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Dog Portrait – from photo

Family Pet – Birthday Gift

Pet Portraits – Art on Canvas

 
Jack Russell Terrier - Pet Portrait

Emma – Jack Russell Terrier – The Painting

 
Jack Russell Terrier - Pet Portrait

Murphy – Jack Russell Terrier – The Painting

This was the process of my most recent pet portrait commission. It was complimentary, trusting and very much appreciated.

The Testimonial Letter

” We purchased your Tulip triptych painting while we were in Palm Springs in December.  We brought the canvas art with us when we came back to Portland and it now hangs above our dining table – you feel like you’re in a garden when you sit down for a meal! “

Background – Family pet

“I am sending along some photos of our two Jack Russell terrier girls who have “crossed over the rainbow bridge”.  We miss them terribly, they were such wonderful dogs.

Murphy Sue  was the big sister, Emma Lou was from a later litter (same mom, different dads.)  Murphy followed me everywhere, helping with chores and just keeping me company.  Her absolute favorite thing was a tennis ball. Emma was a bit more aloof – she always wanted to be part of what was going on when it interested her (like digging in the dirt to plant a garden or going after some vermin to clean up the yard), but would be content on her own as well.  She and Murphy were as bonded as Jack Russell terriers could be considering the breed’s total independent streak.”

Commission Request

“Sadly they both succumbed to heart-related illnesses – Murphy at 13 and Emma at 15.  We have lots of photos but I thought it would be great to have them memorialized in your wonderful pop art painting style.  S… has a birthday this month and I thought this would be a great birthday gift. Would you look at these photos and let me know what you think? “-D

Project – Pet Portrait from Photos

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Response
 
“We received your art on canvas today and I have to tell you, I was surprised and so excited!!  The painting of Emma is absolutely fantastic!!  The painting of Murphy is also great, but Emma’s is exceptional.  They are so realistic that our little rat terrier, Ricky barked at them, thinking they were real dogs. Thank you so very much for providing us with such great memories of our girls!!!” – S
 
“Ricky is adjusting, you can pat yourself on the back for creating such life-like and dynamic pet portraits!  They will hang as centerpieces on our beloved pets wall and will be treasured as larger than life size portraits of our two girls who had larger than life size hearts!
Hugs back to you and many, many thanks, – D”
Unique Gift – Order One Today
 
The perfect special occasion gift ideabirthday gift , anniversary gift, christmas gift, gift for him, gift for her. Order a hand painted dog portrait from your photo. This  is where and how you order. I’d love to paint that special pet portrait…just for you.
 
 

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News Index

Jacobson • Art Studio News

 

If you don’t like the news, they say, go out and make some of your own. We at the Jackie Jacobson Art Studios believe that slogan, so for both ourselves and our readers here’s our news index.

News Releases from Jackie Jacobson Art Studios

June 24, 2011: Free Art Studio Tours – Online • Artist Jackie Jacobson has announced the new free Art Studio Tours – Email Club.

 

Index of News releases that were published from the studios of artist Jackie Jacobson, located in Indio, CA.

For more information about the studio and tours contact can be made by phone  760.831.1190

or by email to jackie@jackiejacobson.com

Personal Studio Tour

Call ahead for an appointment to have your tour of my studio and gallery in Palm Springs. 760.831.1190.

I love spending time with people who are interested in art, painting and meeting the artist.

Recent visitors from Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Chicago, New York, Boston, and Vancouver BC have all enjoyed their art studio visits. If your vacation brings you to Palm Desert Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, La Quinta, Indio, Desert Hot Springs, Banning, Yucca Valley, East Hemet, Coachella, San Jacinto, Hemet, Beaumont, Yucaipa, Twentynine Palms, or any other close by city, then definitely drop by when you are in the area.

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Sunflower – Follow the Painting Process

THE REFERENCE
 
 

Sunflower V Square © Jacobson

 

THE BACKGROUND PAINTING
 

Yellow Background

 
 

Are you wondering how I do it? What’s the process that I use to get from  A to  Z? 

 
THE PROCESS in Steps 1 thru 7
  1. Paint Sunflower into the Background image
  2. Add more petals and lines
  3. Add additional lines  – looking for the feeling of motion
  4. Remove some lines – too much activity
  5. Remove much of the Blue color – found center distracting
  6. Strengthened Yellow on Petals
  7. Crop image for a more dramatic composition. Repainted center seeds to strengthen focal area.

CLICK ON EACH STEP IMAGE …TO SEE ENLARGEMENT

 
 
 

 
There it is… the process I used. Paint, change, add, take away and paint some more. In the end, I always look for a better composition.
I’m really looking forward to hearing your comments and questions.
 
 
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Sunflower Meets Background

Sunflower V Square © Jacobson

Yellow Background

ABSTRACT SUNFLOWER

  • STEP 1 – Sunflower V Square
  • Painted in the photo realistic using airbrush
  • STEP 2 – Yellow Background
  • STEP 3 – Painting a selected area from SunflowerV into the Yellow Background
  •  STEP 4 – After completion I crop the new painting. I love to crop and find a exciting compositions. 
  •  Note the painting was completed  in the horizontal format of the background, and then cropped into a vertical format.
  • Sunflower VI is the first of many compositions that I intend to do using Sunflower V Square as my model.
  • KEEP WATCHING.

Sunflower VI_Horiz

  

Sunflower VI _Vert

 

 

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Inside the Artist’s Studio – Jeremy Sutton

JANUARY 2010

I am using the idea behind the popular Bravo TV Series – Inside the Actors Studio.

