28 Apr

Searching, acrylic exploration #7


Searching, 12×16″, acrylic. Available here: http://jessiesfineart.com/gallery/searching-12×16-abstract-art-2/

Oh my gosh, I love this one. I’d love to know what you think. I am just so excited about the colors and textures and the movement…

If you missed one of the newsletters and want to see the available abstracts, they are here: http://jessiesfineart.com/product-category/abstract-art-2/acrylic-painting-small/

27 Apr

Sea, acrylic exploration #6


Sea, acrylic on canvas, 12×16″, available at my Web Abstract Art Gallery

Here it is again, with my studio chair. 

This painting is all about visual texture, and the colors of the sea. It’s one of my favorites so far. Hope you like it.

 

If you missed a newsletter, you can see the whole series here: Web Abstract Art Gallery

26 Apr

Swimming, Acrylic Exploration #4

Swimming, acrylic on canvas, 12×16″, $100 (plus shipping), available. First person to email, text or call can purchase this painting using PayPal or check.

I love the pink coming through the cooler colors. I’ve been trying to replicate that effect on other paintings, but haven’t gotten to happen again yet… This painting was painted on with a brush and taken back off with the pallet knife.

This painting has edges that are kind of raw. If you look closely you can see they’re white with a lot of drips across them.

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25 Apr

Mountain, Acrylic Exploration #3

Mountain, sold.

Here it is with tomorrow’s exploration. Both these paintings have edges that are kind of raw. If you look closely you can see they’re white with a lot of drips across them.

Mountain is fully cured, so I tested out an acrylic brush-on varnish on it. It’s nice, and I like that it’s not aerosol, but I can see why people say it’s harder to use. Still, it gave the painting a nice satin sheen and some depth.

This painting has some texture I really like – some crackling and some drips. Click the photo of it to see it up close, and see if you like those textures, too.

24 Apr

Earth, acrylic exploration #2

Earth 1, acrylic on canvas, 12×16″, $100 (plus shipping), available. First person to email, text or call gets this painting.

If you missed the last post, there will be 10 “exploration” paintings at this price, and then I’ll reassess.

In January when I embarked on this acrylic adventure I pulled up NASA photos of Earth – Thank you NASA for making those available and copyright appropriate for this! – and wanted to try to replicate the beautiful subtle currents that I was seeing on Earth. I used a lot of paint and canvas, and completely failed. But last weekend I finally managed to get close to that texture, and it was pretty exciting. I’m still not there, but feel like I’m starting to understand how to get there…

On a technical note, in order to get the textures I ended up thinning my paint with water. With this painting, in order to make sure the paint doesn’t lift or flake, I tested out spraying on an acrylic medium, and then brushing it out. No flaking! That was a little nerve-wracking, and I’m trying to experiment with other thinning agents.

23 Apr

Floating, acrylic exploration #1

Floating, 12×16″, acrylic, SOLD.

I think this is one of my best acrylic paintings so far. The next 10 of these acrylic explorations that I post will be available for $100 each (+ actual shipping), and I’ll make them available in my newsletter a day before anywhere else, to give newsletter subscribers first chance to take one home. Just be the first person to email me to claim this painting.

This price is different from my representational oil painting prices. After a lot of thought I just feel like I’m early in my journey of learning and exploring with acrylics, where I’ve been developing and investing in my representational painting skills for almost 30 years.

18 Jan

Self Portrait, abstract painting on paper

This month I’m investigating abstract ideas and techniques both for their own merit, but also because I think it will add something to my landscapes and portraits. I’ve been feeling more and more like my muse is back, and I’m seeing compositions and choices in my art that first appeared in art school a long time ago. It’s exciting.

This painting is both subtle and vibrant, which I’m really enjoying.

Self Portrait, about 2 feet tall, acrylic on 140 lb paper.

12 Jan

Seeing Through, abstract acrylic techniques combined with landscape layout

I wanted to push the techniques I’ve been discovering farther – and bigger. I’m not sure if it comes through in a photo, but there’s a layering depth that I am loving.

This is my first real painting (rather than a technique test or study) in this medium. I’d love your feedback.

