Thursday, January 29, 2015

January light

 Paradise - SOLD
5" x 7" oil on stretched canvas
Available through Etsy

Maybe its that long dark month of January, full of snow and cold temperatures here, that's put me in the wrong frame of mind. Perhaps its dealing with lawyers and government and banks to make headway in executing my mother's estate that finds me sighing more than usually.

January 14, 2015  Brrrr

Whatever it is, it has to stop!  My frame of mind has a distinct impact on creativity.  When I am unhappy or distracted, creativity slows down or disappears.  Sleep disappears along with it unfortunately. Without a lamp to mimic sunshine, I chose to create my own light in this little painting of a bird of paradise flower.  It would be lovely to see these growing in a garden instead of as cut in arrangements in a florist's shop.

I'll also be adding to the winter light with a review of an Ottlite Easel Lamp and the chance of winning one for yourself.  I love the lamp already and if you're in a light deprived part of the world, you'll love it too I know.


Gary L. Everest said...

Hi Jeanette,
You must've known I'd have to comment on this post. Sadly, all I can offer is encouragement and moral support.
That can't hurt, but sunshine, which, by the way, is just around the corner as January is about to be but a chilly memory, is the best and only real help. Of course, you know this and understand it very well.
As for the's just too bad that some things cannot be handled simply and efficiently.
Hope and Bird of Paradise blossoms may be the best tonic of all.
Good luck and best wishes for a quick resolution to both the weather and government red tape.

Julie Ford Oliver said...

I love the colors and technique. This is simply beautiful.

Jeanette Jobson said...

Hello Gary, thanks for the words of support, they're appreciated. Winter, blahhhhhhhh is all I can say. I know, I'm living in the wrong place aren't I??

I would imagine these Bird of Paradise flowers (are they flowers or bracts?) grow in Hawaii. You know my next mission for you don't you? Yes, to find a BoP growing and photograph it. :)

Everything in life and death is tied up in red tape it seems, but slowly headway is being made. It is a cumbersome process however.

Take care

Jeanette Jobson said...

Julie, I really enjoyed creating this piece and I think some of your fracturing technique is creeping into my work. Thank you.

shevaun said...

I love your Bird of Paradise, that little burst of sunshine and warmth. Hang on in there... brighter days are coming soon.

RH Carpenter said...

So sorry you are going through this stress - it does affect your artwork. I am glad you told the dark to GET OUT with this colorful bird of paradise :)

debwardart said...

I can relate - on gray days I am "gray" - and there have been a lot of them here so far this winter. As soon as that sun comes out, tho, I'm ready for action! You have wonderful use of color, and you make me want to try palette knife again with some of my acrylics (I'm not an "oil person"!)

Jennifer Rose Phillip said...

:/ sorry you are feeling blagh :/ at -14 and grey skies its no surprise

but...those are really nice bright colours in that painting :)

Jennifer Rose Phillip said...

and wait a minute, thought you didn't paint flowers ;)

theartistsday said...

It's not nearly as cold in the UK but the short days and dull weather have the same effect. Oh to rush outside and feel the sun on your arms.
I know what you mean when you say you struggle with creativity when the going gets tough. The idea of a tortured artist is not quite true is it? The tortured artist doesn't get much done.
The only way forward is doing what you're doing. Keep painting !

Jeanette Jobson said...

Shevaun, yes the colour attracted me initially, then the form,then the process. All good things.

Rhonda, stress comes and goes doesn't it. For me, its in bursts depending on what's on my plate. But I agree, just turn up and paint is key to moving ahead.

Jen, yeah -14C wasn't fun. It isn't usually that cold her for long but we went through a spell of icy weather in January.

See what stress does?? It makes me paint flowers! Argggggh

Mary, I'm not a winter person. There is no aspect of the season that appeals to me. Given my druthers I'd stay inside and not venture out in cold and snow, but I don't have much choice when I have to work.

And yes, mood and health affect painting without a doubt. But painting will always go on.

Jo Castillo said...

This a beautiful and colorful, bright painting! I'm rooting for sunshine. It will be good to get the estate thing done. Know I'm thinking of you and sending sunshine in hugs.

Jeanette Jobson said...

Thanks for the support dear Jo. Everything moves at its own pace - weather, estates and me! :)

Jennifer Rose Phillip said...

but its such a gorgeous flower:D sucks it came from stress tho