Painting #30 and a New Year’s Wish

Wishing everyone a healthy, happy, new year! Here is my last painting off my 30-Day Painting Challenge and the first painting posted for 2017:

#30 “Santorini Dreaming”, oil on birch panel, 8″x8″
img_4446This painting of Santorini signifies my outlook for this year. It looks fresh and warm with endless sun and bright blue sea. I am very happy that I was able to complete this painting and this painting challenge, that I imposed on myself😄! It was frightening but since I was committed by declaring it publicly, I was forced to complete it. In the end, I’m glad I did. I learned a great deal and I feel a great sense of achievement.

I hope this year will be fulfilling with new adventures, growth and gratitude. I am going to take a break from blogging and social media to reflect on my intention for this year.

A special thank you to all of you for reading my blog and supporting my work, I appreciate it more than you know.

Jeannette

Painting #29

Hello everyone, I’ve decided to post this piece today as the last painting that will be posted this year but NOT the last of my 30-day Painting Challenge. I will post my final piece on New Years Day. Here is painting number 29:

#29 “Study with Pinecone”, oil on birch panel, 4″x4″
img_4443This painting was done as loosely as I could. I like the light and the arrangement of the pieces. It was really fun painting the pine cone in a loose manner. I still feel the inclination to go in and fully render everything with details. But I will leave this as it is.

Only one more to go!

I hope everyone will have a great New Year’s Eve and stay tuned for the last painting from my painting challenge tomorrow.

Paintings 27&28

Greetings! It’s Friday and I hope everyone will have a great weekend. Here are #27&28:

#27 “China and Cherries”, oil on birch panel, 4″x4″
img_4440I am happy with this piece. I like the level of rendering, the composition and the colour harmony. I find it pleasing somehow.

#28 “Kitty”, oil on birch panel, 4″x4″
img_4441It was hard to find a reference of a cat that was not typical. There’s plenty of cat pictures online, even copyright free ones that are cute. I don’t know why I picked this one especially, but I do like the cats face emerging from the shadows and the colour and clarity of its eyes.

Saturday will be New Year’s Eve and I hope you will say goodbye to this year with a glad heart whether it’s from relief or fulfillment. Talk to you in the New Year!

Paintings 25&26

Hello everyone, I hope your week is going well and your New Years Eve plans are underway if you are celebrating. Here are paintings 25 and 26:

#25 “Brie and Blueberries”, oil on birch panel, 4″x4″
img_4429Here is a simple piece with cheese and blueberries. I like the contrast in textures of the dusty cheese and the glossy blueberries. I tried to be looser and tried not to overwork it too much.

#26 “Bread”, oil on birch panel, 4″x4″
img_4430I wanted to try something different in this painting. So I incorporated different effects of painting genres within an individual painting. For example, I used realistic rendering of the subject juxtaposed with graphic design elements in the background. Again, I tried to be loose in this painting and used a flat brush to achieve the flat “stripes” and soft transition of the background. I am pleased with the way it turned out.

This week is the last stretch for me, only four more paintings to go!

Until the next post,

Jeannette

Paintings 23&24

Hello everybody, for those of you who celebrate, I hope you had a great Christmas! Here are paintings 23 and 24:

#23 “Abundance”, oil on birch panel, 5″x7″
img_4420In light of all the festivities and food, I thought it would be fitting to do a painting of food. In this case, some delicious grapes and figs. I tried harder to be looser in this piece. It is apparent in the rendering of the cut figs. Other than the looseness of the figs, I don’t know if I like this piece that much. I’m afraid it looks like those typical still life ensembles with a bunch of food items and a jug or some other dinnerware thrown in. I don’t know why but I don’t like still lifes with more than a handful of items. It looks too busy and cluttered to me.

#24 “Study of A Happy Pig”, oil on birch panel, 5″x7″
img_4421This is a painting that I altered from the reference photo with a dark background. I don’t know if I like it or not. But, I can’t get over what I perceive as a smile on the pig’s face. The one thing that I do like about this piece is my treatment of the edges. I tried something new and loosely blurred the edges. I think it produced an interesting effect. Especially where the grain of the panel shows through.

I hope you enjoyed Christmas and all went well. I enjoyed this Christmas for all the usual reasons but also because it was my only day off from painting this month! It was a welcomed break. I will be resuming painting today and persevere for the final stretch this week. Six more to go!

Wishing you a great week.

 

Paintings 21&22

Hello everyone, it’s Friday, a welcomed end of the week. Here are paintings number 21 & 22:

#21 “Marbles”, oil on birch panel, 4″x4″
img_4411This painting was a study to render glass and reflective things. And as always, every painting is a learning experience. Since I don’t draw my reference onto my substrate when I start a painting, it was a bit nerve-wracking to do this piece. I usually just do a loose sketch with thinned paint. The spherical forms require precise lines and a steady hand; I don’t have the steadiest hands. In fact, my hands always shook a little bit. So, to render these spheres as closely as possible was tricky. But I like how it turned out with the different coloured reflective lights.

