I just want to say Merry Christmas to everyone out there in blogland! I hope you all have a nice Christmas and a Happy New Year! My daughter is home for Christmas, so I know I will.
We're going to have an "art day" and paint together.
She's just starting to do watercolors and
I think she's a natural at it.
This has been such an amazing
year for me and I hope it continues into next year!
Thank you! I really can't say that enough!
I just wanted to take a moment to say how thankful I am to be living my dream! Up until now my life has been far from a dream but I've never given up on my dream of being a working artist! Don't ever give up on your dream! Be persistent, do at least one step a day to get you closer to your dream, and work your little tail off! I'm not there yet, but am working hard to conquer my fears and overcome some obstacles in my way. Stay positive and live in the moment...I must remind myself of these, daily!
Thank you to each and every one of you who have supported me along the way! Even if you're just popping over for a quick hello, sharing my work with others, or maybe even adding a piece to hang in your home, I am truly blessed to have you in my life!
As a thank you gift, I'm offering free shipping on all my items in my ETSY SHOP through Cyber Monday! Happy shopping!
As a thank you gift, I'm offering free shipping on all my items in my ETSY SHOP through Cyber Monday! Happy shopping!
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!
I wanted to share one of the commissions I've been working on. I'm really happy with how it turned out, and am very happy to say, so is the client! I'd love to paint one for you too! If you have a favorite vacation spot,honeymoon or wedding site,or even
family portrait, I'd love to work with you. You can find more information on commissioning me for a painting by clicking on the image below.
This painting has inspired me to start a travel series of paintings (when I'm done with the other commissions).
I'm going to paint several paintings of places I that I dream about visiting someday and hope that my art will someday make it possible for me to. I'm going to start my Dream Travel Tour in.....Italy! I met a wonderful travel agent on a local networking group on Facebook. I'll announce her name with my first painting of the series. She's allowing me to find inspiration from her travel photos, and believe me she's been around the work and back! I'm like a kid in a candy store!
I'm working hard to improve my skills and developing my own signature style. I'm so happy you have all stayed with me through this journey! Thank you:)
I just realized I haven't posted on here in a while, and thought I'd let you know what I've been
up to. I'm practicing sunsets because they've kind of scared me until now. It's a lot harder than it looks!
I have more work to do but I'm happy with how this turned out. I used to different photos to come up with this one. I've also been working on some commissions for Christmas time. I just completed 2 and have 2 more to do. I may also be getting 3 more! So while I'm busy with the custom work, I won't be posting as much on here. I am still going to working on a few more sunsets and continuing
my figure paintings series. This painting sold the first day I posted it! I'm so grateful to be busy! I usually post my paintings on my Facebook page before anywhere else and would love for you to follow my page! It's J Beaudet Studios.
Here's the second in my new series of vintage inspired women. I used both a brush and palette knife for this modern impressionist painting. I called it Attente, as I imagine her anxiously waiting for her date arrive. It's available on Etsy. Thanks for looking, I hope you like it! If you haven't already, I love for you to join me on Facebook. I like to post my lasted painting on there to get feedback before I list them.
The model is Nicole, this very cool style blogger from New York. Her blog, Running in Wedges, features fashion photos of Nicole, taken by her amazing photographer You can find her blog here. http://www.nicolealyse.com.
I'm a fan of these tiny homes not just because they're adorable but because they're economical and good for our environment. I am currently living in a 3 bedroom 2 bath house (renting) and know I'd have to get rid of a lot of clutter in order to feel comfortable in something this small. What can you do without? What do we REALLY need? I think it would be so freeing to know that I could literally pick up and move to a new place on a whim. I tend to get unsettled staying in one place for a long time. It's been about two years now since I moved back in Weaverville and am feeling that "need to move" feeling coming on. Maybe I was a gypsy in a past life! I don't know...but I love these little homes. It would be so much fun to decorate this space with art! Little small format art would be the perfect addition to this quaint and cozy, portable home.
they're all sold or in private collections now
I learned quite a bit from this challenge. As usual, I skipped around in subjects, sizes, medium, just about everything. I learned that I need to focus on one thing! I was using this challenge to explore acrylics and figured out how to
achieve the look of oils! I was also able to paint a few subjects that I had never painted before, like the waterlilies.
