Monday, July 10, 2017

Taking Time Out for Adventures

If you have been curious as to why I haven't posted anything in over a month, here is the reason....

Before summer began, my little family and I had been planning a pretty big family road trip. We got the idea in our heads over Christmas break and started charting our course and planning our route. For the entire spring semester we researched and prepared and let the excitement build.

I worked on a painting during the spring months just anticipating our adventures....

I filled my tall canvas with bright contrasting colorful landscapes stretching out along a winding open road to express how I was feeling so full of beautiful possibilities, a sense of abandon and freedom and the excitement of exploring new places with the people I love with all my heart.

As soon as school ended for summer break we loaded up and hit the open road.

Our three weeks spanned 5,800 miles, 17 states, 2 countries, and our nations capitol.

If you are curious, here is the breakdown:
Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Delaware, Washington D.C., and Canada 

 It was an adventure of epic proportions that my husband, our two girls and I will never forget.
 It was all that we hoped it would be and so very, very much more!

It may take a while for me to snap out of "vacation mode" and get back to any kind of routine, and I still have to sort through almost 4,000 images and videos from our trip (yikes!)....but I will be back with more art, classes and projects...eventually, lol. 

Here's hoping you have been able to take a bit of time out for adventures this summer too!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Parisian Carousel Painting with Gold Leaf

Over the past year I have incorporated gold leaf into several of my paintings. I'll share one of the more detailed projects with you today.

This painting was based on a photograph I took of the dazzling carousel in front of Hotel de Ville in Paris several years ago. For a long time it sat amongst the numerous canvases in my studio as a monochromatic underpainting, very plain and unassuming.

here is my photograph

and here is a photo of the painting in monochrome (top left side)  ....notice this was my studio at our old house before we moved out to the country and built the new studio, so it's been a little while, lol

When I got inspired and decided to pick the painting back up again I wanted to incorporate something unique. I chose the gold leaf that I had begun working with.
The metallic shimmer was what it had been meant to have all along!

As I continued painting, it really felt like it was missing an important I introduced the vibrant colors of the sky and stronger contrasts in the carousel colors to give it a bit more of the drama it deserved.

Here is a close up of the gold leaf as I was working with it on the canvas. 
The type I use is in delicate sheets sandwiched between tissue paper. I save the flakes that are removed after the initial layer is applied and I use them in areas where I want the gold leaf to have a bit more texture and crackling effect. No gold leaf wasted. :)

What kind of artwork would you be inclined to use gold leaf on?
Have you tried spicing up an old painting by introducing this medium?

If you would like me to create an artwork for you using this beautiful medium I would be delighted to hear from you.


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Summer 2017 Fine Arts Camp

I am thrilled to announce that this summer I get to partner with two extremely talented local instructors in the month of June to host our very first Fine Arts Camp for kids!

Donna Kramer-Almon, owner and instructor at Fierce Motions in Dance in Van Alstyne, TX has opened her fantastic dance studio as the perfect location for this week long camp. Our music instructor, Adrienne Hopper is a local worship team leader in her church and has taught piano to children for several years.

Together we are excited to deliver a week long adventure in exploring dance, music and art to the young people of our community. We hope to inspire a love and appreciation for the arts that these children can carry with them as they grow.

Sing, dance and create all week long!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Summer 2017 Schedule of Art Classes, Workshops & Camps

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Abstract Expressionism meets Post Impressionism

Today I'm going to share a bit of a tutorial in relation to one of my recent paintings.

A little story of how it began.....

This artwork started out with me hanging up a large 36"x 36" canvas on my wall; opening up the studio doors to let the fresh morning sunlight and soft breeze blow through; and turning my music up loud enough that I was surrounded by it. Then I simply let all other thoughts fade out, and began.

I put paint and water to canvas without a care for creating any particular image. It was purely emotional expression through colors, splashes, and markings made by brush, fingers, smearing and scraping away with palette knife.

And when my little one saw it after school she told me she liked my scribble scrabble painting but maybe it was a little messy. haha. Yes, it was.

It stayed that way for weeks. I added a bit here and there and took the canvas and turned it sideways and upside down to see what it might want to become. For a long while I was uninspired and moved on to work on other projects.

I attempted making a very large abstract flower with overlapping petals sticking out in different directions similar to the petals of a tulip but without showing the center of the flower. And I left it that way for a while, doodling circular shapes in inky black paint and adding splotches of chartreuse, sea glass blue, and white.

    *my "flower petals"         . 
 * inky painted shape doodles

My "abstract expressionistic" painting hung there in mysterious abstraction on the edge of possibilities unknown.... for weeks. Students came and went from the studio asking "what will it be?" and I wondered myself.

