Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Prevailing Wind

 Prevailing Wind
12" x 12" oil on canvas

November has flashed by with a lot of projects, paintings, teaching and events under my belt.  Its good to be busy and even in the lean times, as the economy here is proving this year, keeping moving forward is essential.

To streamline services, I've moved sales that were on external sites, such as Etsy, to my website under an e-commerce page.  I've categorized available paintings, studio reproductions and tweaked the site to make navigation cleaner. 

In 2017, I'll be moving my workshop registrations to my website as well.  Sales and registrations are secure and simple to use, using PayPal as the vehicle for payment which allows all credit cards to be used without having to have an account with the service.

You can visit my revised website and store at www.jeanettejobson.com.  Have a look around and let me know if there is something out of place or missing or if you have any issues navigating or viewing pages.

My 2017 Boat Calendars are available and make perfect Christmas and hostess gifts at just $20 + $5 shipping within North America. Click here for details or to order.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Remembrance Day

Acrylic on multi media paper - 4.5" x 7"

On August 14, 1945, it was announced that Japan had surrendered unconditionally to the Allies, effectively ending World War II.

As a young adult, my mother kept a diary from 1943 to 1945 that reflected her world in St. John's during the war, interspersed with personal thoughts.

On Armistice or Remembrance Day today as we look back and give thanks and respect for those who took part in world wars and other conflicts, I thought I'd share two pages of history leading up to the event 70 years ago through the eyes of a then 21 year old.

Please click to enlarge an image for reading.

 Page 1

Page 2

Thursday, November 03, 2016

Black Friday Weekend Sale

I've been in head down working mode for the last few weeks as I worked in the studio, did a plein air event in a storm, taught workshops and made some changes to my website to pull everything together under one roof.

I'm closing my Etsy store over the next couple of days and have opened a storefront on my website.  Etsy has changed its search features over the last year and visibility has slowed, so it was time to make some changes.   The Store is open now and I'm populating it with available paintings and prints.  It is categorized for easy searching and direct sales. In 2017 I will also pull away from my external workshop registration site and make registration available through my website as well.

You can visit the Store by clicking here.

In cleaning up the studio, I unearthed a number of paintings from pre-palette knife days as well as current pieces.  I will be offering them for sale in a Black Friday Weekend Art Sale from November 24 - 27.  If you are a mailing list subscriber, you will have a 24 hour pre-sale viewing and be able to purchase pieces before it goes public.  You can join my mailing list through the link on the right side of this page and receive the Studio News once a month with occasional emails about special events.

If anyone thinks the life of a professional artist is easy, I'd invite them to spend a week with me in the studio and the business world of art.  But I wouldn't change it for anything as I do what I love and am only accountable to me.

Studio painting seemed elusive for the last few weeks with visitors, teaching, and a plein air event that I took part in on October 22nd.  Unfortunately on that day, the tail end of a hurricane was forecast.  So while the morning looked dry, we took a chance.  I was on Signal Hill in St. John's, overlooking George's Pond and the Burma Road Trail.  I arrived around 8am hoping the weather would hold and while it stayed dry, the wind picked up and it was a challenge keeping the easel and canvas from toppling over (which it did several times).  It was tied down and weighted with my backpack but that just didn't seem to do the trick.

I managed about 2.5 hours of work outside before the cold affected my hands and I was shivering.  After a cup of coffee to warm up I retreated to the warmth of the gallery to continue to work on the piece.   On October 29th, the pieces were exhibited at Peter Lewis Gallery and are available there for sale.  Next time, let's hope its a summer event!

Monday, October 10, 2016


Maple Pumpkin - SOLD
Today is the official Thanksgiving holiday in Canada and I have lots to be thankful for in my life.  Family, health, a roof over my head, clothing to wear, food on the table and a stable country to live in.

I have lots of other things to be thankful for, but the basics are the most important to me.  Often, people seem to think that physical objects bring the happiness they need.  While lovely things do bring pleasure, the pleasure is fleeting and if everything but the basics were removed, life would still be good.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and treasure what you love most.

