Study After Bielen No. 6

Hello everyone, I hope all is going well. Below is a final Bielen study (I think):

IMG_4622Study After Bielen No. 6, Oil on Birch, 5″x7″

Where I live, there are quite a few cherry blossoms come spring. This Bielen study features the blossoms so nicely. This piece gave me some problems mainly with the “under paint”. You can see the golden/mustardy colour peaking through. This effect was in the original painting. When I tried to replicate it, I put on too thick a layer, so I had to wipe it all off and reapply a thinner layer. The layer of golden paint had to be really thin and I had to wait for it to “set” before I put paint over it. This way, the golden “under paint” wouldn’t lift off or muddy the colour of the paint on top.

I think I’m winding down on doing Bielen studies. I have a couple of other paintings on the go but they’re on hold. Sometimes, I get stuck or don’t want to work on a particular painting so I paint something else. I may try to finish the ones on hold or start some other studies. I think I’m OK as long as I’m painting something 😊.

Thanks for visiting my blog. I really appreciate all the likes and positive comments.

I hope you have a great weekend,

 

Jeannette

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Study After Bielen No. 5

Hello everyone, I hope your week is going well. To those of you who celebrated Valentine’s yesterday, I hope it was a good one!

Below is another Bielen study:

IMG_4619 Study After Bielen, Oil on Birch Panel, 6″x6″

I wanted to do a floral still life with yellow as the focal colour. So I chose to do a simple one above which looks to be one of a daffodil. I’m finding that I like more abstracted florals within the Bielen studies. While I am painting these studies, they don’t really look like anything. After I’m finished painting it and look from a greater distance, the image comes together.

One of my favorite things about Bielen’s florals is the way that the clear glass vase is rendered by what surrounds it rather than the vase itself. For example, most of the glass vases in his paintings are delineated by the green foliage and matter contained within it and the background outside of it. I really enjoy this part of his paintings. I hope this makes some kind of sense to you.

Bielen also paints solid vases as well as floral still lifes with almost black backgrounds. However, I find his bright higher key paintings more appealing. They are so happy looking – and right now, I’m all about bright and happy to offset with the dreary winter. I hope the rest of your week goes well.

Thanks for visiting,

Jeannette

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Happy Family Day!

Here in BC Canada, it’s Family Day. So I thought it appropriate to paint a rose; the universal symbol for love. A rose is also appropriate since it’s Valentines Day tomorrow as well. I hope you will be able to connect and celebrate with the ones you love.

IMG_4615Study After Bielen No. 4, Oil on Birch Panel, 5″x7″

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Jeannette

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Study After Bielen No. 3

Hi everyone, I hope your week has been productive and you have been healthy. I have been struggling with remnants of a cold/sinus headache all week😠.

I find that the Bielen studies have been cheering me up a bit. It’s always nice to have live flowers in the house, but if you don’t a painting of one helps. It’s nice to see flowers in all its different colours. Here’s one in violet:

IMG_4611Study After Bielen No. 3, Oil on Baltic Birch Panel, 5″x7″

This painting is another exercise in painting loose. I used the knife as well as the brush in this one. The violet colour reminds me of Crocuses and Irises, which in turn reminds me of spring. Here’s to wishful thinking😊.

Wishing you a lovely weekend,

Jeannette

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Study After Bielen No. 2

Hello everyone, I hope your week is going well. I’m still feeling out of sorts with the unusual weather we are having in the Pacific Northwest. I know It goes without saying, that it could always be worse. Nevertheless, I hope weather has been more pleasant where you are.

I decided to do another Bielen study and I probably will until I feel I’ve done enough for a while. I know it probably would take a great while before I can feel some sort of mastery of his style and technique 😆.

IMG_4604Study After Bielen No.2, Oil on Birch Panel, 6″x6″

I don’t know about you but I have always felt that the colour orange is so cheerful. I guess that’s why I decided on painting orange flowers; it brightens up the wintry days we’ve been having lately. I’m still trying to get used to palette knife painting imparting impasto texture. I normally use a thinner application of paint leaving minimal brush strokes. But I do like the instant colour payoff you get with the knife.

I don’t know if you can see it in this picture, but one of the things I’m happy with is the subtle shade differences in the background. The white of the background was painted with a warmer white on the left and a cooler shade of white on the right. I love subtle effects of the light in all paintings. I also really like the reflective light casting orange on the bottom left. The patchy texture of the background is interesting and I like the overall looseness of the painting.

I don’t know exactly why I’m trying to paint out of character other than just trying something different and learning new techniques. It feels like I’m looking for something but I don’t know what. Hopefully, it’ll dawn on me one day. Meanwhile, I find that studying a work of a favorite artist is a great way to really appreciate their work.

I hope you like the painting, thanks for visiting,

Jeannette

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Studies after Artists

Hello everyone, YAY it’s Friday! I hope your week went relatively well and you are looking forward to some rest and relaxation on the weekend.

I’ve come to realize that there are so many contemporary artists that I admire and most of them are still alive! This is a revelation for me, coming from an Art History background. Most of my studying in the past have been master artists throughout history, that have long been deceased. I must admit I have had the attitude of “everything has been done already” so why bother. Yes, many things have been done and greatness achieved, but there is more.

One of the reasons that there is more is because of the changes in the viewer. Our tastes change over the years. But it’s also worth pointing out that sometimes, our level of perception changes. This has been the case with myself and Still Life painting.

In the past, the Still Life genre for me was the typical Old Master style, you know the ones, dark background, glowing light, realistically rendered with so many objects in an ensemble (which I call, “the kitchen sink”). Although they were and are masterworks of excellent technique, composition etc.., I personally did not like this style.

Now, I have seen many Still Lifes done by contemporary painters that focus on a single or small group of subject matter. These paintings resonate with me so much for these seasons:

-they do not focus on artist’s agenda (political world views etc..)
-they are simple
-emphasis on quality of light
-the beauty and importance of mundane objects, nature
-able to convey mood without a figure
-silent quality that encourages quiet contemplation

Some of the artists that convey the qualities mentioned above in still lifes are Abby Ryan, Douane Keiser, Neil Nelson, Stanley Bielen and Diarmuid Kelley. Diarmuid Kelley also paints incredible figurative works. In my attempt to celebrate these artists as well as learn from them, I decided to do some studies after them.

Here is a Study after Stanley Bielen:

IMG_4588
Oil on Baltic Birch Panel, 8″x10″

I chose to do this study because I don’t normally paint flowers. This piece is also mostly done with a palette knife, which I don’t normally use either. I guess I’m trying to expand my comfort zone and try new things.

I will probably do more studies after these and other artists and I wanted to let you know what my motivations were behind them.

Thanks for visiting, have a great weekend.

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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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.

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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!

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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

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