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.

LAG Member Show! Boulder County Fairgrounds

I’m super excited to be participating in the LAG member show this weekend at the Boulder County Fairgrounds!  If you’re at the farmer’s market here in Longmont on Saturday, pop on in and check out all the beautiful art!  There’s also a gift shop and handmade jewelry, greeting cards and more!

We’re open:

Thursday (today) 1-6pm

Friday 10-8pm with an artist reception from 6-8pm

Saturday from 10-6pm (I’m doing an art demo from 3-4:30!)

Sunday from 10am-4pm

Week 21 – 52 Card PU Art

T-Dawg. Teddie, the Chinese crested (with hair!) is my friend’s dog.  He’s a sweet boy, shy yet energetic when he’s with his people. My friend has commissioned a painted of T-Dawg  for her birthday, and I’m working on an 8×10 for her in oil.  In the meantime, I thought I would doodle a T-Dawg on a playing card.


Portland Pooches progress update

portland, oregon, dogs, painting, oil painting, art, art of the dayThis has been a huge project for me.  The process of learning perspective, the amount of detail going on with the subjects all has  my head spinning!  I am loving this process, but also feel somewhat frustrated too.  At this point, I think I’m about 95% complete on this painting.  I need to do a lot more work on the dogs and around the dogs before I finish.  I think the rest is done.  The “learning” part of this for me is how to paint the animals in such a way as to show enough detail and personality, yet not get overly caught up in detail and personality.  It’s a fine line.  I should be done with this by next class session.  I’ve very excited about it!

My next project is to paint in “plein air”  and work on live subjects.  I just saw a demonstration by Chuck Ceraso this week and I’m intrigued.  He offers a 6 week studio class that I think I’ll sign up for. Chuck painted this picture in an hour and half using a palate knife. Amazing.

Chuck Ceraso


I was recently commissioned to do another per portrait. I love painting pets ands great  part of the fun are all the photos folks send me to choose from. I try to select a photo that I think shows the pets personality best. What’s hard to get across to people is that sometimes a really cute photo will not make a good portrait, it’s just a cute photo. 🙂

So meet Rusty. He’s adorable and loves his tuna cans. He also has a great big tail he swishes through the air. He was a lot of fun to paint for sure!  I admit that the position this photo was taken of him had him at a difficult angle to paint with proper perspective. I employed the grid method to sketch him on the canvas. It took me three tries to get it right but I’m in love with the result. I think my clients are too.

Portland Pooches update

Portland Oregon Dogs Oil PaintingToday I painted the first part of the undertones of my Portland Pooches project.  If you remember from last week, this is a 24″ x 24″ square painting.  I snapped this photo using my iPhone last Fall when we were traveling in Oregon. This was an early morning scene in one of the charming restaurant alleys you find in Downtown Portland.  I believe this is somewhere near VooDoo Donuts.

My goal today was to start painting undertones with the intent of darkening many of the areas with more paint layers next week.  The painting compadres (other folks in my class) said they liked the transparency of the sidewalk areas and I should consider keeping those in the final product. Rick, our instructor, said he agreed and it’s almost like a watercolor done with oils.

I’m not sure how I feel about that, but I will take it into consideration for sure. Meanwhile, I feel like I’ve made good progress on this.  I left it at the studio to dry this week and will work on it again next Thursday in class.

Learning how to draw geometric perspective

Today’s class with Rick involved no painting. Zero. Zip. Zilch. Which is not a bad thing considering what I learned and accomplished today.

sketch, drawing, perspective, dog, dogs

Practice in perspective

I’m starting a new oil painting that is 24″ x 24″ (or 2 feet square). It is a scene I photographed in Portland , OR last fall.  This scene involves a lot of things going on; people, animals, buildings, sidewalks and perspective.  When I embarked on this project, I didn’t consider the complexities of painting a city-scape.  This is why I take art lessons. And this is my first attempt at perspective and complex subject matter.

The first thing Rick had me do was to find the “vanishing point” of the painting.  This is the horizon line, and in a properly composed photograph, will be about 1/3 from the top (or bottom for a sunset) of the composition.  My photo has the horizion at the top 1/3.

Once we established the “vanishing point” I drew the angular lines of the objects in the photo.  I started first with the sidewalk since this is the largest most prominent part of the painting.  Next, I worked on the picnic benches. THOSE took me a long time (and many tries) to get right.  Then I added the umbrellas and the buildings on the right side in the distance.

Next, I went to work on the buildings on the left, and nearest to the viewer.  I added in (after a few tries) the man standing in the background added in (after a few tries) and realized he’s too big and made him smaller.  Ironically, the point of reference is his head.  Then I added the middle dog first and realized that was a mistake.  While the dog was super

My Instagram photo inspiration.

My Instagram photo inspiration.

cute, he was too small and not placed correctly.  So I erased him and the one next to him and started with the third dog who is standing further back.  This should be easier since he’s next to the picnic benches and thus, will give me size dimensions.

I still need to add the other 2 dogs, but once I have them sketched in, I can start painting.  Of course, I usually “sit with” my sketches for a few days before I start painting.  Even now, I see a few things I want to change… Whew.  What a project!  I’m excited to see what happens with this one!