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I'm feeling so much better now and I know it's going to be the best year yet! I have the most exciting news to share with you. My mom just had her scans done after a year on a trial chemo pill, and she is completely cancer free!!! She went from stage four breast cancer, that had spread to lymph nodes and bones, to cancer free!!! It really feels like a miracle but I know it's the medicine and her amazing attitude. She is my inspiration.
Things are still a little rocky for me but I'm painting again and it feels awesome. I can't seem to do very well without it. I ditched the lemon on this one and gave the whole thing more texture and interest. I love paint...now I just have to figure out how to get my blog
networked again so you all see it.
I've been busy! Working on a few large pieces that will hopefully be on display in Lahaina! Super excited about that! Another hollyhocks and winery coming soon too! Oh..and some sunflowers and magenta stock that I just picked up from Trader Joe's. So many things to paint!
|The Night Approaches 8x10|
I think this may be the 4th "lady in red" painting I've done now. Something about that color and of course the gorgeous gowns. This one is an 8x10 oil on traditional canvas and will look great in a beautiful ornate frame! Someone recently suggested that I make a series of three and I think I may do that. Just have to decide whether to change the pose, the dress, or the background.
|Ventura View From The Cross|
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!
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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!
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!:)
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.
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!
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.
8x10 oil on canvas paper
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.
|8x10 oil on canvas paper|
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
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! :)
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!
|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!