Thursday, December 17, 2015

Blogging again-our new rescue, Piper

I am going to be sharing our journey with Piper.  She is a chihuahua mix with some of the worst issues we have encountered in our years of rescuing.

She came to us with an injured eye that had never been taken care of and eventually needed to be removed.  She also is a highly reactive dog and has required ongoing behavior treatment.  She is also a wonderfully beautiful dog.  We call her our 7 pound German Shepard.

Some of her issues we will be talking about are her health issues, resource guarding, reactivity and her issue with men.

We hope you will follow our journey so that you will consider adopting a dog that may not be "perfect" but well worth the effort of saving.

Piper and I will talk to you soon,
Jennylynne and Piper

Friday, January 24, 2014

Back in the Saddle-So to speak.

Well, I have been busy reworking my new studio since the move back to my home.  The new space is wonderful and full of light.  It is also a little isolated from the main part of the house which affords me the quiet and peace I need when working.

I managed to get all of my Christmas commissions out the door on time and glad to report that everyone was happy with the art.  That may have been the best Christmas present that I received.

It has been calming to be busy with the new studio, show opportunities coming up, plein aire events and getting back into the business or art.  It has helped to transition myself from a caregiver back to an artist.  While taking care of my Mom, I used art as an escape and a shelter from the chaos of watching someone you love die.  Now, with a little time passed, I can once again enjoy the creation and productivity of art for itself.

I have many things lined up for shows.  I currently have a painting on display and for sale at the Lake Quivera, Ks. country club and also four paintings at the Lakewood Golf and Country Club in Lee's Summit, Mo.  I just got word that I have made it into the Blue Springs Art League Art Festival in March.  I will have one pastel and one oil entered in this event.

I have also signed up for the Augusta Plein Aire Event which takes place the end of April into the first of May.

I have also been elected President of the MidAmerica Pastel Society.  This is probably the most exciting thing so far, as I have always loved this group.  They have two juried member shows coming up this year, so hopefully I will be accepted into one of both of these.  One will be at the Southwind Gallery in Topeka, Ks. and the other at the Tim Murphy Gallery in Merriam, Ks.  Can't wait to see all the great art that the pastelist will create for these shows.

So, as you can see, I'm off to an exciting year.  I will be posting pics of my paintings, giving tips on making art and keeping you up to date on the shows and events for this year.

So, happy painting,

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

I must admit that the most fun I have as an artist is doing portraits of people's pets.  This beautiful Goldendoodle lives down at the Lake of the Ozarks, with her best friend who adores her.  I love doing pets in pastel on velour paper.  There is a wonderful texture that happens on this paper and the luminescence of the pastel medium lends itself divinely to the fur of animals.

The only drawback when using this substrate is that it is much less forgiving than my kitty wallis paper.  So, that usually means more planning and careful placement of strokes so I don't build up and fill the tooth too quickly.

One of my neighbors has a great time watching me wack the back of my pastels on my front porch pillar to knock off any excess dust.  It took me a couple times to explain my madness but now he just laughs and says "another one done, huh?" It's nice to have an understanding with your neighbors so they don't call the loony bin people for you.

So, now I only have five more to do before Christmas---- no problem.
Have a great day and Happy painting,

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Well, it has been a few months since my Mom's death and I have been back up in my studio painting.  This is my latest effort which I am doing for the MidAmerica Pastel Society's Small Painting Show.  The show is in November which is coming up quicker than I thought.  I still have one more painting to go for entry in the show but I am pretty happy with this first effort. 
Sometimes, when life happens in a way you have trouble coping with, it takes awhile to find your groove again.  The solitude of my studio has been a calming and peaceful place to re-connect with who I am as an artist. 
The process of painting has been a wonderful way to honor my Mom, who was my biggest fan.  It has also made me re-evaluate my life as an artist and my artistic goals.  Made me think about what truly makes me happy when I paint and where my future as an artist lies.  I think every artist goes thru periods of restructuring and soul searching throughout their career.  It's how you emerge on the other side that is important.  I'm not sure I am ready to commit to the new ideas yet, but the process has been fun and enlightening.
So, if you are struggling a little, take a step back.  Quiet the noise around you and go on your search.  It is worth the effort.
Happy painting,

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Four paintings at once-Whoa-how did that happen

Oft times, I wonder what is really going thru my mind.  Have you ever had that thought?  Well, it enters my mind quite frequently.  I tend to overachieve on multiple levels.  Like now-I currently have four paintings going at one time in my studio.  There is the one I'm working on today which is on the easel.  Then there is the one just hanging out up against the wall with it's back to me, waiting patiently for me to decide if it's finished. Then there is the sketch on my table which is taking on a life of it's own waiting for me to decide if it is ready to become a painting.  Then there is the one that I have a commission for that needs to probably be the one on the easel rather than the one currently there.

