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Green is where the Heart Is for May 2, 2012

“Abstract painting is abstract.   It confronts you.  There was a reviewer a while back who wrote that my pictures didn’t have any beginning or any end.  He didn’t mean it as a compliment, but it was.” ~ Jackson Pollock

By MO LINQUIST
Contributing Writer

After World War II and until the early 1960’s a school of painting flourished in the US combining spontaneity of expressionism with abstract forms, unpremeditated, apparently random and chiefly improvisational.    Blossoming at this time was a Berlin born artist who came to the states with her military husband.  Her name was Ortrud Tyler. 
Tyler studied with prominent artists both in Germany and in the US.  She may consider herself a 40’s, 50’s or 60’s throwback, as her roots go back to the “abstract expressionist movement.”  Her process is a dialogue between artist and canvas creating from her own imagination a non-objective subject, symbolic rather than realistic as she combines shapes, textures, and colors with effective contrast.  “Landscapes become what I want to look at,” she says,  “not realistic but MY realism.” 
Retired now on Oak Island, this artist uses water-soluble media like acrylics, watercolors, watercolor crayons and inks picking background paper or canvas and one or two primary colors that may or may not survive as she creates a pleasing and interesting impression.  A member of the Franklin Square Art Gallery, she can be contacted for lessons sharing her wealth of knowledge in this field. 
Her process is not unlike that of nature.  Winter appears asleep and alone.  Spring awakes and life begins to erupt.  Summer emerges and gardens sing joyously with colors and shapes and textures.  Autumn takes its turn as activity slows down.  This is the cycle of nature, the cycle of life.  The artist also creates within this cycle. 
Sometimes the product is recognizable and clearly understood.  Sometimes it is thought provoking.  But whether in nature or on the canvas, birth, growth and life organically manifest with no beginning and no end.  And like nature who are we to judge?  What is that on the canvas, Ortrud?  She may just answer, “It is what it is.”
Come to Artful Living Group throughout the month of May to view her work.  Her opening reception will be held Thursday, May 3rd, 6:30 – 8:30.  Wine, beer and appetizers will be served as you meet and greet this extraordinary artist.  xo mo
Kure Beach resident Mo Linquist, Red Ribbon Professional of IFSG and allied ASID is a recognized expert on Pyramid Feng Shui. She is the “ PersonPlace” design consultant specializing in soft goods such as fabrics, window treatments, reupholstery, blinds, shutters, feng shui and green healthy living products.  Her design studio is located in the Artful Living Group building 112 Cape Fear Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC.   Linquist speaks nationally and holds regular workshops and accredited trainings on this ancient form of environmental psychology. Helping clients create home and office spaces designed specifically to support their individual goals and intentions, Linquist uses cutting-edge techniques integrating science, 20 years of interior design experience and Feng Shui to balance, harmonize and create new patterns for success.
To learn more about her work or for a consultation, contact her at www.personplace.com Face Book at Mo Linquist Living Solutions or call 910-458-7822 office or 330-904-3636 cell.