Spring is in the air and it was a beautiful day to deliver new work to the gallery. These latest from my studio are pure abstraction and I love the energy, immediacy, and freedom they exude. The same feelings I had while creating them. Not too much thinking, just allowing myself to play with colour and movement, responding without overworking. Sounds easy enough perhaps, but at the same time my eye was considering a multitude of things such as elements of balance and rhythm, tonal qualities, ensuring there were quiet areas to offset the wilder moments. And then I step away. Leave the work. Return another day to see how it makes me feel. Turn the canvas and consider it from all angles. Perhaps I jump in and alter colours, play a bit more, or maybe I just sit with the work and let it be. I never feel like I am in total control. It is an interaction between myself and the painting. I listen. My hand just starts to move, putting colour on canvas, my eye making lightning-quick decisions and, sometimes, not looking at all. These abstractions are all about letting go and seeing where the work takes me. I'm always surprised, always smiling, and happy with the end result. See these two newest paintings at 14 Bells Fine Art Gallery.
Anna Horsnell SCA
Canadian painter of contemporary abstract art