Laurel Swenson

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FEATURED PAINTING | Stay Here | Artist Laurel Swenson

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Seeing Laurel Swenson’s artwork at the 2018 Vancouver East Side Culture Crawl was all it took: I wanted to visit her studio, see more of her work and get a sense of the person behind her powerful paintings. We made a date.

After climbing a flight of stairs and winding my way through a dark maze of corridors, I find Laurel in her light-filled studio. She shares the space with 3 other artists yet she is alone today.

Meet LAUREL SWENSON: Abstract painter

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Laurel invites me to observe a work-in-progress and gives permission to snap some pics as she puts the finishing touches on a large-scale painting. I’m excited to be here. I didn’t expect her to be painting during my visit. Laurel tells me that this is the point that she can “wreck everything.” The camera shutter clatters in the silent studio as she stands, thinking, looking at the canvas. I’m concerned I’m a distraction.

Laurel collects brushes. Mixes paints. Stands back. Looks. Takes a deep breath and walks towards the canvas. She holds the brushes in ways I did not expect. Marks the canvas with strokes I’ve never seen before. She stands back. This back and forth – call and response, as Laurel calls it – continues until she feels that she has painted what she can in this session.

canadian-art best-original-art abstract-art painting vancouver interior-decor interior-design art-collection art-therapy styling acrylic affordable-art“To struggle is universal. My paintings celebrate the value of struggle in our lives.”

– Laurel Swenson

Laurel is an artist deeply inspired by human development and the theme of struggle, transition and growth run through her work. She makes a connection between struggles with the creative process, painting and the struggles we each face by simply being human.

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I sat down to chat with Laurel and asked a few questions. Listen in for her responses.

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Five questions with Laurel Swenson

1. When did you first start painting?

2. Has painting always been your primary creative outlet?

3. What advice would you give someone who is undecided about an artwork?

4. When you are working … silence or something else?

5. Artists name their paintings. How do you name yours?

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About this featured painting

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24” x 24” (61 x 61cm)

Acrylic and polymers on canvas
Light grey painted sides

Available for purchase

World-wide shipping available by arrangement

Where to hang it: This painting will look great on a narrow wall, in a niche or as part of a grouping.

What I like: This painting is colourful yet somehow neutral. It is rich with texture. It’s pink without being pretty and it perfectly marries colour with a small amount of black while maintaining a light and fresh look.

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Other works by Laurel Swenson:

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Bundle Of Emotion Acrylic and polymers on wood panel white painted sides 12×14 in.
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I Love You Because We Hate The Same Stuff Acrylic, charcoal, pencil, and polymers on canvas 56×56 in.
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Life is Tough But So Are You Acrylic, pencil, pastel, charcoal, and polymers on canvas. Grey painted sides. 40 x 40 in.
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It Hurts Because It Matters Exploding Bouquet series Acrylic and polymers on canvas 24 x 30 in.
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Your Focus Determines Your Reality Acrylic and polymers on canvas 40 x 40 in.
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It Matters To You Acrylic, polymers, pencil and charcoal 36 x 36 in.

 

 

Laurel’s works range in size from 10”x10” to 56”x 56”.

Original works starting at $200 CDN.

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Photo Credit: Rennie Brown

– Laurel Swenson lives and paints in Vancouver CANADA –

See more of Laurel’s abstracts at LaurelSwenson.com.

Find me HERE on Instagram.

If you’re a fan of abstract art, tell me why. I’d love to read your comment.

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Starting an Art Collection | Quick Guide for Beginners

Do you own art? Do you remember the first piece of art you ever purchased? I do. I was visiting San Francisco for the first time and there was an open-air art exhibit in a public park – lots of artists and not a lot of people browsing or buying. I purchased a piece from a young artist named Zaine Christenson. She was likely an art student at the time. The colours in her work really spoke to me: vivid greens with natural accents. I contacted her a year later to ask if she could send 2 more pieces my way. That was 23 years ago.

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An art collection is a simple accumulation of art works and anyone can have one.

5 Ways To Get Started:

1.    Buy what you like. Don’t worry about where you will put it or whether or not it is “a good piece”. If it calls to you and it is within your budget – buy it.

2.    Not all art is expensive. If you like a piece of work and it doesn’t fit your budget ask the artist if they have a smaller piece or a very small piece for sale.

3.    Art does not need to be large to be meaningful. I have teeny pieces of art tucked in spaces few people would see. I see them and that makes me happy.

4.    There is no shortage of original art. Check out your favourite local websites and community papers for a list of What’s Happening. Art Openings, small galleries, student shows, and studio Open Houses are frequent in most cities. There are amazing deals in thrift stores and don’t forget social media. Spring and Fall studio tours are an amazing way to meet artists in their creative spaces and can make for a fun weekend.

5.    After purchasing art, attach the artist bio or card to the back of the work – that way you can always reference details if need be.

 

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Art work above by Gina Sarro Landscapes.

Art Styling | Top Tips

In the studio with artist Gina Sarro

 

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In The Studio With Artist Gina Sarro

Stylist Meets Artist | COLLABORATION

Have you heard the phrase, “there is no accounting for taste?” Essentially it means that we like what we like.  Many of us have strong feelings about colour, design and style, and art is no exception.

Recently, I met local Vancouver artist Gina Sarro and one look at her paintings told me that I needed to see more. Know more. And share more.

This art speaks to me. Gina paints both abstracts and abstract landscapes. Her work is both acrylic and oil, on canvas or wood panel and her unique gift is that she paints as comfortably in soft muted palettes as bold daring ones. Both styles are amazing!

Gina Sarro Landscapes and Studio C are collaborating on a regular Instagram feature during the month of May. Simple art styling tips and outstanding, colourful modern art is coming your way.

Sneak Peek

turn that art

When Gina and I met for this photo shoot we were on the same wavelength … do what it takes to make art feel at home in its setting – and in some cases that means turning an abstract upside down! It’s an abstract – position it to its best advantage and that might be different depending on what else is in a grouping. Here we paired Gina’s green linear painting with fresh white hyacinths in an ivory-coloured ceramic vase.


Comments are open. And we really want to know, “Do you have a favourite?”

Is it the top image (green to the left)?

Or the bottom image (white to the left)?

Maybe you like them equally?

Not a fan of green … no voting required. ♡ ♡ ♡

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