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What a treat to have Scott Gellatly Product Manager for Gamblin Paint company visit Santa Fe and talk with a group of about twenty Santa Fe artists, in my studio for almost three hours!!! The topics Scott covered were a serious painter’s dream! Artist’s Oil Colors, Color Theory, Color Mixing, Mineral vs Modern Pigments, Indirect vs Direct Painting Techniques, Gamblin’s New FastMatte Alkyd Oil Colors, Galkyd Painting Mediums, Studio Safety, Gamvar Picture Varnish.
Scott is also a wonderful Landscape Painter www.scottgellatly.com. I have so enjoyed seeing his beautiful cloud and plein air paintings that he occasionally posts on Facebook.
I belong to an artist’s critique group that meets monthly and almost all of us use the Gamblin products as do many other painters here in Santa Fe mainly because the company is dedicated to Studio Safety and also because everyone at the company is so available to artists to help them understand how to use the different products to achieve the desired result. Not to mention that both Robert Gamblin and Scott Gellatly are painters! I doubt if many of us realized just how much we were also selecting a career in chemistry when we became full-time artists but after you spend hours and hours and days and days working with particular materials you really want to know all that they can do and why this happens when you mix this with that or put one thing on top of another. I think I will spend the rest of my life exploring color, color relationships and harmonies. What one color does interacting with another on the canvas is one of the most exciting aspects of being a painter. Typically my favorite conversations with fellow painters are all about color and surfaces …
Another reason so many painters use Gamblin products is because of the wealth of technical information available on the Gamblin Website. http://www.gamblincolors.com. You can explore almost any topic that as a professional artist it is important to know. The depth of information is astounding. The staff is also so helpful if you have any questions.
I really want to thank Scott and The Gamblin Paint Company for their generosity
The current favorite painting for my exhibition Panorama at The Fort Worth Community Arts Center November 8-December 28th.
I knew I wanted to elongate and exaggerate the shape of the image. After trying out several ideas for a diptych I felt most comfortable with the proportions of a 30X72 canvas along with a 30X52 canvas. It was a challenge to try to render the mysterious qualities I saw and felt as this weather front poured in, shrouding the landscape. How to create a sense of depth and air on a two-dimensional surface? The focal point of the feathery trees there but not jumping out off the canvas….. I have included some images of mixing the colors. I love to see big juicy piles of paint. It reminds me of making pastries! Lots of dough and icing! Woosh has about eight to ten layers of paint and glazes to get the right feeling overall. I took these photographs back in March of this year while traveling from Fort Worth back home to Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Back from visiting family on Pawley’s Island, with so many wonderful memories. What a beautiful peaceful place to spend time with loved ones! Pawleys Island is reminescent of a much older time.. no scraped and cleared beach with condos stacked one on top of the other. The Atlantic side had lovely twisted old oaks and lots of tall shrubbery . Our weather was spectacular. We were treated to several fabulous sunsets with lots of drama and quiet Dawns shedding light on calm surf.
I had a perfect outdoor studio over looking the marsh, just steps across the street from the Atlantic ocean. I am not a plein air painter. My work is typically much larger scale studio paintings, simply because I put so many layers on the canvas. However I did enjoy making these smaller color studies of “The Magic Hours”. Next time I am going to take my rig across the street to paint the Atlantic! Now I have to get the color study Marsh dawn framed as a gift for the gracious homeowner that shared their houses. Looking forward to a return visit.
I would like to thank Ambassador Michele J. Sison and curator of The Art in Embassies program, Imtiaz Hafiz for selecting my painting Edge of The Woods (oil on canvas 30X72) for the Ambassador’s residence in Sri Lanka.
Just received a lovely full color catalog of all of the work selected. Ambassador Sison states “The Places I Call Home is a selection of landscape paintings that reminds me of the many places I have called home. The quiet energy of these settings resonates and inspires me to remember my roots, even as I learn about my new home, now in Sri Lanka.”
Such an honor to have work selected for the Art in Embassies program http://art.state.gov
Karla Winterowd the owner of the gallery I show with in here in Santa Fe , Winterowd Fine Art http://www.fineartsantafe.com/index.php/artists/category/7-jamie-kirkland-landscape-abstracts was invited to install art in a Beautiful Bob Zachery designed contemporary house in Las Campanas, just outside of Santa Fe. The home was recently featured in the Hacienda: Parade of Homes.
One of the paintings Karla selected to install was my cloud painting titled On My Way Home oil on canvas 50X72.
I was delighted to find out that the homeowners fell in love with the painting and decided to make a purchase.
This series of cloud paintings is inspired by my first trip out West! Having grown up in the south surrounded by thickets of woods and dense undergrowth I was amazed when on a camping trip with my family we crossed into west Texas and New Mexico. I could see the sky all around me and storms miles away moving across the landscape. It felt so immense and free. I have tried to convey that feeling in many paintings over the years.
