Paintings

For me, paintings are journeys that have no agreed upon destination. I work on them intuitively, over many sessions ( and years ). They tell me things about myself in the ways that I react to that or against that. They take me to unexpected places, but they also amaze me in how similar they are to each other too. 

Orange Landscape | Mixed Media Painting in progress|24″ x 24″  | Don Olsen | 2018 
The Dome | Mixed Media Painting in progress| | Don Olsen | 2018

I’m often thinking about layers.  Layers of information, layers of communication, visual layers we see in our landscape.
How paint layers up.
How it degrades as it is worn away.
I like to be able to control opacity.
I can hide things forever, or  get layers of transparency and depth… or some of each.  
These works are composed on the surface of the wood or canvas, without premeditation. They are process oriented pieces that I use to arrive at new compositions.  I pack in a little too much to absorb all at once, which will keep you coming back for more.

Courage | Mixed Media Painting in progress|24″ x 24″ | Don Olsen | 2018 
Violet Bat | Mixed Media Painting in progress |24″ x 24″ | Don Olsen | 2018
Robot Wheels |Orange Landscape | Mixed Media Painting in progress|24″ x 24″ | Don Olsen | 2018
Pink Mattress with Giant Cheetoe | Don Olsen | Mixed Media on Canvas  | 24″ x 
Blue Typhoon | Don Olsen | Mixed Media on Wood Panel | 15″ x 18″