Saturday, October 08, 2016

Creating titles for paintings

 Scarlet River
30" x 40" oil on canvas
Available direct from the artist  Email 

Finding a title for a painting can go one of two ways.

1.  The title flows, almost intuitively and fits the painting.
It can be an idea that's been floating around in my head for awhile or an emotional connection to something that the painting represents that will provide the title for the piece.  Sometimes its even a song that I'm listening to while painting the piece as was the case in this one. "Sitting in the Morning Sun" was inspired by the Otis Redding song "(Sittin On) The Dock of the Bay".

Sitting in the Morning Sun    12" x 12"  oil on canvas - SOLD

2.  The painting resists being titled as if its life depended on remaining anonymous.
So what do I do in this case? I start analyzing elements of the painting that can trigger reaction in a viewer.  It may be colour, or location.  Sometimes the most obvious and the simplest things become part of the title.

If that doesn't work, I start doing some research on other paintings with similar subjects to see what their titles are.  Its amazing how many paintings of a subject have the same name.

Sea Breeze
24" x 24"  oil on panel, framed
Available direct from the artist  Email

My final trump card is the thesaurus.  I put in words that reflect aspects of the painting then see what results come up.  Its quite a good way of looking at alternate wording or may trigger other thoughts about the piece.

Throwing a piece out for public input on titles can provide results that can be worked with, but as the public don't have the same connection and insight to how the painting was created and what inspired it, suggestions may be based on common visuals only.  i.e.  black dog, red boat, etc.  And while these can be good titles, try doing an online search of "black dog paintings" and see how many have the same name.

Creating a title that is meaningful to the artist and the viewer can be a challenge.  Leaving a title as a number is a final resort but makes cataloguing very difficult for the artist, gallery and doesn't provide information that inspires viewers or helps them create their own story about the painting.

Friday, October 07, 2016

Cemetery sketching


Sketching is always high on my list of priorities and is pretty much a habit with me.  Subject matter varies to whatever is at hand or sometimes I get an idea in my head and have to go with it.  Last weekend the weather was beautiful, cool but sunny and perfect for a wander in my favourite cemetery to do some sketching.  The sculpture found in older cemeteries is often ornate and makes beautiful subjects for drawing.  Most of the individuals with large sculpures on their gravesite were likely from wealthier families.  Likely then, as nowadays, monuments were expensive.  There can be a marked difference almost next to each other in the cemetery of an ornate sculpture next to a simple wooden cross.

Over time, weather takes its toll and taller objects and finials crack off and are propped up the main element as in this very ornate monument.  Trees in the cemetery grow of course and encroach on grave enclosures and sculpture, pushing some of them over into the grass.

In this cemetery, graves of very young babies, children and young adults are common. With deaths in the 1800s, it was obvious that many illnesses or relatively minor accidents that we consider non-life threatening today were deadly as it was an era that existed without antibiotics.  Measles, mumps, influenza, scarlet fever, infections from minor wounds all took their toll in young children and adults alike.

I sketched on site using a new fountain pen that I didn't realize had water soluble ink in it.  Until I added water to my drawing back in the studio.  Still, I like the effect but will remember its reactive properties for next time.  And to read the label before I buy something!

Sketching baby graves is poignant but a stark reminder that despite the problems of the current world, we have a lot to be grateful for in the medical field.  In this Thanksgiving weekend in Canada, we have much to be thankful for, including antibiotics!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Surf & Turf

Surf & Turf

To farmers, hay making is an important task.  The result feeds animals during the winter and there always seems to be a fine line between sun and rain on the appointed day to cut and bale hay.  Left in the field, occasionally the weather goes against man and harvests can be delayed or lost.

This is a sideline from my usual boats, as I wanted a change of subject.  And driving past fields of hay bales, the inspiration was ever present.  From the idyllic sunset over traditional hay bales in a previous post, to the disastrous heavy rainfall after haymaking, these companion pieces show the romance and reality of farm life.

This was painted with acrylics using a palette knife.  This piece is 12" x 12" on canvas and available in my online store.