Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Springtacular Splendors!

 Layover                                   oil, 12x16 inches
(This painting was selected for the 23rd OPA National Juried Exhibition)

 Greetings and Happy Spring!

It’s been a busy spring here in California. Recently taught a fun 5 day plein air workshop in Ojai. The students were great, the weather was sublime and the locations were beauteous! However, the pollen from the oak trees caught me by surprise and left me in a constant state of sneezing. That being said, the arctic polar vortex crap seemed to have missed Ojai, let me tell you it was HOT! Lizards galore doing pushups on the sun warmed rocks, rattlesnakes coming out of their burrows and lazily sliding through the grass, blooming flowers and blooming oaks. Ojai was awesome but already I’m sooooo looking forward to the beauty of the Big Sur coast and that magical world of the Esalen tribe. Can’t wait to soak in the natural sulfur hot springs that pour into the stone tubs along the cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Oh, and looking forward to teaching painting too of course. Add to that, I will be participating in two exciting group exhibitions scheduled to open in late spring. Hop on little Easter bunny, hop on!
Below are some fun Ojai workshop pics I am delighted to share. Enjoy :-)

P L E I N  A I R  W O R K S H O P
(O J A I - A P R I L  2 0 1 4)

Morning demo at Lake Casitas

Students painting Ojai countryside

Springtime blossoms in Ojai

Donelle painting at the Besant Center

Avatar Point at Meher Mount

Some Ojai eye candy :-)

My fabulous students!
Clockwise from upper left: Joan, Alane, Jennifer, Ben, Donelle, 
Kourtney, Nanette, Sarah, Claire and John
(Rachel and Sophia missing from pic)

U P C O M I N G   E X H I B I T I O N S

National Artists Invitational Exhibition

Roman Alleyway               oil, 8x15 inches

I’m delighted to announce that two of my paintings will be on display for the  
National Artists Invitational Exhibition at 717 Gallery in Easton, Maryland.
Show opens May 2nd, 2014.
For more info click here

23rd Annual Juried Exhibition

My new painting Layover (scroll to top to view image) has been selected for the prestigious  
OPA 23rd Annual Juried Exhibition hosted by the Bennington Arts Center located in
Bennington, Vermont.
Show opens June 7th, 2014.
For more info click here

 2 0 1 4   P L E I N   A I R   W O R K S H O P S

As I mentioned above, the June 2014 Esalen workshop in Big Sur is a little over a month away! There are still spots available, so if you try and sign up and they tell you otherwise please contact me directly (sometimes the elves that run the place get a little spacey from all that fresh air and deep meditation).
I am also conducting a Wellfleet workshop in September which has only one spot left, so if you’re on the East Coast and you want to participate do not wait to the last minute to sign up! After that I’ll be teaching again in Esalen in October and Ojai in November 2014.
Click here for registration info and to view complete 2014 workshop schedule.


Well that’s it for the McChristian news, have to get back to my painting regime. Already took up lots of time last week staring at the mystical lunar eclipse through my telescope and battling with pesky springtime allergies. The eclipse resembled a Frazetta-esque, sci-fi looking scene that simply needed an eight legged bobcat to slink along the neighbor’s fence to complete it  :-)
Have a sensational and sassy summer and fight the good fight, digest those candy eggs, avoid eating too many leftover peeps and keep on creating and appreciating!

 Bamboo eagerly anticipating summer.......

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Happy New Year!

Wilma and John's Beach House                           gouache, 8x10 inches

Happy New Year dear friends and art lovers!  If you haven't done so yet, sharpen your pencils and prepare to make some wildly optimistic New Years resolutions! Or be like Ben and use the power of reverse psychology by resolving to gain weight along with a bevy of equally bad habits for the New Year. Haha! I’ve made lots of resolutions to be more vigilant towards keeping resolutions that somehow were unkempt in 2013; dirty, unkempt resolutions.
Recently returned from a dreamy three week stay in Turks and Caicos this past December. This gorgeous place is scattered with wonderful beaches of fine coral sand and emerald colored waters. Did a bunch of snorkeling and watched as colorful parrot fish crunched noisily on corals with their  bucked teeth and gazed at turtles gliding dreamily into the depths of the refreshing ocean.
Below is pic of me plein air painting at Bight Reef. Good times!

Turks and Caicos, December 2013

R E C E N T   A W A R D ! 

While away on vacation I was surprised and equally delighted to find out I received 'Best of Show' for the November 2013 Raymar Art Competition judged by the very talented Gabor Svagrik. Yay!
To view November 2013 finalists click here 

Best of Show - Raymar Art Competition

The Story Teller                      oil, 14x17 inches

2 0 1 4   P L E I N   A I R   W O R K S H O P S


For anyone out there on the East Coast who’s resolved to take a Jennifer McChristian plein air painting workshop you will be heartened by the introduction of my first ever Wellfleet workshop in September 2014! Wellfleet is an adorable town about half way up Cape Cod in Massachussetts, so all you New Englanders come have some clam chowder and crumbly saltines with me after a rewarding day of painting.
 Hope to see you there! It’s going to be a fun workshop.
If it’s too far to travel for the West Coast don’t despair, the Esalen and Ojai workshop dates have been finalized.
Click here for registration info and to view complete 2014 workshop schedule!