Today you will meet a master digital painter. Get an up-close and personal view of him, his artworks and how he has inspired and taught me.

MEET JEREMY SUTTON

Jeremy Sutton

Jeremy Sutton

About the artist  

“In my artwork I strive to express the personality of my subjects and my response to them. My paintings evolve like improvisational dance. The process follows its own path, colors being chosen intuitively, every moment unfolding surprises, each brush stroke feeling its way into the painting. I sculpt in color and form, continuously transforming and remolding my image, like working with wet malleable clay. My experience of the process of creation and how my artwork moves others is what is important to me.”  Jeremy Sutton   Read more here.

INTERVIEW : The Pivot Questions  ( I ask them – Jeremy answers them.)

  • What is your favorite word?    Yes!!
  • What is your least favorite word?  Can’t
  • What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?  Dance, music, paint, life
  • What turns you off?  Over-tiredness and stress
  • What is your favorite curse word?  Gadzooks! The swear word of choice employed by Prince Philip (husband of Queen Elizabeth II) when he saw his portrait (read https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1460622/Gadzooks-Prince-Philip-is-not-amused-by-portrait-with-a-great-schonk.html). That rejected portrait is now in Chenery House, the home of a client of mine, Robert C. Pritikin (see https://jeremysutton.com/bob.html). Bob is the star of my DVD The Art of Collage Portraiture (https://www.paintercreativity.com/store/EYC-Collage.html)
  • What sound or noise do you love? Count Basie’s band playing “Shiny Stockings”. This piece of music reminds me of a beautiful painting, with it’s playfulness, complexity, room for improvisation, rhythm and variation. It isn’t rushed and it includes space between the notes. As Michael Jackson comments about another piece of music in “This Is It”, it simmers. It also reminds me of inspirational Lindy Hop legend Frankie Manning (https://www.jeremysutton.com/frankiemanning.html). Shiny Stockings was his favorite piece of music and I can’t dance to it without thinking of his smiling face and warm personality.
  • What sound or noise do you hate?   A combination of the shrill fire alarm in my studio going off with jack-hammer drilling on the roof!
  • What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?  Having already experienced being a scientist, salesman, dancer, DJ, instructor, author, speaker, DVD producer, events entrepreneur and artist, I would like to host my own TV series in which I travel the world interviewing and painting portraits (simultaneously) of interesting, inspiring and intriguing people, including Nelson Mandela.
  • What profession would you not like to do?  Any profession that involves sedentary isolation, that is monotonous, boring and predictable, that squelches my creativity, that involves staying in one place, stuck to a computer and not meeting and interacting with others.
  • If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? Oops! Must have been a mistake, you’re here waaay too early…you’ve still got lots to do and experience so get back and do it!

Where did I meet Jeremy Sutton?

  1. I bought the program Corel® Painter™ IX, opened it and found one big workspace and a ton of stuff. I was baffled and knew I needed HELP.
  2. At the very beginning of the program, there were photos of artwork done by Corel Painter Masters.
  3. I saw Jeremy’s painting (he is one of those Corel Painter Masters.)  It was alive, color-filled and exciting, and looked like it was painted in the traditional method. I knew instantly that I wanted to study with Jeremy.
  4. So…I bought my first Jeremy Sutton book, Painter IX Creativity, the digital artist’s handbook.
  5. Jeremy’s book answered every “how do I question, and I was on my way. I now understood the program. (OK, that took months of work but everyday I felt like I was on a painting adventure. And I was! )
  6. Next…I added 3 sets of DVD’s and 2 new books from Jeremy. At this point I know him and I definitely know Painter.
  7. The final step in getting to know Jeremy is through his newest website … PaintboxJ  where I  hear, see, read, and download Painter goodies monthly. The monthly membership keeps me up to date, active, and growing as an artist.
  8. Regardless of your skill level, there is always something new to learn. And so… I continue to study with Jeremy.

BOTTOMLINEI don’t paint like Jeremy, I paint inspired by him.  You can too!

GALLERY  :  Jeremy Sutton Art

Summer Afternoon

Summer Afternoon

Dad

Dad

 

Ray

Ray

 SEE MORE of JEREMY’S ARTWORK on his WEBSITE 

 

Where can you meet and study with Jeremy Sutton?

 

Books, Dvds, Paintbox J

Books - Dvds - Paintbox J

 

  1. Join  PaintboxJ  – An online workshop. The techniques, inspiration and advice of Corel Painter Master Jeremy Sutton

  2. Order the Ultimate Corel Training Bundle  

    The Ultimate Painter Training Bundle includes new book Painter 11 Creativity,the Learning Corel Painter X and How to Paint from Photographs Using Corel Painter X DVDs, and one year membership to PaintboxJ.com.

  3. Order Painter 11 Creativity – digital artist’s handbook and receive a signed copy.  My review: His newest and best  🙂

 

Some final words A very big thank you to Jeremy who was kind enough to participate in this monthly series. It personally means the world to me.  

I hope you’ve enjoyed the interview and will seek out more information from Jeremy –  portrait artist/author/educator/ Corel Painter Master at his website. 

I leave you with Jeremy’s closing words…CHEERS !

