recent paintings and news

recent paintings and news

Saturday, June 18, 2011

edge & field

Freedom is what you do with what's been done to you.
Jean-Paul Sartre

I haven’t posted in awhile- crazy busy month! My plein air classes and workshops are in full swing, and a few large paintings are in progress.  

I do want to thank those of you that took the time to write your comments on my previous post. I haven't had time to respond or even barely visit your new work, but intend to do so soon-
*Bill a special thanks to you-your compliment sent me over the moon!

 I did manage to get out this evening for a quiet conversation with the field and rendered this wee acrylic painting. I finished just in time too- my neighbour came out with the tractor to cut down the area where I was working!

June, Remains of the Day
acrylic on canvas
6x14in, 2011

For me,  acrylic paint can be challenging when it comes to edges in landscape—soft and varied edges that is. It lends itself nicely to sharp edges, and, although I really like it in others, I’m not after  graphic or stylized contrast in my own work. I do  like acrylic for glazing and if used wet and/or with different mediums I am able to achieve a more varied approach to edges and application with the brush. It’s also convenient ie not having to worry about transporting a wet oil painting when hurriedly trudging through fields  -especially if one is being chased by a columbine.

* a bit of excitement -a documentary  was shot here all day yesterday and I played a small part-primarily as myself but hey, they still made me do 'take' after take-am exhausted! The show airs in January and will post more info then-


  1. Well Jan, I am surprised, your acrylic painting I thought was an oil painting! what medium are you using to spread the paint around. I love the warm pinks in this painting, I too have just been painting with pinks it is that time of year when the landscape and sky look very soft focus and beautiful. Your painting is just wonderful.

  2. Nice sketch, Jan. I too thought it was oil. You think the neighbor saw you working and decided, I'll fix that painting? What's a columbine?