Frances Langstaff

Ottawa, Canada

I decided to pursue a second career in visual art 15 years ago. I consider myself an heuristic artist, meaning “to play”; it...

I decided to pursue a second career in visual art 15 years ago. I consider myself an heuristic artist, meaning “to play”; it is the art and science of discovery, especially through play, and has the same Greek root as “Eureka”.

I love the act of putting paint on canvas. I especially love the physical and temporal qualities of the non-objective abstract image. I choose from an array of colours, mediums, brushes, canvases, and motions, and I lay down the paint. I am not shackled to a specific outcome. i have no preconceived goal. I explore the mystique of the accident and yet am amazed at the painting’s ability to trigger reactions and emotions. When I come back to a painting at a later time I will bring a new set of experiences to the image and perhaps a new emotion will be evoked. Although the art was born at a specific time and place, it changes for each observer, each cultural and temporal perspective.

The non-objective abstract cannot be neatly filed away in left-brain slots. It must be appreciated by the right side of the brain so that means the observer must really look and search for the physical and emotional which they find in a very individual way with each piece, while a the same time joining a shared consciousness with society and the artist.

Art is a living, changing thing and, therefore, endlessly fascinating. In the act of playing, we can go anywhere, find anything.

  • Joined: October 2013
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