Lolly Owens, ISEA

Award Winning Contemporary Artist

Lolly Owens, ISEA

Contemporary Artist

 NEW Class:

Beyond The Brush Abstractions

At the
Art Center Manatee, Bradenton, FL

Open to those with intermediate level painting experience or those who have taken Lolly’s classes in the past. We will experiment with and combine materials. We will use brushes and other tools. We will begin each class with fun abstract drawing warm-ups. Because working abstractly is as much about the individual as it is about technique, brief meditations and creative life declarations from writers such as Julie Cameron, author of The Artist’s Way, will be experienced. Individual instruction and group critiques are part of each class.

Wednesdays 9:30-12:00
S5: Mar 7, 14, 21, 28
S1: Apr 4, 11, 18, 25
S2: May 2, 9, 16, 23
S3: Jun 6, 13, 20, 27
S4: Jul 11, 18, 25, Aug 1
$77 ACM Members
$102 Future Members

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Artwork With Depth & Dimension

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Spirit Dancer, Private Collection, 18" x 18" highly textured acrylic on panel

Spirit Dancer was accepted for a month long exhibit in the 20th Annual International Society of Experimental Artists (ISEA) exhibition at GDP Studios and Gallery in Shelton, WA in June, 2011. The prestigious annual art exhibit is held both in the U.S. and internationally. The juror for the 20th annual exhibit was Mary Ann Beckwith, internationally known painter, educator and author of the book, Creative Watercolor - A Step by Step Guide and Showcase which is published in English and Japanese.

At the closing of the ISEA exhibit the GDP Gallery owners asked Lolly to leave Spirit Dancer there for another month due to popular response.

About the Artist

Lolly OwensMy intention is to create art that reminds you to listen to your spirit (heart) and do what feels true. Both my subject matter (the human spirit) and my style (colorful, textural abstractions) relate to my message. My technique has evolved over many years and continues to evolve. I began in watercolor and now add reinvented objects to my mixed media works. When I create I am playful and grateful. I loved painting as a child but my efforts were not encouraged. I was a closet artist for many years. When I came out of the closet, I adopted my childhood nick name, Lolly, as my artist signature name.

I came to my painting approach after I survived a heart attack in April, 2010. An unlikely candidate for such an incident, there were hours of cardiac and then physical therapy to do. All the time, fear was my companion until I decided that was not how I wanted to live. I looked again at the work of French artist Henri Matisse (1864-1954). Late in his life, confined to bed, he used a pole with a paint brush attached so he could paint from bed. When that became too difficult he did paper cut-outs that appear to be simple but are not as easy to make as they look. He worked until the end of his life.

My current work is mixed media on panel. I work on two series and alternate between the two: "That Girl" is a series of females shapes in a tension composition that say "Life has challenges but as long as you ask your mind AND your heart to work together, all will be well." We often forget to quiet our mind and check in with the heart or the reverse.

The second series are abstractions based on the elements of our spirit. These paintings have titles such as Gratitude, Humility, Love, Peace, Courage, Joy and Strength. This art is designed to be a reminder of who you are – a spiritual being having a human experience.

My process in creating all my series involves traditional study, experimentation with artist tools and meditation.