Seeing Through, 20×16″, acrylic on canvas.

11 Jan

Are you entranced by the colors that poke through the snow, too?

I’ve been experimenting like crazy with Acrylics this month… I feel like this exploration will add a depth to my portraits and landscapes.

This little painting took a few days, with lots of drying time between coats. I wanted to replicate the beautiful effect of opaque snow sitting on the amber wheat fields. This scene is just past our back yard.

I used super heavy watercolor paper, and the first coat of paint really soaked in. I’m also trying for a similar effect on canvas – a bigger painting I’ve also been working on for days – and am really entranced with the depth that is possible. I’m not sure it comes through in my photos…

Depth Perception, approx 9×12″, acrylic on heavy paper, Click to Bid

09 Jan

Hundred Year Storm, abstract painting #7

This painting started to look celestial right away, and I was thinking about that storm that’s been happening on Saturn for hundreds of years… Can you see a storm?  Click to Bid

While working on this painting and several paintings on paper, I got a much better grasp of how to manipulate this paint with acrylic paint pouring techniques, and I’m starting to see the relationship between the paint doing it’s thing and the painter directing what can be directed, and how direct application of paint can subtly work into something that looks organic…

I’m trying out a little setup in my studio for displaying the paintings, so that collectors can get a sense of how the painting would fit in a space. What do you think? Is it helpful?

08 Jan

You Hold Me Together, abstract painting #6 of 2017

I am continuing to experiment with acrylic painting techniques. I tried contrasting thick opaque paint with an underwash. And more significantly, the thick solid paint is contrasted with marbled crazy paint. It looks very organic to me, like a microscopic picture of something. But what? Click to Bid

07 Jan

Chasing My Tail, abstract painting #5 for 2017

A giant dragon flying through the air, then flipping to catch it’s own tail… Or maybe a sunset… It’s both.

I’m working through ideas about lines, and line quality. In art school I was kind of obsessed with varying my lines, especially when drawing the figure. With this painting I tried to make the edges interesting with small zig-zaging edges, and longer smooth edges… There’s also quite a difference in surface depth between the background colors and the pool of green above.

Click to Bid

06 Jan

Layers of Warm, abstract painting #4 for 2017

OK, this one actually looks like it glows. I am loving that. I want to use the glowing effect for some landscapes next month! Click to Bid

One thing I think about a lot during my “regular” representational paintings is how thick the paint is… I want to have interesting areas where the paint is thin, and other areas where the paint is thick – so that there is ongoing interest for the paintings. With this painting I just experimented with that idea. Can you see all the layers? Do you like it or hate it?

I got my pouring medium in the mail today and am experimenting with it. It added some great shininess, plus I was able to do something pretty fun with using it to keep the paint wet in certain areas so I could wipe it back off with a brush for a sort of boutique look.

06 Jan

What I Feel, abstract painting #3 for 2017

I’m continuing to explore colors and textures and relationships. Specifically, how the green shape fits in with the violet shape around it… are they merged together or separate? Is one growing from the other, or diving into it? Sometimes it’s hard to tell where one thing ends and the next begins – especially in matters of the heart.

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approx. 10×20 inches, acrylic on loose canvas. For the photo I took the painting outside on a piece of wood above the snow in the shade, and took a photo outside.  The photo is so much more accurate than the one I took right inside the glass door.

It’s -5 right now, but not cold enough to force me into shoes or a jacket! :)

05 Jan

Small Embrace, abstract painting #2 of 2017

While I was working on this painting I was thinking about how the things I care about the most are the smallest things… things that cause complete chaos… and that give life purpose.

What does that have to do with what I painted?

I’m painting abstractly right now. I’m working out some issues of size and shape and proportion and texture and transparency and opacity… And also for me, painting abstractly takes a lot of courage and I’m feeling courageous right now! And while I paint I think about life, and the purpose of life. And this is my embracing of life.

Thank you for looking.

Small Embrace, approx. 11×22, acrylic on loose canvas, ready to frame. The photo below is the raw photo I took with my phone (my camera is hiding again). And the photo above I color and level corrected to show how it looks sitting in an interior room without direct light.