Briones Regional Park take 2

Oil on wood panel, 8×10″ (Larger)

Briones Regional Park take 1

Oil on wood panel, 8×10″ (Larger)

The last time we painted in this spot I had a terrible time with my paints and then stepped in dog poo as I was leaving (which of course I didn’t notice until AFTER I got in my car and drove off). Since the painting I did that day was total crap, it was a perfect end to a frustrating day. To make the suffering even worse, I continued to unsuccessfully work on that painting again and again at home (see post “Learning to Stop“]

Needless to say I was not overjoyed facing the same scene today, especially after only a few hours sleep last night. I’d gone to see The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, a wonderful movie by artist Julian Schnabel, which I highly recommend. I’d come home feeling inspired and messed around in the studio, finally going to sleep around 1:00 a.m., with my alarm set for 8:00. For some unknown reason I woke at 6:00 instead (grrrr).

Expecting little, I just let myself just play with color, using a palette knife to push the paint around. I made these two paintings and enjoyed the day tremendously. The weather was beautiful: sunny, breezy and fresh. Friendly people, dogs, cows and horses wandered by as we painted. As usual in Elio’s class, I gathered new nuggets of oil painting plein air wisdom. I know I still have a long way to go, but it feels good to know that I’ve made progress too.

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  1. Wow, I love both of these, the colours are wonderful. I especially love the top one with the gradation from warm to cool, I’d be very happy to see that every day on my wall! Sounds like you had a wonderful day.

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  2. As for me, it’s the bottom one that turns my crank. The feeling of movement you’ve achieved is great and it’s done in a very strong and economical way (if I can use such prosaic words to describe something so poetic).

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  3. Way to go Jana. Beautiful use of color on both of these. I think, like Andrea, you have accomplished a feeling of movement. I love the look a palette knife gives. I think more than anything else I feel frustrated mostly by my brush handling with learning oils. Great job on these Jana, you should be proud.

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  4. My figure class is taking a serious chunk of my blogging time! I stopped by to see what wonderful things you have up and what a delight! From the BART sketches (which I need to start doing for this class) to the dream illustrations and the Illus. Friday paintings……so very cool! And lastly, the lovely oil paintings…someday I’ll learn oil painting!!!!! I’m so glad I came by to feast my eyes!

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  5. What gorgeous smearing on of paint – I love the luscious thickness of it – and it does look like you had fun.

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  6. And the joyful playfulness of the day shows – Jana! These are lovely — fresh, inspired, and beautifully rendered!

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  7. I really, REALLY love the one with the trees! It’s a wow painting. Did you do it second? Looks like you were “warmed up” for this one, it just sings! Beautiful.

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  8. I think your return to the scene is a triumph, Jana. These are juicy enough to eat! I particularly love the second painting and the fact that there is no need to fiddle with any aspect of it.

    Many thanks for your lovely encouraging comment on my blog. It made my day.

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