Studio Practice: Working with Opposites / by Karen Matheis

When I go into the studio, it is my playtime.  Painting for me is a series of mini puzzles.  The nature of the flat landscape of Kansas gives me the perfect opportunity to work out problem solving and to experiment. 

One of my favorite games to play is "working out opposites".  Some opposites include:  thick versus thin lines, controlled versus energetic, planned versus spontaneous, light versus dark, real versus abstraction, static versus fluid, heavy versus light, drawing versus painting, open versus tight spaces, landscape versus urban.  I observe how complement colors layer, and develop a wide horizontal format versus a tall vertical format.  

My studio practice is one of exploration, moving forward while still considering the traditions of drawing and oil painting.