Subtle Storm

Are you intriqued with gentle storms and peaceful feelings, brilliant colors and happy places? I’d like to share something a little different with you because this painting was created in a different  kind of way for me. I like the final product, it was experimental and creative combining different aspects of how and why I did what I did. I also thought you might like to see the three process pictures. I don’t always take pictures because I get too caught up in the moment painting. But this one was different…I hope you enjoy!

I thought it was pretty cool painting out of the ordinary.

The original painting became the underpainting.

Not too long ago, I took a painting workshop taught by the creative and talented artist Bonita Goldberg. The key approach in this workshop was to “put passion into your paintings.” She taught that the colors we use in our paintings can indicate emotion and passion. The yellow and blue painting you see here was the finished product from the workshop. I painted it from a reference photo I took while on Cumberland Island off the Georgia coast. The thrill of being there, the island and the marsh brought me “happiness, optimism and joy” indicated by the yellows in the sky. The blues represented “peace, calm and serenity.” All of the feelings associated with being in a beautiful place, with the person you want to be with.

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I was a little more than half way done at this point.

In the middle.

A few months passed and I kept looking at the painting. I liked it but always wanted to do more. Being such a realist, I decided to complete it with colors that were more like the true colors I saw. Once again, I went to my reference photo to get the needed information. I added some land and the clouds that were really there. I imagined, and then painted the storm in the background. 

Subtle Storm
framed oil on canvas. 11 x 14
$375 available

“Subtle Storm”.  It spoke, I listened.

“Subtle Storm” and it’s emotional underpainting seemed to create a glowing effect which surprised me. It’s as if I could hear the distant thunder and the gently rain in the background as I painted. What a gift to be happily surprised, letting the painting speak. I know, that’s strange, but that’s how I roll!

I used my artistic license when adding the few foreground flowers. The storm really didn’t exist, it most likely would have been seen as dark clouds with rain as the storm brewed in the distance. You notice these things when you’re an artist looking to observe truth in nature. Sometimes it’s fun to bend the truth and I can safely do that with a piece of art! I totally enjoyed the process, what a gift to be able to recreate and relive vivid, joyful and emotional moments in this life.

 

Joy Of The Earth

Joy Of The Earth, 12 x 16, Pastel on board, $350

Day after day, the relentless call came to me “Look over here, create !” I was possessed by the early morning scene that stretched across the eastern sky each day on my walk and the earlier I went out, the more beautiful it became. The yellows and oranges were bursting as the fog gently hovered just above the damp ground on each cool mid-spring morning. After a few days I succumbed to the call.

I had a piece of board in the studio that I had hand primed with a burgundy pastel primer and had been waiting for the right time to put into use. I spent about 5 days working on this pastel painting, but four days out of the five I had truly decided in the middle of the night to fold it up and just throw it away. “Just be done-give it up, throw it away!” the night voices would tell me. But my heart spoke another song, the same song it spoke when the scene called my name, so I persevered.

And on the last day, as the scene then became the painting, it spoke again, this time in silence. I added the final touches and walked away.

Prayerful Thoughts

Prayerful Thoughts, 18 x 20, framed oil on linen, $400

There she was, on her pedestal in that beautiful old cemetery. She was so mournful and so beautiful at the same time with her wreath in hand and I was so compelled to paint her. She had no name attached as a monument to the loved one that she represented. She just knelt there, outside the chapel forever mourning the one she had lost.

“Prayerful Thoughts”, isn’t that the silent attitude that is evoked when we grace the entrance to a cemetery? It is the peaceful reverence for those that have gone on to the unseen place that we know truly exists. It is the knowing that the other side is real because we all love and have known so many that have gone on before us. And love will never ever die, because it continues to live on in us for those that have gone on before. We also know that we too must go on and one day we will, it is a fact.

She is painted in oil on an 18″ x 20″ linen canvas, so fitting for what she represents. And she still brings a sense of peace, even as she mourns on my studio wall.

I hope that I have not alarmed you with my sense of bereavement, it’s just that old cemeteries and old statues bring that out in me, and they are beautiful.

Winter has taken a toll, even on my thoughts and attitude and I think it is time for spring to arrive. It is time for my “prayerful thoughts” to be centered on the resurrection of Christ, the most important event that is celebrated in all of time. My next blog post will be more on that cheerful note! In the meantime, Christ died even for you, take Him at His word, He will never fail you.

“For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

Jody’s First Blog

It’s sort of like that blank canvas or piece of drawing paper and you tell yourself “Ok, let’s go, you can do this…just do it!” That’s what I felt like several days ago when I set out to write a blog in order to share my collection of paintings and drawings with anyone willing to stop, look and listen. Do you know how many times I have trashed blog startups due brain freeze and being downright frightened to put this out there? I’m sure you can relate. Also, trying to maneuver around and edit a website is another joy, I’d rather be painting!

But I’ll keep these posts simple, just the way we all like it…

Here goes:
Late Summer Sunrise, 8.5 x 10 image, framed pastel on textured paper, $285

It began at 7 a.m. on clear Sunday morning, late summer 2017, a few days after my art friend Lorri Davis had visited. (She always inspires me. We sit for hours usually outside, have lunch and talk art.) Inspired, I decided to set out on a short trek from home with my easel, drawing board, pastels and paper in hand. I walked down to a little dip in the road where a beautiful little valley lies with all kinds of brush, a few trees and wild things growing all about. Occasionally the cows come roaming through which they did that morning! But cows are for another painting on another day. Anyway, it was a perfect morning to be outside. I spent about an hour there, the sun was waking up the day and all of the shadows and light had changed, it was time to go home. I finished “Late Summer Sunrise” in the studio a couple of weeks later. It was so much fun to create that I decided to frame it and enter it into the Middletown Arts Center Area Artist juried art competition last fall. It won 3rd place in the drawing division!