Thursday, July 2, 2020

June - Time Flies, But Where Did It Go?

Well this is embarrassing - a whole month has come and gone, yet only one painting actually materialized.  Even I'm surprised by the lack of creativity.  Maybe I'll finish the one on the easel - an experiment that's been quite a challenge.  Merging three photo references - what was I thinking, but balcony photos are getting tough to find.  


Anyway, love the way this one turned out - a two-photo-reference-combo which is probably what made me think I could go for a three-fer. By far, this is my favorite ironwork.  Maybe it's looking a bit familiar.  Backlit grapes were fun too.

Inside-Out Happy Hour
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Hiding from DPW Gallery View, but hanging in our front hallway, is the painting below. It is another run at the earlier Beautiful Morning in Paris painting, but on a 12x12" panel.  Scary big to me.

A little backstory.  A few years ago, I joined the local art club (nearly 170 members).  We are having a summer show (virtual) and thought perhaps I should enter this painting. I love it, but the plan is to have the submitted painting on the club website for a year - sounds like a great venue for possible sales and the eternal blatant self promotion.  Oh my what to do?   While mulling it over, DH buys the painting!  What a sneak.  Problem solved!  He is really smart like that and now I know he loves it as much as I do.

Grand Parisian Balcony
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Seems pretty unanimous that artists are struggling with being locked down and creative.  Probably shouldn't be surprised because everyone likely feels the same way.  For some reason being trapped in your studio should be delightful, but it just doesn't feel very inspirational.  A new month, a new outlook already in the works!  Maybe trite, but I do know we'll all get through this and be stronger because of it. Smile and look at the pretty pictures, it will make you feel better. I hope.


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

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