RUTH ANSEL : Egg Tempera Painting
Painting for me is sensation. It is visual. The eyes perceive the colors and tones. It is a felt experience. I can feel the thickness or thinness of the paint and the tug on the brush as the paint is released to the surface of the panel. I can hear the particles of pigment as I grind them into a paste on the palette and I can hear the almost imperceptible beat as the brush connects with the panel to deliver the load. The pigments have distinct odors. These sensations lead me to a state of meditation. The result of this process is a painting which, I hope, allows the receptive viewer to experience a similar state.