ROSE OLSON: Ju Ju Blues

June 3 - 28, 2015
First Friday Opening Reception: Friday, June 5, 2015, 5:30-8:00 pm

  • Rose Olson

    Deep Waters, acrylic on wood, 2015.

    Deep Waters
  • Rose Olson

    From the Top, acrylic on wood, 2015.

    From the Top

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Color has a sharpening aspect affecting our senses and intellect simultaneously. I make paintings that reflect my passion for color and its interaction with the beauty of natural elements, which presently is varied wood-grain patterns.

Every wood-grain surface is different, since it is specific to what was once a living tree and I love them all. Some are more exciting than others, but each pattern is as unique as our fingerprints. The character of the wood is as important to me as the colors I use, since they both contribute to the meaning and structure of each work. We are a team. I use liquid colors painted in many layers, applied one layer of color at a time to enhance the wood-grain patterns and increase the painting's luminosity.

The wood affects the way the color is received and I just keep layering the transparent colors until the painting starts to come alive. I also mix and layer paint in such a way that the colors often change as the viewer moves, or the light shifts. I am conscious of that interplay. Hard edges and color bands also enhance the spatial and color changing effects in the painting revealing in a sense, another way of seeing that world.