I'll still be using oils but am happy to have another
less expensive alternative.
Thanks for following and supporting me through this challenge!
I can't wait for next year's:)
Oh Little Deer
This is number 24, inspired by a sweet little deer I captured on my phone,in the meadow the other day. You can see the rest of the paintings on my facebook fan page here-J Beaudet Studios. While you're there I'd love for you to "like" my page!:)
I love seeing them grazing in the sunlight. I'm going to be listing all of my
paintings from the 30 in 30 Day Challenge and will be
sharing them again on here when I
retake the photos.
So I've been noticing some strange traffic to my blog. I'm getting a lot from something called vampire stats and some other strange ones. I wonder if that means my blog was hacked or something. I've also emailed a few old blogger friends and haven't heard back from them. I guess people are too busy to reply, but it's strange that no one replied. I'm wondering if they even received the messages. I guess I shouldn't worry about...I'll just keep painting and posting.
I'm having lunch with a group of artists today and am excited to meet them and learn more about their art! I'm a little worried about eating out because of my celiac and other allergies. I avoid eating out anymore and have only found a few places i can eat. A lot of restaurants say they have gluten free items but why does it make me sick. So I usually pack a lunch, but that's just a little too embarrassing in this case. I just wish I didn't have to worry about this.
I've been planning this series for a while now and excited to get started! There will be 10 when it's complete but that might take me a while. I have three commissions in the works now and am still trying to complete the 30 in 30 Day Challenge by Leslie Saeta.
This new figure series was inspired by a blog I found via Facebook. I thought my daughter would like it...so I "liked" it. Turns out I'm the one that liked it. It's called Running in Wedges. Nicole Alyse is a New York City,personal style blogger and vintage buyer. She not just beautiful,also has great hair and an amazing photographer. One day a post popped up and I was inspired to paint her so I was thrilled she said yes, and have been anxious to start the series ever since. It will consist of a series of 10,small format,somewhat abstract figures of vintage fashions.
If you've been following for a while you may remember how excited I was to have my daughter be my muse, only to discover I'm too attached to the paintings to sell them. Now I'm happy to have found Nicole's blog,and my new muse!...Maybe someday...when I'm famous...I will be able to afford a live model, but until then, thank you Nicole!
First Day of Fall
Happy First Day of Fall! Time for sweaters, boots, and cozying up by the fire.
Are you ready? I can't believe how fast summer flew by but fall is
such a beautiful time of year, I'm happy it's here! Now let's just skip to Spring!
This is an 8x8 inch done with both a palette knife and brush. I just bought a new
brush and am loving it! It's a flat size 6 and has such a nice sharp end!
I hope I can keep this one that way. This is a quick post so I can start on another.
Playing catch up after a few days of floundering! Actually I was preparing for
an artists in action show here in town but we got rained out this morning. What a disappointment. But I had a nice rainy day, staying inside where it was cozy and warm. Welcome in Fall!
I'm getting caught up!
I'm still working with acrylics and am just exploring the colors
and how the paint
works so these are just studies.
The abstract was done partly with a palette and they're both on paper.
Well, I had a bad thing happen today,
or at least I just found out about it. Quite a few Chinese websites stole my work
without my permission and looks like they're trying to sell it. I can't read what it says though
and at least they're nice enough to put my name on it!
Apparently, there's nothing that can be done about it
but it's another good reason not to buy anything made form China, which seems to be almost everything. Imagine how many jobs we would have here!
I'm experimenting with acrylics, so I did this really quick "sketch". I was trying to go so fast so the paint wouldn't dry! I'm so used to oil's slow drying time and my colors. I know exactly what color to mix with another to get what I'm after, when using oils. I have a limited number of acrylics so had to make due. The one thing I did discover is that I can almost achieve the same feel as oils, which is what I'm after. I'm going to try some more tomorrow and maybe actually spend some time at it. In some research, I found that you need to use some kind of medium with acrylics to give it some body and using it doesn't effect the intensity of the color but rather extends your paints! That's a good thing! So I'll need to purchase some gel medium and some good quality acrylics in my basic palette I'm already using with oils.
I was actually in bed half the day, feeling wiped out, but managed to get this day's painting done! So it ended up being a good day after all and now I'm eager to continue my transition to acrylics.
