“Momentum” by Linda Larsen, Golden Gate-Marin Branch, California
Oil, 14 x 14
From the artist:
Influenced by years in the “field,” translating the color and light of Northern California into plein-air paintings in oil, I begin abstracts in my studio by choosing one color and mixing it with linseed oil and thinner until it’s the right consistency to pour onto the canvas. Then, intuitively adding and subtracting further colors, composing with relationships of the color shapes, possibly adding lines to clarify the composition, I continue with the painting until some inner impulse says, “That’s enough. Stop while you’re ahead.”
Another approach, considerably more physical, if I want to express an emotion, is to start with lines. Repetition and pressure create areas of intensity. The direction and movement of the lines can be very satisfying and will fill the space quickly. It can then be equally satisfying to scrape off or blur lines to create a cohesive image. The continuing intellectual and emotional challenge of abstraction, its visually exciting history, the opportunities for individuality, and the gifts of surprise offered by the paint keep me engaged as an abstract painter.