Monday, January 26, 2015

Sweet January

The Daily Paintworks challenge this week is to paint our "relaxation station". Well, this is it! I actually bought a small pot of yellow narcissi's to add a spot of extra color on the window ledge just for this painting! It's a soft, foggy January day (at least it was when I took the reference photo) so the lighting is somewhat subdued and blurry out the window. The scarf on the chair was knitted for me by my friend Paulene, and it's always there, ready when I need it. This is my chair to think a while, relax a little, read, and maybe even nod off. I also have a great view of the backyard and the woods beyond. I love my relaxation station! 

Sweet January, © Dorothy Jenson 2015
6x6 inch acrylic on wrapped canvas

Thursday, January 22, 2015


Carrying a little camera with me provides lots of fodder for future paintings. One day I spied this gentleman taking a nap in the late afternoon on a bluff that looks over onto our downtown and river below. Of course I'm going to take a photo! All dressed in white, with a wide brimmed hat, laying so peacefully in the grasses on the hillside, he makes a lovely subject for my painting.

Siesta © Dorothy Jenson 2015
6x6 inches, oil on wood panel, $50

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Pacific Dawn

Palette knife painting interests me somewhat, and I gave it a try for fun. I think most artists use oils for thick, creamy texture, but I used acrylic with a little medium added to slow the drying a bit. Didn't get much texture, but the process was fun. My reference photo was taken at the coast in January as we went for a very early morning walk on the beach. Sunrises may be somewhat cliché, but they are so beautiful!

Pacific Dawn © Dorothy Jenson 2015
6x6 acrylic on wood panel, varnished $30

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Retired Maytag

After painting my classic Bernina yesterday, I remembered a photo I took on a morning walk not too long ago of an antique Maytag wringer washer that was left out in a neglected part of someone's side yard. The washer intrigued me then, and today it was time to try painting it. My husband has a rather painful memory of a washer similar to this one. Those wringers caught one of his little 3 year old hands when he was trying to "help" and carries the scar on his palm to this day of the damage done. I wonder about the stories this washer could tell. How excited was the first owner to receive it brand new? How many loads of diapers did it handle? How long did it serve? Lots of memories here for someone.

Retired Maytag © Dorothy Jenson 2015
6x6 inches, acrylic on wood panel $50

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Bernina 830

The Daily Paintworks challenge for the week is to paint what's by our easels. I took a look around my studio and knew immediately that I was going to paint my hardworking 1977 Bernina 830. Yes, my sewing room is also my art studio. It's a little crowded, but it works!

This old Bernina still works perfectly. At a maintenance service a couple years ago, the shop owner's eyes lit up when he saw what I had brought in. He called his employees around to show them the classic machine, which was, he said, the year that Bernina got EVERYTHING right. Then he offered to buy her for a very generous price. Of course, I turned him down. Bernina and I are best friends after all these years, and we understand one another well.

Bernina 830 © Dorothy Jenson 2015
acrylic on wood panel, $50

Thursday, January 15, 2015

The Prettiest of Views

I love visiting Yosemite National Park!! It would be so awesome to spend a season or two, or three, being an artist in residence there. For today, though, I have to resort to a photo reference to create a painting of Half Dome. This reference was taken by a photographer named Gregg Boydston, and I spotted it on Instagram. I asked if I could use it as reference for a small painting,  and he said "Sure!" Awesome!

Remember Pitch Perfect and the song, "You're gonna miss me"? A line in the song says, "The one with the prettiest of views" and that kept going through my head this afternoon, so it was a no brainer for a title.

The Prettiest of Views, © Dorothy Jenson 2015
6x6" oil on wood panel, $50

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Mt Rushmore

Yesterday's "Liberty" painting was so much fun (and sold so quickly!) that I decided to try another national monument. How about four guys on a rock? Wow, talk about a challenge, and this isn't even an assignment. My goal was to keep it loose and painterly, and I think I succeeded. Phew!

Mt Rushmore © Dorothy Jenson 2015
6x6" oil on wood panel, $50