It's funny how sometimes you need a change; life is just like that. Fall is a good time for change...
Something different for today. I used acrylics which I don't normally use so I had to get used to them again. I may explore them more because it's pretty nice to have it dry so quickly.
I just need to figure out how to achieve the same feel as oils. I know there's a way because I've seen some really nice paintings from other artists using acrylics.
Day 10 (I know...it's the 13th, not the10th) and I'm not finished! I'm having a hard time with this challenge, but I'm not going to give up. I'll finish this one tomorrow morning then start on a new one or two! I also need to buy some canvas and am thinking of using just one size for the rest of this challenge so I can have some uniformity to all of them when I'm finished. I've been skipping around with what I have on hand, but the "second half" will be all one size. 6x6 inch panels are the popular size, but I like 8x10's and 8x8's with a little more surface to paint. I may not be cut out for daily painting. We'll see after I finish this month.
oil on gallery wrapped 1 1/2 inch sides
Having fun with different abstracts while doing this challenge.
After two days with no painting, I'm back at it! I plan on catching up so I'll end up with 30 at the end of 30 days. Maybe tomorrow! I needed to drive to the city for a Trader Joe's run and get a painting framed for a show coming up. I ended up framing it myself due to time and found out it wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. So, I found a way to save about $10- $15!
This painting is very similar to one I did about a year ago but this time it's a square and is unique in its own way. It's a scene from a nearby town.
I'm hoping to get to some figure paintings tomorrow! I haven't done one of those for months and need to get back into that. They seem to be my most popular and I enjoy painting them:)
I haven't done many abstracts so it's a little difficult to show them to you, but since I'm trying to
keep up with this challenge I thought I'd just do it! The color is a little fresher in person. This is a little grayed, so I may take the photo again but it's pretty close. Abstracts are so personal; I may or may not put this one on Etsy...
California Cow 1
oil on panel
On day 4 now, and hoping to get two done to catch up!
I have some more cow/barn, and maybe horses to do. I took a drive to Douglas City
and got some good
reference photos to work from The weather is so nice today
I may take my paints outside and paint.
It's only supposed to reach 80!
Here's my day #2 of Leslie Saeta's 30 in 30 challenge.
I didn't get started until about 4:30 so by the time I finished
there was no light besides my inadequate lightning. Lighting is
definitely on my wish list! It's really a necessity actually.
I'll retake the photos in the morning so the photo will be clearer.
This painting was inspired by a photographer
friend of mine, Steve Phelp's photo taken in Washington State.
I cropped it a little and added a few more trees but the scene was just beautiful!
This kind of gets me excited for fall weather.
I'm participating in Leslie Saeta's 30 in 30 challenge and already a day behind! But I guess I'll just finish on the 31st. I should end up with a lot of different paintings! I plan on doing some fall trees soon so stay tuned!:) This painting is from a photo I took in Davis, California. My daughter is going to school there so I've been able to spend lots of time there. It's an absolutely adorable town with just enough things going on to keep you busy. I think it's perfect, besides being a little expensive.
This painting is for a little 5 year old girl who after winning her battle with leukemia found out she needed a new heart. The proceeds are being donated to her fund to get a new heart. I grew up in the same neighborhood as her father although he probably doesn't remember me. Some friends of mine on Facebook started posting about this page Red Shoes For Lily and it inspired me to paint this picture of her little red slippers. This is the profile pic for her page you can find here. Please take the time to visit her page and like it. Maybe even post your own red shoes in support!:)
Any fellow artists out there who would like to paint a pair of red shoes and donate the proceeds to her cause feel free! I tried to set up something up on DPW but because there are so many people in need they like to keep the charity they do more generalized. I understand that. If you choose to join in let me know so I can help promote your painting too and share it with Lily's family! :)
Thanks for your help
I woke up this morning to the news that I was chosen as the featured artist on
Artpromotivate! It's such an honor and I'm so excited! It's funny...just when you need it something
amazing happens! Little things like this keep me going. Thank you all for supporting me
on here through the years. This of you who have been with me from the beginning...I truly appreciate it! And I love when I get new followers too! I hope that I can at least inspire someone else to never give up on their dreams! I know I won't!
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