Artist Statement

Light stirs my senses, colors entice me, and as I immerse myself deeply in painting, I even dream at night that I become a whirling shifting kaleidoscope of colors. I believe we all have connection to deeper realms of spirit and understanding. Paint is my favorite doorway to express that connection in daily life.

Yes, paint, that awkward, recalcitrant, but truly exhilarating medium, is indeed my favorite. I rarely paint in oils any more as I love the quick drying rhythms of acrylics and watercolors.

It is true paint pigments and light work at odds with each other. Light does one thing, and pigments behave quite another way. Some colors float out of reach in mind’s eye, no chemical pigment compositions available to reach them. Yet, sometimes the brush dances in the paint and brings the illusions of light to the canvas. This is my joy.

I am happiest holding a large brush in front of a canvas taller than I am. And what do I paint on that canvas? I often choose flowers from my own extensive gardens. I grow thousands of Shirley poppies each summer, as well as many other flowers.

But I may also choose to paint an inner landscape, those odysseys of spirit that take me as close to the divine as I can safely venture. Animals and birds appear in these landscapes, totems of the human spirit.

The truth of the matter is that all of these differing subjects are the same in that each is simply an expression of my own passionate connection with life. Joy and harmony are the purest expressions of the soul and paint is where I explore that expression most freely.

Lexi Sundell

3 thoughts on “Artist Statement”

  1. Have your new book and wondered about the smooth transition in each painting. Now I know ; you paint big. Would be great if you put the sizes in your next book. BTW, are the other painters also big canvas painters?
    Learned a lot from the book. Trying to put it into practice.
    Sincerely, Paul Bennett

  2. Paul,
    I love to paint large canvases, but many of the demos in the book were not particularly large. Not publishing the sizes was an editorial decision, not mine. The other artists in the book vary widely in size.

    Smoothly blended transitions can be accomplished several ways. One of them is by mixing gradients of the color mixture on the palette and then blending them into each other on the canvas. Adding additional layers can help smooth blends further. Some artists really like the drying retarder to give more blending time, although I do not usually do that myself. Layering with semi-transparent colors can be useful.

    Brush size and shape affects the blend, larger flat brushes are going to blend more efficiently than small round ones, for example. A fan brush can help in smoothing blends. And I am perfectly happy using my thumb if a spot is giving me a bit of trouble.

    As with any painting technique, practice, practice, practice! Hope this helps.

  3. Lexie, it was a treat and privilege to look at your work. I found it delightful and unique. Most of all I enjoyed the fish, your approach to them , focusing on the colour and pattern. But then again I do like the birds and florals- I could feel myself biting into that cabbage and tasting it. And a field of poppies , the most vibrant of flowers and lacking in any stiffness!.
    It would indeed be a treat to visit your studio.
    My website is about seeking the resources of art to put down the tobacco industry with an ambition that in the future, submitted art will be projected on to public spaces around the world, one being the Opera House in Sydney where I live.

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