Friday, November 24, 2006

Sycamores and Picnic Table

oil on panel............ 6x8"
I painted this simple, little study at the Betty Davis Park. I wanted to capture the sense of isolation along with the feeling of comfort, serenity and familiarity.


william wray said...

J- you summed it up pretty well emotionally in you description, but in addition technically I really like how the light just blazes in this one, one of your hallmarks. I also love the brushy texture of the gesso ground on the board combined with economical brushstrokes to give this one a bonus effect for the tree's bark and brush.

Liz Abeyta said...

William pointed me over to your blog. Great stuff! I love this one- the larger pic is a joy to look at.

Stefan Nuetzel said...

I had found your blog throught William and I like your work very much. I find your brushwork stunning and your use of colour is superb.

Jennifer McChristian said...

Thanks William,

This was an experimental painting for me. The brushy texture is a result of an acrylic modeling paste I applied to my pre-gessoed panel.
At first, it was excruciatingly frustrating to manipulate the paint over this overly absorbent surface, however, I started to enjoy the somewhat dry pastel look and feel to it as the painting developed.

Jennifer McChristian said...

Hi Liz,

Thank you.
I'm thinking about turning this one into a studio size painting.

Brian said...

Jennifer, Bill Wray recommended you, and he was right. Your work is splendid! I aspire to this kind of quality and artistry. You have a real knack for plein air. Come join and post to our Plein Air community! We could really benefit from your talents!

Jennifer McChristian said...

Hi Brian,

Thank you for the compliments and the invite! I will definitely check out the plein air forum.