 

 

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10 Steps to an Expressive Drawing

Drawing the Model

10 Steps to an Expressive Drawing

Model N - Full Pose

Model N - Full Pose

Model N - Area of Focus

Model N - Zoom in Area

 

MISSION: To find a hidden gem out of an ordinary pose

  1. I used  8×10 grey paper ( you can use any size and color that you want)
  2. Digital Tools: Round Soft Pastel, Pointed Stump, Real 6B Soft Pencil
  3. Now draw a format square off center (for a unique composition I drew a 7×7 square and drew into that shape  )
  4. Use 2 fingers on each hand to create a frame and discover a new and unique image  (Your fingers are your viewfinder)
  5. Now move your viewfinder around Model N above and look for contrasts of light and dark, tone and texture
  6. Next draw from your new cropped area of focus using pastels, stump and pencil  ( ideas: look at the hands, look at the feet, crop off the head, draw only 1 side of the face, etc.)
  7. Use a pastel of the paper color to draw over where you want to make changes. (this means I used a grey pastel)
  8. Do not erase. Leave the history of some of your marks (those marks activate the drawing)
  9. Draw a group of different croppings.  Draw for 20-30 minutes and take a break. Models are usually hired for a  3 hour session with 10 minute breaks. Being a hungry person I take one longer break to eat cookies
  10. You now have about 4 drawings that are unique statements of your subject, and you should be happy with at least one

DIGITAL vs TRADITIONAL:

  1. I’ve done this drawing digitally using Corel Painter 11
  2. It definitely can be done in the traditional way with traditional media
  3. The benefit of digital drawing  is that I can save my work every 5 to 10 minutes and go back to an earlier version
  4. The disadvantage :  I don’t have an original that I can hand to someone. I have to print out my piece.
  5. The bottom-line  :  JUST DRAW 🙂

Completed drawing

 

Model N - final drawing

Model N - final drawing ©2009 Jacobson.

 

 

Drawing - close up view

Drawing - close up view ©2009 Jacobson.

 

Now it’s your turn.

  1. Leave a comment with a link to some of your drawings.
  2. We’d all like to see what you see.

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Model PB – 60 minute pose

Model S – Quick Sketches

No Model Showed – Self Portrait

Live Model C – Portrait

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21 Facts About Selling Art at a Street Fair

 
Teastain Collectionin Street Fair booth

Teastain Collection in Street Fair booth

 
 
  The rain event day
  1. You awake at 3:00 AM and check the weather channel online. Hourly forecast 6 AM – 2 PM cloudy, precipitation 0%. Today is a go!
  2. Arrive at fair 5:30 AM. Everyone is sitting in their vehicles, engines running because of the cold, waiting for the drizzle to stop. The drizzle becomes rain and more waiting. It is now 7 AM, the street fair is open, no one is setup and it is still raining.
  3. The wind becomes the second factor and all vendors become weather forecasters. Fingers in air, wind directions calculated and still…no tents setup.
  4. 9 AM. All clear and everyone begins setting up. Gloves, sheepskin boots, long underwear, and we are in the desert, freezing and working outdoors. (It’s hard to remember those summer days when it is 110°-120°)
  5. 10 AM and dear friend, the rocket scientist who works on the weather satellite, shows up at the booth.
  6. My greeting and question for the scientist, “If the weather channel says 0% precipitation, why was it raining for 2 hours this morning? “  
  7. His answer, “remember the data is approximately 6-7 hours behind real time.”

The wind event day

  1. Mid-day, early November and 40 MPH gust blows through the street fair.
  2. Grab the tent and begin to pray that it doesn’t go airborne, even though there are 440 pounds of metal grid attached to the canopy.
  3. A canopy from someone’s booth lands in the street in front of our space.
  4. Finally the wind is calm, and the canopy in the back of our space is missing.
  5. Oh yes, that windblown canopy lying in the street was ours; it took to the air, flew over our main canopies, hit a visitor from Australia and landed on the ground. 

Bottom line about a being a street fair artist:

  1. It’s  hard work but much fun
  2. The community of vendors become family
  3. The returning customers are wonderful
  4. You have incredible stories to tell
  5. It’s fantastic exposure for your art
  6. You MUST disregard the weather channel
  7. Rain and wind are disastrous for artwork, jewelry and clothing
  8. Working outdoors is a huge gamble.
  9. If you’re a gambler it will work for you!

 

Have you worked at an outdoor fair? I’d love to hear your story.  If not, I’d really like to hear what you think of mine. Please share in the comment area.

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Video Demo – Digital Painting on Layers

Non-Destructive Painting

Drawing Charcoal and Pastel

Drawing Charcoal and Pastel

Today’s video lesson is about adding to an exisiting completed drawing or painting. You’ll still having the original piece without any changes. Layer painting is the process. Corel Painter 11  is the painting program. Sit back and watch artist Jackie Jacobson demonstrate the process she uses with Corel Painter 11.

Meet the Artist …Jackie Jacobson

Sit in the front row

Watch in full screen by clicking on the icon to the right of the sound volume

Title:  Painting in Layers with Corel Painter 11    Time: 5:00 min

Be sure to come back next week for another of these weekly video lessons. If you’re enjoying the series, leave a comment so that I know you’re out there. It’s fun to know who’s in the audience, what you’re thinking and any ideas you can add. Questions are definitely encouraged. So ask them please.

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Are You Visiting Palm Springs Soon?

What should you do on the weekend in the Palm Springs area?

  • Shop and have fun at the largest Street Fair in the area?
  • 340 Vendors
  • Arts – Crafts – and much more
  • Free Parking
  • Free Admission

Meet me at the College of the Desert Street Fair. I’m in booth #75, every Saturday and Sunday, October – May.

Personal Studio Tour

Call ahead for an appointment to have your tour of my studio and gallery in Palm Springs. 760.831.1190.

I love spending time with people who are interested in art, painting and meeting the artist.

