Wednesday, September 21, 2011

"Meadow of Amethyst" sold at Chloe Gallery, SF

Meadow of Amethyst, 48 x 60, thick acrylic on canvas
Laurie De Seguirant recently purchased my Meadow of Amethyst from Chloe Gallery in San Francisco.  I feel it to be one of the strongest Spring pieces I've ever done...and I was delighted when Laurie posted this picture on my JensArt Facebook Fan Page!  Could there possibly be a more perfect painting for this room? This is the note Laurie posted on Facebook:
Hi Jen. We will be rewiring the room to get the proper lighting on Meadow of Amethyst. We are thrilled and fortunate to have your work in our family!

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Monday, September 19, 2011

Sunflower Painting "Toscana Gold" in home of new collectors!

For several years Barb and Dwight Purdy have been following my website and Blog in anticipation that one day they would commission a painting. They had just the spot in mind, too. The painting would go above their mantel in the living room. When they heard that I would be at Ardiri Winery and Vineyards over Memorial Day weekend...they drove up from Eugene to meet me and to possibly discuss the details of the commission. It was such a pleasure meeting them! They were like instant family. Before they left, we finalized the plans of their new painting--a 30 x 48 sunflower field with a Tuscan villa.
I finished up the commission and had the privilege of personally delivering "Toscana Gold" to their home in Eugene, OR. It was so fun to see these wonderful collectors again and to bring them the painting they've been dreaming about for years. They were delighted with the final result, and said it was perfect! I was thrilled.
Dwight and Barbara Purdy with Jen and Matt Vranes

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Sunday, September 18, 2011

9' x 12' Commission--Painting Process: Part 4

Sky, Mountains, and Lake are finished.  I really tried to capture the same ice blue tones of Lake Louise that I found so arresting the first time I saw it.  I've never seen a lake quite like it.  Here I'm adding thick leaves to one of the aspen trees with a palette knife.  I want the leaves and the trunks of the trees to literally pop out of the canvas 3-dimensionally, so I "sculpt" them using various sized palette-knives.  After the trees are done, I need to fine tune the wild flowers in the foreground...and then I'll be finished!

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