Monday, June 16, 2014

Iceberg season

Oh I'm slacking again in the blog posting department, but I have excuses, honestly!

Its iceberg season.  This is a bumper year for them and they sail past in numbers, some closer to shore than others.  Some are huge and very spectacular and of course I had to get some photos of them.  It seems like the weekend flew by in minutes and left me wishing I could rewind and do it all over again.

These shots were taken off Cape Spear, the most easterly point in North America.   My camera's zoom doesn't do them justice, they are quite beautiful.

I was involved in the art opening for the group exhibition at Peter Lewis Gallery on Saturday night.  The opening was well attended and one of my paintings sold at the opening, one of my favourites - Fox Point, seen on the far right in the image below.  I had five paintings in this exhibition, mostly boats, which are a prelude for the series I'll be working on this year.

I've been working diligently on a 24" x 48" boat commission.  I'm afraid I can't show the piece to you until its approved and shipped to the collector.   While I wait for a layer to dry a little I started another for fun.  This is called Smooch and is 10" x 20" on canvas.  I loved the combination of colours and of course those gouramis ready to lock lips always make me smile.   I hope to have it and the commission finished by the end of the week.

I'm doing some planning on where to go for my boat hunting expeditions for my art grant project.  As I, along with a lot of other artists, did not receive full funding for the grant due to government cutbacks, I've had to rethink my travel plans in hunting down the appropriate boats.  That and time, becomes a challenging factor.

But supplies are on their way and I have some sketches up for consideration for the 15 paintings that I'll need to produce before the spring.  Deadlines work wonders for inspiration.


Gary L. Everest said...

Hi Jeanette,
Congratulations on the show and sale! I loved seeing your work in context--nothing quite like it for really seeing a painting.
The iceberg photos are truly impressive. I admit I've never really thought about a season for them. I wonder if global warming will extend your viewing opportunities.
As for a travel destination to see boats...need I even mention coming here? I realize that sort of exacerbates the financial strain, but what a way to use whatever funds they do provide!!
We'll keep the light on for you.
Great post. Have a good day tomorrow, too.

Jeanette Jobson said...

Hello Gary

Thanks for the good wishes. Yes, pieces look so different when framed and hung with the right lighting etc., don't they?

I love the icebergs. Its been years since we had so many drift by. All down to luck, wind, currents and weather I guess. And I saw the first whale cavorting among the 'bergs too. What a view the whale must have had.

Oh yes, I am sure I'd find boats (and a lot more) in Hawaii. It might push the grant budget out the window but it would be fun. Somehow I don't think I'd find traditional wooden boats from Newfoundland there. lol I'll get there eventually, so keep that light on.

Now when's the newest adventure happening or have you run out of wild and crazy things to do there yet?

Jennifer Rose Phillip said...

congrats on the sale :D

and not sure it would be cheaper than hawaii, but there are a lot of fishing boats on the coast here lol plus a few big cable layers and old barges. and the weather has been gorgeous :D

Jeanette Jobson said...

Scotland would be appealing too and the coastline and boats especially so.

Alex said...

Hey Jeanette, congratulations on the sale! Great paintings! I love the colours you used in the painting with fishes.

Jeanette Jobson said...

Thanks Alex. I'm glad you enjoy the paintings. The fish painting is a fun piece with the colours getting brighter as I keep going. :)

theartistsday said...

Hi Jeanette
How I envy you floating icebergs! Like ships only funny shapes
Best of luck with your exhibition.
I'm preparing for our open studio event at the moment.

Sue Pownall said...

Congratulations on the opening night sale.

I wish I could see icebergs.

Good luck on your boat hunt, I'm sure you'll find what you are looking for.