Coming in 2020 - Pam Soileau:

Exploring LXXV

 

Come experience a fascinating Louisiana artist!

 

Pam Soileau

EXPLORING LXXV

 

For forty-five of the past seventy-five years I have been dabbling in, slinging and flinging paint.

 

Over the years, I moved from charcoal to pastel, to watercolor, to acrylic, to collage, to acrylic with collage, to adding attachments. I moved from small to large sheets of watercolor paper, to canvas and cradled board.

 

Without a formal “art education”, over those years, I have studied with, and gleaned techniques and a willingness to experiment and fail, from many workshop leaders. Among them were Ed Whitney, Judi Betts, Henry and Linda Neubig, George Shook, Harry Ahysen, Robert Burridge, Billie Bourgeois, Doug Walton and Louise Fletcher. I STOLE a bit of something from each of them, and then painted MY way.

 

In the beginning, I tried my best to paint Cajun cabins and flowers that looked like real flowers. I failed miserably.

 

I love drawing and composition, and I have rolls and rolls of 22x30” drawings stacked on my studio shelves.

 

I found my joy in painting once I let go of the drawings and the rules and took the leap into the unknown chasm of conflicting color, shapes, marks, and of not knowing what the end result would be.

 

The last couple of years, the titles of my paintings have  been the clue to where my creative wanderings were leading me.....

“Searching for Harmony”

“Exploring Red”

“Exploring Yellow”

“Exploring White”

“Finding a Path Through”

“Transcending the Golden Glow”

“Looking for Answers, Within”

“Searching for the Center”

“Pondering the Pond”

“Embrace the Inner Tangle”

“Letting Go of the Sweet Spot”..........

 

Searching, exploring, finding, transcending, looking, pondering, embracing, letting go....... as I moved from a set goalbefore picking up the brush, to a mindset of allowing each layer of paint to lead me to the next layer, I found that I could, physically, breath deeper, slower, and more fully plunge into the painting....making it MINE, making it an extension of ME!

 

Thus, as I approached my 75th year, this past summer, I decided that I was going to listen to that niggling voice. I determined to know the rules and be willing to break them, to embrace colors that were in conflict, to dive into a beautiful painting with marks and obliterate the beauty to allow “whatever” to emerge, to play, to explore.

 

WITH this mindset, I am EXPLORING LXXV !!!