Artist Patty Van Dyke
Watercolor is alive, it has a life of it's own.
Working with it is call and response, a private kirtan.
Something within urges expression,
we offer it to the brush.
The paint makes a statement (often unexpected!)
Curious and enthralled we respond.
Movement gets going.
This immediacy and vulnerability is what I want visible in my watercolors, so I look for ways to get rid of the mat and glass. I rarely work on paper anymore. Instead, I work on specially prepared canvas so that the work remains more accessible. I am concerned about catching a moment in time, about the fleeting, ephemeral nature of even archetypal images and icons. I am not painting for posterity but to celebrate this transitory life. My work often contains handmade paper, fabric and thread as well as this most fragile of all paints, watercolor.
For subject matter I follow my heart. Right now I'm moving between a couple of ongoing themes - our rich rural life in Ventura County, and the nude form. These works encompass a variety of techniques - they are predominantly watercolor on canvas but some include ink resist or collage as well. I use the technique that allows the voice of the piece to speak most clearly.
My studio is in my home in Ojai. I am a member of the Santa Barbara Art Association and Los Padres Watercolor Society. My work can regularly be seen at OVA arts, 108 N. Signal St., Ojai, and in my studio by appointment - 805 657-3525.
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