The Importance of Play

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crossing over the threshold into a creative space can be daunting at times – it often takes me an hour or more to really leave the world behind and lose myself in my practice. But if I allow myself to play before tackling a painting in progress, I can enter into a joyful headspace that allows my creative energy to flow more quickly and freely. I begin all of my paintings in play mode – experimenting with collage, drawing with crayons and laying down fields of color. As I connect these random shapes and marks – a narrative slowly begins to emerge and I’m on my way.

Preview

 

Little Tremors ~ Lisa Onstad, 2018
Acrylic, 24 kt gold leaf on panel, 12 x 13 inches

Little Tremors, a piece from my new body of work Earthquake Weather is hanging this month at Waterstone Gallery. During the month of June I’ll be exhibiting 21 new paintings at the gallery. These vibrant acrylic paintings were inspired by a trip I took to the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument last fall. I was struck by the rich, natural palette of reds, ochres and blues of this majestic and mysterious landscape.

You’re Invited!

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A Near Perfect Place

(ten new Paintings by Lisa Onstad)

August 2nd-August 27th

Opening Reception August 3rd, 2:30-4:30

West Linn Public Library

Community art Room

1595 Burns Street, West Linn, OR

New Work

Finished – 30″ x 40″ acrylic painting on museum board mounted on wood panel.  Whenever I am starting a new series it’s always a struggle to get the first painting finished. I am often unsure of what direction I want to go in and there are many starts and stops.  I am excited to keep working and see where this painting leads me.

 

In Progress

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I’ve got ten big panels  prepped and one painting finished for my upcoming show in August. I’ll be showing paintings at the West Linn Public library and I have a big space to fill. I optimistically planned on finishing three paintings a month during the next 6 months. Ha! My process is SLOW…first there is the underpainting. Next, progress with pretty colors and shapes, then a destructive phase to mess-up all the pretty. And lastly, a fix-it stage (more about my process later). Oh, and besides my process, life gets in the way too. Realistically, I’m hoping for 9 finished pieces. Wish me luck.

Multiples

 

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I just finished an edition of a new artist’s book that I like a lot. It’s been a long while since I’ve worked in multiples. I usually create one-of a-kind pieces, but for Submerged, I decided to push myself and make more than one copy. Three to be exact – a very small, hand-painted, variable edition. There is something so beautiful and satisfying in creating multiples of something. A clean stack of cut boards, three folded spines, identical clamshell boxes and fifty-four hand-painted pages.