Lisa Onstad

My paintings evolve intuitively, although I usually start with images and colors inspired by my travels – a colonial archway or the pumped-up pinks and oranges of a Pacific sunset. Working with wide brushes, I build up several loose layers of acrylic paint on wood panel. Next, I sand the painting with an electric sander – a dreamlike image is revealed, full of soft edges and pools of color, almost as if I had no hand in its making. Lastly, I respond to this random combination of brushstrokes and colors I’ve uncovered by adding detail, definition, and refinement to the final composition.
While my intention to capture the details of a specific landscape may be foiled by the spontaneity of my process, I create images that capture the essence of a place. And my methods allow me to explore the juxtaposition of soft and hard, order and chaos, chance and intention.

Nicaragua Study #11
Acrylic, gold leaf on wood panel
12.5″ x 10″

Acrylic on wood panel
44″ x 40″

Heat Lightning
Acrylic, gold leaf on wood panel
12.5″ x 10″

Acrylic   Mixed Media 2D   
Community: 5
Studio Number: 72
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Address: 219 N Jarrett St Portland, OR, 97217, USA

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