Wednesday, May 27, 2020

May - Isolating But Emerging

Inside Out Continues


I guess we've all gotten a little too cooped-up and forced to find clever ways to break up the routine - me included.  Admittedly this was my challenge to the art group to paint "your kitchen counter," but it was based on a whole different idea than actually being in lockdown mode!  Long story so I'll skip it for now and just show you what's up for auction this week.  Super fun tackling chrome, black shiny plastic, flatware, ceramic cups, towel, glass backsplash - all with rather interesting under-counter lighting!  Still have no idea how it all fit on a 6x6" panel.  Love this one. . . .  whatever did we do before K-cups and Nespresso pods?

AM-PM Besties
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Balconies


This most recent balcony celebrates the French Apéro (short for aperitif) - aka Happy Hour.  This tradition is to enjoy a bubbly drink, something fruity, reflect on the day, and ease into their somewhat late dinner hour.  A wonderful time when the sun starts to set.  In Paris, the streets quickly become shadowed, dark, cool and somehow smell (delightfully) of history, moist stone, and lives well lived - you can feel the warmth from above at the same time.  A most enjoyable "human" sensation and definitely a favorite memory to savor.  Salut!

Apéro Time
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The two balconies below sold right away - sure wish I knew why people like them so much. It can't just be the new technique 'cause the still-lifes are still hanging out but the balconies are quickly finding new homes.  I really love them, but thought it was more about being there last summer.  Perhaps they just sweep me off my feet and out through my paint brush at a time when we all need to find creative outlets.

Breakfast in Paris
Manchaca, Texas
Paris Flower Box
Spencer, North Carolina
















Enjoy, life is joy we make one moment at a time - thanks so much for joining me on this journey!

Thursday, April 30, 2020

April - Inside Out

Balconies!

So glad I put a few balconies on auction/sale - I just love sharing them with people who love them as much as I do. Huge bright spot in any artist's day when someone has to have one.

Hanging in there with a positive outlook, but adjusting to the perspective of being inside.  Northern Virginia seems to be managing the curve so that's good news.  Really want to get back into continuing this series and inspired by this rather curious happenstance of views from inside, looking out.  I, for one, am really looking forward to the changes ahead and ready to embrace the exciting and refreshing new ways things will be done.  Okay, some won't be so great, but others will be awesome!

Sneak peak of two recent paintings - to be auctioned in May (hidden until auction start).

Inside-Out:  Paris Flower Box
Friday - May 1st

Inside-Out: Healthy Breakfast in Paris
Friday - May 8th


YAY - Two more paintings sold - My guess is the popularity of landscapes is actually true and the insights from the Dennis Perrin method are to thank for this delightful uptick in sales.   See, change is really good!


           
Parisian Breakfast
Sold - California
Beautiful Morning in Paris
Sold - Alabama

RedBubble Rocks!


Received my first "royalty" check (OMG did I really just say that?) from sales of items on the site that takes my art and turns it into decor and accessories.  ART that keeps on giving.  If you have some spare time and a creative heart - check it out, all sorts of art and artists. Free to sell, easy navigation to set up shop, customize products, etc.  See JohnnaArt on Redbubble


Enjoy, life is joy we make one moment at a time, Johnna


Wednesday, April 1, 2020

March (Late of Course) News

Wow 

Around here life kinda froze up on March 10th along with any painting enthusiasm.  Slowly getting back into the groove and really trying to stay positive - looking forward to the silver lining that always comes along with things like this.  For one thing, I'm so grateful it's Spring - can you imagine if it was November. . . .  dreary & gray.

Good News

Got around to posting one of the balcony scenes on Daily Paintworks and it was purchased before I even woke up the next day.  Lovely buyer and heartfelt email.  That is priceless to an artist!  

On the way to North Carolina

Planning to release a few more on Friday's in April.  Each one is a bit different.  I absolutely fell in love with all the different kinds of wrought iron work.

Hang in There - we're all in it together

More current art happenings are now on Facebook and Instagram.  Decor and Accessories are on Redbubble.  If there's something on JohnnaArt.com you would like on Redbubble, just shoot me an email and I'll get on it.  I love having a few of items around the house, especially ones that have new owners.

Enjoy, life is joy we make one moment at a time, 

Johnna

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

February News

Happy Valentine's Day - How about these just-for-fun colorful hearts?

Four Hearts
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This painting was an art club challenge to paint out of your head.  Well. . . er, not much rambling around in there begging to be painted.  I guess I trust what I see a lot more than what I imagine.  Anyway, this title should be "fill in the LOVE" and choose what you want to say.  Better late than never!


