10.07.2023

Loose Bold Floral Painting

 I was given the best gift ever by my daughter and son in law! It's an ongoing subscription of absolutely beautiful flowers sent to my house, directly from the farm! Every month is different and gives me inspiration for a new painting! This one was waiting at my door upon our return from the East Coast! I think it may have been there for a day but was so delighted that it survived and for a long time. 


loose impressionist rose oil painting
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I am so thrilled how this one came out. I painted it outside en plein air which allowed me to see the

flowers in natural light. It also helped me be more spontaneous because I didn't want to stand outside too long. I think it took about 1-2 hours. I was in the zone and not watching the time. I used large brushes and then a palette knife in a few areas. I am pleased to have captured the light and impression of these gorgeous blooms! 

plein air oil painting of loose impressionist roses in California



So now on to the next painting. I'm faced with deciding what to paint. I feel like my travels to Europe then Martha's Vineyard have given me so much inspiration that I can't choose just one. Add to that, my daughter's beautiful wedding (I am going to paint her for sure!) So much to paint, so little time.



I feel like I may have an attention deficit disorder because I have a hard time focusing. I'm a little scatter brained. It could be my Hashimoto's, it has so many symptoms I can usually blame everything on it...but that doesn't help solve it. I see some artists on instagram who have everything organized. Their studio, their feed, the whole production from painting to shipping. Is that why they're successful? Is my lack of focus keeping me from reaching my goals? How do you stay focused when there is so much going on, all the time? 


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8.20.2023

Lots of new paintings coming to Etsy!

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abstract flowers oil painting
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I'm late to posting this and now have many more coming.

I painted something every day in June and am getting them listed now. A few have sold and I'm still posting some. I was working on this oil painting before I started the 30 day challenge and just went back to it to finish it. It's an 11x14 inch oil and wax on cradled wood. 

hot pink peonies Jennifer Beaudet
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sunflower painting by Jennifer beaudet
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6.08.2023

My First Trip To Europe...How it Changed my Views About America - Part 2

 

oil painting of girl on a bike by the beach whimsical
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So, A little more about Bruge. We stayed in the most spectacular hotel...more like a boutique hotel, called Hotel de Orangerie. It was so beautifully decorated and the breakfast buffet was so nice! 












It's a 15th Century renovated convent! There was so much history in Brugge! Every in Europe but Brugge is so well preserved. If you can go there it is definitely worthwhile. 




I even saw a bride and groom.




I haven't painted Brugge, or the bride yet but hope to. I currently have an overload of photos I want to paint, from our trip and the Facebook Group Free Reference Photos for Artists. It's become my go to for sleepless nights, but now I have saved so many to my phone, it keeps me up thinking about how many paintings I want to do! ha I don't have any problem being inspired as an artist. My problem is actually painting everything that inspires me. Sometimes I'm a little all over the place. I need to bring back my word of the year...FOCUS. 

So...let's get to what I would change in America from visiting Europe (because I know you can't wait to hear it)-

1. Public transportation -Europe's has got it down! Why can't we have something like that? At least in California. We took the bullet train from Amsterdam to Paris! What an incredible ride! In Paris, The Metro was so convenient and took us every we wanted to go. We even rode buses a few times. Everything was clean and efficient. So opposite of here. The Metro in DC is the exception. 

2. Cameras on the road-
 Sorry to say but we need policing. People here in Southern California, do not follow the laws and it's scary. I don't know where they came from, but I don't ever remember it being so bad (I grew up here). People run red lights like it's nothing, and the freeway is full of crazy drivers out for themselves. 
We drove on the freeway in The Netherlands and everyone drove the speed limit, which made it a very pleasant drive. If you've ever noticed, speeder don't really get there faster. 

3. And the best thing that Europe had that we definitely need here
  Pay for toilets it's about $1 but in my opinion worth every penny. Having a bathroom attendant assures   
 everything is clean, toilet paper stocked, and safe (safer than not being there)

Of course these are just my opinions and some will disagree and I know this has nothing to do with art but I just wanted to get that out.

My next post will be all about Paris and art! 

Here's a few older pieces I did that remind me to Europe. I have so many! 

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They are all sold and from years ago. I'm currently working on a June challenge of small paintings which I will post on here soon! I'm sharing them on instagram @jbeaudet_art
I'd love to have you follow me there! 








5.23.2023

Making Some Changes Around Here in America - Part 1


oil painting of purple irises by Jennifer Beaudet Zondervan
Irises in the Garden
11x14 inch
available on Etsy


 Change is a good thing, right? I think so. Recently, I experienced a life changing trip which changed my perspective on my whole views of life, and consequently, my art. Until now, at age 52, I had never been to Europe. I traveled to Mexico several times and always enjoyed the culture but visiting Europe was something different. It's hard for me to come up with the words to express how I felt.





