A curious artist, who challenges herself with new techniques
Featured Artist Johanna Axelrod
Superior Shore, 29âx 21â, Watercolor on paper by Johanna Axelrod
Traveling also influences her work. Paddling along Pictured Rocks is a thrilling and humbling experience. Even on calm water the lake swells and pushes the kayaks along.
On a trip to Hoover Dam, Johanna observed the âbathtub ringâ around lake Mead. When she saw the low water mark, which is clearly visible around the lake, she was shocked. This inspired her Lake ïżŒïżŒMead painting. In the artistâs words âAs our waterways come under increasing attack by warmer weather and invasive species, my focus on them is increasing. Conveying love for this precious resource is the primary goal of my paintings. If we donât protect the water, we wonât have clear, clean water for ourselves and the animals that live in and around our lakes and rivers.â Calling herself a curious artist, Johanna enjoys painting in various media, and challenges herself with new techniques. This gives her the opportunity to work
ïżŒin the media that best communicate her experience. Oil is the medium she uses when rendering realistic paintings, communicating the calm of the subject as well as the process. A limited palette, which includes a warm and cool of the primary colors, creates harmony throughout the paintings.
Her abstract pieces are mainly done in watercolor. She pours the paint which gives a less predictable outcome. The paintings are well planned, but there are always surprises. This lends an element of excitement and spontaneity to the work. Lake Mead includes collage, adding an additional level of energy to the piece that the artist hoped to communicate. While there are major differences in painting with oil, compared to watercolor, the principles of creating a good painting remain the same. Johanna strives to adhere to these principles and embrace the surprises. More of her work can be viewed online at: www.jaxelrod.com and a fun video on YouTube.com, find by typing âJohanna Axelrodâ.
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