What’s New

Hello everyone, I hope you have been keeping well and the new year has been kind to you so far.

I have had a nice break. The first week of the new year was an extension of the Christmas break for our household, since the kids had the first week off from school. After that it was my birthday. I was fortunate/smart in receiving what I wanted for Christmas and birthday gifts (I told my DH exactly what I wanted: everybody is happy 😊). Below is a pic of my spoils:

IMG_4498 I got snob paints, my first real easel and an Ikea cart/taboret. I’m excited to take these babies for a spin. I will be doing some paint swatches and noting my impressions soon.

Keep well and thanks for visiting,

Jeannette

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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

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December Daily Painting Challenge

Hello everyone, Can you believe it? It’s December 1st.

I’ve always been interested in the Painting A Day movement started by Duane Keiser. Since PAD, there have been many challenges within the artist’s community. I wanted to participate in some form of daily painting sometime in the future. Then, just the other day, I was reading Naomisnotebook.com a fellow artist and blogger who took up this challenge for the month of December. I thought, is she crazy? December is a crazy-busy month! After some encouragement and inspiration, I have decided to take on this challenge.

Mind you I’m kind of terrified, but this commitment will force me to do something I’ve always wanted to do. In my experience, there’s never a good time to start anything like this. So I guess I’ll start at the worst time; in the heart of the holiday season with lots of family and social obligations. So it’ll be a real challenge. In the end, I believe it will be rewarding.

My hope for this project is to obviously get better at oil painting, but also to develop a painting routine, loosen up and take the fear out. I will be on a modified schedule; I plan to do 30 paintings but I might not post them everyday. I will also take Christmas off. Most of them will be small-scale and I want to explore the Still Life genre but I won’t restrict myself to it.

Today is day 1 and as I’m writing this post, I am not even ready. But technically, I have until the end of the day to complete a painting. No pressure 😆!  I hope you will find this project enjoyable if not, entertaining.

I leave you with one of my favorite paintings from artist Abby Ryan, whose approach I want to adopt; daily painting as meditation:

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Still Life of Shadows by Abby Ryan

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“Distant Shores”

Hello everyone, Happy Friday! I am looking forward to the weekend. I don’t know about you, but it seems that every week is about just barely getting through the week, and finally breathing a sigh of relief on Friday night. There’s always something coming up, something that have to be done or dealt with and it’s exponentially worse when there are kids involved. Anyhoo, enough of my ranting..

Below is a 4″x12″ acrylic painting called “Distant Shores” (click on image to see larger view):
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I’ve received several comments from people who wanted to know the actual size of my pieces. I thought my site name was self-explanatory 😆; I do like to work small. Art materials are expensive and the larger the work, the more it costs, and usually takes longer to complete. I am not opposed to working large and I may at some point, but since a lot of my works are experimental (as in, me testing out ideas/materials), I have kept my pieces small. So from now on, I will try to include the sizes of my pieces. I am still learning about putting my work out there in the wide wide world of the interweb, so reader feedback is much appreciated.

Moving on to “Distant Shores”, this piece was purely intuitive. I painted it late one night without intending to do any painting. I saw the canvas (by the way, I hoard/stock up on canvases when I see a bargain) and I just started to paint. This piece ended up looking like an alien city, but technically it was about making scratches into the surface of the paint:
img_3870As you can see above, many lines and scribbles were inscribed into the surface as well as leaving patches of gold.

I really enjoyed making the gold fine-line scribbles:
img_3869The thin gold lines that make up the scribbles resemble a storm. I imagine this type of weather in an alien world (although this happens on earth too).

In this detail you can see a vague silhouette of a city that is aglow from the evening sun:
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I decided to render the sun in a playful liquid swirl:
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I hope you like this piece, it was something new for me in terms of subject matter, technique and process. I am trying to expand my horizons and explore art mediums and or techniques that are new to me. Thanks for coming along with me in my journey. Have a nice weekend.

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“The Dove”

img_3772 Above is an acrylic pouring medium painting I’ve done recently. It is a personal piece that I had in my head for a while. I won’t go too much into detail but this painting is symbolic of a specific moment in my life.

The effect that I like most about this piece is the “honed marble” look. Again, please excuse my iphonography (but it’s really hard to show in the photo), the matte but smoothness of the surface:
img_3775It was achieved by applying matte varnish to the painting. The whole painting was varnished thoroughly in gloss varnish for protection, and then varnished superficially in matte for effect. If you look closely in real life, the gloss is still present in the crevices; this is why it looks like honed marble. The painting feels really nice to the touch. It almost feels counter-intuitive to use a high-gloss medium to achieve a matte product in the end. But, the pouring medium really adds to the dimension and layered aspect of the painting.

You can see the built-up layers from the sides especially:
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And the undulating layers of the clouds:
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Detail of dove:
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I am really pleased with the way this painting turned out. Since, I’ve been mulling it over in my head for years on how to do this painting. It is really difficult to capture a feeling, the atmosphere and visual realities one had at a specific moment in time. In this piece, I was able to express what I wanted though the tactile and symbolic elements.

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Weird doodles

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Sometimes I just make some weird doodles. I don’t know where they come from or why but they just emerge, it’s the same with some faces I draw. Sometimes I’m embarrassed at the silly things that come out but I decided to post this image anyway for the very reason that I didn’t want to. In fact, this blog is very hard for me because I’m a very private and introverted person. However, I am trying to step outside of my comfort zone in order to connect with others through my art.

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Wip, what I’m up to

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Hi guys, I’m trying to post more wip pics to show more of what I’m up to. Above, is a little piece I’m working on to look like fired clay. I love ceramics but I don’t have access to a kiln so I decided to try out different types of clay. This one is using Darwi classic air-dry clay, painted with acrylic paint and coated with UV resin. It is gold on the inside and violet/pink/magenta on the outside, with resin little feet. It is super strong and feels like stoneware. I’m still working out the bugs but hopefully I can come out with something I’m happy with.

By the way, I’ve been really into my succulents lately so I’ve been making little pots for them. This piece is a tiny succulent pot.

Hope your summer is going well, let me know what you’ve been up to 😄

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Succulent

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I’ve always loved plants but hated gardening (bug phobia). Lately, I’ve realized that succulents are really forgiving despite my black thumb. Above is my succulent arrangement sitting on my kitchen table. I’m thinking of adding more of these guys into my living space.

As usual, I’ve been busy with life and am still struggling to get any art done. I haven’t given up tho.☺️ Thanks for stickin’ with me so far.

Jeannette

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Figure Sketch

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Hello everyone, it’s been a while. Here’s a little sketch I did to brush up on figure drawing, which I haven’t done in a long, long time. It’s just astounding how skills get rusty and lost if not used regularly. I always thought it was like riding a bike, you do gain the ability back but, with much work and practice. It’s more like doing exercises to maintain fitness; it’s hard but you gotta do it to be healthy.

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