31 Jan

Did you receive your Collector Newsletter last night?

 

If you have ever purchased my art in any form, ever, and did not receive your extra special thank you email last night, please email me and let me know! I was terrible at keeping track of collectors for the first several years of selling art. It’s a cardinal sin, I know!

Here are all of the January Painting Marathon paintings shown together: http://jessiesfineart.com/specials.html.  Today is the last day to purchase January paintings at the special price.

Thank you to a wonderful repeat collector in Spokane, WA for purchasing “Clippings” and a new artist & collector in Ireland (!!!) for purchasing “Happy Smells!”

Yesterday I painted and painted and then wiped… Oh boy. I probably won’t get a chance to post a painting today – School was canceled because it’s cold. Freeze your buns off cold. MINUS 40 degree with windchill. So I’ll be busy playing legos! :)   (apparently no amount of cold is too cold for hockey practice tonight though!)

So here is a non-marathon painting of a Warm sunny day in Seattle, WA! framed-kite2

Kite 2 / 6×6″ / oil on linen / 275 framed

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29 Jan

Last Dance – oil painting of irises, and a warm green

I listened to an interview with Quang Ho while I was painting these wilting irises. And that inspired me to think about why exactly I paint. Maybe it’s the kind of question where the question itself is more important than the answer?

Anyways, this painting started yesterday as a depiction of one of my favorite things – flowers that have ‘lost their bloom.’ And an exploration of a fun composition. But today it turned into a challenge to see how warm I could make that green, and how cool…  And I did really find some interesting (to me) things – with soft edges and hard edges. I’m not sure if it’s done.

As always, I very much appreciate your comments, and when you take the time to share my work with your friends.

Last Dance / 6×6 inches / oil on gallery wrapped canvas – ready to hang. / January Painting Marathon ptg #18 / available at http://jessiesfineart.com

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27 Jan

Portrait artist paints cat Watching the Red Green Show

Can you see my studio companion in this painting?

We love the Red Green Show on PBS, and when I saw the two apples together I thought it would be fun to make them a silly homage. :)

This one was a real challenge for me. Reflective metal can really kick my booty – so of course I’ll be painting more of it soon.

Watching the Red Green Show / 6×6 inch oil on canvas / January Painting Marathon #17 / available at http://jessiesfineart.com

 

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25 Jan

Portrait artist paints bird painting

SOLD / Happy Smells / 6×8 inches / oil canvas board
Special January Painting Challenge
In Private Collection in Ireland (!)
*Available Paintings * / Love it Guarantee / Talk to Jessie

I’ve been thinking about my still life setups a little differently the last few days – choosing my items more deliberately.

I got this little bird from the Salvation Army yesterday while looking for still life items. It looks to me like it’s smiling at the smell of the daisy.

Thank you so much for all of the comments and emails I received about the iris paintings! That was so nice!

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23 Jan

Portrait artist paints flowers

I took a picture of the painting and inadvertently captured the 3rd dimension of the painting (below). Usually you can’t see that, since I take pictures in indirect light.

I’m working on controlling my colors in the setup part of the painting process. It’s not something I’ve given a lot of thought to before, but since my main focus right now is on improving my composition, controlling the colors seems like a good step in that direction. What do you think?

Thank you for viewing my paintings!

SOLD / Clippings / 6×6 inches / oil on  canvas
January Painting Challenge #15
In Private Collection in Spokane, WA
* Available Paintings * / Love it Guarantee / Talk to Jessie

Painting flowers in the window is one of my favorite subjects. clippings-detail clippings-jessierasche

 

 

 

 

20 Jan

Portrait artist paints iris flowers

My first profoundly inspiring museum exhibit was a Monet exhibit back in 1990 – I was in art school at the time and could just walk down the hall to the Portland Art Museum (which was very cool). I had seen Monet lily pads in books, but in person it was a completely different experience. His water and lily pads were so deep and lush I felt like I could just sink in and live there. Anyways, I’ve had a poster of Monet irises for years – I’ve loaned it to the kindergarten right now – but I can’t look at irises without thinking about his painting. And so this morning while I was finishing this painting of irises, I was inspired by Monet. Thank you for the inspiration, Claude!