Recent visitors from Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Chicago, New York, Boston, and Vancouver BC have all enjoyed their art studio visits. If your vacation brings you to Palm Desert Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, La Quinta, Indio, Desert Hot Springs, Banning, Yucca Valley, East Hemet, Coachella, San Jacinto, Hemet, Beaumont, Yucaipa, Twentynine Palms, or any other close by city, then definitely drop by when you are in the area.

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Drawing from the Model – 60 Minutes

Weekly Life Figure Drawing Series

Meet Model PB

Model PB  Final Drawing ©2009 Jacobson.

Model PB Final Drawing ©2009 Jacobson.

Sketching Process – 60 minutes Pose

I start with a 15 minute block-in quick sketch.

Art Materials Used

The Paper: White charcoal paper. When doing traditional drawing I use Canson Ingres paper with a laid finish. ( I was trained in the old masters style and that was their paper of choice)
The Top 10 charcoal and Pastel Papers are listed here. I’ve used most of them in the past 46 years. Find your favorites.

The Media:

  • Blunt Soft Pastel 40
  • Soft Charcoal Pencil 7
  • Pointed Blender Stump 30
  • Grainy Water Blender

  • NOTE: NO ERASER IS USED- When I want to change something I draw with the color of the paper to make the changes.

Here’s the progression of the 60 minute drawing session. USE PIC LENS FOR BEST VIEWING and start with Drawing 01 Block-in

Reminder: I am using Painter 11 and doing all of this drawing digitally. There is no difference for me between doing this directly on paper, or directly on my Wacom Cintique. It’s my hand that is drawing.

Set a timer and join in. Meet you here same time next week.

I’d love to see your drawings. Email me for critiques and conversation at jackiejart@aol.com

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Model S – Quick Sketches

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Weekly Life Figure Drawing Series

Meet Model S

Model S  Pose#06

Model S Pose#06

Quick Sketching – Short Poses

I have chosen Pose #6 for todays drawings. They are all short poses, from 1 to 10 minutes. Quick sketching is the warm up process. Usually done on newsprint paper, the model does a series of one minute poses for a 20 minute session. Then we move on to do 5 to 20 minute sketches.

Art Materials Used

The Paper : I love colored paper. My favorite paper is, Canson Mi-Teintes Drawing Papers and Pads.  My favorite color is Moonstone. Most art supply stores carry this paper, and I buy it online at Dick Blick Art Materials.

The Media: 6B Soft Pencil, Sketching Pencil 5, Soft Charcoal Pencil, Blunt Soft Pastel, Pointed Stump. Note: I DO NOT USE AN ERASER in quick sketching. The history of my marks are recorded and stay where I made them. For blending purposes, I sometimes use a kneaded eraser.

 One minute warm-up drawing is from the first 20 minute session.

1 Minute Warm Up

1 Minute Warm Up

 

 Drawing completed in 15 minutes from a 20 minute session. I stopped before the timer.
 
10 Minute Drawing

15 Minute Drawing

Reminder: I am using Painter 11 and doing all of this drawing digitally. There is no difference for me between doing this directly on paper, or directly on my Wacom Cintique. It’s my hand that is drawing.

Set a timer and join in. Meet you here same time next week.

I’d love to see your drawings. Email me for critiques and conversation at jackiejart@aol.com

 

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No Model Showed – Self Portrait

Live Model C – Portrait

The Window Series – Models with Hats

 

Video Demo- Digital Oil Painting

Corel Painter - Oil Painting

Oil Painting Sophia ©2009 Jacobson.

Corel Painter 

Oil Painting  

Today’s video demonstrates the brushes, paint and surface used in digitally painting with oils paints in Corel Painter.

The brushes shown in the video were used by artist Jackie Jacobson in the above Painting of Sophia.

After you watch the video, come back to the Sophia painting above, and check out the brushes used in the video demonstration today.

Corel Painter Digital painting studio exactly replicates traditional mediums, without the clean up and turpentine.

 

Sit in the front row

Watch in full screen by clicking on the icon to the right of the sound volume.

Title: Digital Oil Painting with Corel Painter 11    Time: 5:00 min

 

 

Question and Answer Time

I’ve demonstrated really fast, and I’m sure that you have many questions. At the end of every live demo, I take questions and comments. This demo is no exception, so please leave your questions/comments in the comment area below. Check back for the answers to all questions. Consider this a weekly workshop in digital painting.

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Thanks for taking your time to be a part of this online adventure into “fine art meets technology.”

Join Me in the Studio

Are You Visiting Palm Springs Soon?

What should you do on the weekend in the Palm Springs area?

  • Shop and have fun at the largest Street Fair in the area?
  • 340 Vendors
  • Arts – Crafts – and much more
  • Free Parking
  • Free Admission

Meet me at the College of the Desert Street Fair. I’m in booth #75, every Saturday and Sunday, October – May.

Personal Studio Tour

Call ahead for an appointment to have your tour of my studio and gallery in Palm Springs. 760.831.1190.

I love spending time with people who are interested in art, painting and meeting the artist.

Recent visitors from Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Chicago, New York, Boston, and Vancouver BC have all enjoyed their art studio visits. If your vacation brings you to Palm Desert Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, La Quinta, Indio, Desert Hot Springs, Banning, Yucca Valley, East Hemet, Coachella, San Jacinto, Hemet, Beaumont, Yucaipa, Twentynine Palms, or any other close by city, then definitely drop by when you are in the area.

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Drawing from the Model – Self Portrait

Weekly Live Model Series

Self Portrait (cropped) ©2009 Jacobson.

