6.22.2016

Studio updates

9x12 inch
Sunflowers and Hydrangeas






She's a covergirl!
I just received my copies of Sasee magazine, which is distributed along the Southern Coastal cities like Charleston! The quote is beautiful too! 





4.27.2016

Jacaranda inspiration!



If you've been following me for any amount of time you probably know how much I love jacaranda trees. Well, I'm in heaven! They're everywhere here! This is an 8x10 inch oil on panel. I'm still working on it but should have it listed in my etsy shop soon! 
Today I'll be painting plein air at the ocean! 



3.13.2016

Roses in an Aqua Blue Pot

available for purchase

This is my latest oil painting of red, magenta, and cream roses. I did a very similar painting back in 2012, pretty sure it was then. (do you recognize it?) But this time I combined my palette knife style with it. It gives it a very romantic, almost antique feeling. I hope someone loves it as much as I do! I might just have to keep it! The price is $225 which is already low and won't be put on sale. You may have notice I had a flash sale to earn some funds for my upcoming trip to Kauai. It was successful and I may choose a few more to offer before I go. Just consider that I already price my art much lower than most so there's not a lot of room for discounts. I do this so that anyone can collect my art. I also offer layaway plans to make it even easier. Best thing is once you purchase your first piece, any original piece after that will be 10% off (just use the code you receive with your purchase).
Thank you so much for supporting this living artist! Your support keeps me creating new pieces and I really, seriously can't do it without you!




3.05.2016

Hello March!


Work in progress...

close up shot...still in progress

Wow! It's March! I made it through another winter! I know the winters are relatively mild here compared to so many other spots, but growing up in Southern California spoiled me forever! 
It's gloomy and raining today but I can handle it. In about a month I'll be on the warm sands of Kauai! My mom, sister and I are going on a once in a lifetime trip! As you know, my mom has metastasized breast cancer (stage 4) that's in her bones, so we are living for the moment as we should have done all along. It's so easy to get caught up in our daily lives and to take things for granite, but you never know what life will bring; so it's important to do the things you always talked about doing. We always talked about going on a girls trip to Greece but Kauai will do! It's going to be so much fun! 
So I'm selling some paintings to earn funds for my trip! My plane ticket is paid for so that's half the battle. I'm going no matter what but every little bit counts. Thank you for supporting this living artist! I appreciate all of you more than I can express! 

So this painting pictured here is my latest work in progress. It's a 30x40 inch canvas with the thick painted sides so no framing required. I've painted the sides a deep teal "washed" look. It's hard to describe but I'll try to get some photos. This was inspired by wedding flower designs that mixed stripes with anemones (the white flowers). That idea evolved to the stripes being a worn picket fence with the flowers spilling over. I want it to have a modern/rustic feel...if that's possible. Kind of contradictory, but that's what I'm after. The painting started with acrylics until it took shape, then I broke out the oils. In the end it will have lots of impasto texture, yummy rich color, and will be a big bold statement piece! That's the plan...I'll try to post progress reports on here but if you want the latest updates, instagram is where I post @ jbeaudet_art . It's so easy to upload progress shots from my phone. Hope to see you there! 




1.31.2016

Finished! 30 paintings in 30 days!




Here's 25 of the 30. I used picmonkey and it didn't give me 30 squares. But all of my 30 can be found on my instagram, as I painted them and posted. So what have I learned? hmmm. This might take some time to figure out. I had originally wanted to focus on different color combos, flowers, and simplifying/style. I think I did accomplish these but I'm not done. I want to continue this practice but maybe not quite every day. I could probably learn more if I didn't need to finish a painting in one day and just do a "study" or sketch. I have a few favorites and am not sure if they're my best work or just different from what I've done in the past. A few of these were "cheats" as they were already paintings and I just went over every inch of them with paint (redos). Those were also leaning experiences for me though. One thing is, most of these are fairly small and I might like to paint a few in a larger version. I'll be offering most of these and the others that didn't get on here in my Etsy shop soon! I still need to photograph and post them. A few have already sold, which was an added bonus to this challenge! Paid for the paint! yay!:)




1.30.2016

Last day to complete all 30 paintings


sold
Here's my painting for day 28. I missed yesterday because I made a trip to town with my mom for her doctor's visit. Everything went great! Her blood levels are stable and she can continue taking the chemo pill!  In April she'll have another CT scan to see just how much the pill has done. Her spirit continues to amaze me. She's awesome! 