Then, there is my blog and the need to figure out how to upload my photos from my IPad, since Google has changed their way of doing things.

Oh, and then there is the wall in the basement needing its final coat of paint and the ceiling in the half bath waiting for its skim coat and final paint coat.

I think most artist(well maybe everyone in business) feels this way at times.  Like you have forty million balls you are juggling and hoping you still have the skills to keep them all in the air. LOL

Well, it is just another day in the life of an artist.  I will upload the photos of the puppy as soon as I figure out how.

Till then,
Happy Painting,

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Commissions and other stuff

Well, things have been humming along in the studio.  I still have a lot of stuff to transfer from the old studio but it is coming along swimmingly.  Still have not ordered my new chairs yet, but plan to do that this week.

The studio is organized enough for me to start painting again.  Which, since I currently have four commissions to get done, is a great blessing.  I have several pet portraits to get done, so I am starting on them first.  I am using pastels because I love the way that they make fur look.  I am also using the velour paper for the same reason.  Velour can be tricky to work on since it is not as forgiving as other papers.  Once you make a mark on the velour, you need to be committed to that mark.  It also doesn't hold as much pastel and so needs to be put on with a little lighter touch.  I usually bang the heck out of my works to get rid of any excess pastel dust so that is not a problem.  Other than my neighbors think I've lost my marbles when I'm outside banging the backs of my work against the porch supports.

I have not done pastels in a couple of years because I have been devoting any painting time I had to portraits and landscapes in oil.  It has been an interesting journey back to them.  I need to move my air cleaning filter up to the studio soon.  The pastel dust can be a little hazardous if you don't have an air filter system.

I have also been incorporating using my IPad to work from for the photo reference.  It is much lighter than my computer monitor or my laptop.  Thus, I can have it closer to my work area, 

I'll post some pics of the new doggy painting next week. 

Have a great day and Happy Painting,

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Working on a home studio space

Well, the studio space is coming along.  The main decisions have been made and I am off and running with the plan.

I am going to share some of the planning process that went into my new space with you.  First I measured the area and planned on paper how best to use the space.  My new studio is in our second master bedroom space so it is a nice size room with ample closet space.  It also is next to additional walk in attic space for additional storage.  It has running water, a toliet and even a shower(just in case I get a little carried away with my creating).  What it didn't have was good lighting.  The only window is huge but faces east.  Morning light is great but once the sun is on the other side of the house, it is a little dark.  So, I have had to compensate with additional lighting using lamps and spots.

It also has a hallway that connects the bathroom with the bedroom space.  I have a cold air return on that wall, so was limited in what furniture could go in that area.  Luckily, my favorite cabinet fit just perfect which also provides me additional storage.(do you see a theme emerging here?).  It has a lovely linen closet in that area which now holds my reference photos , small canvases, pastel papers and drawing sketch books.

Just beyond that space is a walk in closet with great shelving and drawer space.  I have allocated additional photo space, office supplies and storage of my larger canvases and pastel papers to this area.  Beyond that closet is the attic space where there are more shelves for storing my frames, glass and finished paintings.

In the main area of the room, I have my easels, my glass top desk(I use this for my palette), an additional porcelain top table for my computer and framing and a matching cabinet next to that for all the gamsol, pastels, etc.  On the other side of the room, I have a large three piece book case which will hold my books, still life things I use and just stuff I like.  I also have a glass cabinet with mementoes and things that make me happy.  Also included in the room, are two doggy beds and their water bowl.

I plan on purchasing two chairs for the space.  One recliner and one with an ottoman for resting and reading my art books, having visitors or just napping after a hard days slog.

Well, that's it for now.  I'll be posting pics soon.  So stay tuned,