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! 


Autumn Leaves said...

Congratulations on being a finalist with your Oracle painting. Your work is really beautiful, Jennifer and I love how you painted the firelight in The Storyteller. Exquisite work that brings to mind family barbecues from when I was a kid and all the stories floating through the evening.

Jennifer McChristian said...

Thank you for the lovely comment Sherri! Much appreciated :-) said...

Damn I think I'm too late. I bet you've finished the Halloween candy.
Still admiring your paintings. Haven't seen one yet I didn't like.

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