Saturday, January 26, 2008

Art resources

Oil Study - Self Portrait
copyright Jeanette Jobson

Living in Newfoundland has its benefits and drawbacks. One of the drawbacks seems to be the lack of readily available information on sources of art supplies, art clubs, and general visual art network information.

To try to bridge that gap I have created a Squidoo lens on Art Resources for Newfoundland and Labrador. Its a work in progress and will be expanded as I find information and add to what was currently available to me.

There are so many elements to art, from the concept and creation, down to marketing and selling and it often draws a blank in this province as people just don't know where to turn or how to access information.

I did a very loose - and muddy - study for a self portrait in oils to get a feel for it. Some parts are ok, there is a lot of room for improvement and I know better now the palette I need to use to achieve the skin tones for this dark lighting. I'll start the portrait itself as soon as I can get some time to myself. I've got a 16 x 20 piece of gallery canvas that was on sale and is just the right size for a portrait. Oils are still something that I'm re-learning. There are some happy accidents and a lot of unhappy ones in the process.


Beverly said...

Dear Jeanette, You are one awesome artist and make me think of "bloom where you are planted" and you DO IT!

Rose Welty said...


As I've been staring at your lovely face all week, I'm fascinated to see how your oil develops! It will be interesting to see how your painting differs from the reference. I'm sure that you will paint more of yourself in there than the photo has...hmm.

Good fun. I think I'm about done and will get it in the post soon.

Billie Crain said...

very moody and certainly a good likeness, Jeanette! i especially like the lost edges on the viewer's right.

Anonymous said...

A wonderful likeness. What fun to see your explorations.

Katherine said...

I've added your new squidoo lens into my Resources for Artists group - so hopefully that might widen its readership a bit. I'm also now officially a fan! ;)

I think you're off to a brilliant start with the painting.

indiaartist said...

Fascinating hazy edges! I love this painting and am looking forward to the big one. All the best.

Jeanette said...

Beverly, thank you for your kind comments.

Rose, aren't portraits fascinating to work on? I know each self portrait is unique and completely different than the last. I'll look forward to your version which I know will be amazing.

Thanks Billie. This was a real experiment. I'm always amazed at how/if things turn out :)

I'm enjoying the process Robin, despite hiccups along the way.

Thanks so much Katherine. I do hope some of the information will be useful to others. I know there is much more to add and it will be done over time.

Thank you indiaartist, I'm feeling my feet with this painting and will see what I come up with in the real thing. It may be completely different again!

Piercing The Veil said...

nice... there is intensity on the charcater ... as i am nobody knows you better than you alone ...

nice works