Balconies, balconies, balconies

Last month's Parisian balcony spawned several more.  I just love them and not sure when / how to offer them for sale.  I think I need them around me for a while.  Maybe a little like nurturing children and then helping them leave the nest when it's time.  Eventually paintings seem to find their way to other happy homes which makes me a very happy girl.  The first one below, is going on auction Saturday 2/15 so dipping a toe in the water and see what happens. 

French Balcony
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Other balconies I can't stop staring at. . . Even ventured into repainting the first one (TL) on a 12x12" board - love overload!




Interested in the latest news - hop over to my facebook page for paintings before they make it to this blog.  Preview photos may be seen on Instagram @JohnnaArtVA - my first Perrin-inspired painting of the rose on the piano had over a hundred likes which is huge for me.  Still figuring out how to leverage Instagram.  I encourage all artists to give the Perrin Method a try. Videos have been on sale lately.  Honestly, it's a challenge getting through the videos, but pays off in the end.

Enjoy, life is joy we make one moment at a time,  Johnna

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Happy New Year

Resolutions - don't forget the blog.  I love that there's a written log of my art journey and thanks so much for coming along for the ride. Now I just gotta stick to it.  Seems people are picking words this year so mine is Explore!  Pretty much wide-open and looking forward to trying new things.


RedBubble streamlined wearables & decor by artist so: JohnnaArt.redbubble.com is the place.  Also see link in the header of the Daily Paint Works and/or JohnnaArt.com.  I'm tagging items with "JohnnaArt" so at Redbubble.com just search on the tag.  New items are being added every few weeks.  Here's the latest (Frilly Lily painted long ago and just couldn't let it go). I've ordered an iPhone cover of it and a set of coasters with So Happy (sunflower). . . .  Have to keep up with the quality checks, ya know.


New Year 2020

Spending time and effort studying Dennis Perrin's Method workshop video I bought last year.  It's a series of documents, links, videos, facebook groups, etc.  After 10 paintings I still don't quite get why it's working so well.  Most artists know that you hear the same information over and over and finally something sticks and "you get it." I'm sure that's happening now and know a couple of things that seem to have stuck, so I'm stickin' with it. It certainly has jolted me out of my slump. Happy Dance!


2020 Top Ten

Best to go to JohnnaArt.com to see the gallery and find out what's available.  Remember red dot in the bottom right corner means sold. A few of these will be displayed over the next several days, so if there's something you have to have, please send me a message (see below, right margin).  Thanks!

JohnnaArt.com


New happy 2019 homes


Enjoy, life is joy we make one moment at a time, Johnna


Wednesday, November 13, 2019

November News


First the Big News


Leaping into RedBubble where I am putting some of my favorite art out to be printed on wearables and home decor.  Couldn't be a better season than right now to launch a few products for sale!  RedBubble is getting great reviews and after personally checking out the quality on a few of their products, giving my seal of approval. Turnaround time was good too. Thanks to my artist friend for sharing the idea.  Great place to pick up fun and unique holiday gifts!

Look to the right to see my new tote bag. This is the "all over print" version. Click here or on the photo and off you'll go.

Oh and they offer lots of discounts so look around for those before ordering.  p.s. when you get there scroll down and click on the fish, then you'll see available options.

It will take a while to see if it's worth all the effort, but hopefully like DPW that time will be well worth it.

It's all about Me & You


Finally bought a personal domain name JohnnaArt.com - for now goes straight to Daily Paintworks - but there you'll see a few changes (mostly cosmetic).  Of course, you'll see the new shopping link.  If there's something you like in the gallery, but the painting isn't on RedBubble, just let me know and I'll get the back-office (DH) on it!  Naturally need all new high quality photos. . . .

It's all about Them


Worked on several paintings for the community art show in October.  These guys are very excited about the holidays and looking for good homes if you know of anyone. . . . a few will be released in the next few days.  Stay tuned.

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Enjoy, life is joy we make one moment at a time.   As always, thanks for being a part of my journey.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

August to October What!?

Good Grief - where has the time gone???

Highlights of the last few months:

Started working on some holiday themed works for our neighborhood Art Show planned for October and managed to get the September challenge (cats) completed - although not in time for our meeting - since we were on vacation for two weeks. Okay that gobbled up several wonderful days of planning, packing, eating and exploring.  Already planning to go back next year - YAY!

As soon as we got back, entered two shows and super-delighted to find out that one received an Artist Recognition Award - 3rd Place Oil.  This show was to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Loudoun Sketch Club that I joined last March.  I had no idea they awarded ribbons and have never won any sort of recognition for a painting - what a high!  Perhaps not the best photo and the white ribbon is rather low-key, but I am still ecstatic over the whole thing.  My guess is around 100 paintings were hung.  Check it out:

Mandarin Debut 10 x 20"


Happy that several paintings brought some joy to others - either online or at the neighborhood sale (pretty good for a two hour event).



