My journey into the world of art began by watching Mom. She could work magic with a bit of paint and a brush. I was fascinated by how she could transform a flat blank canvas into a beautiful work of art. Now, several years later, I'm continuing in the footsteps I followed as a child watching Mom. Thanks for your inspiration and guidance!!!!
"If you don't try - you won't know you can...."Marie (Mom) Janssen
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Have you ever found yourself in a "slump"? Ideas floating around, but nothing really sparks? That's how I'm feeling - kind of a "blah" kind of day. I have several ideas for paintings, but not finding the motivation get into the studio and put brush to canvas. Think it has something to do with the winter doldrums - that time between winter and not yet spring. Maybe a brisk walk??? Kinda muddy - so maybe not .......... UGH ......... Maybe take a nap and see about studio time later ............. or not????
Almost there. Here is progress from this afternoon. I think the little girl's face is still in need of some work. Also have to work on the hands of the children and angel. Other than a couple other tweeks, think I'm just about finished with this.
In the original painting, the sky is quite dark. The sky I chose for this painting is of a clear, fall day. Unfortunately, the wings of the angel really don't show up very well against the light blue sky. Wonder if I should darken it up and make it a cloudy day??? What do you think???
Still have quite a bit of work left on "The Guardian Angel" Think I've captured the apprehensiveness of the little sister and the confidence of the older brother. Still need to work on his hands, her clothes and hair and finish the wings and hands of the angel. Coming together I think.....
Any comments/critiques/suggestions are very much appreciated!!!
Thanks for looking -
This 18" x 24" oil on panel is based on the painting of the Guardian Angel watching over children crossing a precarious bridge. I did some research on the original painting and could only find that it was German - titled "Heilige Schutzengel" translated "Holy Guardian Angel". I couldn't find much else out about it other than there are several variations and many people have a print of it hanging in their home. I wanted to do a modern version of children getting off the school bus on their way to school. The little girl is not quite sure about the whole idea, but her brother has a reassuring hand on her shoulder. Behind them is a Guardian Angel to protect them from harm and danger. Think this is starting out OK.
If you have any information about the original painting, please let me know. Also - all comments and critics of my work are always very much appreciated!!!
Theme: "Art's window on the impact of weather on the human experience"
"The National Weather Center Biennale is the first exhibition of its kind - a national juried exhibition presenting art's window on the impact of weather on the human experience. The exhibition opens on Earth Day 2013 and is sponsored by the National Weather Center in Norman, Oklahoma, The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma, and the Norman Arts Council."
see more info on the NWC website: http://www.nwcbiennale.org/ Also check out the National Weather Center website: http://www.nwc.ou.edu/ Great information!!!
As a farmer's wife and science teacher for 30 years, I've always been facinated with meteorology. Watching the changes in cloud formations is a favorite of mine. I'm really excited for the NWC event. I submitted "Sky Watcher". Cross your fingers that it will be selected for the show. The inspiration for this painting was a demonic looking wall cloud and my husband (a wheat farmer in Northeastern Colorado). We were actually spared that evening, but our neighbor wasn't as lucky. When you study the cloud (though not intentional) you may see the image of a several creatures ready to devour the field. I came up with three. How many can you see? (Thanks husband Gary for pointing that out)
Farmers live on the edge, never knowing what this year's weather will dish out; hail, drought, flooding, tornado etc... Their lively hood is dictated by the weather. We have lost several wheat crops that had the potential to finally enable us to show a profit devastated in a matter of minutes. Then, have to wait an entire year for the possibility of a harvest.
Show entry deadline is Oct. 1, 2012. Hoping "Sky Watcher" is selected.
Think I'm finallly finished with this. Let me know what you think... Debating about a title: "Skywatcher" or "Defiance".
I will be entering this in the The National Weather Center Biennale show in Norman, Oklahoma. "Art's window on the impact of weather on the human experience" Cross your fingers that it will be selected for the show.
Started this a couple of days ago - thought is was ok to show progress at this point.
I'm using a reference photo taken from our deck, looking west, as this horrible looking bench cloud moved it's way across our nearly ripe wheat field. I am going to superimpose husband and wheat farmer - Sky Watcher, into the blank vertical white space below the cloud looking up. Have to decide if he's going to be raising his fist - shaking it at the cloud in defiance, or hand on cap in disbelief that this cloud may have the potential of wiping out yet another year of work. Thankfully this particular cloud skipped over us, but we were pounded a couple of days later by a less ominous looking weather cell.
What do you think? Comments and critiques very much appreciated!!!
As I walked into the CCAG spring art show Sunday to pick up my art, I was greeted by a couple of my fellow artists. We visited for awhile and finally was told that "In Their Footsteps" had been sold. I was in disbelief - and yet saw the blank spot where my painting had been hanging. I never in my wildest dreams expected to sell anything. I'm very honored that someone liked my painting enough to buy it.
I was also honored with the People's Choice award for this painting.
Had a pretty good showing at the Phillips County Art Show in Holyoke, CO this past weekend. "The Banjo Player" was awarded Best of Show First Place, "In Their Footsteps" was Peoples Choice, "The Apple Peeler" was second place in oils and "Scottish Highlanders" was awarded third place in oils. WOW - what a great feeling - couldn't believe that my paintintings showed so well!!!! What an honor!!!!
I'm thinking about getting giclee prints made of some of my artwork that can be offered for sale at a much lower price than an original. Please help me decide. Vote for your favorite piece using the poll on the top right. Thank you very much for your input.
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