Self Portrait ©2009 Jacobson.

The model didn’t show today

This is a frequent occurrence at figure drawing sessions. You’re all setup and ready to draw. The model is a no show. What to do. Grab a hand, wall, or any other mirror. Go for it. You always have a model available.

Today I’ll show you the process I used in this situation.

I spent about an hour doing an abstract ground to draw on.

  • Each stage is saved (the advantage of digital painting)
  • Check out the changes as I moved along on the ground

My line drawing self-portrait was done with a medium sized brush and gouache paint.

  • My final step was to lighten the painting.

 

abstract_01

Image 1 of 6

Click the BACK AND NEXT arrows to see the version changes.

Underpaintings

I now have a group of underpaintings ready for workshops and drawing sessions. This is a wonderful exercise in ” drawing from the model.” Any model will do. Grab a pet, a pear or a mirror. Life figure drawing becomes more fun than work.

For your reference Library 

The Art of Portrait Drawing by Joy Thomas. I think that the visuals and how to’s are excellent.

 Get it from Amazon 

Portrait Drawing  Thomas

   Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.   – Edgar Degas.

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The Window Series – Models with Hats

 

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Drawing from the Model…The Windows Series

Window III Sepia ©2009 Jacobson

Window III Sepia ©2009 Jacobson

 

Drawings from the Model

The series titled “Windows” are views through a window. The models are wearing these elaborate hats in all 12 pieces of the series. My objective was to capture the emotion that I could see in their eyes, as I examined both external beauty and internal feelings.

Windows IV ©2009 Jacobson.

Windows IV, Charcoal ©2009 Jacobson.

 

Windows I  charcoal & pastel  ©2009 Jacobson.

Windows I, charcoal & pastel ©2009 Jacobson.

Working with live  models, each drawing took approximately 3 hours, and were done on 12 different days. I used grey and natural 30×40 charcoal boards. The mediums were charcoal, pastel, and charcoal pencil.

The three images shown above, are from the series and each was done using a different medium, in the traditional method of hand to paper.  Prints on canvas or paper are available.

This is part of the continuing series of Drawing from the Model. If you missed last week’s session see it here. Return next week for another drawing from the model session.

 

The Natural Way to Draw - Nicolaides

The Natural Way to Draw - Nicolaides

 

Another wonderful book for your reference library. This is the book I used when in school and learning to draw. Get it from Amazon here.

My review…GREAT. A masterpiece.

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Drawing from the Model – Session 1

 

 

Drawing CI_#3

Drawing CI_#3

 

Have you ever attended a Life Drawing Workshop?

Drawing from the model is a weekly ritual for most figure and portrait artist.  I invite you to be part of this journey. Come into my studio, meet the model and look over my shoulder.  A new model or new pose each week, and a look into the process. Enjoy

 

Meet the model.

Model Reference Photo

Model Reference Photo

 

DRAWING 1

Watercolor and charcoal pencil.

Drawing CI _#1

Drawing CI _#1

 

DRAWING 2

Working over Drawing 1. Heavy Charcoal

Drawing CI _#2

Drawing CI _#2

 

DRAWING 3

Working over Drawing 2. watercolor, acryllic, markers, charcoal pencil

Drawing CI_#3

Drawing CI_#3

Questions Answered

OK, I hear your questions. How did she do these?

  • They were drawn digitally.
  • I work from photos I have taken from live sessions with models.
  • The model’s photo was on a monitor to my left.
  • I drew and painted on the Cintique monitor in front of me, using Corel Painter 11. (See studio tour to view this arrangement)
  • Drawing 1 – was a 20 minute drawing.
  • Drawing 2 – was a 15 minute drawing.
  • Drawing 3 – was a 30 minutes drawing.

The real advantage in drawing digitally, is being able to work on a prior version, without ruining what you did previously. As this series progresses you will see many different mediums used, different drawing surfaces, and many different models.

You can draw along with me, grab a sketchpad, some materials and join me in this virtual studio. If you need a little drawing help, try this book Drawing on the Right side of the Brain.

Thanks for coming. See more next week…

 

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How I Paint without making a mess

Painting Tutorial using Corel Painter 11

 

Amaryllis II - ©Jacobson

Amaryllis II - ©Jacobson

I love to Paint. I always say, “I love the smell of turpentine,” and I really do. But I also love that I have no mess, no cleanup, no allergy problems, no rags, no paper towels, etc. It’s now a “green thing” to keep it clean and healthy for the environment.

My environmentally friendly option is when I paint digitally, I’m painting without using paper towels. That’s one contribution to our environment.

Join me in this step by step photo journey through my painting process by viewing Pictures 1 thru 8. Enjoy!

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Image 1 of 8

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The titles show the progress of the piece, starting with:

  • 01_The original image for reference
  • 02_the sergeant brush, and a drawing type block in on a sepia/orange tones
  • 03 & 04_The round bristle brush and continued block in
  • 05_The oil detail brush and redefined drawing of shapes
  • 06_The thick wet oil brush adding colors, details and thicker paint
  • 07_The just add water brush to blend out the areas
  • 08_The final step, duplicating the layer and changing the mode to hard light, for more color depth

That’s it for today’s demo. I’m looking forward to hearing your comments.  And last, here’s a list for you to help with making this planet green and environmentally friendly.

