Trusting the Process

2016 is a big year for me!  I have 3 shows coming up, the first of which is in New York in April.  I’m very excited to be exhibiting my artwork in New York, and I’m ready.  Yes – ready!  I will continue to paint my heart out until the day I leave (April 11th), but I have my entire exhibit figured out, so I don’t need to fret.

This Saturday I am very excited to be starting a 2-day workshop with a brand new group of students.  Even those that have been in my workshops before will be ‘brand new’, as they have evolved and I have evolved since we last met.  It is such a privilege – and an honour – to be able to share this beautiful gift of Art with others 🙂

Here’s a sneak peek of some works in progress….

Awaken I - 16x16 webAwaken II - 16x16 webAwaken III - 16x16 web

 

 

Progress on Painting Exercises & Painting on Paper

Here are the 1st and 2nd drafts of the piece I talked about in my last blog posting (remember – this is an Exercise I am doing to get back in ‘studio shape’ after Summer Vacation)
The first draft on the ‘Waterfall’ did not inspire me much. I did it quickly, and just as quickly got bored of trying to paint from a photo reference.

1st Draft - Waterfall on Paper

1st Draft of Waterfall on Paper

And here is the 2nd draft…..I enjoyed this quite a bit, and although I don’t think I will switch to painting on paper any time soon, it was a good exercise. I also forced myself to work out of my comfort zone when it came to my colour palette. That was an exercise I also enjoyed and highly recommend!

2nd Draft - Working on Paper

2nd Draft – Working on Paper

Expanding horizons…..

Summer is almost over, and it’s been an amazing one – lots of family time & not much studio time.  I’m taking some deliberate steps to stretch my studio muscles in preparation for when everyone goes back to school & I can get serious in my studio again.

Colour mixing – this is a great exercise!  My first attempt to get the juices flowing resulted in some very interesting colours that I will be sure to use in the weeks to come:

Colour Mixing Session #1

Colour Mixing Session #1

 Another exercise I have decided to do is to paint on paper – with texture. This is a brand new experience for me, and part of my goal is to cut costs while ‘playing’ with some new techniques. I saw some beautiful artwork on paper this Summer, and I was intrigued. What if I was to paint on paper? This would enable me to take so many more pieces to New York! Eventually they would have to be framed, but for the purpose of my Show in New York, I could simply put a nice matte around them for display purposes.

Here is a piece I started today – on Arches 400lb watercolour paper (primed with 2 coats of gesso last week)……..

Acrylic texture medium on paper

Acrylic texture medium on paper

I am contemplating a photo that was taken on our family vacation at Whistler last week…..I am calling it “Whistler Waterfall”…..as I work on this piece. Anything could happen as I have not painted on paper before, I am working on stretching my colour palette, and I have not used photo references before.

Whistler Waterfall

Whistler Waterfall

I will keep you posted 🙂 Thanks for your interest in my journey —– I hope to inspire others as I plod along. xo Jenn

On the easel – work in progress

Another Heavens Declare landscape is in the making….18×36 on canvas.  I’m letting this one simmer for a while and I’m very much enjoying the creation process!

Heavens Declare 18x36 work in progress  Jenn Williamson Fine Art Paintings

Heavens Declare 18×36 work in progress
Jenn Williamson Fine Art Paintings

On the Easel …… Family Day

On the easel this week……

Essence Series 36x24

Essence Series 36×24 www.jennwilliamson.com

Heavens Declare 48x24

Heavens Declare 48×24 www.jennwilliamson.com

Today was Family Day and we had a great meal at Montana’s.  Oh, I just love these 3 guys!

Family dinner at Montanas - Family Day Feb. 9, 2015

Family dinner at Montanas – Family Day Feb. 9, 2015

Work in Progress – Jan. 4th 30 in 30

Today’s progress on a new Heavens Declare painting  48 x 24 on Gallery Wrapped Canvas.

Jenn Williamson - Jan. 4th Work in Progress

Jenn Williamson – Jan. 4th Work in Progress

This is day #4 of the January 30 in 30 challenge. Not every day will be a completed painting, and this is one of those days. I spent most of the day at my easel, and this is what I have to show for it. I love the way this piece coming along and look forward to having some time to work on it tomorrow!

On the easel….

The house has gone from being very full last week, with family visiting for Christmas – to very empty!  The boys are all snowboarding, and I’m holding the fort (ie, taking care of the dogs, the new bearded dragon & getting some work done).  It’s always nice to have some peace & quiet, but I also miss the buzz of activity that normally surrounds me.

Here’s what’s on the easel this week…..

Heavens Declare 48x24 Dec. 30, 2014pe1

Heavens Declare 48×24

Work in progress: Heavens Declare III (18×36)

Here is the latest progress on one of my Heaven’s Declare series pieces.  It’s not done yet, but I wanted to post a work-in-progress picture.  I’ve enjoyed this series so much, and my inspiration has been to paint ‘loose’ and allow myself to lean on my intuition for the next stroke.

Heavens Declare III

Heavens Declare III

 

 

 

 

 

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Biggest painting ever (to date)…….

Wouldn’t you know it, just as Christmas is coming & a house full of guests will soon arrive, I get inspired to start on the largest painting I’ve ever done!   I have never been accused of being ‘practical’, and I guess this is one of those times when I can clearly see why that is the case.   My studio has been invaded by the “Big Boy”….. and here is a sneak peek of the early stages.

72x48 Essence Landscape, Jenn Williamson Fine Art

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From Empty to Full

Yesterday I felt empty…..today I am FULL (overflowing) with creativity & passion.  I don’t know why, and I can’t explain it other than to surmise that somehow my decision to submit to the weakness I felt yesterday opened the door to my being filled today.

Oct. 3rd - Step 1 of Commission for Sandy & Brian (a very awesome couple!!!).

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