Ground Hog Blues, 30" x 30"
Mixed Media on Canvas.
"Exploration is the fun part of being an artist, especially when you are an abstract expressionist. For years I longed to throw paint! The movement and dance of action painting struck a chord when I studied the work and style of Jackson Pollock. Recently, after a brief hiatus from studio life, I sought the comfort and power of connecting with my joy of painting through immersion in the rhythm of what is essential Pollock style. Using various tools allows for the freedom of chance effects, differing from very controlled painting, as in using a brush. Stir sticks welcomed a riot of drips and lines. Varying the distance of stick to canvas, changed the lines from thick to thin. I learned to control the paint. A slotted ladle produced dense blobs of paint, helping to complicate the textured surface. Spatulas, spoons, and a large pallet knife, all contributed to the liberal use of paint.
I once hesitated to try this technique of action painting, thinking that it was somehow just imitation, copying. However, as previously acknowledged, I have longed to throw paint. Pollock’s style was the format I needed to escape those hindrances. Moving about, dancing, throwing, flinging, dripping, and, being in it, in the painting, is my version of “Celebrating Radiance.” I understand the power of art and the joy of using my whole being to express the feeling within. That is Abstract Expression! I invite you to explore my Pollock-inspired works and share the experience of my joyful moments. These works offer authentic visual poetry where my idea of beautifully different and interesting can illuminate all.”
Joan Callister is a Canadian painter and photographer whose life is centered around the longest shoreline of the Great Lakes. Born in Sarnia, summers in Bayfield, and now in Tobermory, Lake Huron has provided her with a constant source of raw beauty and wonder, from which she shares her exposure, being at one with nature. Intuitively, Joan actively applies paint to substrate, abstracting her environment and capturing the immediacy of 3D emotions onto a flat surface. This release exposes a vulnerable, soulful, and honest expression of her source. Joan has studied extensively with mentors and artists, locally, internationally, and virtually. She continues to seek new techniques in her quest for learning, to enhance her expertise and expand her style. Joan is a current member of the Guelph Studio Tour and the Bruce Peninsula Society of Artists.
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