As we arrived in Copenhagen, I knew I was in a different world. People were different. They were so happy and down to earth. They just had a comfortable way about them. Not trying to show off or compete with anyone. We were only there to catch another flight but it would be nice to go back and spend more time there. We took a flight to Amsterdam, and flying above the iconic architecture brought tears to my eyes. I couldn't believe I was actually there. The whole trip was a dream. We stayed in Haarlem, which is a short train ride to Amsterdam. Haarlem was an adorable town. Very walkable, rich with history, shopping, and great food. Amsterdam was a whirlwind day but very memorable. We walked 12 miles but it didn't feel like it. It really felt like Disneyland but real, and it was just as crowded. My husband is from there, so for him it was more crowded than ever before. I didn't know any other than the way it was. The bikes were crazy! Red-light district was odd. The bridges and canals were wondrous. Flowers everywhere! 

Then on to Brugge. What a treat! It's an old medieval town with castles, churches, buildings from the beginning of time! It was like I was in a storybook complete with swans in the streams. This whole trip was an artist's dream come true! I could live in any of the places we went...although, being a native from Redondo Beach, it might be a little too cold for me. Have you been to Europe? I'd love to hear your experience.


This painting is just one of my newly inspired pieces. I hope you like it! 





2.06.2023

Hard to Keep Up 30 Day Painting Challenge Vintage Ladies

 It's hard to keep up posting all the time, especially when I'm trying to do a 30 day painting challenge!

Jen Beaudet Art 30 day painting challenge 2016

This 30 day challenge was one I did in 2016. Leslie Saeta hosted it on her blog. Those were fun, challenging, and always inspired new work. I decided to start one this month at the last minute. It's hosted by 
Sheila Delgado, called 30 Day-Creative Challenge.
I started out with some vintage women, inspired by costume designer Natalia Zinkevyc. I found her on Etsy and contact her for permission to use her photos as inspiration. If you would like to, I would suggest asking and please don't copy mine. So far, day 6...I've stuck with the figures but I'm going to be adding flowers soon. I just can't help it! I also just received a commission to "repaint" another floral from the above. It will be a bit of challenge since it was so long ago. I change paints and brushes so often and I think that has something to do with how my work looks. 

Here's a few I've done so far. They are sketches (not complete and not intended to sell, although I may if someone wants them) 





Day one of the 30 day painting challenge Jen Beaudet Zondervan




day 2 30 day challenge 2023 Jen Beaudet Z



day 3 of 30 day challenge 2023 Jen Beaudet Z

 

day 4 of 30 day challenge 2023 Jen Beaudet Z




day 4 of 30 day challenge 2023 Jen Beaudet Z reference photo Natalia Z



working on day 6 now. I'm posting them on my instagram @jenbeaudet_z 
 follow me on there if you want to see it first. I'm a little behind with my blog. 







1.09.2023

10 Places to find reference photos for portraits and figures




woman with blonde and red hat in striped shirt and white skirt painting done with a palette knife by Jennifer Beaudet-Zondervan
This painting came from a blogger that I contacted and asked for permission



 A question I'm asked, and sometimes I'm the one asking...Where can you find good reference photos for paintings of figures and portraits? I've searched and taken notes and came up with this list, which I'm sure is not complete. One thing needs to be said, the best photos are your own, but sometimes that's not enough. 

1. DeviantArt There are some restrictions so read carefully for use. 

2. I like AdorkaStock (formerly known as SenshiStock)

3. You can also contact a photographer who may grant you permission to use their photo for a painting. I've done this several times, but I'd rather use my own. 

4. Facebook groups where other artists share their photos. 

5. Paint My Photo

6. Unsplash

7. Museum by Sktchy - an app for iPhone users. I haven't used it yet but it looks good.

8. Sketch Daily References  - Great for loosening up with quick poses

9. Croquis Cafe on YouTube 

10. Proko 

There are some restrictions so read carefully for use. 


Young woman in red dress holding a rose with lace on the table
This painting came from a photo of my daughter

woman in green dress with a straw had with flowers
The reference photo for this pose cam from SenshiStock. I added everything but the pose 

Like I mentioned, ideally it's best to use your own photos so you don't see another artist that used the same reference photo. That has happened to me at least three times now. Two of them are well known artists. All of the artists painted them years after mine, I'm sure without knowledge that mine existed. The problem now is that someone might think I copied the other artists because I'm not as well known. So in order for that to not happen to me again I'm being careful to find unique poses and use my own. 

Even better yet, the results from painting from a life model can't be matched. I did this in college for 2 semesters and there's no substitute. I also did quick gestures from a life model in my sculpting class, which was actually my favorite class I've had. Those were fun times and so invaluable in my art career. If you can take a Life Drawing class it's totally worth it. My professor, Fagan, was so awesome, I could have listened to him talk about art all day. Unfortunately, I'm not in school now. Maybe I'll look for something nearby.

So, I hope you enjoy this list I compiled. Leave a comment if you have more to add or anything else. I created this (took me all day!) so I could go back to it, but share it if you'd like! When I can figure out how to host a blog party, I would love to see you drawings! 

PS You may have noticed my blog looks "old school". I thought I needed to go back to the beginning so I could figure out the techie things. 
Until next time, Happy Painting



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