L Y N N E S O N E N B E R G
WHAT DO I WANT MY PAINTINGS TO DO?
Halt you in your tracks and invite you to pay attention to what they evoke for you. Awaken you and cause you to wonder. Next, prompt you to notice how we’ve connected through art. Then, compel you to own the work and put it where you’ll re-experience the zap. Finally, I want my paintings to be the cause of some happiness for as many people as possible.
WHAT ABOUT THE PAINTING?
Starting with the wish to benefit, my experiences, feelings, memories, dreams and meditations fuel my painting. Expressionistic in style, the images are both figurative and abstract. When I begin a painting, I rarely have a fixed goal in mind. In fact, through painting I intend to lose my controlling mind. What I always find is that the results are more dynamic when the process is spontaneous. The water-based acrylic and tempera media I prefer are vivid and sensual. Some paintings include graphite and oil pastels. I shift the brushes between both hands to maximize freedom and minimize fussiness. For me, the process of painting is a lot like dancing. Sometimes a color leads. Then the form takes over. Lights are adjusted. My turn to lead, mostly I follow. Back and forth. Swing out, swing in. The painting stops when I notice the dance keeps going without me. Now, it’s your turn.
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