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We-Mee Studio WE-MEE Studio is the home of the dynamic husband and wife artists, Wayne Ensrud and Lisa Mee. Their

Some years ago, I began exploring abstract painting. Artists use colors to define an object. But, when there's no object...
12/15/2023

Some years ago, I began exploring abstract painting. Artists use colors to define an object. But, when there's no object to portray, it's especially challenging. I wanted to create glowing paintings of splendor like music which conveys rhythms of rising, surging and dropping down in tones. I didn't totally abandon a recognizable object in some of these works but rather I painted a subtle visual 'clue' in each one.

Capturing the divine proportions of figures in my art is among my life-long obsessions. When a model moves into a more r...
12/01/2023

Capturing the divine proportions of figures in my art is among my life-long obsessions. When a model moves into a more relaxed mode is when I abandon my self-conscious brushwork into more spontaneous rhythms. The dimensions become harmonious vibrations to reverberate with life. #

I always revel in painting still lifes. Like puzzles for children, who find the pieces to fit together except in my case...
11/22/2023

I always revel in painting still lifes. Like puzzles for children, who find the pieces to fit together except in my case, I create and paint the puzzle pieces. The still life is a testing ground of an artist's imagination, where objects and nature offer cues with which to improvise. It's not about just capturing outer appearances of objects but also about revealing a greater depth of emotion. #

I received one particularly uplifting message recently from one of the   viewers that reiterates WHY I paint - I just ha...
10/25/2023

I received one particularly uplifting message recently from one of the viewers that reiterates WHY I paint - I just had to share her response to my art.

"This is just a quick message to say how much I love your paintings. And when I saw you (And your love of dogs and art...and just life in general on AVC ..)I just had to reach out and say your paintings heal my soul. This is such a hard time right now in the world. People are trying to cope with everything going on..it’s hit our community very hard…but your art is beyond uplifting. It helps heal my soul..so I thank you for that. It’s such a weird time and it’s so hard to know how to help right now but for me personally art helps and heals my soul and I need that....the world needs that. So I thank you ! You may not even see this tonight or ever ..I just saw a painting you did and it moved me and I had to reach out and say thank you. You make the world a more beautiful place to live. "

- Christine S.

It's hot as Hades yet I am sensing the transition of autumn approaching. It's a subtle energy, signaling endings but als...
09/05/2023

It's hot as Hades yet I am sensing the transition of autumn approaching. It's a subtle energy, signaling endings but also shapeshifting. This time of year is called 'reentree' in France, the 're-entry.' We experience the liberating effects of nature's cycles and for those who are sensitive, it's a sign of opening doors to ourselves and new possibilities. That's why I delve into abstraction: it's a totally unknown territory but once the creative impulse takes hold, off I go. When space is cleared in my studio, it's great to see some of my autumnal-esque abstract canvases on display together to feel their warm invigorating energy: 'Floating Islands' (48 x 48 in.), 'Islets in the Stream' (48 x 48 in.), 'Trajectory Red' (40 x 48 in.), 'Roller Coaster' (44 x 48 in.)

Pastels in art are often overlooked, sometimes dismissed as a 'serious' medium by some. However, I find their nuance and...
08/06/2023

Pastels in art are often overlooked, sometimes dismissed as a 'serious' medium by some. However, I find their nuance and range of color hues extraordinary, from warm to cool tones and the subtleties in between. I've used pastels for decades. They offer creative freedom and immediacy with just a single swipe that could indicate the length of a leg or the most delicate fingernail of a model.

There are paintings that haunt and captivate you forever. 'Girl With A Pearl Earring' is one of those masterpieces. Pain...
07/15/2023

There are paintings that haunt and captivate you forever. 'Girl With A Pearl Earring' is one of those masterpieces. Painted by the brilliant Vermeer in the late 1600's, I saw it in person on my first trip to Europe decades ago. Fast forward to the present, I wanted to walk in Vermeer's proverbial footsteps on canvas. Working in oil paint the time-honored way with mineral spirits and two fine sable brushes, I realized the gamble I was taking. It's a medium I used to paint exclusively with many years ago when I did portraits due to its viscosity and luminous slippery feel. However, the price to pay with oil paints is time: the drying time is brutally long and not easy to maintain wash-like effects. I wanted to understand the arrangement of Vermeer's brushwork and his rich tones. It's a painting where nuance grabs the viewer rather than the overt bold shapes and colors. I worked on this canvas all month, allowing it to speak to me when it was finished. Capturing the 'look' in the eye is more challenging than painting a photographic eye itself. Bringing a static form to life is the revelation of the magic in a painting.

