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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!

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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

How to Paint an Oil Painting and Not Get Dirty

 

White Rose with Bud ©2009 Jacobson.
White Rose with Bud ©2009 Jacobson.

9 Steps to Your Finished Painting – The Rose

Today you are in the ultimate digital art studio of artist Jackie Jacobson.

You are watching a demonstration by Jackie Jacobson on how to paint an oil painting using Corel® Painter 11, and a Wacom Cintique Monitor.

Corel® Painter 11 digital painting software is the most advanced painting and natural media tool available today.

I use no formula when painting, and I honestly think that I never use the same process twice. Painting is an event, a challenge and an exploration.

Learn how to paint digitally. You can paint and not get dirty. Join me in the adventure.


Step 1 – The Reference and Inspiration

The rose photograph is the inspiration piece for an oil painting in a square format.This rose will be the reference piece for our “how to paint” tutorial.

Inspiration Reference Photo
Inspiration Reference Photo

Step 2 – The Under-painting

Using Corel ® Painter 11 digital brushes and digital oil paints on a Wacom Cintique Monitor, the canvas is painted a solid green color.

Plain white is way too scary because you never want to get it dirty.” (OK that’s a joke)

Solid Green Background
Solid Green Background

Step 3 – The Drawing

Using a digital pencil or chalk, draw the shape and movement of the rose with a gestural drawing.

This is how to become familiar with your model.

You are not duplicating the reference piece. Do this warm-up step with every new piece. The canvas is marked and no longer intimidating.

“It can only get better after this stage.”

Block in drawing
Block in drawing

Step 4 – Mess Up Stage – The Block-in

This is the mess around with paint stage.

  • Begin with oil paints
  • Apply them very thinly.
  • Move around the piece very fast
  • Never stay in the same spot for long.
  • Use a variety of brush sizes, strokes, and colors.

This is not a planned process. Your moves and choices are strictly by intuition.

The block-in part of the process is about freedom.

Here you see the start, closeup and finish of the block-in stage. You have not painted any details.

Beginning oil paint block in
Beginning oil paint block in

Block-in detail
Block-in detail
Block-in complete
Block-in complete

Step 5 – Add some Details

Now you have a mess on your hands and it’s just where you want it.

Begin to use heavier paint (heavier in digital paint is paint that is more opaque)

Add some details to the shapes within the flower. Use your inspiration photo for reference of those shapes.

This closeup shows the lack of details at this stage.

Beginning of details
Beginning of details

Step 6 – The Edges

It’s time to use opaque paints and to really describe the edge of each element in the piece.

The flower starts to take form. It’s the edge details that describe the forms and make the flower come alive.

Closeup shows the smooth and defined shape of each petal.

Edge details - thick paint
Edge details – thick paint

Step 7 – Background color – texture – details

Work into the background with color, textures and details.

Once again refine edges in order to make your flower come forward.

Details and textures in background
Details and textures in background
Detail Background & Edges
Detail Background & Edges

Step 8 – Sign Your Painting

Your painting and the “how to paint” a Rose tutorial are both complete.

Last step in the process.

You must sign the painting.

You have just completed the painting in 8 Steps. On to step 9…

Step 9 – Evaluation

At this stage I actually compare the finished piece with my original inspiration piece. If I’m satisfied, it lives.

If I’m not satisfied, it’s destined for the dumpster one day.

Lesson Learned…The joy is in the doing, so if it’s what I want, I’m happy.

If it’s not… then I’ve definitely learned something for the next painting.

Move on. Just Keep Painting.

Completed Painting - White Rose with Bud
Completed Painting – White Rose with Bud
Comparison - Painting to Inspiration
Comparison – Painting to Inspiration

I’d love to hear from you. Please write.

Tell me what you think about today’s demo, and what questions you’d like answered.

Let’s do this together. Thanks for taking your time to watch me have fun.


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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. Jackie Jacobson Art Gallery- booth #75, every Saturday and Sunday, October – May.

Personal Studio Tour

Call ahead for an appointment to have your tour of Jackie Jacobson 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.

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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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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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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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.”

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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 – 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.

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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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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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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.

 

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.

©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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