A gift from Grandma Lee who painted my kitty Prissy in 1983.
It’s been awhile since I’ve made a blog post. I feel bad that I fell off my 52card PU art. At this point in the year, I think I will just start planning to start again next year!
Coming up on October 19th, I’ll be the featured artist for Arts & Ales at Lefthand Brewing from 6-8pm here in Longmont. I’ll have some of my pet portraits, greeting cards and other art available for purchase and I will be revealing my KITTY FACE 20×20 painting! Stop on by! I’d love to talk art with you while sipping a yummy beer from LeftHand!
I’ve been busy this summer working with the Longmont Artists’ Guild working at the Boulder County Fair where we were in charge of the art contest there, the Lyon’s Art on the River event at the end of August, Longmont ArtWalk in mid-September.
I’ve also been working with Lisa Larsen on our GYST (Get your S**T Together) workshops for creatives. It’s been good for me to work on my own art business while coaching others to do the same! This project is in it’s infancy, but we both know it will grow and become something much bigger! We’re looking for late 2018 early 2019.
I’ve also been busy with my digital media business. I work for a real estate team doing their newsletter, website, social media and other marketing tasks. I’ve been growing this business in the last month. Which is good, but leaves a little less time for art.
I’ve recently updated my “About Me” page which is a bio/artist statement about why I create. Check it out here! In case you didn’t already know, my mother and grandmother were oil painters too! Mom was more into landscapes and barns, while Grandma did landscapes, portraits, still life and animals! The picture above was a gift from her to me in 1983. It’s a portrait of my kitty Prissy.
Thanks to everyone for the tremendous support you give me. Because of you, I can create and that means everything to me.
Okay, THIS is the card fro this week. I am finally caught up now. Whew! I painted this card today after lunch. I had canned tuna for lunch, so I thought I’d paint a tuna. I’m not sure why I like to paint what I’m eating for lunch, but a doodle is a doodle and inspiration can come from anywhere at anytime.
Tuna are very large fish. The one I painted today is a yellowfin tuna. I painted this in oils, so it was a bit more difficult to layer the colors because the paint will take a few days to dry and I didn’t have the patience to layer paint properly for my doodle.
After painting a number of these cards, in both oils and acrylics, I think the acrylics work better for a small quick painting like these are. Oils are richer in color and texture, but to do them right, you should layer the paints to reach full potential. Oils blend really well. Acrylics on the other hand, dry almost as fast as you can apply them to the surface you’re painting on. This is ideal for small paintings, in my opinion.
I’m looking forward to seeing what comes over the next few weeks. Almost to the half way point for this project!
After this card, I’ll be caught up on my weekly card paintings. Well, actually, I have one more to do for this week, but I’ll post that on Saturday! This card is inspired by the bag of cherries I was eating while painting a new mini-pet painting (still working on it). Cherries are interesting to paint. They are such a deep red/purple/blue color. I also had a pretty intense lamp pointing on my canvas, so the lighting is dramatic. I painted this in acrylic, which I’m still learning to paint with. I showed this card to a friend of mine and she said it looked like a rotting apple with a worm coming out of it. I love my friends. 🙂 It is supposed to be a cherry with a stem; although rotting apples would make an interesting painting I’m sure.
I am a couple weeks behind posting my 52 card pickup art. This card was created on the week of March 19. This card reflects how busy my week was! I had the privilege of participating in the Boulder County home and outdoor show on the weekend of March 24th, 25th and 26th. It was a great opportunity to show my art to a large audience. Thanks to LAG and LAG for the opportunity to do this great event with some great people !
This project is still a lot of fun and full of surprises for me. My painted card this week is of a beer keg in the middle of a lawn. I suppose I was feeling the mood of St. Patrick’s Day when I painted this one. Looking back, I seem to be doing a lot of landscape type paintings on these cards. This has made me think that it’s probably time to paint another landscape painting in full size. With each new painting, my technique and style is improving. I am so lucky to have the opportunity to learn and grow in the company of established artists and this great Arts Community we have here in Longmont Colorado!
“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
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?