Seeing this painting back-lit by only sunlight created an aura about it. As much as I enjoy gestural painting, I also fi...
06/16/2023

Seeing this painting back-lit by only sunlight created an aura about it. As much as I enjoy gestural painting, I also find pleasure in creating an architectonic unity of powerful geometrics in a painting composition. Arbitrary forms and shapes were brought together in this canvas infused with vibrant primary colors and secondary tones of burnt sienna along with stark black and white. It's a form dominated imagination that comes through by maneuvering visual space. 'Mandolin And Guitar' (24 x 30 inch acrylic and tempera on canvas)

Painting outdoors is a passion of mine. By alternately using vibrant pastels, gouache, and watercolors, I learned to cre...
06/01/2023

Painting outdoors is a passion of mine. By alternately using vibrant pastels, gouache, and watercolors, I learned to create more with less. Reworking artworks on paper is not easy if not impossible due to wear and tear on the surface. By working on paper, I create different color chromatic relationships to convey an emotional atmosphere. While painting outdoors, I find my eyes adjust readily to understand the light, color, and spatial relations of a landscape. At times, painting 'plein air' overwhelms the emotions, but it is a good challenge to bridge the gap between vision and description. These works 22 x 30 inch works on paper were created on a trip to the Bay area I took several years ago, but they still appear as fresh as the day I painted them.

I was blessed to have my eyes truly 'see' while taking classes at art school from the great Josef Albers. He taught that...
05/23/2023

I was blessed to have my eyes truly 'see' while taking classes at art school from the great Josef Albers. He taught that colors are perceived differently by everyone. The color RED is one that especially can deceive and dominate. Each color plays off the other and must be strategic in placement. Otherwise, the result is chaos ( which he lamented is mostly what we see in modern art).

One of my favorite Albers quotes : Art is revelation instead of information, expression instead of description, creation instead of imitation or repetition. Art is concerned with the HOW, not the WHAT; not with literal content, but with the performance of the factual content. The performance - how it is done - that is the content of art.

05/09/2023
My newest 'Golden Gate Bridge At Sunset' (30 x 24 inch acrylic and glaze on canvas) shows the last glow of twilight. The...
04/24/2023

My newest 'Golden Gate Bridge At Sunset' (30 x 24 inch acrylic and glaze on canvas) shows the last glow of twilight. The Bay area is my beloved other 'home' of my heart. The light and air are soft, soothing and always changing. I painted the Bay a cool solid blue to contrast with the feast of luminosity that unfolds at dusk. Turquoise, indigo and violets marble the sky to create chiffon-like levels. By painting more solid areas, the image appears even more expansive, leading the eye off the canvas edges. Bridges are connectors to worlds where all is possible. I love driving over this beautiful bridge where space and light merge and disperse into a radiant atmosphere.

I wanted my newest painting 'Hydrangea Splendor' (30x24 inch acrylic on canvas) to have a color palette that would attra...
04/13/2023

I wanted my newest painting 'Hydrangea Splendor' (30x24 inch acrylic on canvas) to have a color palette that would attract real-life butterflies. I often try to work with a maximum of 12 colors that can be colored with or without white for tonal variety and not create confusion. Many people are close to blind to color waves below red and above violet. Thank God that's not my case! I never want to be lost in a useless abundance of brushwork. Colors are like an orchestra where everything from the cello to the flute must be heard clearly. On this canvas, there is a simultaneous interplay of red to cadmium yellow and orange with blue. This contrast of defined colors with hushed tones amplifies the hydrangeas into a tonal iridescence that emerge from the dense greenery. -life

Vermeer's art captured my imagination from when I first saw his masterpiece as a young man titled 'The Milkmaid'. He inc...
03/29/2023

Vermeer's art captured my imagination from when I first saw his masterpiece as a young man titled 'The Milkmaid'. He increased my awareness of light which is a purely qualitative perception. The inner self of the artist vibrates in unison with universal energies which reverberate towards everyone who looks at their art. Although at times it seems artists seem to work only for themselves, it is also our way to understand the universe. Authentic art is a meditation between concept and impulse where forces reconcile themselves into a lasting harmony. I recently decided to create my version of 'The Milkmaid'. Many artists are enriched by the heritage of tradition, and my memory of this painting is the rope on which my imagination dances.