Well that’s all for now folks. Cheers to a fabulous 2014 and don’t drive drunk again! May the odds be ever in your favor! And while I’m resolving to be evolving, I’m willing to keep chilling.
To the Chinese I say goodbye Year of the Snake and hello Year of the Horse. Out with the tumultuous change and in with the industrious accomplishments.

In the vein of the Great Cleansing of 2013 Bad Habits I present this self portrait of the removal of dead Autumn leaves. And yes, I love doing housework in heels ;-)
In the words of Lars Von Triers: "Is it symbolic? Maaybeee"......

Autumn's Purging                      oil, 12x12 inches

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Alluring Autumn Affairs

'The StoryTeller'                                    oil, 14x17 inches


We’re almost to Halloween and then just a stone’s throw to Thanksgiving! Look out pumpkins and turkeys, I’m a comin’ to get you! The cinnamon brooms are already making the studio smell extra spicy and full of imaginary home pie-baking. Speaking of Autumn awesomeness, I just got back from teaching a workshop at Esalen and what an experience! Big Sur in October is overwhelmingly magical. The beauty of the place hit us like a hammer built from ten thousand Hallmark cards. The weather was the most perfect I have experienced there, ranging between mid 70‘s to low 80’s. There is an annual Monarch butterfly migration which passes through Big Sur in October, and it seemed like a veritable infestation of little orange faeries gliding through a world of over-sized flowers. Then compound the daylight beauty by having an unbelievably red sun slowly descending into the Pacific followed by a pale full moon. Sublime! But teaching plein air painting workshops in exotic and stimulating surroundings isn’t all that I do!  I’m also currently showing at the Abend Gallery’s American Industry group show as well as the Howard Mandville Gallery’s 23rd Annual Small Works group show. Additionally my painting ‘The Oracle’ placed as finalist for the Raymar August 2013 art competition. Woo Hoo! Below is a detailed recap of this month's heavenly happenings, but first take a peek-a-Boo at these delightful pics of my recent workshop at Esalen. Enjoy!

P L E I N   A I R   W O R K S H O P 
(B I G   S U R  -  O C T O B E R   2 0 1 3)

Demoing by the coast

 Gorgeous Monarchs fluttering around 
the Esalen gardens

An almost full moon rising above the horizon

We were rewarded with breathtaking sunsets 
throughout the week

My sensational students!
From left to right: Ramon, Alix, Ben (assistant), Nelly, Jennifer, Rachel, Bob, 
Jennifer (instructor), Judy, Eileen and Waltraud
(Judy, Amy and Marie missing from pic)

C U R R E N T   E X H I B I T I O N S

American Industry

'Closing the Tab'                           oil, 18x24 inches

Three of my new paintings are currently on display at Abend Gallery’s group show American Industry. Show runs through November 23, 2013. 
For additional information and to view online exhibition click here.

23rd Annual Invitational Small Works Show


'Cue Ball'               oil, 8x8 inches

In addition, I am currently participating in the exciting 23rd Annual Invitational Small Works Show 
hosted by the Howard/Mandville Gallery. 
Click here to check out some awesome small gems!

R E C E N T   A W A R D

 Raymar Art Competition

'The Oracle'        oil, 11x24 inches

My painting ‘The Oracle’ placed as finalist for the August 2013
Raymar Art Competition judged by Qiang Huang
To view all August finalists click here.

2 0 1 4   P L E I N   A I R   W O R K S H O P S

I am delighted to announce that my 2014 plein air painting workshop dates have been posted!
I am excited to be returning to Ojai and Big Sur next year for more fun-filled, inspiring and exhilarating workshop experiences!
To see complete schedule and for more info / registration details click here


Well, that’s all for Fall y'all. Have a spooky Halloween and a thankful Thanksgiving!  
Be sure and look both ways before crossing the street and remember to wear bright orange clothes if you’re going hunting with clumsy (or drunken) friends! 

Friday, August 23, 2013

Mystical Musings

'The Oracle'        oil, 11x24 inches


Holy Moly! Summer has been flying by here in LA and I’m getting ready to fall into the fall, hopefully in a graceful kind of way and not in the vein of Charlie Chaplin. It’s been a good summer, hard to imagine it’s almost time to take out the Halloween candy and hockey mask. Soon the harvest Moon will be hanging low and orange on the horizon, the  LA smog will have a subtle shift and smell just a little less like diesel lawn mowers and a little more like diesel leaf blowers. The temperature should drop by a dramatic three degrees or so and the urge to travel will grow larger and larger until it becomes almost unbearable! Speaking of travel, I am utterly delighted to be headed back to the idyllic rolling hills and cliff-side hot springs of Esalen in Big Sur to teach my last plein air workshop of 2013! I am also looking forward to a very fruitful, exciting and awesomely audacious Autumn filled with exciting shows and events!
Here is the skinny on upcoming shows and workshops. Enjoy!