10 things you should never buy again:
 

  1. Styrofoam cups – It’s not biodegradable.
  2. Paper towels – wastes forest resources, landfill space, and your money.
  3. Bleached coffee filters – Dioxins, chemicals formed during the chlorine bleaching process, contaminate groundwater and air and are linked to cancer in humans and animals.
  4. Teak and mahogany – Every year, 27 million acres of tropical rainforest (an area the size of Ohio) are destroyed. Rainforests cover 6% of Earth’s surface and are home to over half of the world’s wild plant, animal, and insect species. The Amazon rainforest produces 40 percent of the world’s oxygen.
  5. Chemical pesticides and herbicides – American households use 80 million pounds of pesticides each year. The EPA found at least one pesticide in almost every water and fish sample from streams and in more than one-half of shallow wells sampled in agricultural and urban areas. These chemicals pose threats to animals and people, especially children.
  6. Conventional household cleaners – Household products can contain hazardous ingredients such as organic solvents and petroleum-based chemicals that can release volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into your indoor environment, positing a particular danger for children. The average American household has three to ten of hazardous matter in the home.
  7. Toys made with PVC plastic – 70% of PVC is used in construction, but it is also found in everyday plastics, including some children’s toys. Vinyl chloride, the chemical used to make PVC, is a known human carcinogen. Also, additives, such as lead and cadmium, are sometimes added to PVC to keep it from breaking down; these additives can be particularly dangerous in children’s toys. PVC is also the least recycled plastic.
  8. Plastic forks and spoons – Disposable plastic utensils are not biodegradeable and not recyclable in most areas.

 

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No image, either in whole or in part may be used without the express written permission of the artist.

©2009 Jacobson. All rights reserved.

 

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How to setup a street fair booth

COD Street Fair Booth - 8:20 AM

COD Street Fair Booth – 8:20 AM

Walk with me through the process and click any picture to see it enlarged. 

Today I documented that event with photos and a timeline. We awake at 3:40 AM every Saturday and Sunday, and at 5:15 AM leave for the street fair in our fully packed van. It has to hold all of the artwork, canopies, tables, grids, generator, fans, chairs and last but not least, food for munching. There are 340 vendors, some arriving as early as 3 AM.
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5:41 AM:  Arrival in Lot 2, Space 75 at the College of the Desert parking lot, Palm Desert, CA., and it’s dark! Truck is parked, where it will stay all day.
 
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 5:54 AM: Steel grids and boxes unloaded from back of truck.
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5:56 AM: Table with greeting cards and small framed artwork is setup. Carton with canvas prints unloaded against front of truck.
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6:11 AM: Grid walls being assembled. We have 2 helpers who unload all the steel and boxes from the truck. On a day when we’re really tired, they help us setup the steel grid.
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6:26 AM: Daybreak. We actually can begin to see what we’re doing. That always helps.
 
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6:39 AM: Some canvases stacked, and vendor neighbor arrives.

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7:22 AM: All grid assembled, signs hung.
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8:19 AM: Hanging complete. Backdrops hung and the gallery is ready.
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8:20 AM: View of left side of gallery.
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12:01 PM: Packing up and ready to refill the truck. Everything must be out by 5PM. We do the same process every Saturday and Sunday. Nothing can be left overnight.
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12:22 PM: THE END. It is Sept 20th, and over 105o   

 

  

October 1 thru May 30, the street fair is open from 7:00 AM – 2:00 PM.

Those are the cooler months. In winter, we need gloves and sheepskin boots to setup; in summer, shorts and tanktops. We love the street fair, the people we meet, and the collectors who return yearly. The community of vendors are our weekend family and a good time is had by all. I should mention that I could not do any of this without the physical work and help from my pal, Al. He makes it easy for this happy artist.  

If you’re vacationing in the Palm Springs,CA area, the fair is a wonderful place to spend a day. There’s nothing like it anywhere else. Approximately 15,000 to 20,000 people visit the street fair everyweekend during the tourist season. Vacations are planned around visiting the COD Street Fair. And don’t forget to stop by Lot 2, Booth #75, for a hug from the hugging artist.

If you’re in the area, the other street fair to visit is on Thursday night in downtown Palm Springs. It’s called Villagefest. I no longer show there (too much work for older folks, and yes I’m older) but it’s a great Thursday night happening. This is my public service announcement about the benefits of visiting the Palm Springs CA area. I hope to see you soon.

 

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I Don’t Have Talent


TALENT … I 
DON’T HAVE !

Were You Born with It?

Talent - Painting

Fuscia Black ©2009 Jacobson

Meet the Artist …Jackie Jacobson

The Question I’m most frequently asked… “Were you born with talent? I can’t draw a straight line. My sister has it, but I don’t have talent.”

My Answer… short and simple. “No I wasn’t born with the skill of drawing a straight line. I wasn’t born with any of the skills I have today.” So how did I get here if I wasn’t born with IT? What is talent? Plain and simple, I call it the Big P: Perspiration.

What I did have was desire and passion. I loved color, crayons, watercolor tins, coloring books, and paint-by-numbers. Love leads you down your path if you’re awake and follow those clues. I went to art school for three years and learned the skills of drawing and painting, and everything you’d want to know about art materials. Then I just plain worked hard!

Keywords to anything we want to get good at: Discipline, Devotion, Routine, Structure, Habit

Make it regular–whether it’s the same time every day, the same number of hours each week, or on the same days of the week. Not a morning person? Then don’t say you’re going to get up early and go to the studio. Schedule your studio time when you are most creative and productive. Quote from ArtBizBlog by Alyson Stanfield

Read Talent is Overrated What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else by Geoff Colvin. Colvin shows how two people with equal parts talent take very different paths when one of them commits to a deliberate practice.

There it is…Talent. Devote your time to your passion.  By the way…I use a ruler to draw a straight line!

