Monday, September 12, 2011

Blind Contour, Weird Fishies

19" x 24" Acrylic on Vellum Bristol

I don't tend to paint myself very often, so a "blind contour" was a less intimidating way to approach the subject. And luckily as I began to address the issue of background, a good tune came my way...

I can't believe that this is the final week of BIG! I am a little behind due to an influx of design work, so hopefully I can get caught up and share some more painted goodies this week.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Daily Sketchbook Pages

I used to carry a sketchbook with me everywhere. As the years have slipped by, that happens less and less. The opportunity to just play, without goal or purpose, is a treat. Last year a very cool art friend and I put together some handmade sketchbooks using cereal boxes as covers and watercolor paper for the pages. Over the last week I finally busted it out to use as a daily art dump. Here's a few of my favorites...

I hope that I can maintain this practice in the coming months even if the larger pieces have to be put on hold.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Curiouser and Curiouser

This piece started as an ice cream cone. A blue moon ice cream cone to be exact. It turned into a portrait of sorts but she wanted to keep her sprinkles under the moon.

I felt like I could have kept going forever on this but today she said enough is enough. I'm happy the way I am...

Sunday, August 28, 2011


I am honored to be featured in an absolutely gorgeous treasury this week on Etsy by Genevieve Cseh, featuring paintings and prints with a mythological theme...

Here is the original piece...

Monday, August 22, 2011

Going to Sleep

"Going to Sleep" - Phase one a painting based on the memories of my childhood bedroom.

I'm having an utter blast taking part in the BIG painting workshop! And more importantly, I'm actually painting... for myself and for the need to paint, not for any end goal of "for sale" or "for show." It's quite lovely.

One of the most interesting aspects of painting this way is how the paintings evolve on their own. It is a curious process. For example, in the piece seen above, I started simply with the memory I have of a Winnie the Pooh lamp in my childhood bedroom. Other objects insisted on being included... a teddy bear instead of Pooh, a Snoopy humidifier... a closet door, a pillow cover.

After the first day of working on the painting it wanted to rest. I didn't come back to it until today. I just wasn't ready, or perhaps the right elements hadn't surfaced yet. But when I did, it took a turn...

"Going to Sleep" - Phase two. Signed "Jenny" which no one but family and friends from youth call me anymore... seemed appropriate.

Suddenly the memory wasn't just about the cheery lamp anymore. It took on the feverish, trippy feeling of drifting off to sleep as a child with the flu. Hints of happiness and comfort, hints of dark shadows and weird dreams.

I can't wait to see what comes next...

Friday, August 12, 2011

Amoeba Pods

Shapes in space. Inner space? Innerspace? 

This is the first piece that I've painted on the wall in a LONG time. It felt so amazing to move with the brush and begin to feel energy move through me to the brush to the paint to the paper again. I've been painting with small brushes on small paper in a small space in tight control for so long that the contrast feels downright scandalous! And totally natural.

For this piece I ended with chalk and oil pastels over top of the acrylic and tempera paints. I used to utilize them all the time in my large work and diving right in today reminded me of how much fun mixed media can be. It really opens up the tool set.

What I listened to...

Thursday, August 11, 2011


Taking a leap onto the large paper... 35" x 23". Love it!

I'm going deeper into exploring this whole BIG painting journey... and I must say that it's surprising what I'm uncovering. This piece was an exercise that, for me, was a bit difficult. Trying to stay relaxed and in the moment and flowing was not easy for this worked up girl! Interestingly, it was a particularly emotional and tense day (self-imposed of course!) and although the process of painting this large piece was challenging, I have to admit that I feel distinctly better after getting it out.