Sabine Tress, Abracadabra, 2012, 150x150cm (59 x 59 inches), acrylic paint and spray paint on canvas (courtesy of the artist)
An extended conversation between painters Phillip J. Mellen and Sabine Tress.
Asked about her approach to painting Tress comments: "I just start and the paintings, they evolve through the painting process. I think that's the exciting bit about painting for me, you just start somewhere and see where it takes you. And that freedom to decide spontaneously what you want to do or what you don't want to do, really that's a big motivation for me to paint."
After answering questions about her own work and practice, Tress turns the tables on interviewer Mellen and asks him about his own painting.
Paul Behnke photo blogs the progress of Sabine Tress' painting My Beautiful Valentine (2013).
Tress comments: "My work is more and more based on experimenting. It evolves through the working process which leaves a lot of room for changes and surprises. The piece 'My beautiful Valentine' is one of my latest paintings and it is quite big, 220x200cm... I wanted it to be light and open and at the same time bold and impressive. It´s also very tricky because although I want to experiment I also want harmony in the painting and finish it quickly."
Edited by artist Brett Baker, Painters' Table highlights writing from the painting blogosphere as it is published and serves as a platform for exploring blogs that focus primarily on the subject of painting.