Progress on Spring. Big paintings, big paint.

Detail of Spring. In the background, there is a nice heard of cows. I’m really happy with how the colors and shapes are coming together.

Detail of Spring. I love cows! I’m working on finding the right amount of personality for these lovelies. I want them to be discoverable. As in, I want them to not jump out at the viewer immediately, but to be enjoyable to find.

Spring. 48 x 72 inches, oil on canvas. In progress.

I’ve been thinking a lot about painting size recently.

I’ve been painting for about 30 years. Most of that time I have painted in a variety of sizes, but from 2009-2012 I was a “daily painter” working almost exclusively in a 6 x 6 inch format. I painted daily and finished about two or three 6-inch paintings each week.

Focusing on painting small taught me a lot of technical skills, and about what I want to say as an artist.

So here I am today working at the other end of the size spectrum.

I recently finished a series of 40 x 40-inch paintings, and am currently working on a series of 48 x 72-inch paintings. Working large is great. It has a new set of challenges and rewards.

When I go into the studio in the morning, I squeeze onto my pallet what looks like as much paint as I used for a year of painting 6-inch paintings. So, of course, I wondered if that could be right?

I thought you might find the answer interesting. I could fit ninety-six 6-inch paintings into one of the paintings that are currently on my easel. 96!

So, no, I’m probably not squeezing a whole year’s worth of painting onto my pallet every dayIt might take me about 2 weeks now to go through a year’s worth of paint then.

Pretty wild, right?

What do you think?

Portrait artist paints Angel and the Oranges

“Angel and the Oranges”
9″ x 12″, oil paint on mounted canvas (RayMar),body=I%20would%20like%20to%20purchase%20WatchingtheRedGreenShow”>Purchase / Love it Guarantee / Talk to Jessie

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Totally non-painting related personal note: We’re getting our new house keys Friday morning! Yay! And this afternoon we do the walk-through and get to decide exactly where my son’s new hockey tournament metal will go. 🙂

The studio is already completely mapped out in my head. And I have have time for 1  last commission for February, so if you have been thinking about commissioning a portrait, this is a great time to call me.

About this painting

I love painting fruit and flowers and wanted to add some figures into the mix, so I recently brought home 2 angels (and a bird that has already appeared in a painting) for still life setups. The angel shown here has a beautiful deep pink marbled glass body and a sweet shape. She looks like she’s watching over the oranges. This painting has warm tones of pinks, purples, oranges, and a little red where the vase and oranges reflect off of each other, and white daisies and cutting boards.

This is an original oil painting by American artist Jessie Rasche. Jessie has shown in galleries in Washington and California and paints in her studio in South Dakota. Jessie’s artwork has been described as Plein Air Style, Impressionist, Energetic, and occasionally Whimsical or Soft.

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Here are all of the January Painting Marathon paintings shown together:  Today is the last day to purchase January paintings at the special price.

Thank you to a wonderful repeat collector in Spokane, WA for purchasing “Clippings” and a new artist & collector in Ireland (!!!) for purchasing “Happy Smells!”

Yesterday I painted and painted and then wiped… Oh boy. I probably won’t get a chance to post a painting today – School was canceled because it’s cold. Freeze your buns off cold. MINUS 40 degree with windchill. So I’ll be busy playing legos! 🙂   (apparently no amount of cold is too cold for hockey practice tonight though!)

So here is a non-marathon painting of a Warm sunny day in Seattle, WA! framed-kite2

Kite 2 / 6×6″ / oil on linen / 275 framed

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Portrait artist paints flowers

I took a picture of the painting and inadvertently captured the 3rd dimension of the painting (below). Usually you can’t see that, since I take pictures in indirect light.

I’m working on controlling my colors in the setup part of the painting process. It’s not something I’ve given a lot of thought to before, but since my main focus right now is on improving my composition, controlling the colors seems like a good step in that direction. What do you think?

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SOLD / Clippings / 6×6 inches / oil on  canvas
January Painting Challenge #15
In Private Collection in Spokane, WA
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Painting flowers in the window is one of my favorite subjects. clippings-detail clippings-jessierasche