ArtSpring 2020

Fluid Paintings – Anna Bland


Coastline
Series: Earth From Above
Acrylics on canvas
Dimensions: 12×24″

Ocean Currents
Series: Earth From Above
Acrylics on canvas
Dimensions: 16×20″

Stormy Iowa
Skies Series: Iowa Skies
Acrylics on canvas
Dimensions: 16×20″

Sunburst
Series: Iowa Skies
Acrylics on canvas
Dimensions: 16×20″

Agate
Series: Gems and Ores
Acrylics on canvas
Dimensions: 17×11″


Artist’s Statement:

My current body of work is primarily in fluid painting. I am inspired by the natural world, particularly the sky, which you will see a lot in my whole body of work. I am consistently moved to artistic response by the light, power, and beauty I see there. The fluid art medium lends itself beautifully to the wild freedom and unpredictability of the sky. Along with that, I’ve worked with the idea of viewing the earth from high above. Both of these themes evoke a sense of wonder at the vastness of creation and our relative smallness within it, both humbling and elevating us as we meditate on it.


Anna Bland grew up in Ames, Iowa where she currently live with her wonderful husband, homeschools her four children, and hosts a small house church. She studied art along with English and religion at Central College. In her studio art classes, she gravitated toward drawing and painting, which are still her main mediums today. Her art can be seen in various central Iowa businesses and venues throughout the year. You can find more of her work at annabland.com and facebook.com/annablandartist.

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