Janet Bludau is primarily a landscape artist with a love for contemporary and abstract works. She is currently working on expanding her pieces in several areas. Color, Application and Abstraction are the focus.
Interesting color combinations and juxtapositions are more important to her than capturing exactly what the eye sees in nature. “I like to apply color that stretches past realism,” she says. “Color Theory is a fascinating subject and was one of my favorite classes in school. The entire feel of a painting changes with the addition of just a speck of new color.”
Much of Janet’s application of paint is executed with the help of various palette knifes, creating depth and sumptuousness. “I like the interplay of thick, textured paint, combined with the smooth texture obtained with brush work. Working this way also makes my job more interesting. It feels similar to icing a cake with colorful, thick icing followed by smoothing out sand at the beach – A perfect day!”
The abstraction that can be found within landscapes is also very interesting to her. Graphic flirtation of various perspectives, playing with line and shape is a big focus right now. “I find myself being drawn to compositions with distinctive geometric shapes and lines.”
Janet Bludau was born and raised in southern California. Janet’s formal studies include a Business Administration/Marketing degree, participation in the UC Berkeley Extension Art Program and the College of Marin Art and Design Program. After relocating to Northern California and Hawaii, she returned home in 1993. Her education is ongoing, as she is regularly enrolled in a workshop and reading several art books at the same time!