MEETING: Nov. 16, 2017

Demo by Jan Johansen: “Acrylics – Hot Colors and More”


Jan Johansen 1Former NorthStar member, Jan Johanson, demonstrated a procedure she sometimes uses with acrylics.

She covered the surface with hot colors, applying the paint randomly with a flat brush. She let these background colors dry, then began to create her subject – a still life with lilacs in a vase.

She used cool colors of the lilacs, balancing blues against the random hot colors in the background. The result was a beautiful still life in an impressionistic style.

Jan began her art life working in watercolor and pastel which earned her signature status in TWSA and PSA. Turning to acrylic and oil, she made a name for herself in the 1990s when she became involved in the western art world, mainly the Charles Russell Auction in Montana.

She painted four buffalos “large enough to be seen a block away!” This experience taught her that she could make the viewer look where she wanted them to look. She also painted scenes from the life of Sacagawea and the Lewis and Clark expedition after doing much research.

NorthStar was fortunate to have this former member return with a great painting which demonstrated her current style.

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