Friday, May 28, 2010

Before and After - a floral transformation

I finally finished the floral painting I started as a demo in my daughter's 1st grade class. It reiterates my layered painting method - constantly re-working the painting while leaving bits of color from each painting session to peek thru. The final piece was inspired by thoughts of Marigolds as my daughter and I discussed methods for keeping the slugs away from her watermelon plant (that she tearfully saved from a naughty slug). Her farming roots are strong! I hope you enjoy the transformation - and look for it to be available for sale some time next week!

(detail images)

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The Fun of A Painting in a Painting...

"Reading in the Green Room"
ORIGINAL Acrylic on Canvas
20 x 30 x 1.5 inches
Availalbe on ETSY

I once met a very nice artist at a show in Port Townsend, WA a few years ago who shared this little fun tidbit with me... the fun of having a painting in a painting is that you can use the technology of the day and print it out with any number of other paintings you've created hanging on the wall. That little thought has remained in the back of my head for quite awhile. I am so excited I finally get to try it! (And a special thanks to Lone Hansen for the idea.)

Also - note that I finally have a table, book, lamp, cup of coffee, and favorite family photos added to the scene! I hope you enjoy - and check out these fun renditions!

Monday, May 24, 2010

My Favorite Places... Painting Session III

I felt like I changed a lot more than how it appears. I like having a patterned carpet. I added a side table (but still need to place a book on it), and I played with the wall colors a bit, which I'm still considering. Do I need a reading lamp? Maybe...

Watch for the next painting session to find out! In the meantime, you can check out the slide show of progress from Flickr in the top right column of my blog. And PLEASE keep in mind that I'm just taking quick photos here - these are not my usual scanned print worthy images!

Happy painting!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

New Art on the Front Page!

It's always a treat to be featured on the front page of Etsy.com, especially when it's one of my latest original pieces! Thanks to CraftCult.com for providing the tool to display past Etsy Treasuries here! Thanks to Peekabo for creating such a nice treasury! Congrats to everyone who made this front page! I enjoyed your company for the few hours in the wee morning we were together.

Friday, May 21, 2010

My Favorite Places... Painting Session II

I've finished my second painting session (only about an hour this time). I still don't know what color I want for the floor and rug and I also need to find someplace to set my book. I especially like how I broke up the color on the table in the foreground and I like the shape of the chair a little better. My walls also became my favorite wall color - yellow! Yummy.

And the painting continues...

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

My Favorite Places... a New Series in Progress

Here is the first of a new series of "favorite places" paintings on which I'm working. Although I spend a lot of time enjoying the outdoors (my husband knows - put me in a good mood? Take me on a hike!), I also enjoy quiet moments inside as well. This painting in progress is a cozy reading corner. I started with a grey gessoed canvas (much of which you can still see). I've just finished my basic compositional outline - trying to let the viewer mosey on up the canvas. I'll block out larger shapes of color next.

Come back and watch how it progresses over the coming week! I may have to add a favorite book to leave on the table - we'll see!

Monday, May 17, 2010

NEW Original Art NOW Available!

"Leaf Study No 2 & 3"
10 x 10 x 2 inch
ORIGINAL Acrylic Paintings
on Stretched Canvas

$85.00 each

Now Available on ETSY

PRINTS (as shown right) available on IMAGEKIND

"New Growth in Bloom"
12 x 24 x 2 inch
ORIGINAL Acrylic on Canvas

Now Available on ETSY

Framed or Canvas PRINTS available on IMAGEKIND!

Friday, May 14, 2010

The Apprentice

I had a little help with my painting today.

I was wondering why the canvas kept moving as I was applying brushstrokes. Then I saw the feet. Four of them.

Our cat was chasing the movement from the back side of the canvas. Apparently she would like to be my new apprentice, and she was practicing the movements you make with a paint brush. Hmmm. Or maybe she just likes to pester me. Either way she's a cutie (and a good mouser!) I think I'll keep this apprentice... at least until I find yellow paw prints on the carpet (just kidding).

Not to worry. No pets were harmed in the making of this post :-) AND I'm VERY careful about not letting the kitties get into my paint supplies (no turpentines or anything of the sort here - these are acrylics and fortunately they dry fast). After the photo-op, this kitty was quickly shooed away without any paint on her and everything was put away before I finished my painting session.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The Oil Painting Saga Continues... Cleaning My Brushes!

Back in college (yes, email was just being discovered and I typed my term papers on the first Macintosh - a "portable computer"), even back then we were actually trying to be environmentally conscious and often used Simple Green to clean up our oil painting messes as an alternative to turpentine and other noxious stuff. Amazingly enough, even though personal computers have made leaps and bounds, the environmentally conscious oil painting artist is still left with... Simple Green.

Or are they?

Well... basically yes. However, gratefully, there are many similar products now on the market, each with their own story of effectiveness, environmental friendliness, and manufacturing process. So, I thought I would give a new product a try. It's advertised as biodegradable, 100% plant derived, and produced completely in the USA.

Back to oil painting...

So, back in time again, we used to clean our brushes by (as best I remember)...
  1. wiping all excess oil paint onto our palette and then onto a paint rag
  2. rinsing brush in a turpentine based brush cleaner (using a wire coil at the bottom of a jelly jar to help dislodge as much oil paint as possible and then re-seal with the screw on top for use again later)
  3. spraying brushes down with Simple Green and further working bristles in a utility sink
  4. finishing cleaning with a mild soap and water
Given the process, I often left my brushes in step 1 for several paint sessions before making it to steps 2-4. Remember - I was trained by mostly abstract expressionists!

