30 Mar

Scoters – landscape painting of the ocean and birds by Jessie Rasche

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In this painting I was going for a that feeling where you can almost see something but not quite… This one is a bit more abstract that the paintings I’ve been doing lately. What do you think?

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Scoters / 30×40 in / oil on canvas / available in my gallery of available paintings / inquire / Love It guarantee


26 Mar

Portrait artist paints Self Portrait – watercolor painting by Jessie Rasche

Here is a watercolor self-portrait painting of me and my son walking in the park. I’m going to hang onto this one for a while – maybe keep it for my upcoming show at CHASE gallery. For available paintings, see my art gallery.

Yesterday was so fun. We bought some inflatable swards at Target and found a little alcove and had a nice long sward fight. And then we had a picnic at Rattlesnake ridge. I want to have a picnic again today, but the rain is pretty heavy and cold. Maybe I can talk him into it anyways. :)

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23 Mar

Blossoms Flower Painting – art gallery of Jessie Rasche



NEW:  I will be making some sketches available, unframed, for $35, on my sketches page: jessiesfineart.com/sketches

I’ve been painting some flowers set up in my window again… And in the process I pulled out some of the first flowers I painted. Here they are!

Above: Blossoms / 6×8 / oil on canvas / Visit Sketches Page

White blossoms from the back yard. I like the translucence that came through in the green soda bottle.

Below: Weeds / approx 9×9 / oil on canvas / Visit Sketches Page

These flowers look like black-eyed susans to me, and they are growing in huge numbers in empty lots around here. They’re very pretty.

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18 Mar

Portrait artist paints Dad and Daughter Painting

I got quite a ways on a new watercolor painting today. I’m putting it aside to ruminate on the background. I’m loving their portraits too much to be objective right now. (I’d love your comments!)

The last several weeks I keep starting and starting and starting – sometimes with great starts. But I haven’t been in the mood to finish anything. I just want to start! Which I guess is fine since sometimes I get into the mood to just finish things…

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14 Mar

Orcas Island Sheep – landscape painting by Jessie Rasche

Orcas Island Sheep / 8×12 in / oil on wood / available in my gallery of available paintings / inquire / Love It guarantee

Here’s another painting that I just love, but it took me months to get a decent photo of. I finally have my setup so that I can get a good photo almost every time, and that feels good.

With this landscape painting, I wanted to convey the lushness of the pasture and the enormity and density of the trees behind. There are several sheep, both adults and babies, basking in the sun in the pasture. This was a really beautiful spot on the island.

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impressionism oil painting

13 Mar

Orcas Island in Purple – landscape painting by Jessie Rasche

“Orcas Island II” by Jessie Rasche Approx. 12 in x 18 in / oil on wood / available in my gallery of available paintings / inquire / Love It guarantee

I love this painting, but the original photo I took of it was terrible. I think this shows it a little more accurately. It’s pretty monochromatic – I love painting monochromatic landscape paintings – and very muted purple.

This is a painting I did a while back from a photo from our holiday to Orcas Island. That is a wonderful place to paint – I got a lot of good paintings out of that trip, some plein air and more from photos.

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06 Mar

Portrait artist paints Trio – figurative painting by Jessie Rasche

Trio / 6×6 in / oil on canvas / This painting isn’t available yet – but here are my available paintings of people.

I’ve darkened up the background in Trio to make it a little stronger. It’s still pretty abstract (it’s 3 boys on a tire swing). I’m not sure it’s done yet – but I’m really drawn to this composition. What do you think?

  Here’s what it looked like before. I really liked it, but thought it was a little too washed out. I think I’ll try this again with a light background around their heads and see how that works.

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02 Mar

The network for artists with kids – HOW KIDS CHANGE ART

Saturday through Thursday I’ll post new paintings. On Friday, there will be a network post. Hopefully you’ll find it interesting. :) I’d love to know what you think.

The network for artists with kids.

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CHALLENGE 2: Let us know how your kids have changed how you do art (in a comment). Feel free to link to your work.

My first ever video is about how my son has changed me as an artist. What do you think?


ENERGY SAVING TIP:  I’ve been doing little watercolor efforts this week, and abandoned my oil area. Usually I dread walking back into my studio after time away -because of all the scraping – but this morning it was pretty easy to get going. My glass pallet was a mess – completely covered with dry paint. I don’t like to use toxic stuff, so I poured Read More