Wednesday, July 27, 2016


 Drifter - SOLD
12" x 24"
oil on panel, framed

On July 16th, I spent the afternoon painting at the Wooden Boat Museum of Newfoundland and Labrador.  With my connection to boats, what better place to demonstrate a boat painting than this museum and I was delighted to accept their invitation for the 3rd year.  Surrounded by traditional, hand built wooden boats of all kinds, I swear the atmosphere helps the painting flow.

Painting progress shots at the museum

I chose this little punt to demonstrate with a palette knife and, between conversations with visitors, had about three quarters of it laid in by the end of the afternoon and added finishing layers and details in my studio.  Painting in public is a great way to talk about your work and share some of the techniques and process.  I brought a couple of finished paintings so people could see them and their texture close up.  Impressionism is a unique technique that really shows its impact when viewed from 8 - 10 feet away, an appropriate viewing distance for most paintings.  Up close, the painting becomes almost abstract with sections of colour laid down one against the other in a mosaic that magically comes together when you step back.

Painting in public, for me, doesn't hold a fear factor.  In fact, I love explaining the process to people, and even letting them try their hand at palette knife painting.  People are genuinely interested and I find that if you are engaged with your work and comfortable with your medium, that comfort level translates into trust and approachability and wins out over any sense of discomfort that could arise.

Yes, of course, interruptions can disrupt the flow of painting, but those breaks are welcome, not intrusive in this situation.  I can see if I was working in the open air and had a definite goal in mind for a painting, a string of questions could be frustrating, but in this situation, I see my role as that of educator and demonstrator.

If you've never tried working in public, do.  People are a lot more interested and supportive than you think they will be.  And its a great way to show your work to the world.


RH Carpenter said...

Love your white boats. So elegant and beautiful.

Jeanette Jobson said...

Thank you Rhonda. There are a lot more white boats than any other colour it seems. I wish I could find a lot more other colours!

Jennifer Rose Phillip said...

people find it odd that I have no problem drawing in public, I do find most people re usually curious and just want to ask questions or even get advice. i don't draw outside as much as I use to, Scottish weather is too unpredictable :p

your boat looks great :) do you paint/tone the canvas before painting the boat? just wondering about the pink at the bottom

Jeanette Jobson said...

The public are either interested or disinterested and most watch for a little while and move on or ask questions. I've never had a negative experience drawing or painting in public.

Yes, sometimes I do tone the canvas and then leave little bits of the toned colour showing through, as in this piece. I used orange and red as the tone. Why? Because I was too lazy to go get other colours and they were close to hand. :)

Jennifer Rose Phillip said...

lol well the pink really works as an undercoat :)

I haven't had a negative experience either, people on the whole don't even notice unless I find they are artists themselves and most of them say to me they could never draw in public, be too nervous they say.

Turn your photo to paint said...

Beautiful use of paint and coloring - a really great painting Jeanette!