One of my all-time favorite artists is Hokusai. His 'Great Wave Off Kanagawa' imprinted itself on my psyche from the tim...
03/13/2023

One of my all-time favorite artists is Hokusai. His 'Great Wave Off Kanagawa' imprinted itself on my psyche from the time I first saw it as a young art student. I decided to do my own version - like always, I paint and draw every detail without stencils or digital imagery. Most of this 24 x 30 inch canvas was painted with a fine pointed brush, similar to those used in Asian calligraphy.

To look at a painting is to enter another world. You must see the original, actual painting to FEEL the experience and the ENERGY. Great art transmits and releases energy.

The greater the art, the greater the energy.

Energy is LIFE-GIVING so you will feel revitalized.

The paints and colors in a painting radiate energy ... like in the 'Great Wave'.

I believe the truth of the artist amplifies the flow of energy and life vitality. Every painting contains and radiates its own specific energy. There is a power and a force of life that can be felt.

I try never to make my colors and lines static. Colors are not fixed entities. In conjunction with the humble graphite p...
03/02/2023

I try never to make my colors and lines static. Colors are not fixed entities. In conjunction with the humble graphite pencil along with other types of pencils like colored, watercolor and charcoal, I use more precise and fewer strokes to indicate forms and movement. This is especially true with figures and portraits. My 25 year study and guru-like apprenticeship under my mentor the great Oskar Kokoschka changed my eyes forever to portray the life force of my subjects in my artworks rather than just their physical in-the-flesh appearance.

I use a multi-faceted approach (as you can see by my work table!) in the application of paint and other collaged element...
02/20/2023

I use a multi-faceted approach (as you can see by my work table!) in the application of paint and other collaged elements. A variety of colors is created with a mixture of pure pigments and different binders which creates a richly textured surface. I often stain the primed canvas to create the first layer then continue to meticulously apply paint layers using pouring techniques, various brushes, spray paints, scraping tools, and fabrics. I never want to be a one brush painter (the ultimate insult according to the great Joan Mitchell, my hero in the realm of abstract painting). It may look like just splashes and dabs of paint all over a canvas, but an observant eye will detect the nuance and rhythms in these recent paintings, 'On The Light Side' (44 x 44 inch canvas) and 'Summer Fireworks' (30 x 40 inch canvas). art

I came across this rare lithograph that was printed at the renowned Galerie Welz in Salzburg, Austria in 1976. Prior to ...
02/08/2023

I came across this rare lithograph that was printed at the renowned Galerie Welz in Salzburg, Austria in 1976. Prior to a visit to the home of Oskar Kokoschka, I was staying at the Hotel Stein in Salzburg, painting a view of the city from their patio. The kindly owner, Herr Stein, was an avid art collector and was friendly with my mentor, Oskar Kokoschka. (Herr Stein was the only person I knew who owned an original painting by Rembrandt which he showed me in his office.) He suggested I visit the elegant Galerie Welz since they printed several Kokoschka lithographs. I went into the gallery and was greeted by the distinguished owner, Herr Welz. I inquired as to the possibility of creating a series of lithographs of my work with his team. He looked at me somewhat taken aback and said,' Young man, we select and invite which artists to print here. It's not the other way around. ' After I explained to him that I was being mentored by Kokoschka, Herr Welz agreed to see my portfolio of paintings that I had with me. After seeing my paintings, he offered to do a series of four different images as lithographs in an edition of 20 each. This image of 'Salzburg' (18 x 24 inches) is one of the few I have left. I was greatly honored and humbled to be accepted into the realm of an esteemed printing facility and gallery as the elegant Galerie Welz which continues to this day (https://galerie-welz.at/). Herr Welz never charged me for the lithograph production - they were a gift to me.

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