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[Artists] Georgia O’Keeffe

Georgia O’Keeffe

Quotes to Remember

My granddaughter was 8 years old.

The class was studying famous artists of the world.

She was asked to choose one artist to study

When asked why she chose Georgia O’Keeffe she responded “Because she paints like my Grandma!”

Out of the mouth of babes.

Little did she know…Georgia O’Keeffe was my inspiration.

The love affair began when I was 12 years old.
It happened at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Georgia O'Keeffe

Georgia Okeefe- Black Cross

Georgia O'Keeffe • Black Cross

This is the first painting by O’Keeffe that mesmerized me.

Georgia O’Keeffe, artist, approached her subjects, whether buildings or flowers, landscapes or bones, by intuitively magnifying their shapes and simplifying their details to underscore their essential beauty.

Black Cross, New Mexico was painted during a summer visit to that state, where O’Keeffe eventually settled.

The large, dark cross seems to stand watch over the rolling hills at sunset, proclaiming man’s presence in this stark landscape.

Georgia Okeefe- Sky Above Clouds IV

Georgia Okeefe- Sky Above Clouds IV

Quotes by Artist Georgia O’Keeffe

“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” 
NOTE:  I now love looking at clouds from an airplane window

“To create one’s own world in any of the arts takes courage.”

“Still – in a way – nobody sees a flower – really – it is so small – we haven’t time – and to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time.”

“One day seven years ago I found myself saying to myself — I can’t live where I want to — I can’t go where I want to go–I can’t do what I want to — I can’t even say what I want to –….I decided I was a very stupid fool not to at least paint as I wanted to.”

“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way-things I had no words for.”

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Peter Max

Peter Max - Off the Wall Gallery

Art Pick of the Week

One of my favorite cities for art, Houston has it all.

The best museums, and the best art galleries.

Peter Max - Steven Tyler

Feature • Artist Peter Max • “9/11 Commemorative Painting”

One of the most famous living artist’s, Peter Max is also a pop culture icon. His bold colors, uplifting images and      uncommon artistic diversity have touched almost every phase of American culture and has inspired many generations.

Off The Wall Gallery will host an un-crating party previewing a dynamic and new collection which contains works featuring rock and roll legends and a zodiac collection. Peter Max Exhibition will preview this Saturday, May 7th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM

My take on the 911 Commemorative painting It is about the energy and simplicity and most of all his use of the color orange.

Orange is mentally stimulating as well as sociable. Use it to get people thinking or to get them talking.

There is a lot to think about in this painting and an awful lot to talk about.

So…What’s your take?

Each of us is touched by something, in every piece of art, in every painting viewed. My goal is to show you the diversity of art and of the artists who created the artworks. Some you’ll like, some you won’t. It’s a walk through galleries and museums, and hopefully it is inspirational and informative.

Peter Max - Paintings

 

Peter Max, Off the Wall Gallery, Houston, Texas

 

 

5015 Westheimer, Suite #2208
Galleria I, Level I – adjacent to Neiman Marcus facing Post Oak
Houston, Texas
Phone: 713.871.0940

 

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.

Are Plumeria on Your Favorite Flower List?

Art Pint - Plumeria

Plumeria I Square

FIVE FACTS ABOUT PLUMERIA

  1. Plumeria is related to the Oleander
  2. It’s common name is Frangipani
  3. Both possess poisonous, milky sap (similar to Euphorbia among them the Poinsettia)
  4. Flowers are most fragrant at night in order to lure sphinx moths to pollinate them. The flowers have no nectar , and simply dupe their pollinators as they move from flower to flower in their fruitless search for nectar.

AND THE BIG NUMBER 5 It’s the flower most requested by people at my street fair booth.

Every week, without fail, I get asked, “Do you have a painting of Plumeria?“ And weekly for about 5 years, my answer was simply…No, but I will soon. Then last fall a couple bought 3 pieces of my artwork, which were all tropical in nature.

Of course she asked the famous question. And I promptly answered…no, but I will soon.

OK I finally did it. The painting…Plumeria I White. (I knew there were more in sight)

DO YOU HAVE A PAIR OF PLUMERIA?

That became the next most often asked question. It didn’t take very long and then there was Plumeria III Pink.

 

Art Print - Plumeria

Plumeria III Square

Now there are a pair of Plumeria paintings and that’s just how people are buying them.

OK so you want to know … where is Plumeria II painting? That is another story, for another time.

Where Can I Buy Your Plumeria Prints?

How to make a Plumeria LEI

If you love Plumerias, then here’s what you need in order to make a Plumeria LEI

  • Jar of Vaseline
  • 6″ or 12″ Lei needle or…
  • ( 3″ or 4″ Upholstery needle, buy smallest Diameter.)
  • 4 to 8 Pound Fishing Line or strong thread.
  • 50 to 60 Plumeria Flowers
  • One 1 Gallon Ziplock bag
  • Measuring Tape

Now go to Plumeria 101 and learn to make a Lei Step by Step

 

 

Were You Born With Talent?

Fuscia Black

Fuchsia Black ©2009 Jacobson


The Questions I’m most frequently asked…

“Were you born with talent?”

