Jana Charl



Acrylic Paintings
Color and texture are integral parts of my paintings. Not only in the
selection of color but also in the process of manipulating the paint by
mixing pigments, layering, and varying the opacity and viscosity.
For precise blending, I use my hand or a finger as a paint palette.
In order to create the desired effect, I'll mix with a brush or other
instrument directly on the canvas.

Painting is cathartic and both my materials and tools have nostalgic value.
I rarely throw away a paintbrush because each one has its unique history,
and age or abuse provides additional textural possibilities or function.
Old paint also adds texture with its lumps and inability to entirely blend
with other pigments. Worldwide I've collected sand, flowers, and other items to mix into the paint, along with canvas.

The canvas is not sacred. I cut it, weave materials into it, sew it, and
glue it onto it. Paintings on unstretched canvas are nailed directly onto
walls or boards; or glued or sewn onto the stretched canvas with painted
borders. More recently, I find myself drawn to mixed media instead of
purely acrylic on canvas.