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February 25, 2015


Deer at Rest


DeerDeer at Rest
10 x 8 x 1.75 inches :: Original oil painting on cradled gessobord (birch wood primed with gesso).

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I purposely didn't include shadows on this one and I purposely wanted the colors to have a sense of magical realism. I like the cozy, illustrative, tender mood that resulted.


Red Shoes


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Red Shoes
6 x 7 inches :: Original oil painting on gessobord panel.

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I was inspired by Jean André's painting of a Rachel Daily photo. I used his André's painting as a reference but made major changes, like getting rid of the telephone, and having the girl stand instead of sitting down.


Fire


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5 x 7 inches :: Original oil painting on gessobord panel

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My muse was an imagined deer girl in a pretty little dress. The asymmetrical collar is frequently in my work, a collar that is actually on a coat that I have and adore by Pipsqueak Chapeau. The fire emerged quite unexpectedly. The saturated colors of the fire pop because so much of the background is of a less saturated color.

 

February 24, 2015


Posture


Untitled-11Posture
6.5 x 12 x 2 inches :: Original oil painting on cradled gessobord (birch wood primed with gesso)

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This painting focused on getting proportions right, primarily with a palette knife, without too much fussing over the details. I enjoyed using the sketches in my sketchbook and larger sketch on cardboard as references for this one, an imagined muse.

February 23, 2015


Un Beso


IMG_3424Un Beso
8 x 8 x 1.75 inches :: Original oil painting on cradled gessobord

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The poetry and photograph of a young poet/writer is what I used as my inspiration for this piece. This is the first face with glasses that I've painted, which posed unique challenges, like capturing the contrast and glare that glasses give off. I feel that the literary and jazzy essence of my muse was captured.

February 22, 2015


With Lemon


CuplemonspoonWith Lemon
5 x 7 x 2 inches :: Original oil painting on cradled gessobord

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Value composition is what I was most interested in studying with this painting, as I got up early to compose my mug, spoon and lemon, working hard to get it done in the rapidly changing light.

February 14, 2015


Smudged Heart Candles Tutorial


Here's a little Valentine's Day tutorial for you: Love candles.

I start by buying the small white clear religious candles in glass that can be found in the ethnic/religious aisle in most grocery stores.

IMG_3303Tear and place 2-inch thick strips of masking tape onto a piece of transparency. Also tear and place .75-inch thick strips of pink neon tape on the transparency.

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Feed the transparency through a typewriter and type the word "love." I got my typewriter on eBay. It's a Baby Hermes Jubilee. I love it. If you don't have a typewriter, you could write the word with a permanent marker, collage a word onto the tape or leave the tape alone without any text. That's pretty too.

IMG_3284Use scissors to cut the pink tape to have a scalloped edge. Peel the strip carefully off of the transparency and stick it to the top edge of the candle. 

IMG_3286Cut the typed wider tape into the shape of a heart and carefully peel the tape off the transparency and stick it onto the body of the candle.

IMG_3291Use a pencil to lightly and imperfectly outline the heart and then use your finger to smudge and blend the pencil outline so the heart can look nicely smudged.

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With love,
Jenny

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February 13, 2015


Somewhere is nowhere I need to get to.


And it's when I hit the valleys, not the hills, and think I'm getting nowhere with my art that I am reminded by those most fluent with the hills and valleys of art that somewhere is nowhere I need to get to.

That that is the never-ending saga of art.

Photo-66(Excerpt from Widow from One Year by John Irving)

February 12, 2015


Vivaldi, Shazam, and Valentine's


Do you use the Shazam APP? I don't use it often. Only when I am so very moved by something I'm listening to and I know I have to stop everything so that I can know what it is so I can buy it.

It happened to me recently when I was listening to violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter's performance of a classical piece of music (the Zigeunerweisen, OP. 20 with the Wiener Philharmoniker) on the radio. It made me feel such intense emotions. Intensity. Nostalgia. Passion. Straight to my heart. What the composer's intent was and what I feel about it I am sure don't completely align. But that's ok. What I feel is almost a new birth that the music goes through. His intent. My unique receipt and experience of it.

It's incredible how music can do that. I also feel that way with most of Chopin, Debussy, and Fauré. And also Max Bruch's Kol Nidre for the cello. Actually, I can hardly listen to the entire Kol Nidre without getting choked up. It gets to me every time.

It's the same with visual art. There are pieces of art that connect with me so deeply that I have to stop everything and "shazam" it, if you will. To find out who made it, get closer to it, and if I'm lucky enough, to buy it.

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Vivaldi's music doesn't do that for me. I like Vivaldi. But I don't think I've ever stopped everything I'm doing to Shazam a Vivaldi piece. It's pleasant and sometimes I frolic around in it with delight, as a respite of sorts, when I don't have the energy in me to fall to my knees with the kind of Kol Nidre music that gets me to the core.

So it came as no surprise to learn from the same radio station that many critics of Vivaldi used to categorize his music as "wallpaper music." Maybe unfair but I understand it.

I want to exist in a world where wallpaper art exists. But I don't want to make wallpaper art. I want to make Zigeunerweisen-Chopin-Debussy-Fauré art. Kol Nidre art. That's what I want to make, not in conflict with, but in concert with Vivaldi art.

Switching topics.

It's almost Valentine's Day. Another V-word. Every Valentine's, I remember the best card I ever got. It was from my dad when I was in college. He sent me a 2o dollar bill folded into a V and taped onto a blank card. Signed, "Love, Dad."

That V helped me frolic in the moment. Pizza and fro yo for me and a friend. A respite from Nietzsche, calculus, and other heavy things.

Sometimes, it's the simplest gifts and expressions that help us frolic, I think.

February 10, 2015


1: Loosen up. 2: Alter. 3: Integrate.


I've been hard at work getting my Artfully Altered workshop ready! It is a one-day workshop that will happen Saturday February 21st and/or Monday February 23rd. I like to offer my workshops once on a weekday and once on a weekend so people with assorted obligations can have a chance to take it. :)

Photo-63In the class, we will:

  • begin with quite innovative and outside the box exercises to get us to loosen up and consider new ways of seeing and creating
  • utilize approximately ten methods that I love to use to uniquely alter photos, and pages from catalogs and magazines
  • create a monster journal using file folders and papers into which we will integrate the altered works
  • discover ways to integrate altered works onto other substrates

Fun group has started to form. Enrollment is now open here. Join us if you want to. :)

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