Sunday, October 15, 2017

Process

















After I finished teaching my cold wax painting workshop at the Baer Art Center in northern Iceland, I stayed on to do a two-week residency. When I left home, I had some idea of what I wanted to paint in those two weeks. I was going to paint the subtle colours of Iceland day by day in a very minimal way.

However, after doing several of the minimal paintings, I had no interest in doing more.  As usual, the paintings led the way and it seemed that that was not what I was going to paint. 

So I started again where I'd left off last year when I did a month-long residency at Baer.  The paintings soon morphed into different forms, taking on the textures and colours around me, particularly the textures on the rocks I found on the stony beach in front of the Art Center.






©2017 Janice Mason Steeves

©2017 Janice Mason Steeves

Gradually changing.


©2017 Janice Mason Steeves

©2017 Janice Mason Steeves

©2017 Janice Mason Steeves

At home, I've begun to make diptychs and triptychs of the gestural work alongside new minimal paintings, combining them into a different form that speaks (I hope) of both the power and texture of the land as well as it's spacious silence.


©2017 Janice Mason Steeves


©2017 Janice Mason Steeves


©2017 Janice Mason Steeves


We don't know where our work will take us. To be a painter is to surrender to the process.


2 comments:

  1. oh wow, very beautiful. Yes you are very right - it is best not to know where we are going. Because if we did know....what would be the point, really? love you xo

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