Beach in Fog

Hello everyone, I hope you have been well. I have been busy tending to everyday life with all its ebbs and flows and didn’t post as frequently as I normally do. I try to post on a regular schedule but I’ve decided that it’s OK if I have intermittent breaks.

A while back, I did a painting a for a dear friend’s birthday but I didn’t post it because I didn’t want to ruin the surprise. Now the painting has been given, so here it is:

IMG_4575 “Brady’s Beach in Fog”, Oil on Birch Panel, 5″x7″

This painting was done after a photograph I took a few years ago. I was vacationing with friends and family near beautiful Bamfield, BC. I took this photo on my the first day spent on Brady’s Beach. The days that followed where bright and sunny and like most people, I love bright and sunny days but I also love the fog.

There’s something so quiet and comforting about fog. I makes me feel so insulated and safe. Harsh sounds feel muffled, the cold of winds kept at bay and one’s field of vision is enveloped in soft white. The fog seems to make the hard edges of everyday life, soften.

Thanks for visiting,

Jeannette

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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.

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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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WIP, Glazing

Hello everyone, I hope you are having a good start into your week. I have been working on a couple of projects, and in case you were getting bored with the paint swatches, I thought I would mix it up a bit. Here is a work in progress:

IMG_4574

This painting is half-finished. I am waiting for the layer to dry in order to apply thin glazes on top.  As usual, some parts are dry and some aren’t. As you know I am impatient but I will preserve (note my spiffy new easel)! I am working from a reference photo but I wanted to paint a looser version of the original. I’m interested in conveying the depth of the beautiful and unearthly dark and light blue-green of the water.

I hope this one will turn out the way I imagined it.

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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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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