Thursday, November 29, 2007

'Oak Park, Illinois'......oil on canvas panel......4 3/4 x 5.5 inches (SOLD)

'Old Barn'.......oil on canvas panel........4 3/4 x 5.5 inches


Hello Bloggers and Blogging People, People of the Blogosphere, Blogizens of Blogilization. Hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving. Let me tell you of my adventures in the world beyond the internet which I know as Earth. Picture if you will a place with wide open spaces and fresh balmy air. We on Earth call this the outside ;-) It was whilst venturing “outside” that I executed several small paintings pictured above. These two I have selected for your perusal because they had both been submitted and accepted into the 2007 Greenwich Workshop Gallery’s Small Works Exhibition which took place this past weekend.


First, there is the painting “Oak Park, Illinois”. Because of the small sized canvas I was able to capture the fleeting afternoon light. Considering how cold it was, it was necessary to paint in an expedient manner. Next, I refer you to “The Old Barn”. This was painted in Ojai, located just an hour’s drive from Los Angeles. Ojai’s a sleepy little town founded by hippies during the sixties. It has an abundance of rustic, rural, recreational regions, regulated regularly by Reagan-era rebels. Ridiculous! I was fortunate to find a friendly fifty-something farmhand named Fred whose foresight and faith in feet and foreskins…....aah forget it. Excelsior!!! …..channeling Dr. Seuss…….

34 comments:

Cooper Dragonette said...

Well I don't know what these people were thinking. I went to the Greenwich Workshops website, reviewed the winners AND top 40 and I can not figure out why you're not $10K richer. Fantastic pieces as always. I love the Oak Park painting in particular.

Tim Schutz said...

I looked at the paintings and could not fathom the sizes. So much implied detail! Your shadows are so rich and vibrant. Beauties, both.

PleinEric said...

Hi Jennifer,

Congrats on getting these pieces in the show...

I find that you have just the "right" blend of drawing and spontaneity in your work! It is absolutely pleasing. Always inspiring.

Ed Terpening said...

Thank you for gracing the blogosphere with your precense! i love the barn painting. great color, composition, brushwork. Right on!

hey, BTW, I also paint in Ojai, love the area. I have family there, so will be painting there Dec 25, 26, and perhaps 27th. if your are too, and want some company, let me know. I bet you know all the good spots.

Jennifer McChristian said...

Cooper, you ROCK!

Thank you for the generous kudos :)

Jennifer McChristian said...

Thank you Tim!

Jennifer McChristian said...

Thanks Eric!

*Your work is quite inspiring as well*

Jennifer McChristian said...

Hi Ed,

Sounds good to me! I would love to join you for plein air painting in Ojai (maybe we'll come across 'Fred' the farmhand ;-)
I hope to make it out there over the holidays. Not sure exactly when, but I will let you know should our dates correspond.

Cheers!

Robin Weiss said...

Hi Jen. I'm always blown away by how much detail you can suggest with a few brush strokes. You did it again in "Oak Park". Love the long winter shadows. The street lamps draw you right into the scene.

You gotta be careful when ya channel Dr Seuse, however You would look cool with a top hat.

Stefan Nuetzel said...

Two fabulous paintings, also considering the size. You have kept such a fine balance between simplicity and the fine details. Super!

ANDREW JUDD said...

Very big little paintings!

Amazing how you can capture the whole feel of the scene with such a small format. the colours are beautiful.

Cheers...Andrew

rob ijbema said...

you sound happy!
so would i if i had painted these..
both paintings are very inspirational,love the loose blue mountains behind the shed.
everyone is right,such a fine balance between details and strokes.

C. Ousley said...

Both are tops! Oak park is extra nice! Love those shadows.

A Reason to Paint said...

Hi Jennifer,
I am a new visitor to your blog and just wanted to let you know how much I like your work, especially your beautiful brushstrokes - they carry so much light.

Danny Griego said...

Fantastic as usual Jennifer. Your paintings continue to inspire! Have a great holiday and new year.

David Lobenberg said...

All of that beautiful color, commanding brushwork, and strong composition in 4.75"x5.50"! Wow! I gotta go small! You inspire us all.

Mike said...

Hey Jen Mac! Your work makes me greeeeeeen with envy! We all say the same thing; exquisite color, suggestive ambiguity . . arousing paintings! You make it look sooo simple! My hat is off to you!! Was the judge at that show asleep or tipping something???

David Lobenberg said...

Well, I guess both Mike and I are now green.

C. Ousley said...

I am PO'ed at you cuz you don't post much. ;-) A new one is always a treat for us.

Peter Yesis said...

These are just joyful Jennifer!

Posting your petite Plein air pictures pleased plenty of us painters and are perfectly prize worthy and should have been picked.(Particularly the Park Painting).

Michael Pieczonka said...

Jennifer, two little beauties! Smashing colour in both of them.. I always love working one small ones like this myself. The way you've done the lanterns in the first one is very nice... I love everything about it!! keep up the fine work

Mike

Jennifer McChristian said...

Thanks Robin!

...I agree, a Dr. Suess top hat would look quite fetching on me :)

Jennifer McChristian said...

Stefan, Andrew, Rob and Chris, thank you for your warm comments!

Jennifer McChristian said...

Triecia,

I appreciate your lovely comments and thank you for visiting! :)

Jennifer McChristian said...

Thanks Danny!

You have an awesome and memorable Holiday season too!

Jennifer McChristian said...

Mike, David, thank you!

Jennifer McChristian said...

Chris,

A new one is on the wayyyyy.....:)

Jennifer McChristian said...

Thanks Peter and Michael!

drips of paint said...

hi Jennifer
good to see your jolly good mood with your post ...

and well done with the small work sold .... I think it is great to know that the East Coast like your work as well... congrats



Merry Christmas to you!

Jennifer McChristian said...

Thanks Tien :)

Enjoy the Holiday season!

Daniel Peci Fine Arts said...

great stuff Jennifer,,love the colors and the intensity!

Antony Bridge said...

I love the light in this street one, Would love to own this one.

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

Love these both. Upon scrutiny I can see a car in the shed and a little dog house in the barn painting.
MORE done as less. Exquisite!

Pedro Ferreira said...

Hi,Jennifer

I am Portuguese. My English is not good.I love painting outdoor, alla-prima.
I admire your paintings.they have true colour, good drawing and vigour.
Congratulation!
Regards
Pedro Ferreira