Jolie Guillebeau


Archive for July, 2010

Summer Sunshine: 40 “Play-what-you-will”

Friday, July 30th, 2010

“Play-what-you-will”

Today’s Friday, and that means I’m playing with a different medium, but a couple of things stay the same. First– we’re still doing the pay-what-you-will option.

So far, we’re 2 for 2. Two offers for two paintings, and two people who are really happy. Which makes me happy.

Today’s painting is another hydrangea, but this time in wax. I told you that I’m obsessed with them these days.

The hydrangea from earlier this week was snapped up, so here’s another chance. And you get to name the price.

8×10 Wax on Birch Panel. $?. You decide. Email me here.

Also, today is the last day of Jenica’s giveaway! She’s amazing, and inspiring and funny and kind, you’ll see Go check out her blog, and leave a comment, so you can win one of my prints!  Go look right now!

Summer Sunshine: 39

Friday, July 30th, 2010

You decide (again!) Yesterday was great! The pay-what-you-will experiment is so fun! I love that you decide what you want to pay. Yesterday’s painting was snapped up pretty quickly– here’s what the buyer said:

“I love what you’re doing. I also love the painting you posted today. I’m trying to get a business off the ground and I’m cash strapped. Your stuff is worth a lot more, but this is what I can spare right now.”

Later in the day she said:

“I can’t believe I’m finally getting a piece of your artwork! I came in 2nd on two of the 100 in 100 days pieces. :)”

She’s happy! I’m happy! It’s a win-win. I love that.

This painting, like that one, is another view of Laurelhurst Park from a different angle. I’m still just using four tubes of paint with the palette from Saturday’s tutorial. So now tell me– what do you want to pay?

4×4 Oil on Masonite block. $?. You decide. Email me here.

Don’t forget!! To celebrate the pay-what-you-will this week, Jenica is having a giveaway. It’s one of my prints! You decide which one! Go see!

Summer Sunshine: Pay-what-you-will

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

You decide.

I’m still painting with the palette from Saturday’s tutorial. Here’s another example of what you can get with only four tubes of paint.

I ‘ve spent many late afternoons in Laurelhurst Park. The shadows seem to make the sunshine even brighter on the grass. I’ve painted the pond several times, but this time I decided to paint facing the opposite direction. There are two big grassy areas, where kids blow bubbles and couples sunbathe and everyone seems to soak up the sunshine while it lasts.

4×4 Oil on Masonite block. $?. You decide. Email me here and tell me what you want to pay.

And to celebrate the pay-what-you-will this week, Jenica is having a giveaway. Go see!

Summer Sunshine: 37

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Four tubes, take two
+ a reminder

I’m still painting with the palette from Saturday’s tutorial. Here’s another example of what you can get with only four tubes of paint.

I’ve been fascinated with hydrangeas lately. I love all the different colors that appear in one bunch. So I walked up to Laurelhurst Park and found one that was particularly pretty to re-create here.

6×6 Oil on Masonite block. $65.


Reminder!! The Grand Plan begins tomorrow!

So many of you have emailed this summer to say things like, “I love these paintings, but I can’t afford one right now.” I totally get that, because I’m a poor artist. :) So I’ve come up with a grand plan!

Tomorrow I’m going to send out the newsletter, as usual. Except there won’t be a price at the bottom. Instead, you’ll email me and tell me what you can afford to pay. That way, we’re both happy. You get a painting at a price you can afford, and I get to send more of my work out into the world.

I can’t wait. It’s going to be ridiculously fun! Are you excited?!

Summer Sunshine: 36

Monday, July 26th, 2010

See? I told you.

I promised on Friday that I’d tell you my grand plan, and I will. But first, a painting.

In Saturday’s tutorial, I showed how to get 37 different shades of paint from only 4 tubes of color. You can read it here.

And to further prove how few colors you actually need, I’ve painted this painting using the same palette I mixed up on Saturday.

Cool, huh? I think so.

4×4  Oil on Masonite block. $65.


Now– The Grand Plan.

So many of you have emailed this summer to say things like, “I love these paintings, but I can’t afford one right now.” I totally get that, because I’m a poor artist. :) So I’ve come up with a grand plan!

On Wednesday, I’m going to send out the newsletter, as usual. Except there won’t be a price at the bottom. Instead, you’ll email me and tell me what you can afford to pay. That way, we’re both happy. You get a painting at a price you can afford, and I get to send more of my work out into the world.

I told you that you were going to like it.

Saturday Tutorial: Limited Palette, Option 1.

