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.

If you missed a newsletter, you can see the whole series here: http://jessiesfineart.com/abstract-paintings.html

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.

21 Apr

Portrait, revealed.

Here is the portrait of Julia and Emily. Such a lovely family! This family has purchased several portraits over the last several years, and I feel like I know (and appreciate) them.

This mom and daughter are in the same spot on the beach that I painted the mom with her son on when he was a baby…

I recorded the painting process… bits and pieces of it anyways. I may get that uploaded, if there’s interest.

Thanks for looking!

07 Apr

Drawing Winner Announced

Thank you so much to everyone who supports my art business by being a collector, or telling your friends about me, or sending or posting encouraging comments, and for continuing to subscribe to my newsletter. I wish I could give you all a present… I can’t do that, but I have done another drawing for a free art print. The winner is Paul P. Paul, please contact me by 5pm on 4/10 to claim your prize.

Thank you again, everyone, for your support! I’ll do another drawing next week!

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05 Apr

Color sketch for a larger portrait painting

I’m doing some portraits to push my skills and process. A lovely friend and her daughter modeled for me for the color sketch, so that I could get their skin color right when working larger. When I only have an hour and a half to get my colors right, I set up my pallet completely differently. 3 convenience browns and no warm blue… I think I’ll stick with that pallet for the larger portrait.

    

31 Mar

Portrait is complete and beautiful, what’s next?

I wish I could post a picture now, but this last portrait is a surprise gift… I’m very excited about how it turned out! I can’t wait to show you all.

I was so anxious waiting to hear back from the collector… But this morning I got the “It looks great!!!” Yay, I love that. Thank you collector.

Now that the painting is ready to ship, I have some time before my next commission will start. If you know anyone who is interested in a portrait, please share my information with them.

For the last 9 years, I’ve gradually come to the point where there’s no difference in how long a portrait takes me for sizes under 11×14″. And you’d think they go faster and faster as I get more experienced, but it’s sort of the opposite. The more I know, the higher my expectations get, and the more nuanced my paintings are.

The difference between 11×14 and 16×20 is the first jump in size where the larger painting takes more planning and time to complete… I’m planning to do something with that information, but I’m not sure what…

Call to schedule your portrait project.

15 Mar

Lake Retreat

Here’s an idea I put together for a potential client. I painted some small color sketches but wasn’t happy enough with them… So I made this larger 11×14″ painting. I’m hoping they love it and want some version of it much larger. Below is a little detail photo. 

I have all kinds of memories associated with specific colors. Teal and salmon remind me of Tucson and a good friend and bike riding. And cadmium red reminds me of my grandma’s lipstick. So for me, this is a happy color combination.

What colors give you the strongest / happiest memories? You can let me know in the comments.

21 Jan

New Gallery Announcement! Minneapolis

I am very excited to announce that I am now represented by Art Resources Gallery in Minneapolis! They are delightful to work with. If you’re in the area, I hope you stop in to look around (and please tell them I sent you :)   ). I just shipped them 10 paintings, some of which are below. They will link to me on their web site shortly – in the mean time, so see all the paintings available, click here.

Art Resources Gallery
International Market Square,
Suite 166, 275 Market Street
Minneapolis, MN 55405
Phone: 612-305-1090


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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

10 Jan

Her Garden, portrait combining different reference photos

This portrait was a Christmas gift for a lovely woman, so I waited until after it was given to show it to you… Augusta’s daughter wanted a painting of Augusta in her garden (which I had seen several photos of on Facebook, and it is … glorious). She sent me some photos of Augusta outside, and some different photos of her amazing garden. I wanted to paint Augusta sensitively, but her garden thick and painterly, and to have it all work together. I’m excited about how it came together.

Thanks for looking.