This painting was one from earlier this month. I went over it with fresh paint and a palette knife which created a brand new painting. I like this one more than the previous. It lacked energy. It's funny, I'm drawn to peaceful and soft art but when I try to paint like that I end up not being satisfied. It's all a discovery process. 




1.28.2016

Day 27 Landscape near home



on my easel

I attempted to paint a larger painting for day 27 and almost finished...but didn't. I'll be finishing it up this morning and starting on day 28! Almost done! I'll probably to a smaller floral again...back to the theme (although this one still has flowers...yesterday's didn't...see below) big fail.



I won't be selling this one. I painted it on the canvas paper and used too much walnut oil. The whole thing ended being a mess but since I'm doing a daily challenge I'm posting it anyway and taking it as a learning experience.

Have a great day! 







1.26.2016

Sunset in the Snow





Here's day 25! I reworked this one that I painted a month ago. I had originally painted it with acrylics
because I was trying to get some work in the local gallery within a couple weeks time. I ended up just having some small ones because although I finished these I had painted them on canvas with traditional sides so needed frames for displaying. I don't have the money for that right now so they didn't get in on time. I decided to repaint them with oils and am much happier with the results. I don't know why I can't get the results I want with acrylics. The colors never look good to me. Anyway, I enjoyed painting the snow and creating all the reflections and subtle changes in grays. I'll have to retake this because I'm getting that glare on the right side again.


1.25.2016

Painting cherry blossoms


8x10 oil on canvas paper
nfs

I'm still painting every day but missed posting on here over the weekend! This is Day 24 and I'm continuing to simplify shapes. This is the first landscape that I've attempted that on. I'm using dabs of paint instead of broad strokes. I may mix it up though, this is just exploring and practicing. It's challenging to try and see things in simplified forms and not wanting to put in more details. But I'm interested in light and color right now and also like the smoother feel. This may be a phase, I don't know. Just something I want to explore and I'm seeing things in a whole new way!
My reference photo and inspiration for this piece came from Ann Tran. I love the photos she posts on facebook and instagram. She travels all over the world but I think this one came from a walk in her DC neighborhood. 

So Day 23 is post on my instagram account @ jbeaudet_art. I only spent about 5-10 minutes on a few peonies but it's cute. I spent most of the day preparing files for a video that Lee from Arts,Artists, and Artworks prepared and posted for me! It turned out so nice! 

Here's the link to the video. I hope it works for you! I love the music that he put to it. 







1.23.2016

Day 22 Floral Painting


8x10 oil on canvas paper
available soon
$125

So back to flowers, exploring colors and simplifying shapes. I'm still so mixed up as to which I like more. I love the peaceful and calming feeling of this but my palette knife art is full of interesting textures and I love the way the paint mixes together. They are totally complete opposites! ugh! I guess there could be worse things in the world to fret over but this is really bugging me. For now I'll be doing both...maybe I should sign them in a different name! Like my alter ego! haha 






1.20.2016

Just a little posie for you

A Little Posy for You 
8x8 inch oil 

Here's day 20. I'm going to sign it again. I like when there's a little contrast so I'm not sure why I grabbed that color. Easy fix. What's not an easy fix is the bottom (table) being to thick. 





Three White Roses


purchase here


This is a small 5x7 sketch of white roses. I like how it came out but still need more practice with all the shades in white. It's done on oil painting paper which is a new substrate for me. I kind of like how the paint goes on it and the brushstrokes show. I'm selling most of the 30 paintings and hoping to earn some money otherwise this may be the end of my journey. I know art is not something that people need and space is limited. That's why these little guys are great! Anyway, if you've ever considered purchasing my art...well, you know. Thank you for supporting the arts! :)




1.19.2016

Just a Rose oil painting




oil on masonite6x6 inch

I love peach, it's my favorite color and has been since I was a child. This shade of corally peach is the best!

1.17.2016

Barn time!