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

Remember a few weeks ago, when we talked about what to pack? And I mentioned paint?  Today I’ll show you how to get away with packing only four tubes of paint– which saves lots of space and hassle.

A quick disclaimer: These are the four tubes I’d pack when I’m painting here in the Pacific Northwest, which lends itself to softer grays and lots of green. If you’re in a desert, or the tropics, you might choose different colors, but I still think you can get away with only four tubes. Try it and let me know your results.

Titatinium White, Burnt Sienna, Ultramarine Blue, and Lemon Yellow.

These are the four I’d use. I know what you’re thinking–you’re worried that I’m missing a dark color . How am I going to get nice deep shadows? Or what about tree trunks? There’s no brown. Or gray for clouds or a road? And am I really going to get enough variety in my greens with only those four colors?

You’re skeptical, I know it. I was when I first learned this, too. What if I show you this?

This is my palette after about 20 minutes of work. I got all of this with just those four colors. Here’s a better photo– and I’ve left it large enough that you can click through to refer to it as needed.

Limited Palette for Landscapes

Chart of Limited Palette-- four colors.

On the far left are my original four colors– straight up. Then the second row are various mixtures of two of each of those colors. For example, I started with Lemon Yellow, and I mixed it with Ultramarine Blue to get a dark green. Then I took a little of that mixture and added more yellow to get a lighter green. Then I repeated that process to get an ever lighter green.

Next, I mixed Burnt Sienna and Lemon Yellow for a nice rust color, then I added a little more yellow, and then a little more until I had a pale orangey color. I repeated this process, mixing each color with one of the other three. So it goes like this:

Lemon Yellow + Burnt Sienna

Lemon Yellow + Ultramarine Blue

Lemon Yellow + Titanium White

Burnt Sienna + Titanium White

Ultramarine Blue + Titanium White

Burnt Sienna + Ultramarine Blue

Ultramarine Blue + Burnt Sienna

Wait, what? I just mixed those last two twice. Yes, exactly. The first mixture has a smidge (a very scientific measurement) more Burnt Sienna, where the second mixture has a smidge more Ultramarine Blue. One turns in to this lovely brown, where one is a nice dark neutral for shadows– or when I add white, it’s a perfect gray sky. See?

So from these four tubes of paint, I’ve got 37 different lovely shades for my next painting. Still skeptical? I’ve tucked this palette in to the freezer, and I’ll paint my next four paintings using only these colors. That way you can see the results as well.

Summer Sunshine: 35

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

Ideas.

I’ve never done this before, but I based today’s painting on yesterday’s. I liked the idea of trying the same image in a different medium. It fits with my grand plan, too. Stay tuned– on Monday all will be revealed!

And here’s the sideways view.

6×8 Wax on Birch panel. $65.


Summer Sunshine: 34

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

Home (and a grand plan).

After 7 hours of driving, I topped a hill in Southern Washington and saw Mt. Hood welcoming me in the distance. I still had more than 100 miles to go, but I felt like I was home.

6×6 Oil on Masonite block. $65.


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Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

Returning, part three.

This was another stop along highway 97 on my way home from Canada. But this one was a bit unplanned. Near Wenatchee, Washington (It’s the Apple Capital of the World), I encountered fires and a quick detour. And of course that led to a short traffic tie-up. So I pulled over and decided to make the best of it.

I stretched, took some photos and sketched for about 10 minutes from the safe side of the river. It was a small adventure, since I’d never seen a fire of that magnitude. I expected big sweeping flames, but it was really just a small red line creeping across the hills.

5×7 Oil on Masonite block. $65.


Summer Sunshine: 32

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

Returning, part two.

I love my state. Oregon has to be the prettiest place I’ve ever lived. Really. This is based on a photo I took as I was driving along I-84. I balanced the camera on the top of the steering wheel. I couldn’t help it– it was so pretty.

I loved the photo, but I hadn’t really planned to paint it, because I don’t like to paint from photos in general. I’m happiest with paintings I’ve completed directly from life. If that’s not possible (say because I’m driving along a freeway), then I like to take a photo, do a quick sketch and write a few notes about what I’m seeing. But in this case, that wasn’t even possible.

So I was a little sad, because I loved the shapes of this landscape. But then a discussion on another painting blog yesterday inspired me. If you’re interested, you can read it here, but the summary is that there are advantages and disadvantages to both and used wisely photography is a useful tool for painters. So while I’ll still continue to paint from life, there are exceptions to every rule.

5×7 Oil on Masonite block. $65