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Are You Visiting Palm Springs Soon?

What should you do on the weekend in the Palm Springs area?

  • Shop and have fun at the largest Street Fair in the area?
  • 340 Vendors
  • Arts – Crafts – and much more
  • Free Parking
  • Free Admission

Meet me at the College of the Desert Street Fair. I’m in booth #75, every Saturday and Sunday, October – May.

 

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About Me

Artist Jackie Jacobson

Photo -JACKIE – 1972

From the Desk of the Hugging Artist…

If you want to have more fun in life, then this is the place for you to learn how to play.

Play is what I’ve majored in for the better part of the past 73 years.  You are now playing with an experienced, fun loving artist.

Join me as we walk through the playground of my life.

We start in Chicago where at 4 years old we learn to mix and match colors. We take every piece of clothing out of Mom’s closet. Color is the attraction, selling the clothes to friends is the game.

Art, in any form grades K thru 12, just never happened. Academics yes, art and music no. Imagine a childhood with no art. OK you’re there with me.

Coloring books become a major form of artistic expression at age 10. When a knife is used to scrape the wax and make a smooth patch of color, paintings do begin happening.  That’s it for our early years.

At the University of Illinois, life figure drawing is happening in a room on the way to some science lab. Looking in from the outside; there are the models, easels, and artists; and there was the ache and longing in the pit of the stomach. Of course we can’t take those classes, there is no art portfolio.  You can’t major in art without a portfolio.

And so the curiosity begins. No more academics. Get married at 19, and find new areas to explore. Much more fun can be had by leaving the familiar, moving to St. Louis, Missouri. You’ll  meet new people, have three  children and discover paint-by-number. Paintings are really beginning to happen.  No drawing is happening, but color mixing is the fun. OK, so we’re still playing with coloring books, just a new wet medium.

Move back to Chicago, and the dream is realized.

3 years of intensive academic training in the European tradition of life figure drawing and painting. Drawings happen daily and that ache is replaced with happiness. At 35 years old, it’s a loft studio in Chicago with 4 other professional artists, and the artist is launched.

My other favorite hangout…The Historic Evanston Art Center and the artist community.

The journey continues.

Move to Los Angeles, CA. Draw weekly at UCLA art studios and life figure workshops.  Draw in Venice, CA. art studios with other artists. Then it’s off to Lake Tahoe CA. Open an art school and teach others who believe that they can’t draw or paint. Success is taking place. Sharing what you’ve learned with others who also long to create, is a way of “paying it forward.”

Now it’s off to Seattle WA. We are nearing 50 years of playing and there are new horizons to explore in this city of technology. Our new toys are an Apple computer and a painting program. Added to them is our first Nikon camera. What we have in our toybox, are tools that join the traditional paper, paint and charcoal. Much fun is ahead.

Some income is added during the next 17 years of this adventure,  by opening 4 linen stores, and playing with color using sheets, towels, rugs, and more. Of course painting continues.

It’s gather up the tools time of life.

Rid yourself of all material possessions, except for your toybox of paints.  Move into a motorhome and spend 5 years journeying around America. It is the time for real discovery.

Painting on a cliff in Oregon is thrilling. Painting in the sunlight of New Mexico (alongside the energy of Georgia O’Keefe) makes this a dream realized.  Living the life of a nomad is incredible. Every minute is filled with curiosity, wonder, and joy.

Find new artists to play with, and settle in.

We are now settled in the Palm Springs, CA area. It’s time to live in a conventional home/studio/gallery. The traditional tools combined with ultramodern technology and a significant body of artwork develops. It’s time to share this art with the greater world. COD Street Fair in Palm Desert CA., with thousands of visitors every weekend, is that perfect place.

I’m at year 75 and am working hard and playing hard.

Color is still the attraction and our daily pages are filled with joy. That’s what I call having FUN, the artist’s way and … the play-filled journey continues.

Contact me

Phone:  760.831.1190

Email: jackie@jackiejacobson.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jackiejart

Linked in: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jackiejacobson

Website & Blog: https://www.jackiejacobson.com

Pear Paintings

Pear Yellow

Pear Yellow

Today is simple, and brief. I do paintings daily and I’ll post a few every week. This is the first time I’m posting daily artwork, so I’m including a couple from past weeks.

Now, that’s honest. How would you know if I did them yesterday, today or one year ago. But…I like to keep it honest.

These pieces were done digitally using Corel Painter 11 on the Wacom Cintique Monitor.

I love that I can do these

  • fast
  • no mess
  • no water
  • no turpentine
  • no paint spills
  • no rags

I suppose I’ve made the point. Painting digitally is freeing. Very freeing. So here are a couple of recent pieces from my morning loosen ups.

Pear 04

Pear 04

Pear 06

Pear 06

Pear 05

Pear 05

So this is how I stay loose after working on my tight photorealistic pieces. As you can see, I love color and these pieces give me an opportunity to explore color combinations that I don’t ordinarily use.

Thanks for viewing. I’d really love to hear comments and suggestions, so…leave one please.

 

Digital Studio Tour

Welcome to my Studio and Gallery

DOOR IS OPEN, COME ON IN…You are entering my home gallery.

Welcome

Welcome

After you enter, turn Right into the digital studio…
Digital Studio

Digital Studio

THE EQUIPMENT

This is my workspace. On the left, the monitor.

On the right, the Wacom Cintique Monitor

When I’m painting I put the photo that I’m using as reference on the monitor on the left.

I paint on the Cintique Monitor on the right.

