Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Evening Promise II - New Aspen Painting by Jennifer Vranes

This particular image has been very popular this month. I've painted variations of this scene five times! Each client requests a different size, with minute changes to fit their individual preferences. In the commission below, the clients requested a brilliant blue sky and a light source that comes the front of the painting--illuminating the trees and meadow. In the first piece, I had a yellow sky that back lit the forest. The clients approved the commission, and we shipped it off today!

Evening Promise II
acrylic on canvas
48" x 60"

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(close-up of texture)

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Saturday, September 27, 2008

10th Wedding Anniversary in NYC!

For our 10th year Wedding Anniversary, my hubby surprised me the morning of, with two plane tickets to New York City! He had the whole thing planned out. All arrangements had been made for the kids, all I needed to do was pack my bags! It was very exciting. We stayed at the fabulous Mariott Marquis on Time Square and saw two Broadway Plays: "Lion King" and "Chicago". What a treat! My husband knows me well (he should after 10 years!). It was nice to be in NY without an agenda! We just relaxed, ate like Kings at our favorite Restaurants (Plata Forma, Ruth's Chris), went shopping in China Town, visited Ground zero (this shot is one you will never see! Matt had to hoist me up on his shoulders so I could get a pic from atop a scaffolding wall!), went to a "real" NY Comedy Club (good thing my hubby looks like a bouncer!), and just had the time of our lives. How much can two people fit in a weekend? It was definitely an anniversary that will last me for the next 10 years.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

"Vermont in October"

This painting was commissioned by a new collector, Carolyn Nihon, who discovered my work in a Gallery in Aspen Colorado. When I heard why she was interested in commissioning me to do a painting for her, I was deeply touched! Carolyn's husband had passed away a year ago, and she was still trying to cope with life without the man that had meant so much to her. They had shared a truly rare and beautiful relationship. Carolyn asked that I start the painting on August 10th--the exact date of his passing, and I agreed. She had chosen birch trees in Autumn as the subject matter, because it reminded her of a trip she and her late-husband had taken together to Vermont--when all the leaves of the birches were changing colors. The above picture is the final result, and below is the sweet email she sent me after she saw the pics:

Dear Jen,

I don't think I could be any more satisfied. When I actually see this with my own eyes I'm sure it will be even more fantastic. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for putting all your heart and soul into this magnificent piece of art. It will always be a treasure and will passed down from one generation to the next. Please include a biography of yourself if possible or can I find it on your website? Jen, The initials really look like Bob carved them. I can't tell how pleased you named this "Vermont in October." What a fantastic way to capture my romance with Bob. Thank you so very much. Look forward to meeting you in the future.

Warm Regards,


Lovely Spring - Aspen Forest painting by artist Jennifer Vranes

This is the 2nd painting in my newest seasons series. The next two paintings will be Summer and then Fall. Look for those in the next couple of days!

Lovely Spring
acrylic on canvas
24" x 36"

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Monday, September 15, 2008

The Youngest of 8 gets hitched!

My youngest sister, Alyssa Richardson Coombs is now a married woman! Here is the happy couple exiting the L.D.S. Temple in Rexburg, Idaho. Theirs was an especially joyous wedding. All who attended couldn't help but feel the happiness that radiated from the newlyweds. They are a perfect match...we couldn't have picked out a better man for Alyssa. And we're a tough group to please...but Paul passed all our tests with flying colors. Anyone who can marry a girl with 7 strong-opinioned older sisters, is a keeper! :) We are all just thrilled to have a new brother in law. Size-wise Paul fits right in with the other hubbies at 6' 4". Here are the sisters (minus 2). We all can't believe our littlest sister is old enough to get married! When did that happen? We had a blast being together again! Doesn't happen too often these days.
Love these girls! Nothing beats having close sisters. Can you tell we're related?

Thursday, September 4, 2008

"Myriad of Colour" commission

This piece was commissioned by a client who liked the first "Myriad of Colours" (48 x 48), but needed it in a different size. This happens quite frequently. A client will walk into a Gallery, like a certain piece, but end up commissioning me to do the same piece again but with a few changes to make it work. This client wanted the painting to be a horizontal...but retain the same "flavor" as the first. Here is the result:

Aspens and Birches

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Monday, September 1, 2008

Camping in the Redwoods

This Summer we took the kids camping at Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park. It is one of the most beautiful places to camp--right in the middle of the huge, Redwood giants. Nearby is a river in which my kids swam like fishies, and I got to play "Jane" from a rope attached to a bridge. I must say, it brought back a lot of old memories. That's all we did in Southern Oregon as kids--river raft and cliff dive!