Featured Artist Juanita Bellevance

Artist Juanita Bellevance presents a collection of peaceful and flowing expressionist abstract paintings. Visit her website to see more.

 

abstract expressionist painting by Juanita Bellevance

“pool of tranquility” mixed media on canvas, 60″ x 48″

 

My favorite thing about making art is when I’m creating from my inner spirit. The result is art that my viewers have referred to as calming and mysterious.

 

abstract expressionist painting by Juanita Bellevance

“everpresent 3″ acrylic and drawing media on canvas, 48″ x 48”

 

Before I begin a painting, I often pray to Jesus Christ to help my inner spirit create a visual message; then I simply make marks and create layers out of my intuitive response to what is already inside me.

 

abstract painting of marshes by Juanita Bellevance

“the marsh’s brim” acrylic on canvas, 24” x 24”

 

The work becomes a conversation, much like characters in a play responding to each other.

 

abstract expressionist painting by Juanita Bellevance

“across the marsh and back” mixed media on canvas, 24″ x 24″

 

Ultimately, when a painting is nearing completion, I begin to notice what is working and what is not working as far as elements of quality art.

 

abstract expressionist painting by Juanita Bellevance

“botanical radiance 1″ mixed media on canvas, 40″ x 40”

 

At that point the true message begins to appear as I find solutions to the areas that might be improved with revision.

 

abstract expressionist painting by Juanita Bellevance

“calming the sea” acrylic and drawing media, 60″ x 48″

 

I enjoy a certain amount of order and in spite of the predictability of my process, the outcome is absolutely unpredictable. I find that very exciting.

 

abstract expressionist painting by Juanita Bellevance

“land formation” mixed media on canvas, 48″ x 60″

 

When I finish a painting, I feel as though I’ve awakened after being asleep to the world. I say, “When I awoke, this is what was there!” Inside that bubble of marking and painting, I feel conscious only of what is happening before me.

 

abstract expressionist painting by Juanita Bellevance

“the dance” acrylic on canvas, 24″ x 24″

 

It reminds me of playing music and being lost in the sounds, yet aware of the notes and elements of the music. It’s as if time stands still while immersed in the action.

 

abstract expressionist painting by Juanita Bellevance

“the interior” mixed media on canvas, 36″ x 48″

 

That is how I experience my art-making. While it is without thinking, it is not without thought and awareness. When we breathe it is without thinking, but not without awareness of whether our breathing is as it should be at any given moment. It’s a constant intuitive ebb and flow.

 

abstract expressionist painting by Juanita Bellevance

“coastal memories” acrylic on canvas, 40″ x 40″

 

This is how my art is made.

 

Artist Juanita Bellevance invites you to follow her on Instagram, Facebook and her Venture Into Art Facebook page.

 

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