 Monitor  & Wacom Cintique

Monitor & Wacom Cintique

Wacom Cintique 21 UX Tablet/Monitor

And now you see that it’s a touch/pressure sensitive screen. I work on this screen just like I work in my “wet” studio. I paint with Corel® PainterTM 11, the ultimate digital art studio. Working with these advanced digital painting and natural media tools is mind boggling. There are times when I actually rub the screen with my fingers thinking that I can blend the colors. That is how real this digital experience feels.

The beauty of Painter 11 is that I can combine mediums ie. watercolor with oil paint, airbrush, charcoal, acrylic, and use them on different surfaces and with textures. This offers me unlimited exploration possibilites. Every day is an adventure.

In the next blog update, I will demonstrate how I actually draw and paint on the Cintique. I”ll be showing you a painting from beginning to end, so make sure you return to this blog

Jackie's painting

Jackie's painting

Canon iPF 8100 Giclee Printer

For printing I use The Canon imagePROGRAF iPF8100 44″ printer. It is a 12-color pigment ink printer with permanence ratings in excess of 100 years for color images. OK, bottom line, it’s a great printer, the prints will last a very long time, and it has wonderful features.It is the largest printer that we could get into this very small studio. In fact, when it arrived it would not fit through any of the doors in the house, sooo…it came in through the window above. There were inches of space between the window frame and the printer.Bottom line…we offer great prints on canvas.

Canon IPF 8100 -44" Printer

Canon IPF 8100 -44" Printer

The end of today’s tour. Much more to come.

As they say in my son’s Texas home…Y’all come back!

Artist’s Statement

jackie jacobson artist

Meet the artist…Jackie Medow Jacobson

The comments often heard about my recent paintings are, “What are they? Are they real? I think I can smell them!”

The subject is the flower and exploding it gets it noticed.

I am most inspired by bold flowers. Exploring the similarity of the shapes and forms to human form, gives me the opportunity to show the world a view that usually goes unnoticed. Combining the newest digital mediums and my expertise with traditional mediums helps me to create images with a WOW.

Having had years of classical training and experience in traditional figure drawing and painting, I wondered how I could approach my artwork in a more contemporary manner. Moving away from the familiar subject of the figure, I choose to zoom into familiar objects and do portraits of what most people don’t see.

I think viewers are most interested in my technique. This blog is an Open Studio tour for collectors, supporters and friends. It is how I bring the curious to my studio and where I demonstrate the process and materials that I use in my present work. Of course, everyone is always welcome to join me here in Indio, California and play with my materials and equipment.

Thanks for your interest

Jackie

Portrait Painting Demo

  

 

Using Photos for Reference

TAKE A SEAT AND ENJOY 

Today I am working in my ultimate digital art studio. 

This is an oil painting demo using the Wacom® Cintique touch/pressure sensitive monitor and Corel® Painter 11.

I will be demonstrating a portrait using photos supplied by the client.  

I start each portrait in a similar way, but I honestly think that I never use the same process twice.

For me, this is an event, a challenge and an exploration.

Join me in the journey.

 

 

Original Photo

Original Photo

 

 

 

Step 1

 

 

The original photo was taken from a very high perspective.

I chose to come in much closer in order to capture the personality of

the two adorable sisters.

I spent quite a bit of time exploring different compositions.

 

 

Cropped Image

Cropped Image

 

 

  

Step 2

This is the cropped image that I will use for the painting.

I love their little feet in the original photo, but that just won’t work.

And it’s their hair and eyes that become the focus.

 

 
The block-in

The block-in

 

 

Step 3

I decided to do a square composition, so I cropped again.

This is the block-in stage.

I play around with paint and color in the background,

and then roughly block-in the two little ones.

 

 

The block-in

The block-in

 

 Step 4

 

 

About 14 hours after the block-in stage, my final decision… It’s done!

And now we have, what I think is the perfect portrait of the sisters.

The painting is printed on a 20″ x 20″ canvas.

So…what do you think? 

 

 

 

jj_final 

 

 

 

 

Closeup

Closeup

 

 

Closeup

Closeup

  

 

 

The above painting demonstration shows how I paint traditional portraits. It is how I was trained and what I know best.

But then…there is always time to learn something new. I have a wonderful client who wanted me to do a portrait of her grandson “Oliver.”

Of course, she wanted Oliver painted in the Andy Warhol style. I told her I can’t do Andy Warhol, but she insisted I could and so I give you…

 

 

Original Photo

Original Photo

 

Oliver

 painted in the Andy Warhol style
 by Jackie Jacobson,
who said she couldn’t do it!
The print is on a 40″ x 40″ canvas and looks incredible in the grandmother’s home.

 

 

Oliver 4-Panel Primary
Oliver 4-Panel Primary

 

 

Well there it is. How I paint portraits.

It’s really a brief summary of a long process, but I hope you get the idea.

I love doing portraits. And I’d love doing a portrait for you. 

 You can find some of the details in the portrait painting section,

on the right hand side of this page.

 But you can find out much more by giving me a call,

and discussing your needs.

 I just finished a wedding portrait for a couple

that were married 40 years ago in a backyard wedding.

 They are thrilled to finally have a memory

from that special day, so very long ago.

 

Summer is my time off from the street fair and the perfect time for me to spend painting portraits.

I hope I can do a special piece just for you. 

Thanks for taking your time to watch this demo with me.

 

I’d love to hear your comments. 

Please leave one.

Thanks

 

 

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All artwork & material on this site is copyrighted by the artist.

No image, either in whole or in part may be used without the express written permission of the artist.