"Working this way is consistent with my interest in motion and transitory forms, as each brush mark holds the possibility of altering the painting entirely."
For the past decade, Sydney Yeager has painted in oil and linen, contrasting heavy brush marks with linen that is either raw or lightly touched with a wash of color. She is motivated by the tension created between the delicacy of the barely touched linen and the vigorous brushwork. Having always responded to the sensuous quality of oil paint. The thrill of making the first mark on the raw or lightly painted linen is both exhilarating and a little frightening because that first mark determines the course of the painting. This method insists on a willingness to take what is immediately given. Her habit of painting "Alla prima", or wet into wet, allows little opportunity for revision and tiptoes along the edge of chaos. Working this way is consistent with her interest in motion and transitory forms, as each brush mark holds the possibility of altering the painting entirely.