Defining our Terminology

Abstract Expressionism: was the first specifically American art movement to achieve international influence. It began in New York in the 1940's after World War II in a climate of artistic censorship. If the art were completely abstracted it could be viewed as apolitical and therefore safe from scrutiny. The emphasis of the abstract expressionistic artist was on the process of spontaneous, instinctive, or subconscious creation.

I've included links for Famous Abstract Expressionist Artists *(these are just a few, there are so many more!)

Post Impressionism: in relation to art was a reaction to the confines of Impressionism, but taking from it the use of pure brilliant colors, as well as defining form with short brush strokes of broken color. It encompasses a wide range of distinct styles that share a common motivation - the subjective vision of the artist. Post Impressionism transcended the traditional expectation of art as a window displaying views of the world and instead opened it up as a window into the individual artist's mind and heart. 

I've included links for Famous Abstract Expressionist Artists *(these are just a few, there are so many more!)

The story of how it transitioned from Abstract Expressionism into Post Impressionism....

One evening I was watching the kids play in the back yard while working in the studio. I took the canvas and laid it on the table in front of me. As I stared at it the abstract "flower petals" and turned them upside down, the image that emerged became a tutu and the vision for my post impressionistic painting became something very dear to my baby girl dancing to the tune of her own music in a dress as unique as her personality surrounded in background of wild elaborate brush strokes of color that mimic my own creative free spirit always there supporting her. Messy, imperfect, scattered but infused with all the love a mom could ever have.

I "sketched" her form first using a very fluid creamy skin tone color that I mixed and thinned with water.

Next, I loosely blocked in highlights, mid-tones, and shadows in her skin using variations of my base color. I brightened with white, pinks and oranges and darkened with violets or complimentary color mixtures (violet and orange primarily).

My tools of choice are a small flexible metal palette knife, a medium to large flat rounded brush with long bristles, a smaller medium round brush and a nice smooth small/medium flat brush

I keep a water bottle to spritz my paint and my palette while working to keep the acrylics from drying too quickly and to create drips or runs in different areas.

As you may have noticed, I work with my canvas both hanging upright on a wall as well as lying flat on a large table. In my personal experience, it's good for me to look at my work from different perspectives. Though this method may not work for everyone, it is something that works well for me.

Note: I make use of styrofoam or paper plates every once in a while, but what I really like to use is the waxy backing paper from my Oracal vinyl as a mixing palette. (something we use at the sign printing / t-shirt shop) Recycle & Reuse!                                                                                                             Jackie Patton 2017                                                                                                                     Jackie Patton 2017   
I continued working highlights and shadows into her skin and hair and dress until I felt it was balanced and complete up close as well as stepping back and viewing from a distance. I wanted to keep the short choppy brush strokes of vibrant colors and the texture of the abstraction in the background intact.

So here she is. My little dancing dreamer. Full of love, creativity and a soundtrack for life that's always on play.                                                                                                         Jackie Patton 2017 

Supplies Used on this Artwork:

  • acrylic paints
  • water and spray bottle
  • palette knife
  • paint brushes (medium to large round and flat bristle)
  • hands, imagination and heart

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

A Photo Challenge: Taking the Scenic Route Home

This is the perfect time of year to take a few extra minutes and go the scenic route on the way home.

Whether you use your digital camera, your phone, or simply take in the scenery the old fashioned way, it's good to seek out the beauty that can be found right where we are.

May it be countryside, sea side, mountains, big city, or small town...the scenic route is there for those who will look for it.

Mine happens to be very rural. I will share a little glimpse of it with you.

After a photo shoot this past weekend, I was driving home and decided to take some winding back roads through wheat fields, farm land and pastures. What a treasure trove of beauty to be seen along the way. It was a breath of fresh spring air, peaceful, quiet, serene, timeless.

May your journey be blessed today and your scenic route be filled with beauty.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Spring Photography is in Session

Happy Spring!

Everywhere you look things are beginning to bloom and turn green. It is a refreshing season of the year full of possibilities and new life. Spring rain storms roll through and we observe in awe. The colors of the landscape change before our eyes. The days begin to grow a little longer. Inspiration strikes for projects all around.

As it is the beginning for much, simultaneously it signifies the close of certain milestone achievements with the approach of the end of the school year and graduations. I am always honored when asked to commemorate these emotional and significant rites of passage with senior photo sessions, and family photo shoots.

If you would like to book a session soon please contact me as dates are already filling in quickly for this busy season.

For more info: Jackie Patton Designs Photography