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.

7 comments:

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...

Jennifer,
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...

Jennifer,
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!

http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=87

Jennifer McChristian said...

Hi Brian,

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