8x8 inch 

Who doesn't love an old barn? We have a lot of them around here but this one is not one of them. I made this up. So, it doesn't exist...or maybe it does! 
This one still has flowers so I didn't break the streak! I have been working on a few different things this month but I'm not done. I think I may have to continue this challenge! 






1.16.2016

White Roses for Day 16


Blooming in White

Somebody asked if I'd ever painted white roses so I thought I'd give it shot. I kind of like how they turned out but will practice more. Sorry I didn't get the sunflower painting from yesterday listed yet. It's on my camera at least but that won't help you. I did list this one though! 




Feeling Tropical


available soon


One of the good things about painting every day is that I don't always feel like it, so when I do finally get to my paints I keep it simple. This was one of those days and the simplicity is what makes it sweet. I could do another larger piece later with more detail but for now I'm happy with this little 8x8 inch. It would be a perfect pop of color. I will be retaking the photo and will get it in my shop this morning, then on to the next one! I feel better today and am going to try and paint 2! I'm going somewhere on Monday which will take all day so I don't want to get behind. Actually I think I may be behind by one already...I'll have to recount. This is day 15 and I'll be posting 16 later today. Thanks for your support! I couldn't do this without you!

$90  








1.14.2016

Pink Roses in Bloom



Full of Blooms


Here's day 14! Some palette knife roses, just in time for Valentine's Day! I'm really enjoying this challenge and may even keep going when I'm done! I have a bunch of larger painting ideas now, so those will take longer to complete. Thanks so much for all your support and making this possible!






1.12.2016

Roses for Day 12



Well. here's day 12. It's more like a sketch or study. I'm trying to simplify roses and there hard for me to paint anyways! I'll have to do more for sure! I have to get this down.



1.11.2016

More Sunflowers - Day 11



sold

Another day of flowers and continuing with my loose and juicy simplified style. I added a little more detail to this one and will maybe figure out where I'm going with this. I'll need to go large (at least larger than this little one. It's about 5x7), and might combine oils and acrylics. I mostly use oils but am getting more use to the versatility that acrylics possess. The clean up is a big bonus too. This one even has a few strokes of charcoal in there so it's mixed media. 

I've been painting flowers for years now. Before I started painting and posting on this blog, I painted watercolors. I also used color pencils when my daughter was a baby. They were easier to deal with and I could just grab them when she napped. I would sit and draw these detailed country heart wreaths and mostly gave them a way as gifts. I vaguely remember selling one though, that would have been my first art sale. That was way back in 1992. So much time has gone by.

Flowers have always been my passion, which was the main reason I worked as a floral design assistant or a while back in 1994, I think. I found out fast that I much prefer painting them. I could arrange them just find and enjoyed doing so, but cutting the stems with a knife...not my thing. To this day I still manage to kill a few flowers after recutting them when I get them home. 

Anyway, flowers are my thing and always have been. After hearing from so many of you, I finally figured it out, just paint flowers. Paint what you love (don't worry, I'll still paint other things too)









1.10.2016

Simplifying Flowers






I'm simplifying things! It's always good to simplify to see things clearer. This 30 day painting challenge by Leslie Saeta is a good time for it too! I mentioned before that I had added more detail than I intended to, so I'm going the extreme other way. Cleaning up the clutter! I might do a few of these and maybe try oil. This one is a 5x7 inch acrylic. Not sure if I'm going to sell it as I wasn't even sure if I should share it. It's kind of far from what I've been doing but I want a fresh start to the new year! Now you may have figured out the theme of my challenge so far has been flowers. I was thinking I'd do the first half flowers and the second half landscapes but...I'm having such a fun time with the flower theme I might just end up with 30 florals. 





1.09.2016

A Little Posy for You!


8x8 inch oil $170
Click for more details

I'm liking the strong shadow against the light background. I can't decide whether to do the next with a completely white background or keep the variance of colors. That's the nice thing about doing one a day! I also got a little detail on this one and had wanted to do the opposite. So many things to thing about while painting. The thing about painting like this everyday is that it will become second nature. I already see another I want to do tomorrow just from looking at this one. This month is going to fly by! I hope yours is going well!