Posted on the 19th february 2021
By Yohann Goyat
By Yohann Goyat
Lysa Jordan is a contemporary Montreal visual artist. She approaches abstract art with positivism and a whole palette of bright and warm colors. The finesse and delicacy of her canvases translate many things about her, in particular her overflowing passion that she has for blue. This assumed predominance has become a common thread in each of her paintings; meeting with an artist with a tender heart and colorful emotions.
Lysa Jordan graduated in visual arts at the University of Sherbrooke. If at the time the lack of confidence was obvious, the very frank and committed professors saw in her potential, and helped her to have a certain confidence. “For example, we had to talk about our works in groups, and I was uncomfortable,” she confides. It is an art therapy workshop that triggered in her this passion which now takes most of her time. “I learned to use pastels and watercolors at that time, and with our eyes closed we had to freehand our portrait. The abstract result was a revelation for me, ”she recalls. Lines and textures then became the very essence of her future paintings.
A childhood love
Lines that she will draw to begin on the water for many years aboard her speed kayak. “I spent my entire childhood and adolescence on the water. I was very involved in my high-level sport, we sometimes went to training camps for several days, ”she confides. Lysa will spend all her youth in nature at the water's edge. She will observe it closely, its movements, its variations and will discover a passion. “Beyond the love I have for nature, through the water I saw a certain inspiration for my paintings” she says.
“I have a very strong connection with water. There is nothing more calming. And now with hindsight, I see more and more a link with my paintings. Seeing these textures, I tell myself that I have them for the whole life, ”she said with a big smile. The movements created by water are endless and unique, Lysa sees in it something very spiritual, enriching and an inexhaustible source of inspiration for her paintings. “Even today, there is something that stimulates me about it,” she adds.
Blue at the heart of the canvas
Main subject of her paintings, Lysa Jordan then plays with all the other shades of her palette in order to make it more expensive. If she tends to use blue and its variations that it offers, sometimes it is possible to see darker tones and for good reason: “I use black to highlight this or that movement. The latter is random and created naturally by the watercolor that I spread by hand. I also like spontaneity and letting nature take its course ”she explains. The pastel colors will bring more contrasts and accentuate the direction of movement that Lysa wants to give to her canvas. “With pastels, I frame certain areas in order to highlight the direction of movement,” she explains.
Movements that are mentioned a lot in her paintings and that Lysa often associates with her emotions. “When I go to the "Parc des rapides" near where we live, we can observe the water creating movements that sculpt the ice of a turquoise blue. It's a bit like the image of water that collects our feelings. On my paintings I try to recreate that, because that's what I live emotionally ”.
Despite the global pandemic, Lysa has managed to keep her positivism that characterized her so much. Her latest paintings reflect as it should the emotions through which we pass. “The sensations and emotions we experience are strong, this explains the multitude of layers and colors used. They are synonymous with the layers of variations of emotions that we experience ”she explains before adding:“ the variations between my emotions and the colors are very large. I use a lot of red, for example, that I didn't use or very little before, in order to get out of my comfort zone. It is important! "
In order to share her good humor and diversify her art, Lysa has decided to set up online watercolor workshops on the internet. The “abstract composition” and “exploration” courses are very successful: “Internet users write to me to tell me that my workshops have helped them change their perception of the pandemic. And that is priceless!" She said humbly. Lysa has also established a collaboration with the Siboire microbrewery and more recently participated in the collaboration for the design of a protective mask for the Augustin & co brand.
Place a mirror in front of one of her works and you will see her portrait take shape, as her paintings represent her from every point of view. The abstract art of this young woman is relaxing, revealing kindness and a communicative joy in the harmony of colors. Acquiring a painting by Lysa Jordan is the assurance of making a room joyful and full of beautiful soothing energies.
Website : www.lysajordan.com/