And then they say “I can’t draw a straight line. My sister has the all talent, but I don’t have any.”

My Answers… short and simple.

No! I wasn’t born with the skill of drawing a straight line. Or with any of the skills I have today.”

So how did I get here if I wasn’t born with it (talent).

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,
  • 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.  Devote your time to your passion.

By the way…I use a ruler to draw a straight line!

Join Me in the Studio

Meet the Artist …Jackie Jacobson

Let’s talk about the artist’s tool and techniques that can be learned. And then let’s just talk about art.

Paint a Portrait You Can Be Proud Of

Portrait - Painting from Photos

Closeup of Portrait - ©2009 Jacobson

Painting from Photos

Today you are painting a portrait from photos.

The project is to use the photos supplied and create an exciting portrait from photos. You’ll be using today’s electronic and digital tools. The Wacom® Cintique touch/pressure sensitive monitor. Paint with digital paints using Corel Painter 11

You are doing a portrait painting in the ultimate digital art studio.

Start each portrait in a similar way, but you’ll never use the same process twice.

Portrait painting or any painting from photos is always an event, a challenge and an exploration. It is very different than having the person or subject right there with you. The challenge is for you to feel like the person(s) is right there!

When you begin to talk to the photos, you know they are there.


Step 1 – Composition & Color Correction

 

Painting from Photos

Original Photo

The original photo was taken from a very high perspective. Here comes the challenge.

Using Adobe Photoshop…

Create a better composition.

You can chose to crop in much closer in order to capture the personality of the two adorable sisters.

Spend your time exploring different compositions.

Do color correcting and use colors that will inspire you to paint.

As the artist you must be inspired. You’ll get there if you keep exploring.


Step 2 – The Cropped Image

Painting from Photos - original photo
Cropped Image


How do you decide where to crop?

You love their little feet in the photo, but that just won’t work.Why won’t it work? …Because it’s their hair and eyes that should be the focus.

Sometimes you have to give up what you love, to be able to create a focus. After all…this is a portrait painting.

At this stage you have a color corrected and cropped image.

Save the composition.

You are now ready to paint using Corel Painter11.

Step 3 – The Block-in

Portrait Painting - Beginning
The block-in


The composition is cropped one more time. It is now Square.

You’re at the block-in stage.

Using Corel Paintier 11 play around with oil paint, acrylic paint and pastels.

Begin painting background colors that inspire you.

Now that you’ve changed that white canvas to a color-filled piece, roughly block-in the two little figures.

4 – Details

The block-in
The block-in


From the block in stage, you work a little at a time, and refine shapes.

No details yet, just keep refining shapes and values of tone (light, dark, midtone)

  • Keep painting
  • Move around the canvas
  • Refine the edges
  • When every shape (eyes are a shape, mouth is a shape, nose is a shape) is there (painted in)…
  • refine the details.

Just as you did with the shapes, keep moving around. You are painting details, all around the canvas.


Step 5- Portrait Painting from Photos – Completed

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

And now you have, the perfect portrait painting.

Live with your painting for a few days, then look again. Refine any small details that  appear.

When you know you are proud of it, you are ready to print.

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

If you don’t want to paint your own portrait, check-out having one painted for you.


Portrait Painting

J&J Portrait 20"x20" ©2008 Jackie Jacobson

Closeup
Closeup

Lake Pontchartrain Remembered

New Orleans 2005 – 6 weeks before Katrina

LP Palm Black

50 Days for 50 Years

We drove from Palm Springs to New Orleans as a way to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. And celebration it was. Our memories of those 50 days bring laughter and joy to our minds almost daily. Yes …it is a great way to celebrate a very important event.

But here it is, August 29, and as the country remembers the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, I am once again reminded of that trip. We returned home from the 50 days on August 10th. I immediately downloaded  approximately 3,000 photos that I had taken, and couldn’t wait to paint some of the images that I loved.

And so…the first one I painted was this palm tree that I saw on the morning of July 19th, 2005, at Lake Pontchartrain. It was about 9:15 AM, and I can remember how lush, green and peaceful it felt at the lake that day. I also knew that tree needed to be immortalized in a different way. I titled it LP Palm Black and it has been an important painting in my body of artwork. I completed that painting on  August 25, 2005, 4 days before Katrina.

Today, 5 years later, as New Orleans remembers tragedy and loss, it is being celebrated for courage and resilience. I am remembering these scenes from my photo journal of my day at Lake Pontchartrain, before the levee broke.

Lake Pontchartrain is a brackish estuary located in southeastern Louisiana. It is the second-largest saltwater lake in the United States, after the Great Salt Lake in Utah, and the largest lake in Louisiana. It covers an area of 630 square miles (1630 square km) with an average depth of 12 to 14 feet (about 4 meters). Some shipping channels are kept deeper through dredging. It is roughly oval in shape, about 40 miles (64 km) wide and 24 miles (39 km) from south to north. In descending order of area, the lake is located in parts of St. Tammany, Orleans, Jefferson, St. John the Baptist, St. Charles, and Tangipahoa parishes.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

 

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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.

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Portrait Drawing  Thomas

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

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Live Model C – Portrait

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 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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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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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? 

 

 

 

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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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