10 Years Artist Joan A Brown Beginnings and Endings

10 Years Artist Joan A Brown Beginnings and Endings

Unnamed by Artist Joan A Brown

Reconnecting With My Work

Going through my possessions recently I came across two of what I consider my best works of art created exactly 10 years ago. Both paintings were stored in mailing tubes tucked away in black garbage bags I had not opened since relocating from Alberta several years ago.

A New and Different Mindset

“Looking at them has given me new motivation…”

I discovered an 8″  x 10″ first and then to my pleasant surprise this beautiful 14 x 18 inch oil painting painted on unstretched canvas in 2007. Looking at each piece I could not believe I painted them. I was in my element back then. Since I moved away I have not been the same in the way that I paint…something died. I can’t quite place my finger on it.

10 Years Artist Joan A Brown Beginnings and Endings

Be-that-as-it-may, they are signed with my signature so they are definitely my work. Looking at them has given me new motivation to try and regain whatever supposedly ‘died’, but with a new and different mindset.

These paintings are in need of a title and stretching. The image you see above is a poor representation of the larger painting taken with my hand-held camera. I plan to do a proper scans of both paintings and then repost them here among my other original paintings.

Let me know what you think would be a good title (name) for this piece. All suggestions are welcomed.


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Self-taught Landscape Painting The Process Day 10 Finished

And there you have it! All done!

It didn’t actually take me 10 days to complete this one, but I wanted to share the process of how I go about
creating a painting of this size. (8″ x 10″). I hope you enjoyed following along.

Self-taught Landscape Painting The Process Day 10 | Painting Completed

I have gallery art show planned for around this time next year. I’ll be posting more info about that as time goes on. If you’ve been following me over the ten days I’ve shared working on this painting and liked what you see, let me know what your thoughts are if you’d like to share.

I also offer commission work if there is something specific you’d like me to paint. Feel free to contact me using the contact page on this site.

Thanks for hanging out with me…see you next painting masterpiece.

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Joan A Brown

Day 9 Recap

Welcome to Self-taught Landscape Painting The Process Day 9 | Almost finish!

I think I am about ready to call this one finish. All I am doing at this stage is fine-tuning—making adjustments to areas I feel need more tweaking.

I placed a large evergreen in the foreground to help further push everything else back. I don’t paint the entire foreground tree, because it would take away from the rest of the painting.

Self-taught Landscape Painting The Process Day 9 | Finishing the painting

I have brought the middle-ground trees a little closer because I wanted it to be the focus on the left of the painting rather than the mountain behind it. However, in doing so I’ve made a classic boo-boo, i.e., that of placing the background mountain-rocks near the center of frame. The reason why I say it’s a classic “boo-boo” is because I rarely place the focus point of the subject I paint at the center. It doesn’t feel right to my eyes, and it poor artistic composition, depending on the subject being painted.

Having said that, I really like the way the rocks turned out, so I am not moving it. I will just own up to the fault and use it as a “what not to do” lesson.

Self-taught Landscape Painting The Process Day 9

Welcome to Self-taught Landscape Painting The Process Day 9 | Almost finish!

I think I am about ready to call this one finish. All I am doing at this stage is fine-tuning—making adjustments to areas I feel need more tweaking.

I placed a large evergreen in the foreground to help further push everything else back. I don’t paint the entire foreground tree, because it would take away from the rest of the painting.

Self-taught Landscape Painting The Process Day 9 | Finishing the painting

I have brought the middle-ground trees a little closer because I wanted it to be the focus on the left of the painting rather than the mountain behind it. However, in doing so I’ve made a classic boo-boo, i.e., that of placing the background mountain-rocks near the center of frame. The reason why I say it’s a classic “boo-boo” is because I rarely place the focus point of the subject I paint at the center. It doesn’t feel right to my eyes, and it poor artistic composition, depending on the subject being painted.

Having said that, I really like the way the rocks turned out, so I am not moving it. I will just own up to the fault and use it as a “what not to do” lesson.

Day 8 Recap

I am almost nearing the end of this masterpiece

At this stage I have decided I want a cluster of evergreens on the left to help push the middle-ground mountains back a bit…see how powerful I AM. I can move mountains 😀

Self-taught Landscape Painting The Process Day 8 | Standing back

You’ll notice the change if you compare yesterday process compared to today’s…


The painting is nearing its completion. Now I stand back and away from the painting, analyze a bit…not tooo much—and decide what if any adjustments I wand to apply in what I have done thus far…

Self-taught Landscape Painting The Process Day 8

I am almost nearing the end of this masterpiece

At this stage I have decided I want a cluster of evergreens on the left to help push the middle-ground mountains back a bit…see how powerful I AM. I can move mountains 😀

Self-taught Landscape Painting The Process Day 8 | Standing back

You’ll notice the change if you compare yesterday process compared to today’s…


The painting is nearing its completion. Now I stand back and away from the painting, analyze a bit…not tooo much—and decide what if any adjustments I wand to apply in what I have done thus far…

Day 7 Recap

Self-taught Landscape Painting The Process Day 7 | Moving ahead..

I am now coming in closer and closer into the landscape so my colours are more intense and intentional.
Each successive layer pushing the previous layer backwards creating a 3D effect.

I am using only the three primary colours to create this piece, using all three plus white to create secondary and tertiary colours. Sometimes I plan my palette, in terms of whether I am working with a complementary palette, a monochromatic palette, a split-complimentary scheme, etc. etc.

 

I’ve been known to start off using one palette type and as the painting develops do a complete 180. To be honest, I do that sometimes for the sheer challenge it presents me to learn more.