Well, presently, as I continue work on a new oil painting I decided to skip step 2 altogether (since I don't own any turpentine or such product anyway and have been thinning my oil paint with Walnut Oil instead) and try cleaning with a 1:1 ratio of cleaner and water using the BioGreenClean product.

What do you know - it worked!

And... it did a pretty good job on my kitchen counters, tub, and shower curtain too (using a less potent 3:1 ratio). I'll still use baking soda to scrub the worst parts of the tub though. It's by far my favorite cleaner of choice!

4ft x 4ft oil painting

And about the oil painting?... it's still progressing. To see the last progression, check it out in my previous post HERE.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Print of the Month - MAY 2010 - Supporting Audubon of Corvallis

"Just Noticed"
8 x 10 inch
May 2010 Print of the Month
$10.00 each, shipping $2.50
(regularly priced at $18.00)
$2.00 from each sale will be donated to

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About the Painting
I have a long history with birds. I have always loved watching the little darlings (as you can see in my bird book HERE.) As such, they frequently find their way into my paintings. This little bird "just noticed" I was watching, and gave me a quick glance. I hope you enjoy!

About the Print
The print is created with archival quality inks on fine art watercolor paper using a digital scan to capture the original painting's true color and texture. The print is signed on the front then packed in an acid free sleeve complete with foam core for added protection. The print is shipped flat via USPS First Class Mail within the U.S. An artist bio is also included.

About the CAUSE!
My family and I have enjoyed the gifts to our community provided by our local Audubon Society chapter. They have a wonderful little sanctuary (Hesthaven) for birding and providing educational opportunities to people of all ages - about birds and so much more. I hope my (and your) contribution can help them continue their great work. Thank you for your support of my art and the Audubon Society!

$2.00 for every print sold will be donated directly to the Audubon Society of Corvallis, OR at the close of this sale (June 2010). I will announce the amount raised on my website: JenniferLommers.com. This promotion cannot be combined with other orders, is available only thru my blog using Paypal and will only last until the end of the month (5/31/10) at which time a new print and cause will be announced. Thank you for your support! If you would like to donate DIRECTLY to the Audubon Society, PLEASE FEEL FREE to do so! I'm sure they would appreciate it.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Long Distance Show Planning

I just sent in my payment for a show booth in Glencoe, IL (just outside Chicago). This will be my first long distance show booth (longer than say going down to CA or up to WA which are my usual summer show season haunting grounds). I will be flying. I will have to ship everything there. Hmmm. This could get interesting.

Now, if I were a jewelry artist I would just pack up my suitcase full of jewelry, take it as my carry-on, buy or rent a pop-up when I'm there, head to Home Depot right before the show and throw a sheet of plywood on a couple of sawhorses and be done with it.

I am not a jewelry artist. (I've tried. I'm really bad at it. I now buy/trade for all my jewelry from fellow artisans at the shows!)

So - what's a painter to do? Well, at least I'm not a potter!

Here's the plan so far. I'm open to suggestions, so suggest away if you like. (And, I do have the advantage of staying with my brother, and also being able to ship stuff to him in advance)

1) The tent. I could rent one, but for the same price I could buy one online and ship it to my brother and if the show does poorly, leave it with him (or try to sell it to a fellow artist), or if the show does well, ship it back to myself when I'm done and have a spare tent.

2) Panels (for hanging my art). I am thankful I'm using the mesh panels from Flourish.com which I can (hopefully) fit onto an EZ-up. I think I will either ship the ones I have (made for a trimline tent) or if I can afford it buy new ones designed for the EZ-up and ship them to my brother. Either way, I love these panels for doing a lot of shows on my own. They are light, look nice, and are easy to set up.

3) The Art. For original art I think I'm going to prepare several larger pieces on paper and ship them. I will then order the mats and frames online and ship them as well. I will have to assemble them there, which means I will probably arrive a day ahead of the show. Thankfully I think my brother will give me a good deal for room and board!

4) The Prints. I am going to ship them without the foam core and then have the foam core shipped directly from the manufacturer. Should be interesting.

5) Tables. I'm hoping my brother has a table or two.

6) I'll pack everything else (mostly office supplies/tablecloths and the like) in my suitcase. Good thing I'm a light packer!

This should be interesting! If nothing else - I get to spend a few days with my brother and family - yea!

In the Chicago area in July? Stop by and see me at the show!

Glencoe Festival of the Masters
July 10 - 11, 2010

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Celebrating 200 Facebook Fans - THANK YOU!

As a "Thank You" for following me and my work, to celebrate the passing of a new milestone for me (200 Facebook Fans), I am NOW OFFERING my popular blank note cards for $2.00 each on ETSY (regularly $3.75) for the month of MAY 2010. TO PURCHASE - just let me know in your message to me during Etsy checkout that you are a Facebook Fan of The Art of Jennifer Lommers and I will send you a corrected invoice to reflect the sale price (if you forget - just email or convo me and that works too). Don't worry if you manage to complete checkout and instantly pay with Paypal - I will just refund you the difference.

REMEMBER - 200 Facebook Fans means my Note Cards are ON SALE for $2.00 each on ETSY!

(Promotion will last thru May 31, 2010 or until all cards are gone - whichever comes first!)

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