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.
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.
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!
Midnight Storm Oil Painting by Artist Joan A Brown
Midnight Storm is an original oil painting on a 6 x 8 inch canvas sheet. I painted this one in 2005 as a display ad for the oil painting courses I teach. The clouds in the darkened sky were moving rather quickly as the waters beat against the nearby rocks.
This little seascape reminds me of a place I once visited years ago on the west coast of Canada. I painted Midnight Storm Oil Painting by Artist Joan A Brown using professional GRUMBACHER oils.
Tranquil Marshes Oil Painting by Artist Joan A Brown
I had no idea where I was going with “Tranquil Marshes” when I started it, but I’m sure happy with where I ended up. The foggy distant foliage, calm waters,as well as the underlying deadwood on the foreground really served to set the mood for this piece.
I’m sure there’s a place similar to Tranquil Marshes Oil Painting by Artist Joan A Brown somewhere out there on God’s lovely green earth.
I was inspired to paint ITALIAN DOOR back in 2008 after having lived in Italy and fell in love with its history and art. I saw many of these doors during my visit to this beautiful country and was motivated to use much of its historic surrounding as subjects in my paintings. The original photograph of Italian Door Oil Painting by Artist Joan A Brown was captured by photographer “Terry” (the only name I have of her), herself a lover of all things Italian. This original work of art (not a print), was created using
ITALIAN DOOR was painted on an 18 in x 24 in stretched canvas using professional Winsor & Newton oils.