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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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:

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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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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:

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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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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 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

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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.

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