with a series of pencil sketches, resulting in a final painting created using only his hands. The oil pastel piece, Mass Surrender, is enriched with color as to evoke a need to survive through the expressive figures. In Storm With Dog, Lawler, once again uses his fingers rather than brushes to execute this rendition. Here a colorful storm swirls intensely throughout the sky, while a meek dog cautiously hunches as low as possible. The artist describes it as though the dog is “making himself small”, which is reflected through the animal’s frightened position. The combination of painting and drawing, enhances the smeared uncontrollable movement implied throughout the composition.
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