About - Artist Statement

Painting is my abstract and allegorical response to the storm of ideas in my head. My sketchbook is my constant companion.  Looking, watching, mentally photographing: this helps me to trace the path of the storm.

 

A selected sketch will determine the size and shape of the canvas, which I stretch and prepare in the workshop adjacent to my studio.  At this point the canvas is white and scary- it needs to get dirty.  I dip a brush, any brush, in oil paint thinned with walnut oil.  I walkfrom the paint table to the canvas, and attack.  With a brush in one hand and a rag in the other, I continue to transfer the essence of the sketch to the canvas. This dance will continue for weeks, with multiple brushes and painting methods.

 

After many hours comes a time when the storm subsides.  I stand back and rationally and critically evaluate what the painting has become.  There is a shift I can feel in my thinking, this back and forth between permission and discipline, between creative flow and learned resolution.  When my painting is complete, not everyone will see what I see.  I always welcome and value hearing the viewers reactions. 

© 2015 All paintings by Anne Teigen are the intellectual property of the artist, and are not to be reproduced for commercial purposes without the express written consent of Anne Teigen or her autorized agents.

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