Thursday, October 25, 2007

Artists To Watch.....

I am very delighted and excited to have been featured as one of the ‘Artists to Watch’ in Southwest Art magazine. The commentary is appearing in the November 2007 publication which is currently out on newsstands.
Below is the painting used as an insert for the article.

'Yellow Tow Truck'.......oil on canvas panel.......6x8 inches

Glassel Park’s San Fernando Blvd. is peppered with old wrecking yards and dilapidated service stations which provides ample painting fodder teeming with rich textures and colors. While cruising on the boulevard, scouting for an interesting scene with my painting buddy Erik Houg, I came across Tony’s Auto Wrecking garage. I found the warm colors of the structure against the clear blue sky appealing, although the funky little tow truck was the main attraction. Being extra cautious about the oncoming 18- wheelers and speed freaks, we quickly scurried across the street and set up on a tiny shaded curb with minimal protection from the streaming traffic.
Ahhh yes! Nothing like adrenaline, searing hot weather, car exhaust and occasional badgering from the local cart-pushing schizophrenic vagrant to stoke the fires of creativity while painting en plein air!


rob ijbema said...

love all the yellows!
in this cosy scene
you paint some good cars,the truck is excellent!

that is old news btw,i knew for ages you were one to watch(thanks to Bill)

Jennifer McChristian said...

Thanks Rob...

Yes, the scene is cozy, however, painting it was a different story ;-)

By the way, you paint some good cars yourself my friend!


Congratulations on the Artists to watch recognition with Southwets Art !!
As rob said many have been watching your work for some time already and it is so great you are to be featured in a respected magazine.

I love the confident loose brushwork in this piece and I am tickled you signed the painting in the sky :)

Can't wait for the next one...

Cheers.... Andrew Judd

Robin Weiss said...

Sweet painting Jen. I love the character of the truck. The cone makes a good balance and the color in the roof is a great mix.

Glad you survived another thrill filled P. A. outing in the big city.

Good to see your getting the recognition you deserve. Big high five. You go girl!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful news Jennifer. I look forward to seeing it.

drips of paint said...

sounded thrilling painting along San Fernado Blvd.
I think painting urban scene is difficult to make interesting but you certainly proof it otherwise with your lovely painting.

your time has come to be featured in art mag ..... congrate to you!


les lull said...

This is the first they noticed? I could have told them that. I have been watching your art since first discovery:-)

Stephen Magsig said...

Jennifer, Congratulations on one to watch!
Your urban landscape color just blows me away, I paint Detroit landscapes and we just do not have that kind of light here.
Love your warm palette.

Cooper Dragonette said...

Another knockout Jennifer! I'll head to Border's to pick up a copy of Southwest Art.

Jennifer McChristian said...

Thanks Andrew,

As to why I signed my name in the sky,'s a mystery ;-)


Jennifer McChristian said...

Thank you Robin and Robin! :)

Jennifer McChristian said...

Thank you Tim!

Jennifer McChristian said...


I appreciate your kind and encouraging comment!

Jennifer McChristian said...

Thanks for visiting Stephen!

Took a gander at your blog and must say your urban landscapes are sensational!!

Jennifer McChristian said...

Thanks Cooper!

I hope you enjoy the blurb :)

Frank A. said...

Jennifer, Congratulations ! Much deserved..Now I can say about you when name dropping, "I remember when.... :-)

Take care, Frank.

Ryan Evans said...

Well done!

'bout time they noticed! Always a pleasure dropping into your blog to see new work


Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

Man, this is great - how tiny are your brushes??? That size and lettering as well! You GO!

Cooper Dragonette said...

Jennifer, We all got together and took a vote and I was picked to ask you where the heck you went?! Can't wait for you to get back and see your latest. Just got back from Turkey Day in Wellfleet--cold and great.
I regret to report that I've involved you in a blog game of tag. Check my entry for 11/27 for more info.

Jennifer McChristian said...

Frank and Ryan, thank you!

Jennifer McChristian said...

Hi Kelley,

I used a sable liner brush for the lettering (and a very steady hand ;-)

Thanks for visiting.

Jennifer McChristian said...


I'm afraid I'll have to pass on the game of 'tag'
I have a traumatic childhood memory in regards to tag that involved a pair of rusty scissors and a shoehorn.

I prefer to play 'spin the bottle' ;-)