OPA Western Regional Exhibition

'Curb Side Kiss'         oil, 9x12 inches

I am happy to announce that my painting ‘Curb Side Kiss’ will be included
in the prestigious OPA Western Regional Exhibition hosted by SouthWind Gallery in Topeka, Kansas.
Opening ceremony is scheduled for September 6th from 5:30 to 8:30pm
For additional information click here

Fall Gallery Group Show

'The Valiant Traveler'           oil, 18x18 inches

 My new painting ‘The Valiant Traveler’ will be included in the Annual Fall Gallery Group Show hosted by InSight Gallery in Fredericksburg, Texas.
Opening reception is September 6th from 6:00 to 8:00pm.
For additional information click here


There are a few spaces open for my plein air painting workshop in Big Sur (Esalen Institute)
Workshop dates are October 13th -18th, 2013.
This workshop is filling up quickly so be sure to register soon to confirm your space!  
Workshop fee is  is based on accommodation.
(Class is limited to 12 students)
For more info and registration details click here
NOTE: 2014 workshop dates will be posted on my web site shortly


That’s all for now and many thanks for taking the time to read my blog!
I hope your summer is filled with hummers and your fall will have no walls!  Huh, that sounded kind of like a gypsy curse.  Let me rephrase that......have a great rest of the summer and an awesome autumn!

Blue Moon over Sunset Blvd.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Scintillating Summer

'Full Moon Procession'    oil,  8x10 inches
Greetings and Happy Summer!

It’s well into June so it must be summer and what a summer it is! It’s time for barbeques in the courtyard, pool parties, balmy nights and a spectacular Super Moon. These past couples of months have been fruitful and fun with activities including plein air painting workshops, exciting group shows and even a prestigious award!

I recently returned from teaching an awesome five-day workshop at Esalen in Big Sur. Can’t tell you what a pleasure it is to teach there! We had gorgeous weather by the seaside, ate double portions of organic chocolate cake, had three scrumptious square meals per day provided for us on oaken tables in a cafeteria reminiscent of Rivendale (if the Tolkienian elves had a bar stocked with Napa Valley wine that is). We soaked by starlight in cliffside hot springs overlooking the Pacific Ocean, loosened some old knots with a deep tissue massage, went skinny dipping in a heated saltwater swimming pool under a New Moon and somewhere in there I managed to teach a plein air workshop! Don’t feel bad if you couldn’t make it this time. The good news is I’ll be returning to Esalen in October! Make sure to register early. This workshop is limited to 12 students and spaces tend to fill up fast!
For more workshop info and to register online click here.
Below are a few workshop pics I’m delighted to share. Enjoy!
(To view additional fun pics of the workshop please visit my Facebook page)

 Esalen Plein Air Painting Workshop - June 2013

First day of workshop

The beautiful Esalen gardens

Assisting student during critique

 Susie painting breathtaking ocean view

The Esalen baths

My awesome students!
Clockwise from upper left: Samantha, Don, Debbie, Patti, Kirsten, Catherine, 
Usana, Adrienne, Kristen, Jodie, Vanessa, Judi, Susan, Jennifer and Ben
(Susie and Beverly missing from pic)


Oil Painters of America 1st Summer Salon

I am delighted to be participating in OPA's Inaugural Summer Salon
My new painting 'Full Moon Procession' (see image at top of post) is currently on display at the lovely Crooked Tree Arts Center. 
For more info click here

Abend: The Renovation

'El Cid'    oil, 8x8 inches

My painting 'El Cid, View from Balcony' will be included in Abend Gallery's The Renovation show.
This upcoming exhibition will showcase the gallery artists' stellar new works.
The opening reception will coincide with the unveiling of the gallery's beautiful renovations.
Opening reception is July 19th from 5 to 9pm.
For more info click here


Salon International 2013

'Hallows Eve Revelry'   oil, 12x16 inches

I’m delighted to announce that my painting ‘Hallows Eve Revelry’ received the Jury’s Top 60 award from Greenhouse Gallery's Salon International exhibition! 


I will be teaching my last plein air workshop for 2013 this coming autumn.
I am happy to be returning to Esalen, Big Sur a second time this year!
Workshop dates are October 13th - 18th, 2013.
For more info and registration details click here

Thanks so much for taking the time to read my blog. It’s time to head out to the studio to get some painting done however the tricky part is staying disciplined while being tempted to take the day off and go rollerblading at Venice Beach! Ahhhhh, summer in LA.
Hope you have a sultry, sensuous and sensational  summer!
See you in the Fall, y’all!