Sunday, January 18, 2015

Nearing the end

 Sketch for "Winterton"

I have officially completed the 15th painting in the series of wooden boats! Each piece is named after the location where I found the boat.  A lot of travel was involved locating wooden boats which are rare these days, with fibreglass boats and outboard motors being the norm.

Its been pretty solid painting since June to produce this series.  Each painting is 30" x 40" and completed using a palette knife only.  The benefit in using a knife is that it does hasten the painting time, but each piece takes its own sweet time in coming together. I can produce anywhere from one in a two week period or one a month, depending on complexity. I just never know until I'm well into the piece how long it will take.  Of course deadlines work wonders for concentration...

  #15 - so much grass!

I've also been working on the book of sketches that will accompany the series and hope to have that finished in February, ready for print.  As I received a grant from NLAC to complete this project, I also need to do a final report and submit it before I can call the project finished.

Sketch for "Lower Battery"

The wooden boat series will be exhibited in a solo show at Peter Lewis Gallery in June. I've kept the paintings hidden except for glimpses here and there as I don't want them revealed until the opening.  Its frustrating for me not to share them with you as its what I do constantly in process and finished pieces.

Crop of "St. Philips"

In addition to the series, I continue to produce small paintings and drawings that are often available on Etsy.  They're my break between paintings to let me work on different subjects.  But now, I can get started on that collection of ideas and subjects that have been waiting in the wings for months!

There are still a couple of weeks left in my Waifs & Stray Sale to snap up original art at affordable prices.

Art workshops in drawing and painting begin again in March.  You can find out more and register online


laura said...

Congratulations on completing this fantastic series!
Boats are one of my favorite subjects (and objects!) and I really wish I'd thought of this! :-)

Jennifer Rose Phillip said...

congrats on getting all of those paintings finished!! lots of work

Jeanette Jobson said...

Thanks so much Laura. I really do enjoy painting and sketching boats,especially wooden ones that have character. I'm sure you can search out boats in your area and paint. I'd love to see difference in types and colourways from other areas.

Thanks Jen. It was a struggle some days to get motivation, especially as I'm working full time at the day job too.

Now there's relief and a sense of emptiness too that they're done.

Nancy Van Blaricom said...

Oh Jeanette what a wonderful series this is. I can't wait to see the completed works. I love that you will also have a book … another of your great ideas. I agree that wooden boats are becoming harder to find. Occasionally I'll see one but its rare. Thanks for sharing your wonderful news. An amazing amount of work. :-)

Billie Crain said...

Quite the undertaking, Jeanette! I don't know how you find the time. Kudos! I can't wait to see the final.

Jeanette Jobson said...

Hi Nancy, I can't wait to share them with you, as well as the book. Yes, the wooden boats are more and more difficult to find and I feel as if I'm preserving a bit of history with this project.

Its a bit like having two full time jobs Billie. That and little sleep but I'll get there and enjoying it is what counts.