Thursday, December 7, 2017

Swamp, Mecosta County

My family and I found a little dirt road we had never before explored, and lo and behold, it had a fantastic view of this gorgeous hidden swamp. So I went back on a hot summer day, parked myself at the edge of someone’s field, and had a lovely day of painting. This landscape will be at the Croton Artisans’ Holiday Show this weekend, where I’ll also be painting half-hour portraits. Come by to say hello, see some beautiful arts and crafts, and if your timing is right, snag some of Yoshimi’s amazing sushi. 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Holiday Show This Weekend!

Look at this beauty. I've wanted to paint her for a while.
I'll be painting half-hour portraits all weekend at the Croton Artisans' show. Contact me to sign up in advance, or just stop by!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Portrait Commission

What can I say. I loved painting this gorgeous girl. She's the daughter of someone I went to high school with, and though we haven't seen each other in years (decades?!), I found resemblances to her father's features, as I remember them, as I painted her face, which was pretty cool. This was a larger, more in-depth portrait, which was a nice change of pace.

Sunday, September 24, 2017


It is hot today. I am working on a commission (not the one pictured), but it is hot, and I am procrastinating. I love the cute face I’m painting, but nevertheless, all of the following have seemed important enough to interrupt painting for:
1. Check to make sure the laundry hanging out in the sun is actually drying. (It is.)
2. Play with the cat.
3. Stretch.
4. Water the only houseplant left standing, as I am usually not that attentive a waterer.
5. Go searching for the paintbrush that I left somewhere on one of my previous peregrinations.
6. I think it’s time for a snack.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Portrait Commission

And here's the second of the two adorable brothers. I've just begun work on two larger portraits of these boys. Painting a second portrait of someone is always a little intimidating for me before I begin. I'll never just copy a painting, which is guaranteed to result in a dull, lifeless piece.  I start fresh looking at the person (or a photo). And there's always the big question in the back of my mind: Will it be as good as the original? Maybe someday I'll learn to trust that the second portrait usually does go pretty smoothly--I know my way around that particular face a little bit. But I guess a little bit of fear is good for keeping me focused; relaxing is another way to ruin a painting, at least for me. Anyway, the first of the larger ones is off to a good start!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Portrait Commission

I recently painted two adorable brothers. Here's the first. Isn't he a cutie pie? And I love, love, love getting responses like the one from their mother:

"Jessica, I just opened up my portraits and am over the moon in love with them!! They are wonderful and look so much like my boys!!! I'm dying!!!! They are amazing!! I love them! You have made me so happy!!"

How lucky that something I love to do can make someone else feel so good, too.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Point Lobos

Big Sur. I can't believe it's been a year since we were there. We hiked the perimeter of Point Lobos Preserve, one of the most beautiful walks I've been on. Also there were seals and sea lions basking on the beaches, and otters being ridiculously cute.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Half-Hour Portrait

Something interesting happened today. I was scrolling through facebook, when a profile picture caught my eye. It was a portrait I painted, obviously years ago, that I had completely forgotten about, and which I have no record of. (Not this portrait.) I love that!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Half-Hour Portrait

This sweetie's an artist in her own right. It's amazing sometimes how I don't see family resemblances until I start painting. I really see her mom in this one.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Half-Hour Portrait

This squirmy little cutie pie would much rather have been outside with her dad than inside getting her portrait painted. But I'm so glad she managed to hold semi-still, because I love the result!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Friday, June 9, 2017

Half-Hour Portrait

This kid may have the biggest set of eyelashes I've ever seen. This portrait is also from a photo--one with a nice, strong contrast between dark and light, which is my ideal.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Half-Hour Portrait

I usually don't like to work from photos of big smiles, since it's hard to make them look natural in a painting. But this one worked out OK.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Half-Hour Portrait

Sometimes I don't manage to get a very good photo before I send people on their way with their portraits. Anyway, I think I have finally painted every member of this beautiful family!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Half-Hour Portrait

Isn't this little girl just about the cutest thing you ever did see? People sometimes ask me what makes some people easier to paint than others. There are a few generalities I can name, but mostly I know it when I see it. And she's got it!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Half-Hour Portrait

And now the family portraits are complete!