High Contrast


Nancy Hillis gives an excellent talk on contrast this week in the program “Studio Journey.” She speaks of the visual excitement generated by contrast of color: light and dark, warm and cool, and the play of complementary colors, colors that exist on opposite sides of the color wheel. She demonstrates these contrasts within her own paintings. She also examines contrast of smooth and rough texture of paint application, opaque and transparent paint applications and soft washes vs. bold brush work.

I love the teaching bundles in her program “Studio Journey.” She brings knowledge of science, art, mythology, psychology and physics together into easily understood food for though and exploration. A truly enlightening journey.

Nancy Hillis is an abstract painter, currently working in her art studio on medium to large abstract paintings. At the beginning of her program “Studio Journey” she says:

“Welcome to Studio Journey. I’m delighted that you’re here! As a fellow Journeyer, I want to guide and inspire on your journey. My mission is to encourage you to cultivate a robust studio practice, explore and experiment in your art and ultimately create your deepest, most authentic and personal work.

I see our work as artists as being a never ending journey of listening to and answering the call within ourselves to step into the wonder and the mystery of our art and our life. Just as in life, we’re continually coming back full circle to the foundations, the beginning of our journey. We do this over and over again and each time, we see the beginning with new eyes informed by our experiences.”

The Studio Journey has inspired many painters from all over the world who find her teachings enlivening and fulfilling. The challenges are exhilarating and a personal learning experience for all in this on line painting extravaganza.

Creations I have made on this Studio Journey, by Janis Kirstein:

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The Painting Journey Continues


Our painting Journey Continues with Nancy Hillis’ Studio Journey online abstract painting workshop. Her assignments help free up your expressive inspirations through exploration and self confidence. Growth emerges through experimentation. My own personal journey has opened up possibilities far beyond what I faced even weeks ago. Thanks Nancy!

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Permission to Create Continues the Journey


Painting and sharing in the new web site format Studio Journey, with our artist guide Nancy Hillis, brings the fulfillment of granting the permission to create, for many knowledgeable painters from all over the world. Nancy Hillis is an inspiring painter, teacher and medical doctor who brings us all together through the website to share her projects, resulting in the creation of art work and feedback from one another.

Thank you Nancy for leading our inspiring journey, which has just begun.

Jan Kirstein

Photo courtesy of Pascal

Check out her website to see more about Nancy and her Art Journey at https://nancyhillis.com

As a beginning, our first intention was to work in a series, encouraging experimentation within a framework of self imposed limitations. Some artists chose limited color range, some chose exploring art mark making. An amazing outpouring of creative production rose from this first task, generating a wide range of very well informed results. I hope to share some of these with you after I gain artist permission for the use of their works in my blog.

For now, I share with you the paintings I have created on this Journey so far. I lost my studio about a month ago and this program gave me the impetus to resume painting again. For that, I am indeed very grateful.

The artist’s hand.

Paintings in Memory of the Homeless


I share a studio with two other artists in Louisville Kentucky. We just recently had a very sad encounter with reality in the form of a homeless man who lingered constantly around our studio door. The story around this man unfolded in a series of tragic vinyetts leaving us all with a renewed awareness of the fact that the problems facing the homeless are, in fact, everyone’s problem.




 





Just posted! Latest Paintings by Janis Kirstein






These paintings and more can be purchased at https://kirsteinfineart.myshopify.com




Canal Cheong-Jagerroos: Field of Dreams


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Canal Cheong-Jagerroos’ paintings combine the best of Eastern and Western cultural perspectives to present paintings rich in surface, sensitivity and sensibility. Some of her paintings are created on rolls of rice paper and some hang from the wall in a scroll motif, extending down to and across the floor in a continuing flow of tactile viscerility.   References to Eastern calligraphy combine symbology, characters and scroll format with Western influences of the freedoms inherent in abstract expressionism to envelop the viewer in an ocean of texture, shape, movement and tactile presence.

Jan Kirstein


Canal Cheong-Jagerroos (b.1968) is a Chinese contemporary visual artist who grew up in an artistic family in Macau. She currently lives and works between Helsinki, Nice and Berlin.

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Canal Cheong-Jagerroos has since lived and worked for 25 years in numerous countries from Asia to Europe and Africa before settling with her family in Finland. The unique experience of having lived in such culturally diverse cities and countries, namely; Hong Kong, Shanghai, France, Switzerland, Italy, Africa and Finland has influenced her work greatly. Therefore, whether as consciously or subconsciously, these exceptional cultural experiences have shaped Canal’s later works. Canal has discovered that walking the line between the east and west, facing different cultures, can be both constructive and destructive, but always inspirational.


In 1992, Canal began working in Chinese freehand style brush-strokes inspired by Chinese ancient abstract great master Bada Shenren’s (1626—1705) and influenced by her mentor Laozi (530 BC), a contemporary of Confucius during the 5th century BCE. This has motivated her shift of focus to ancient Chinese symbols and combining them with modern daily elements to extract the utopianism world. In the process of this exploration——through tearing, destroying, separating or even inadvertently trampling on the rice paper on which the artist has already painted, she was then overlapping layers and layers of the paintings with Xuan paper on the canvas. The whole creation process is fully involved with construction, deconstruction, and reconstruct. By using multiple layers of rice paper, acrylic, ink, traditional Chinese pigments and ready made objects which are incorporated together, the artist makes it possible to derive a sense of depth on canvas.; again, by blending ancient Chinese motifs and modern elements, she integrates the past with the present through symbolic creations that depict the peace and harmony of a Utopian world.


Canal Cheong-Jagerroos has won international recognition and acclaim for her unique works of fusing ancient Chinese motifs and contemporary elements. She has enjoyed considerable success over the last 20 years with over 50 worldwide solo and selected exhibitions to her credit. Her artworks have been represented in numerous prestige galleries in Switzerland, France, Italy, Sweden, Finland, Macau, Hong Kong, Africa and she was included in the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013. The majority of Canal’s works are in public and private collections worldwide.

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Canal Cheong-Jagerroos is the co-founder of the ongoing ‘Blue and Red Art project,’ which will be holding exhibitions in numerous museums in China and Finland from 2018 – 2020.

Upcoming Exhibitions:
2017 LA Art Show, Los Angeles, USA
2017 Art Palm Beach, Florida, USA
2017 Art Boca Raton, Florida, USA
2017 Artist In Residency, Beijing, China
2017 ‘Waking / 苏醒’ Solo Exhibition, Being 3 Gallery, Beijing, China
2017 Art Southampton, NY, USA
2017 Finlayson Art Centre, B&RAP, Finland
2017 Basel Art Center, B&RAP, Basel, Switzerland
2018 Xian Art Museum, Xian, B&RAP, China

www.canaljagerroos.com