Jill Rumley - Artist

Original oil paintings by Jill Rumley

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Christmas Commissions #5

Over the Christmas holidays, I was given the honor of painting a number of Pet Portraits as commissioned pieces given as gifts.  Here is the fifth and final titled “Camel”  8×8″ Oil on stretched canvas.

Christmas Commissions #4

Over the Christmas holidays, I was given the honor of painting a number of Pet Portraits as commissioned pieces given as gifts.  Here is the fourth titled “Lupe”  8×8″ Oil on stretched canvas.

Christmas Commissions #3

Over the Christmas holidays, I was given the honor of painting a number of Pet Portraits as commissioned pieces given as gifts.  Here is the third titled “Terrier”  5×5″ Oil on canvas board.

Christmas Commissions #2

Over the Christmas holidays, I was given the honor of painting a number of Pet Portraits as commissioned pieces given as gifts.  Here is the second titled “Golden”  5×5″ Oil on canvas board.

Tiny bottles ‘o liquor

Snow Day in May You Say? No problem! It’s a great way to spend the afternoon painting tiny liquor bottles into my painting.  There’s even a mini painting within this painting and a painting of bottles in there as well. Whew. 

I’ve been working on this painting from my trip to Ireland in 2009 for a few months now. People who have seen me paint know that I am a fast painter, usually done with my paintings in 3 sessions. This one, however, is a labor of love. And SO worth it! I still have a ways to go, but here’s a close up of the liquor bottles sitting in a window. Yes, I used a tiny brush! 

Day-Glo Tulips

I’m actually in the process of moving my studio to a new location. So getting my weekly pickup art done is more challenging. But I am still taking classes at Rick Stoners studio and the past couple of weeks have been drawing and still life. 

I’m trying really hard to learn pastel painting. To me it’s like drawing on a sidewalk with chalk. But I know that it’s all about patience, good paper and technique. This week’s painit was a pitcher full of cut tulips. I was really frustrated at first and almost gave up, but I pushed through and here is my result. Like most of my work, there is a strong contrast between the subject and the background. I guess that’s just how I roll!

What a week!

"People's Choice Award - Photography" Jill Rumley for "Pent-Up"

“People’s Choice Award – Photography” Jill Rumley for “Pent-Up”

Thank you to everyone who came out to support me and the artists from the Longmont Artists’ Guild at the Great Frame Up last Friday night!  I was honored to win the people’s choice award for photography!  This photo was taken a couple of years ago on a drive in Northern Colorado.  Actually, we don’t know exactly where we were.  We were sort of lost on a dirt road.  I saw these horses pent up in a pen and huddled together.  I just loved the way they seemed to have all of this energy building up and ready to let go.  That’s why I titled the piece “Pent-Up”  We all know how that feels!

"Still Life Experiment" by Jill Rumley. Oil on canvas, 18 x 24

“Still Life Experiment” by Jill Rumley. Oil on canvas, 18 x 24

Also this week, I finished my first “still life’ painting of a duck decoy.  I added a green apple because I felt there was too much “white space” to the right of the decoy.  So now I have an inanimate object AND a piece of fruit!  I really love this piece.  I think it’s one of my favorites.  What do you think?

Still Life

I’m back to classes at Rick Stoner’s studio above the Firehouse Art Gallery. I’m doing my first still life of a duck decoy. 

While talking about other things artistic, Rick made a funny and true statement about my style. He said I have a “wonderfully original and spontaneous style.” Right on. I think he’s nailed it. 

Here’s my foundation for the duck decoy. It’s UGLY at this stage, but you have to start somewhere!

Mini-Cats

This last week, a friend of mine was in town visiting.  We had a great time hanging out and we also spent some time going to local art galleries.  One of the things she noticed is that a lot of artists have small cute pieces that they can sell for a lower price.  I’ve been meaning to do something like this, and I’m working on some 8 x 10 pieces, but this week I have been working on some 4×4 Addison portraits. 

My inspiration, of course, are my Instagram photos of Addison, my cat.  She has a lot of personality, and even though she doesn’t like her photo taken, I manage to get some fun cute shots of her.

Here are two of my first Mini-Cats that I have for sale in my Gallery on Main Street in Longmont.

mini-cats

Chocolate Cow

 

 

Oil painting, cow, artOne of my latest projects is a cow that lives across the street from me in the open space that is leased for free range farming. She is a beauty and very curious.  I snapped a photo of her on my iPhone one morning while walking by.  This is my first attempt at painting a cow. I’m not 100% done with her yet.  I have more work to do on her tail, but I think she is mostly complete.

I’ve also painted a Stellar’s Jay this week.  I will post a photo of him in a few days once I do just a little more work.

AND I have another Addison the Cat painting in the works as well.  Having my own studio has really been so great to motivate me to do more art work.  I’m loving what’s going on right now!

I think this week I’m going to be really working on my Lefthand artists beer label collage for the end of January.  This is a fun process, but sort of a secret, so you won’t be seeing any photos of this until it’s time for the auction.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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