Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Spring Break


I started this in early March, Spring Break time! And that is the only reason I can give for bringing my crazy oversized tools to work on a 16x20 canvas. It was FUN. But you can tell I broke out the finer utensils at home, until I got her to say all that she needed to say.
Now about my three-quarter length tan. It was cool and breezy when I slipped into the zone, and when I came out...it was too late.
This week I decided to take a break of my own. I went to the shore out my back door, just to be captured, and not to capture it. Though it was hard to stop taking it's picture, I finally did. There's nothing like a nice, long invigorating swim in saltwater to cure whatever ails you. Look how calm. And no jellyfish to report. I wasn't so fortunate last year, those stingers can really put a hurtin' on ya. But it goes away after about 10 minutes. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~My Infinity Pool~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
"Spring Break", 16x20, Oil on gallery wrap canvas. SOLD
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17 comments:

nancy elstad said...

Jill, I love this painting. Oh you do such beautiful work! And the crazy big blades, did you use that for the sky?

Joan Sicignano Artist said...

Jill, your work is excellent. I admire you so much. Your ability to create even if mother nature doesn't cooperate. I love this painting.

loriann said...

WOW JILL!
You nailed this one perfectly. I love the way the shadows and fence lead my eye into the picture.

Jill Berry said...

Thanks girls...
Nancy - Yeah, I did lay in the sky with the putty knife, and the sand with the 7 inch knife. I like the purely textural look of "contemporary landscapes". (Being a faux-finisher, I know you can relate to layers and glazes.)
I have 2 boxes of large canvases, this mega knife, and a tube of goop to bulk up the paint. But I can't seem to jump tracks with my plein air schedule, to get into that biggie style.
I'm still trying to get looser too!
Your knife is the best bet for that.

SJ Studio said...

Hi Jill,
Love those big knives out in the field! That big putty sky knife is too much, talk about laying it in fast and thick. I am going to have to try that some time. I think that sky really came out nice. Lots of variation while holding on to the overall tone.

So what is the tube of goop you like to use to bulk up your paint?

Karen said...

Jill, this one is so amazing...it has an incredible refinement to it without losing your lively mark. And that picture of you with the giant spatula is priceless! Well worth a goofy tan.
Oh how I envy you being able to swim in a place like that...it looks like the Caribbean to me...

Laurel Daniel said...

So great that you took the big stuff out there and so great that you finished this. Very nice, Jill!!!

Chuck Dilmore said...

wow, Jill - just lovely!
i can feel the cool & breezy that you described!

loved this line:
"until I got her to say all that she needed to say."

and so happy that you took some time out for yourself - yea!

peace~ Chuck

Robin Roberts said...

Wow - i can't believe you got that delicate look after such fun with the big tools- very nice!

Jill Berry said...

Thanks everyone.
Wow look at my impressive line-up of plein-air chick icons this time!

Which reminds me to tell you all about this. I added a link to the bottom of this post. If you would like to see the Plein Air Magazine in print again, fill out the publisher's survey with your wish list.

Laurel - I listed you as a living artist that I would most like to see written about.

Don - Thanks for commenting on the sky. It was too late to activate your previous advice on reserving texture. ~future skies~
Res-n-gel by Weber- carries the paint across large surfaces.

Karen - on the LIVEly mark, Thanks. For me, there is a fine line between "finishing it off" and smothering the life out of it.

CD - The reflection in the spatula.... Seamless ......

PJ said...

My infinity pool, that's priceless. I know exactly how you feel about the healing powers of the Gulf, I wish I was there. It's really interesting the way you post your paintings along with a photo of the same scene. It's interesting to see how your creative process is working.

Veronica Funk said...

Your work is beautiful...and I love seeing the 'artist in action' photos. It's nice to see the views that inspire your work.

Chuck Dilmore said...

Ooo, yes!
the Spatula!

now i love it even more!

steve strode said...

Hi Jill, I will have a look at the problem with updates form this end...can't promise too much though as I am like a chimp at the helm when it comes to computers, but I will try and illicit some help. Like the latest one you've been working on, it looks like a beautful place to paint. Thanks for dropping by. All the best, Steve.

susan hong-sammons said...

Hi Jill,
I love all your paintings, I mean that. They make me want to move to Pensacola. The thick paint and expressive brush work just grab me.

Gwen Bell said...

This turned out so great! Love the shadows from the fence. I'll have to try your tool technique. Looks fun and fast and what great results!

Nancy and the fatties said...

Jill, this is so beautiful. I can hear the seagulls just looking at it! Thank you for the inspiration, I have been fighting with picket fence paintings all week and it never occurred to me to make the pickets gray and the shadows blue!
hugs from Texas...