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!
Friday, May 28, 2010
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Tuesday, May 25, 2010
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.)
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Monday, May 24, 2010
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!
Posted by Jennifer Lommers at 9:24 AM
Saturday, May 22, 2010
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.
Posted by Jennifer Lommers at 7:37 AM
Friday, May 21, 2010
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...
Posted by Jennifer Lommers at 11:39 AM
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
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.
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Monday, May 17, 2010
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Friday, May 14, 2010
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Wednesday, May 12, 2010
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.
- wiping all excess oil paint onto our palette and then onto a paint rag
- 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)
- spraying brushes down with Simple Green and further working bristles in a utility sink
- finishing cleaning with a mild soap and water
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Monday, May 10, 2010
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Friday, May 7, 2010
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.
Posted by Jennifer Lommers at 1:47 PM
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
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.
Posted by Jennifer Lommers at 2:37 PM