02 May

NASA inspired paintings, and blogging about it.


#8, Edge, 12×16″, acrylic on canvas. Available here: http://jessiesfineart.com/gallery/edge-12×16-abstract-art/

After these last 2 “acrylic explorations”, I’m going to go back to using this blog just for my representational paintings – hopefully lots of new mom or dad and baby portraits! And South Dakota and Minnesota landscapes.

I’m launching a separate website for my “Geographical Abstract” paintings, to not turn off the collectors on this list who read it for my representational works.

Many of the acrylic paintings I’ve been doing are inspired by photos NASA takes of Earth, so it’s almost like they’re just distant rather than abstract. They look at the same time like a microscopic picture and like a telescopic picture…

Here is Edge hanging on the wall.

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

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.