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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Art Therapy Classes for Young Adults Supports Mental Health

Art Therapy Classes for Young Adults Supports Mental Health

Art Therapy Classes for Young Adults Supports Mental Health – Oil Painting by Student JOHN N.

John is happy to find an oil painting curriculum; one that uses oil painting materials and techniques designed for his unique circumstances and level of understanding. He enjoys learning to paint with this learner friendly medium. He has completed his first landscape painting in oils. He is having so much fun, he wants to do more. He is feeling an increased level of confidence encouraged he is able to create paintings like the one he created here.

EASY Oil Painting Instructions and Techniques for Beginners

This fun and EASY oil canvas painting for beginners lessons are geared for people who want to learn to paint in oils, but may have a more difficult time focusing. The pace is more relaxed and are conducted in a private setting. This allows the student to feel comfortable and at home.

Art Therapy Classes for Young Adults Supports Mental Health

I will get John to tell you in his own words how much he has benefited for these painting sessions in a future posting. In the meantime, contact me if you’d like to know more about how you too can benefit for these specially designed oil painting lessons. Also, stay tuned if you want to see more of what John and others are doing about doing what they love….Art Therapy Classes for Young Adults Supports Mental Health.

Art is therapy!


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On my Easel – Divine by Artist Joan A Brown

On my Easel – Divine by Artist Joan A Brown: Opening to trying new things.

Recently and after watching Bob Ross complete one of his TV demonstrations whereby he combined Gesso and oil colors I decided to try my hand at this very interesting way of multi-media art. I often use Gesso for priming my canvases prior to painting on them but have never thought of using it this way. I like it a lot! It is a simple technique anyone can do. It never occurred to me to combine this medium with my forté oils.

About On my Easel – Divine by Artist Joan A Brown

Basically, the majority of the painting foundation is laid out in black and-or white Gesso first. After drying a thin coat of “Liquid Clear” is applied to the entire painting followed by a colorful layer of oil paints.  The homepage of this site displays one of my “Most Recent Completed Works” with this technique. It is three 8 x 10s painted as a set to create on complete painting.

If you’d like to see and follow the Golden Rays of Sunshine by Bob Ross, here the video:

My Easel painting is titled “Divine”, because I felt a shift in my style of painting when I did it. Also, because it is the first time trying this method, I felt a ‘divine’ connection in the painting process of this art thus far. I am a great procrastinator when it comes to completing my paintings. However, it will be completed in due time and it will be great!

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…