Monday, April 14, 2014

Easter Greetings

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The change of season has bolstered my creative spirit, and I wanted to wish my family and friends a very Happy Easter.


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Sing With Me

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Sing With Me may become the first in a series of illustrations for a children's story about this little sparrow. The story idea came to me as I was refining this painting's brush strokes and edges. I'll definitely explore the story today. When I have more to share I'll repost.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Tidal Marsh

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Yesterday I did a smudge painting from one of my recent photos. The view of the marsh was captured at twilight along the coast of New Hampshire. The golden beams created a backlight showering the dried feathery grasses with fire and illuminating the soil and rocks with purples, reds, and blues.

The original photo had an almost painterly effect and I thought I might practice my brush work. So I used a fairly large brush and consciously avoided getting too detailed oriented; a caution for myself because of the computer's ability to zoom in. I've discovered that sometimes I can loose my original perspective or emotional spontaneity.




Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Mighty Tulip

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                   The soul should always stand ajar,
                               ready to welcome 
                  the esthetic experience.
                                
                                                        ~ Emily Dickinson ~ 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Uphill Road

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This was my second attempt to "exaggerate and simplify".  In my last post I mentioned a bit about landscape artist David Dunlop.  I've seen a couple of his lessons on TV Create Channel and on You Tube.  He's very knowledgable with an appealing instructional format. Sometimes one needs a teacher to help them uphill, and when you get there I'm betting on miles of clear skies.

Monday, April 7, 2014

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This morning I began my creative lesson by reading David Dunlop's blog entry, Exagerration is A Form of Simplification. It was very enlightening.

With this new information I attempted to practice the lesson by using my last painting as my inspiration. I focused on the foreground and as I began painting I lost sight of everything else outside of the flowers. I'm not sure if that's what the lesson was intended to do but I just allowed the happy little event to occur. Tomorrow's another day for practicing.












Sunday, April 6, 2014

The Banks of Plum Island

I've just completed my new digital painting, The Banks of Plum Island. The inspiration was drawn from a series of my unconscious chaotic thoughts beginning with the first brightly painted abstract. It seems to have an unintentional southwestern vibe.
From there, I painted over the abstract creating a pink desert. Arrrgh. I was about to delete when I decided to allow the chaos to play on.  And re-imagined the desert/ blank canvas as a vibrant lively stream. And yet I wasn't satisfied with the water feature. So before deleting it again I tried replacing the stream with a road which reminded me of a local landmark in my area, Plum Island.

Artistic chaos can open your eyes to rhythm, motion, and adventure.

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Copyright © 2014. This image is the exclusive property of Janet Claffey.
All rights reserved.
Please contact me if you would like to use any of my photographs or art work.