Also, this adorable kitty is headed to a new home as a very special gift - mum's the word for now tho.

Couch Potato

My turn for the October challenge which I still haven't done, but it's on the to-do list!  Busy time of year.   Will start posing the holiday paintings over the next several days.

Enjoy, life is joy we make one moment at a time - Johnna

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Jumpin' July

Trying out a monthly newsletter format - comments and suggestions welcomed. 

Still working on getting more motivated, but managed to put a few paintings together.  Admittedly two were just a day apart and the last one just barely slid into July (thanks to a club challenge).

Summer Bouquet
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Our small "roof" deck is the only sunny spot for a garden so this year trying a few perennials to see if they will survive the winter. A lot of stairs getting everything from the garage to the top floor!  Things are going well for now - fingers crossed they all make it through the winter.  Naturally had to add a few annuals for color.

Wouldn't you love this bright and vivacious painting for a "desk" garden in your home or office?






Farmer's Market


Nothing better than the freshest food from the local farmer's market. Even though I'm not a morning person, the ambiance and community at these events is worth getting up for. Loved the way this turned out and once again, a difficult subject seems to get me going.  Either that, or low expectations usually produce more positive results. . . .














 
Salt & Pepper
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Before you pass judgement, this was a club challenge to paint a statue.  Well guess what, we don't really have any statues around here and the massive photo search didn't come up with much either. . . . so I resorted to a fun little ceramic salt and pepper shaker that somehow has survived multiple rounds of downsizing.  Quite the challenge painting a super-white, quirky looking dog tho! 









Enjoy, life is joy you make one moment at a time - Johnna
p.s. I'll try and work on formatting next month.

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Spoonful of Summer

What's not to love - just picked fruit with a shiny spoon casting summer shadows. 

Update:  Apparently blogging has become passé in the art world, to be replaced by monthly newsletters and Instagram so find me @JohnnaArtVA along with a few of my other "creative" projects. 

Spoonful of Summer
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I guess we can assume my former somewhat-daily-blog has become infrequent enough that we should just admit it and call it a newsletter. I haven't given up painting, but still clawing my way out of a slump.  The blog has been a fantastic way to keep track of progress, thoughts, challenges and a way to connect with art lovers - so I think I'll keep going and switch to the monthly format at some point.  Thanks so much for hanging in there with me.  

Enjoy, life is joy we make one moment at a time – Johnna

p.s Happy to report Irish Window Sill just landed in Michigan to none other than a high school classmate from Wiesbaden, Germany!  Great memories from the years living in Europe.






Friday, April 5, 2019

Where's the Sage?

Actually the title of this painting should be Parsley, Rosemary and Thyme.   I'm sure most will get it the nuance.  More importantly this was my first at-home painting after attending Sarah Sedwick's workshop on dynamic painting.  Wonderful class and terrific crowd of artists.  Shout-out to the venue and Mónica Linares.  Check it out - wide variety of workshops. 

Where's the Sage?
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Sarah's approach is nearly opposite to mine, but figured it was time to switch things up.  I am mesmerized by her work and so lucky that this Oregon based artist ventured out to the east coast. Sarah is a delightful person and more importantly a great teacher. She runs an engaging workshop with demos, instruction, "exercises" and enlightening critiques (direct and positive).  Her involvement even continues afterwards with an alumni Facebook page, links to supplies, YouTube Videos, etc.  She also offers an online mentorship program. 

Sarah's approach that I incorporated into this painting (unlike previous ones!):
  1. Sketch - it's one thing to draw an outline on a canvas with paint, but another to actually sketch it out emphasizing the lights and darks.  These are large thumbnails which are quite helpful in making sure the composition works. 
  2. Apply Underpainting - cover canvas with a neutral tone and draw "again" by wiping out the light areas and darkening the darkest parts. This I get, but can't you just paint it that way?
  3. Globs - Premix all the paint you are going to need, for each area - well this involves MATH and guesstimates so another super-sized challenge. 
  4. Execute Painting - okay this was familiar, BUT this time there's a whole plan, strategy, multiple eyeball-to-mind-melds with the subject, and a different comfort level than before.  Hard to explain, but the number of decisions to be made are mostly done up-front rather than on-the-fly.  hmmmmm. . . . 
Did you notice the SAGE advice numbered above?

Thumbnail ~ 3 1/2"
Underpainting
                                
How can it be that a former professional project manager and software engineer not have a plan before a project?  Today's mystery for sure - ha, ha.

Learned a ton and continuing along my artistic journey - now time to practice, practice, practice. 

Feel free to contact me for more info.

Enjoy, life is joy we make one moment at a time, Johnna