Friday, January 16, 2015

Pet Portrait Giveaway Winner


WE HAVE A WINNER IN THE PET PORTRAIT GIVEAWAY!

Every purchase from mid-December until January 15th automatically entered you in the giveaway. Today, chosen completely at random, is the winner:

LAUREL ASHLEY

Laurel, I will email you separately about the portrait!

Thank you all for your purchases and support of my art. I am truly humbled that so many of you purchased paintings from me - thank you, it is so very much appreciated.

Stay tuned for more exciting giveaways. The Facebook likes on my art page jumped to 251! Wow, that is wonderful and I am very grateful, and I think I will need to do something because of that.

Not on my Facebook list yet? I will be doing another giveaway (of what I do not know yet, thinking......) and it will involve Facebook. Here's a link to head over  and please like my page.

https://www.facebook.com/NanJohnsonFineArt?ref=aymt_homepage_panel


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Italian Villa - SOLD

"Italian Villa"
6x12 acrylic on canvas board
Available through DPW gallery/auction

I love doing vertical compositions of buildings, especially when I put them on 6x12 canvas's. It really sets off the design I think, and works wonderfully to enhance those climbing pink roses.

I also like the cool greens with the warm yellow of the building, and of course, those sharp pink blooms.

Wouldn't you love to visit there? I would love to garden in that area - filled with the scent of flowers. Perhaps there is a small table off to the right, or under that covered patio. A wonderful place to sit & sip wine and pass the afternoon. A bright, warm, sunny afternoon. Delightful!!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Rural Laundry


"Rural Laundry"
9x12 acrylic on canvas
Available through DPW gallery/auction

One of the greatest inventions (I think) was the "smart phone" and the ability to have a camera with you all the time. How many times I've missed a great scene in the past because I didn't have my camera with me. It became a running joke on the boat in the summer - "don't bring your camera & there will be tons of things to capture. Bring it, and there will be nothing!" But my phone camera has saved the day (more than once). It's great to capture a scene or two (or ten) for painting references.

One day, while traveling back from the store, we passed this location. I loved all the trees in the background in contrast to the red barn. And this woman had some of the most colorful laundry hanging on the line. I took numerous photos & stored them for a future painting - and I will probably paint more than 1 painting of this scene. 

This is the initial look I saw from the road that made me yell "stop the car" while my husband was driving. I jumped out and started snapping away at the scene - walking around to capture it from different angles. I tried not to intrude on the homeowners land, but I also had to make sure I wasn't suddenly run over by a vehicle either as I was on the road. It's a somewhat rural road and does not see a lot of traffic, but you still have to watch for the occasional truck or tractor. 

I have to say, this is one of those paintings that seemed to paint itself - done entirely in 1 sitting (except for a wash I did this morning on the red building to tone it down a bit). I love these auto paintings - where the vision in your mind just comes out on the canvas, where your hand follows the mind's direction. It's that moment of wonder that we, as artists (I think) always strive for - that feeling of connection. I know I love it, and it can be quite addicting - but I'm not foolish to believe all paintings will be that way. Most times I have to grab my hand & brush to stop it from overworking the painting! 


Saturday, January 3, 2015

MMP Series # 6 - Matisse's - Woman with a Hat


6x6 acrylic on stretched canvas
image wraps on 1-1/2 inch sides
available via DPW auction click here

This is another in my Mini-Master Pieces series. The artist is Henri Matisse, the name of this piece is "Woman with a Hat" dated 1905. You can read more about this piece by clicking here. You can read more about the artist by clicking here.

This was a WOW for me - not in expertise, but the opposite. Wow, what a learning experience. They say you should go out of your comfort zone periodically, that it will open a different window into your art & technique. I could not believe how true that statement was until I did this piece!

I was never fan of Henri Matisse or his work - always seemed a bit too bold for me. And, of course, it does not have the details I am always so fond of. But, Matisse was next on my list of artists - so to continue with this self-challenge, I picked one of his paintings to do a mini variation of. After scrolling through the many pieces of his, I chose this - Woman with a Hat. Not sure why, I think I actually fell for all the color in it!

What did I learn? Most of what I learned had to do with the mixing of colors. To keep the entire color palette cohesive, I limited my colors to a specific palette - then working with only those, I mixed what I needed. Since I am working with acrylics, and Matisse used oils, I did multiple washes in some area to achieve the look that oils achieve easily. Still, it was not a great deal of work - it was the color mixing that became the main focus on this piece.

The colors I chose & stuck with are: Titantium White, Cerulean Blue, Cobalt Blue, Dioxazine Purple, Cobalt Teal, Naples Yellow & Pyrrole Orange. There was also the smallest touches of Alizarin Crimson & Naphthol Red light. Using these, I often picked up a touch of one color & and touch of another color on my brush to create a color on the canvas. Other times, I would mix. The Cobalt Teal was used to make most of the blue's & green's. The Dioxazine Purple makes wonderful shadow lines. 

This painting is on a 6x6 block canvas, with 1-1/2 inch sides. And I continued the image on all 4 sides - which makes it so interesting to look at. Here are a few angle shots:




I don't think this experience will make me a fan of Matisse's art, but I do now have a greater respect for his work & technique. 

On to the next artist - I won't say who it is, but will say that his work will be as great a challenge as Matisse's but with a completely different style!




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