Kathleen Elsey Fauvist / Expressionist Painter
Pierre Mori, a fellow member of the NewFauves.com, recently visited California from his home in Montmorency, France. We had a four-fauve reunion in Los Osos with Ken Christensen as our most generous story-telling fun-loving fauve host. I had the rare opportunity of touring Ken’s studio chock full of his newest and most colorful works. I have long admired Pierre’s paintings, the colors, and the story that they tell. It was an exciting and motivating weekend, getting to know Pierrre and Susan Dunker and Ken as the four of us talked into the wee hours of the morning about inspiration, paint and our love of the early twentieth century Fauves. I painted the above canvas that weekend in Los Osos on an extremely energetic windy Sunday with a heart full of fauve friends.
This juried exhibition runs May 16th through June 22 with a reception Thursday, May 16th 4 - 6 pm in Montecito, California. See you there.
It has been proven scientifically that the brain is improved by listening to music — studying pitch and tone as a musician does. Could it also be true that studying color, value and shapes through sensitive eyes, looking harder and learning to see as an artist does, can improve your brain quality and visual senses? I think so.
I look at the landscape thinking of the colors and values I am about to paint. Will it be dark and moody full of rich reds and browns, or will it be light and bright? I sketch the scene discovering more and more about what is before me. Finally, I pick up the brush and take off with paint. Sometimes I do a 25-stroke study like the one here. As a Fauve, I allow myself to make up colors or exaggerate colors. This is what I love about painting. It is this impression of what I feel that I want to transform into paint. This is what painting really is.