Purple Irises / 12×6 inches / oil on mounted panel / ready to hang or frame / January Painting Marathon #11 / SOLD

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18 Jan

Portrait artist paints a pomegranate

Kiss / 5×5 inches / oil on gessoed hardboard / January Painting Marathon #10 / available at http://jessiesfineart.com

This is a pomegranate and a tangerine sitting on the windowsill. I liked how the light was coming between them except that small spot where they’re touching. I’ve been really struggling… I  wiped several paintings yesterday before I finished this one. I feel like my understanding of paint got a little more sophisticated and I’m working hard to get my skills catch up.

By this time next month we should be in our new house! I’m excited about the studio space. I’ve already got a roll of canvas and have some large landscape paintings planned. I can’t wait.

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16 Jan

Portrait artist paints a young woman

Last night I went to the life drawing group. I painted the model there for 2 hours, and then finished the painting at home this morning – which usually is a very bad idea but worked well, i think, this time.

Gaze / 10×8 inches / oil on gessoboard

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16 Jan

Portrait artist paints Garlic Geese

 

Yesterday my friend Xan said that my garlic pieces looked a bit like geese. Well, I love painting geese so I thought I’d really go for it. Here are “Garlic Geese!”

Garlic Geese / 6×6 inches / oil on deep profile canvas (for hanging unframed) / January Painting Marathon #8 / available at http://jessiesfineart.com

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14 Jan

Garlic In Nature

Today I wanted to try painting garlic again with natural light from the sun. I chased the shadows – if felt a lot like plein air painting.

I’ve been playing with ‘mixing white’ lately, which is a transparent color. It’s fun to use, but I end up using a LOT more paint. Can you tell how thick the paint is?

5×7 inches / oil on gessoboard / January Painting Marathon #7 / learn more about paintings of fruit and spices here. 

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12 Jan

Portrait artist paints still life: One In the Shade

This setup was a process of reduction. It started off with three garlic bulbs, then 2 garlic bulbs and a bunch of pieces, then no bulbs and a bunch of pieces… fewer and fewer and finally just these few pieces. I like that they all seem to be sitting on their bottoms and pointing in the same direction.

I’ve been wishing I could get those colorful shadows in my setups that you get from sunlight (and of course there’s no actual sunlight at 4am in the middle of the winter in South Dakota). And I remembered that I have a ‘daylight filter’. I’m going to try that out tomorrow.

one In the Shade / 5×7 inches / oil on gessoboard / January Painting Marathon ptg #6 / $100.

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11 Jan

Portrait artist paints tangerines

Borrowed Shadow / 5×7 inches / oil on gessoboard / January Painting Marathon ptg #5 / $100.

I forgot to sign it before taking the photo, so I watermarked it. I’ll put my R on there today.

This is the second painting in the new series I talked about. It’s called Borrowed Shadow because something in the painting was borrowed from my son. And I was busted! The cat decided to wake my son up early… Oh well.

My son asked yesterday why I’ve been painting oranges. I said “I like the color orange,” and he said “Oh! Sure.”

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09 Jan

Portrait artist paints fruit

Basking in Her Shadow / 8×6 inches / oil on canvas / $100 + s/h

Here’s the first painting of my new small series that I talked about yesterday – and #4 in my January Painting Marathon.

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08 Jan

Portrait artist paints Orange Starts and personal notes

I got some good starts and maybe a finish yesterday. The top painting I set up like a plein air painting – trying to catch the changing shadows on oranges sitting by a North-Western window as the sun was setting. Frantic painting and then…. the sun was gone. I really like the colors. This one has gone into my “sketch drawer” (Sketches available for $35.)

The lower painting is “Peeling”. This one really kicked my butt. It went through a lot of changes. It felt really good to do, though. I’m getting back into the rhythm of painting daily and am starting to think about painting all the time – which for me is one of the biggest benefits of painting daily. This one is in my “sketch drawer” as well.

BUT, I am so INSPIRED! I realized yesterday what I want to make my next many small paintings about. I can’t write it down or my steam will disappear. But I’ve already started my next painting. I’m in that head-place where I could spend 40 hours strait in the studio, and I love it. Hope you like where i’m going with my paintings.