#22 “Christmas Wish”, oil on birch panel, 4″x4″
img_4413This piece is a little something I did for this special occasion. I hope it doesn’t look hokey but to paint something like an ornament or an exclusively Christmas image would be kind of weird if hung on a wall. So I chose a more “universal” image. I opted for the simplicity of a single candle. I hope you like it.

Wishing you all a very wonderful holiday. I hope you will be able to get together with friends and family. Whatever your interaction, I hope you will come away with a modicum of peace and a few laughs.

Be well,

Jeannette

Paintings 19&20

Hello everyone, I hope your week is going well. Below are numbers 19 & 20:

#19 “Tomatoes Study”, oil on birch panel, 4″x4″
img_4403I am very happy with the way the tomato flesh turned out in this one. It’s really difficult to get the exact colour of something and also convey its solidity or translucency. In this case, I was able to get the smooth skin and solid orangey-red of the tomato flesh. I am also happy about the bluish-green of the stem.

#20 “Pair”, oil on birch panel, 4″x4″
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By the way, the title of this piece is not a typo😊. I guess I had to do a pear at some point. These are Bartlett pears which I’m not fond of eating, but painting them was fine. The bright colour scheme in this one is a departure for me. I like the solidity and the weight of fruit in this piece.

I can’t believe this weekend is going to be Christmas! I’m still behind with the preparations! And I’ve got 10 more paintings to go! I have to tell you, I’ll be relieved when this challenge is over.

Keeping sane,

Jeannette

Paintings 16, 17&18

Hello everyone I hope you had a great weekend. It’s been unusually cold here in the Pacific Northwest. The upside is that it looks very Christmasy. Below are paintings 16,17&18 that I managed to get done:

#16 “Lionhead Bunny”, Oil on Birch Panel, 5″x7″img_4377This painting is of a Lionhead-breed rabbit that I have never seen before. It’s really cute, so I thought, why not? It’s as good a subject as any. Since, my goal for this 30-day challenge is to familiarize myself with oil painting. These paintings are not necessarily planned art pieces but studies and practice paintings. It turned out to be challenging enough, but I am happy with the outcome. It’s really tricky to paint the white of the fur and all it’s nuances without ending up with a solid-white blob.

#17 “Pomegranate Study”, Oil on Birch Panel, 4″x4″img_4386This piece looks really simple but getting the colour right was difficult. Nothing’s ever easy when you start to paint it, at least for me. I am very happy with the way it came out. Despite the simplicity of the composition and subject matter, the richness of the colours really make the piece. It does look like a pomegranate doesn’t it?

#18 “Cupcake”, Oil on Birch Panel, “4×6”img_4396This painting was a fun piece in as far as the subject matter and the bright cheerful colours. Needless to say, it wasn’t an easy piece. It wasn’t that difficult either, but kind of time-consuming in rendering the cupcake liner paper and the pastry itself.

I’m glad that these three pieces are a success (for me). I have learned that you really have to push through and not get discouraged about the work ahead. I’ve also learned that you can’t rush things no matter how crunched for time you are. I am especially proud of myself for getting these done amidst Christmas parties, Christmas shopping and daily life responsibilities.

I hope your week goes well and I hope you enjoy these pieces.

Paintings 14&15

Hello everyone, it’s Friday again and what a relief! It’s hard to believe that this set of paintings marks the half way spot! Only fifteen more to go and it seems the time is flying by. Here are paintings 14 and 15:

#14 “Etched in Concrete”, oil on birch panel, 8″x8″
img_4344This painting is from a photograph I took of a natural patina of sorts, in concrete. I was mesmerized by the diaphanous form of a cloud, tree or mushroom that just occurred naturally. I found it beautiful and amazing.
When I set out to paint it, it was interesting. Often times I tag a painting as representational or abstract. In this case, it’s a representational painting of an abstract image~go figure.

#15 “The Look”, oil on birch panel, 4″x4″
When I saw this photo of this goat, I had a chuckle. The look on the goat reminds me so much of one of my sons when he’s in a certain mood. I like to approach portraying animals as I would a human portrait;  I think it adds a lot of character and is a lot of fun.

I am reminding myself to enjoy the little things.

Wishing you a great weekend!

Paintings 12&13

Hello everyone I hope you are doing well. Below are numbers 12&13:

#12 “Brown Eggs”, oil on panel, 5″x5″img_4337When I saw a photograph of this, I knew I had to paint it. The “brown” of the eggs against the robin’s egg blue of the carton really caught my eye.
When I started painting this, I realized how difficult the “brown” of the eggs really is. It’s was hard to define and match the colour, for me at least. It’s more like a range of light caramel, light chestnut, bisque and burnt sienna instead of just brown.
The blue of the carton in all it’s variations is one I have loved for a long time. So I didn’t have trouble with it. I am happy about the way the “cardboardness” of the egg carton turned out.

#13 “On the Way Home”, oil on panel, 8″x8″img_4338This painting is based on a blurry photograph I took through the car windshield. We were on the way home from a trip out-of-town. Suddenly, whilst the sky was shifting, I saw the most vibrant red in the sky. I remember never having seen the sunset that red. Maybe because it was sandwiched between dark and smouldering clouds, but the red was really intense.

Thank you for reading.