I am everywhere and nowhere..
Creatively speaking I hit a rough patch recently, I arrived at the point without a desire to create and my attempts to paint went awry. Refraining from beating myself up over this dry spell (ok I admit to a small temper tantrum), I decided to make an effort to do other things. A brisk walk around the neighborhood is one of my favorite things to do to clear my head. On occasions I would take time to observe, photographing interesting things along the way.
One of the images I photographed was an old house in the neighborhood which I have passed many times. I always admired the structure and unique ornate features of the house. This image was the spark to start me off on my little painting adventure.
Always fascinated with the stories behind the facade but alas the only information I could find on this old house was the date it was built, 1896.
9″x12″ acrylic paint and graphite on wood panel
I’ve been using a sta-wet palette, it helps keep my paints from drying out.
Painting of the trees
Progression of painting
Thanks for stopping by and letting me take you on my little creative journey.
A collection of my landscape and cityscape paintings will be on display at The Cedars House, a quaint cafe in the woods of Philadelphia. The cafe is a favorite haunt of mine, when hiking the trails in Fairmount Park or sketching in nature. My paintings are on display now through December.
The Cedars House, 200 W Northwestern Ave, Phila., PA 19118
Painting process of the Manayunk Trail Bridge
Thank you for viewing
Want to explore Philadelphia’s park & trails, follow the links below:
Wissahickon Valley Park Trail
Day hiker map
Manayunk Trail Bridge
100 Day Project
A little late on the draw posting the images, but I finally completed all 100 days of art this past August.
My theme for this project 100 Days Of Cookie Cat, all cat illustrations were completed on 5×5″ format (140 lb watercolor paper), using a variety of mediums.
You can view the beginning stages of art #1-30 on my previous blog post
Visit @JensImaginings on Instagram to view the collection of 100 Day art or use hashtag: #100DaysOfCookieCat
Thank you for stopping by!
On the surface it may seem I just breezed through thirty 5×5″ cat illustrations, but in reality it can be comparable to Cookie cat trying to squeeze into a small space on a chair her human occupies..
30/100 5×5″ cold press watercolor paper.. Mixed media – graphite, acrylic, watercolor
Quick view of all 30 illustrations..
Thank you for viewing!
This week was the start of the 100 day project on Instagram . The challenge is the process of creating something everyday for 100 days, any style, shape, medium of your own choosing.. If you are interested in joining the challenge visit Elle Luna for all the details.
Many moons ago I attempted a challenge, creating mixed media art everyday for 100 days but unfortunately I fell short. This year my goal is to accomplish 100 artworks of my cat Cookie #100DaysOfCookieCat . I will be working on 5×5″ watercolor cold press paper utilizing any medium.
1/100 watercolor markers
2/100 The watering hole… watercolor & graphite
3/100 Rainy days…. Watercolor and graphite
If you would like to view more of my cat art, follow me on Instagram
A little backstory.. We adopted Cookie 2 yrs ago from Spay and Save, Inc. The moment my daughter met Cookie, she knew the cat would be perfect for our family. My daughter was correct, Cookie is a wonderful cat, quirky, boisterous, loving, sweet natured, and a great cuddle buddy.. When anyone is visibly sad or cries Cookie will appear to comfort that person and sometimes she will run over to the person to give a kiss on the cheek.. true story!
The East Coast experienced many mild weather days this winter, which drew me out of my studio hibernation to paint in nature. Once upon a time my outdoor painting would consist of small watercolor sketches or pencil drawings. This time around I decided to try quick paintings using acrylic paint and graphite on paper, spending about 45 min to an hour on each painting.
A recent purchase and a new love, the Sta-Wet handy palette, helped make outdoor painting easier. This palette box preserves paints for an extended period of time.. The smaller version was easy to transport and keep paint fresh. My preference of paint brush is more scrubby in texture, short bristle brushes.. Sometimes you just have to make adjustments, when you can’t find what you need, I gave my brushes a hair cut..
Since I am painting on paper, I don’t need an easel, just a hard surface to paint on.. Most of the time I use picnic tables in parks, and or invert the lid to my sat-wet palette to place my paper on. Working small 8″x 10″ or smaller means less paint needed.
Reserve your time in nature……
Supplies I bring for outdoor painting: Reusable bag to transport my supplies, water bottle, water cup (I use an empty yogurt container) brushes, pencil, pre-cut watercolor paper (small various sizes) rag, clips (to hold paper together) Palette fully loaded with paint colors (I try not to bring extra tubes of paint) large ziplock bags to package up my palette and any loose materials. I use a rubber band to wrap around my palette to keep it from accidentally opening in transport.
Oh hello darling, I miss you..
Yes I have been neglecting you old buddy, missed out on your ever changing landscape, your colorful words, exquisite taste of imagery, and inspiring ways.. You always had something new to say and I can always find an adventure or two at my fingertips…
Forgive me darling, my attention played on other playgrounds, it kept me away from hanging out with you.. I couldn’t resist your algorithm charm, I knew one day this gal would return to you with a spark of enthusiasm…
Have you missed me..WordPress? … huh?
Oh your silence is cruel..
My choice of play has been Instagram, and Facebook but I did miss writing… My goal this year is to get back to writing and posting regularly.. I really did miss reading my favorite bloggers posts, such a great community of talented inspirational people on WordPress.
Illustration: pencil on paper