Creativity in Isolation, part 5

Creativity in Isolation, part 5

We’re opening the gallery on Monday, June 1, and excited about sharing the amazing art our members create. They have been exercising their creativity at their homes and in their studios. We want to share some of that work with you..

Gallery member Jini James:

Would you just look at this couple enjoying a cone together at last year’s Vero Beach Art show!  The closeness is mesmerizing. I can picture the ice cream dripping everywhere.  That’s what art making does for me.  It transports me to a place of comfort and serenity.
If you have seen my recent work at the Gallery it now is about figures and what they may tell us about the world in which we live.  While in isolation from the pandemic I count on my memories and reference photos to invite them into my studio.  Welcome, old friends.
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Creativity in Isolation part 3

Creativity in Isolation part 3

We’re opening the gallery on Monday, June 1, and excited about sharing the amazing art our members create. They have been exercising their creativity at their homes and in their studios. We want to share some of that work with you..

Lori Pitten Jenkins

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Cole’s Crabs, watercolor, by Lori Pitten Jenkins

“A relative sent me a pic of his sons catch.  I knew it would be a puzzle but what else did I have to do.  I was overwhelmed at first so I came up with a plan to tape off a small section of the painting each day and only work on only that section.  It did take three weeks and I wanted to quit a few time but I persevered.  “Cole’s Crabs”

 

 

On the Easel ~ Jini James

This is a really big adventure painting for me.  I have decided to devote all my energies into figurative work for the time being as it has been a focus ever since I started my formal studies with an Illustrator when I was just 14.  I used to see figures as exacting portraits but now that I have been at it for a very long time and fell under the spell of studying the work in museums and national exhibits, I see the figure as landscape and abstraction.  When a painting becomes that, the artist, in this case me, becomes an exercise in composition, line, form, and color.  I am no longer copying the perfect photograph hoping that all the details are accurate.
So here’s what happens: I go to the beach, wait for people to assemble, move around, and then bring out my sketch book and iPhone camera.   The ideas are laid out, the color notes are described along with my feelings about the day.  Was it overcast?  Bright and sunny? Did my subjects seem to know each other?  (I love to make up stories about that one!)

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So then I head back the studio and think about what the theme might be.  Sometimes I get stuck on that until one morning, over a good cup of coffee, it all comes together.  I write it down as those moments can be fleeting.  Then the work starts.  I begin with line only then move to form and color.  I have been known to change this many times but I am showing you the points I have landed on this week. 

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More to come…….

James is a member artist of Fifth Avenue Art Gallery. More about Jini James