Location: Black Earth, Wisconsin
Featured Work: A New Day #17
Describe your featured work
The pond lily series was born early one June morning while my husband and I were gliding silently along in our canoe. The air was motionless, the water like glass, the predawn mist thick. It was one of those breathless mornings, impossible to separate the water from the fog. Unforgettable stillness.
This collection of watercolors has been in process for a number of years and has become my signature work. The series continues to evolve but remains faithful to the original concept of deep quiet. Layers of transparent pigment create a sense of ephemeral atmosphere. The pond lily paintings can certainly be considered landscapes, but on a deeper level speak to “the peace that passes all understanding.”
I work exclusively in transparent watercolor on paper. My landscapes are formed by a slow layering of some 30-50 washes of brush-applied pigment, which builds into a rich and luminous surface. Just enough detail is utilized to establish a sense of place. Always moving toward simplicity, I create an intentional balance between abstraction and representationalism. The core of the work is beauty.
What are you making now?
In addition to my ongoing work with the pond lily series, I have recently begun a collection titled The Plum Tree. These are small works on highly textured paper, inspired by the very old and timeworn plum tree that sits at the edge of our pond. The paintings are intimate, both in size and sensibility, emitting a glow of spring in the valley.
Next, I am beginning to envision a solo exhibition to be called Face of the Deep. This idea is starting to take form as a landscape show, rooted in the first chapter of Genesis.
Why do you belong to CIVA?
I am brand new to CIVA. Several years ago, I met a CIVA member at an art opening in Madison, Wisconsin. She spoke openly of her faith and of her enthusiasm for this organization. Together we visited the Madison CIVA office and viewed their current exhibition. The show was very good! Next we walked to the coffee shop down the street. There we talked about our studio practices and our faith walks and how, for each of us, they deeply intertwine. This past fall, I decided to join. Although I am not yet certain just how, I have a feeling that CIVA and I are a match.
Linda Koenig received her B.A. and M.F.A. in Painting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She lives in the hills of rural southwestern Wisconsin. Her watercolors are represented in Wisconsin by Edgewood Orchard Galleries in Door County, Integrated Art Group in Madison, and River Arts on Water Gallery in Prairie du Sac. In addition to her studio practice, Linda is the Director of Westwing Studios, a unique partnership which brings together professional artists and people who live at Badger Prairie Health Care Center in Dane County, Wisconsin.