Back to my Studio
I have a show scheduled at the Jefferson Musem of Art and History in Port Townsend for this fall based on my Cooper Island Witnessing Climate Change Project. The exhibit has been delayed 16 months by Covid, and I’m excited to work on finally developing it!
To warm up my hands and creative eye, I’m starting small with a series of 5″ x 5″ watercolor studies using my sketches, notes, and photos for inspiration. I’ve torn up four sheets of my favorite 26″ x 40″ 156lb Arches cold press paper into a stack of more than a 100 5″ x 5″ sheets. With 2-4 paintings in process at once, I’m slowly developing a collection and am having fun as I feel the familiar sense of obsession that takes over as I engage with a studio project. Even away from the desk, my mind turns over the colors and compositions, and I feel the spark of excitement to continue.
Carving out studio time has been particularly challenging during this period of Covid. Where I used to have extended hours for painting, I am now making the most of working a little bit every day, whether it’s 30 minutes or a couple of hours. One of my mantras is, “a little bit often.”
Each piece I complete is contributing to my sense of the subject, ideas, textures, and colors I’m drawn to— and building my confidence before I work larger! I’ll be posting my sketches and notes here as my project develops and appreciate your support and encouragement!
13 Responses to “Back to my Studio”
Your work is just wonderful. I have truly enjoyed spending time reading about both your adventures and process. It’s been inspiring! Traveling via your work and blog has been such a welcome experience during the pandemic. I am really looking forward to seeing what you create for your show. Thank you for so thoughtfully sharing what you do.
Thank you so much! I truly appreciate your encouragement and support.
I love reading about your process and seeing the wonderful of little sketches grow. That bare landscape where land a sea meet at the horizon is really inspiring. I will try to sketch these wonderful landscapes as you post them!
I look forward to follow your journey on your exposition.
Thank you, Michal!
You have always captured the icy strangeness of the Arctic with your watery, mysterious washes. Thanks for generously sharing your follow along videos this past year!!! I’m working up to 5X5 (from 1″X2″) , you are such an inspiration. I am looking forward to seeing you in person again.
Thank you, Sandy! 5×5 is a great size, dive in and have fun with it! I look forward to seeing you again in person, too.
The skies in your painting are emotionally inspiring. Maybe an online class on painting sky in watercolor?
Thank you for the suggestion! I’ve taught Cloudscapes workshops before and am thinking about an advanced workshop as well to share how I layer skies.
I absolutely love your art work and these small pieces are so beautiful. You fit so much in and your colours are so lovely and realistic. Oh my gosh the BIG BLUE is
absolutely wonderful Sincerely Isabel
Thank you, Isabel! I hope to do a bigger version of the Big Blue, I love it, too. :)
Just watched a video of Brigitte O’Connor interviewing Jane Blundell, and heard of your site. So interesting and timely! Anxious to see if you’ll have presentations after our Covid quarantines are lifted here in the Seattle area. Grateful that there are concerned people like you. L.B.
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Your work is outstanding. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading about both your trips and your process. It’s been motivating! During the pandemic, travelling through your work and blog has been a wonderful experience. I’m incredibly excited to see what you come up with for your show. Thank you for taking the time to share what you do.