I am really looking forward to visiting family and traveling to Pawley Island South Carolina. We will be staying on the wetlands side of the island so I will be able to paint some of my favorite subject matter. Hard to imagine anything more satisfying than sitting on the deck and studying nature. Having lived on the intrercostal waterway in Florida for many years I am sure the smells of the salt air and sounds of wind across the grasses and listening to pelicans crash into the water will feed my moisture deprived soul.
One of the responsibilities of a landscape painter is to orchestrate forms into a harmonious composition. The shapes that water creates as it weaves in and out of grasslands and shorelines are often so lyrical. The light dazzles and sparkles on the wavelets. Paintings literally create themselves.
When I think of my favorite painters of water ways and wetlands I think of luminist painter Sanford Gifford (1823-1880). I love the stillness in his work. Another favorite John Kensett (1816-1872) whose work seems so contemporary and also Martin Johnson Heade (1819-1904).
In this slide show gallery I have included images of Pawley Island, as well as two painings by each artist Sanford Gifford, Martin Johnson Heade, John Kensett and myself.
Unfortunately I missed the opportunity to paint with the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico up in Truchas for Cloud Appreciation Day, Saturday August 3rd. I did however finish this painting, Slice of Heaven 30X72 in the studio. I was with them in spirit!
This painting is going to Fort Worth, Texas for my exhibition there in November at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center. The title of the exhibition opening November 8th is Panorama.
Most of the works for this show are long horizontals. My next piece for the show is going to be a diptych 30 X 124.
I will include my photo inspiration for this painting and older print photograph that is tattered and worn because I have hung on to it and loved it for years.
When I am not making art (painting) I am thinking about art, When I am not thinking about art I am reading about Art! This seems to be a common thread among my artist friends.
The list below is of my current favorite art blogs in no particular order.and links to each one. Please share your favorites!
1. Deborah Barlow Slow Muse http://www.slowmuse.com
If Deborah were not a visual artist I imagine that she could easily be a writer. I am frequently taken aback at some of her descriptions of her experiences. I have felt many of these feelings but have been unable to articulate them. Thank you Deborah!
2. Sadie Valeri http://www.sadievaleri.com/blog/
Sadie puts it all out there sharing all of her equipment and techniques. She is also an instructor in the San Francisco area. I truly admire her work especially her landscape paintings.
3. Marc Hanson http://marchanson.blogspot.com
Another artist whose work I admire! and with a sense of humor!
4. Christopher Volpe http://christophervolpe.blogspot.com
This is another thoughtful blogger often incorporating art history including beautiful overlooked paintings as well as Classics!
5. High Road Artist http://high-road-artist.com
Truly Living an Artist’s Dream! I love reading all about it.
6. Lori McKnee http://www.finearttips.com/blog/
Lori is known for her blog and it is easy to see why. So many great tips for artists.
7. Making a Mark http://makingamark.blogspot.com
Artist and writer Katherine Tyrrell writes about art for artists and art lovers on her top art blog
and finally here is a link to the top 100 Contemporary Art Blogs http://contemporaryartblogs.com/blogs
When I attended art school at the University of Alabama in the early 70s I was told as are so many other students that I would never be able to earn an income as an artist. As a result I turned what I called my ”creative energy” into the expression of an intimate fine dinning restaurant. Being an entrepreneur has helped me so much to create a solid foundation of business practices in my current profession , a full-time painter (for over ten years). I learned how to present myself to the public as well as prepare a business plan, use quickbooks, create a successful marketing plan ect….. however the biggest influence is on my actual painting. When Libby Dasher a culinary Institute trained Chef came to work at my restaurant I took on the job as sous chef for three months. It was such a wonderful learning experience. I designed a limited menu based on market fresh ingredients. Being in Pensacola Florida right on the Gulf of Mexico we had access to the most beautiful fresh seafood. There was such joy in the kitchen preparing these marvelous dishes out of such wonderful ingredients . It was making art, every detail was taken into consideration in order to please the diner and develop repeat customers. I do apply some of these principles in my painting today. I love thinking about the person who might choose to live with the piece I am painting and hope that they love having that experience. Working on the painting applying layer after layer and watching colors mix on the canvas reminds me of preparing recipes in the restaurant and making those decisions especially around seasoning a dish.. more of this.. too much of that the adductive and reductive process. I am often struck when I have juicy piles of paint squeezed out on my palette just how delicious they look shiny and glistening like cake icing…YUM!
The links below tell more about the actual restaurant as well as additional photos.
These images are of monotypes and paintings done around 2004-2006. Scientist measured the decibel level in The San Luis Valley at 14 decibels. A library typically measures 40.
That level of quiet permeates every aspect of life there and shows up over and over again in my work.
All artists dream of a silence which they must enter, as some creatures return to the sea to spawn. (Iris Murdoch)