Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Sketchbook Challenge Day 5 "Hooks and Handles"


"Hook"  Day 5
The prompt for sketching today is "Hooks and Handles". 

I did one hook. You know, the hook that hold the Christmas ornament!

One.... lone... hook.

Happy Holidays!


Monday, January 4, 2021

Sketchbook Challenge Day 4 "Octopus"

"Octopus"  Day 4
Day four and still sketching small but adding a little color. My little sketch book is like 3.5" by 5". 

Believe it or not this little octopus kind of... really has... eyes like this. Click the link to see.... 

See you tomorrow!



Sunday, January 3, 2021

Sketchbook Challenge Day 3 Biscuits


Biscuits Day 3 
Today's prompt for the 30 sketches in 30 days challenge is "Biscuits". I don't really have any biscuits hanging around the kitchen. I thought about going to the grocery store for  biscotto's, which I love, do a sketch a biscotto and coffee (I have a little experience with coffee cups) but then I saw the dog's treats bag sitting on the counter. The bag isn't doggy treats but doggy biscuits!  

Saved by the dog! I could have sketched a treat, or treats, or the bag of treats, but that seemed a little boring. I found this smiling dog. She wanted me to practice her portrait and of course she loves biscuits! Her teeth in the photo are showing because she is so happy. Yes, I'll need to do a few more sketches of this doggy.



Saturday, January 2, 2021

Sketchbook Challenge January 2021 Day 2


Teapot Day 2
What better way to start a new year than to do a Sketchbook Challenge for 30 days in January. This little teapot sketch is day two... everyday I get a prompt from Susan Yeates, an artist from the UK. The prompt and accountability is helpful for this Indiana artist.

Yesterday, I did a button.... here it is.... 

Button Day 1

What will tomorrow bring?


Saturday, April 4, 2020

“Make Me Another Cup of Coffee” DP 4.4.10

Found this painting in my home studio today. 
Ironic: We are under a stay at home order and the title of this painting is “Make Me Another Cup of Coffee”. Indeed, in addition, the date on this painting is DP 4.4.10. DP signifies Daily Painting. Today is 4.4.20.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

"Cigar and Scotch June 20"

 14"x18" mixed media on deep canvas
The one below was close to finished and needed to rest! Or maybe it was... I needed to rest...
June 9, 2019

14" x 18" mixed media on canvas in progress
I have been working on this painting for a couple months now and I feel like I've finally gotten it.... I think.

This 14x18 has been sitting in the unfinished pile in my studio for about two years and it was time for this one to get finished! There are a lot of layers and some of the layers I just had to get over the fear of messing up something that I liked or wanted to save. Sometimes you just have to throw caution to the wind ( or is it wine, 😅) and just do it!

Thanks Myra, for the nudge!


Thursday, April 18, 2019

Flying Saucer Revisited!

Flying Saucer Revisited  Acrylic on canvas  6" x 8"
Tonight I was working around the studio and I glanced at this painting and decided the background needed to be lighten up.
This is a painting from the coffee cup series I did in 2012!

Click here for the post from April 2012 and this is the picture of the original painting!
Flying Saucer Original from April 2012
Wow, even my phone camera today takes better photo's than back in 2012! Wow.

I wonder what other paintings I can change!

Have a great day!


Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Avocado I

"Avocado I"  mixed media on canvas  8" x 10"
Yesterday was April Fool's Day, I thought this painting was fooling with me because it seemed like the colors were off or dull or something crazy. I just kept at it then I called for help and help helped!
I put the painting in different light (better light) and then... I took off my glasses! My glasses! My new glasses have a really strong grey tint and that was affecting the way I saw the color in the painting!
Wow, little things.... or little details. Remember smiling will make you feel good!


Friday, March 29, 2019

Avocado in the Sun

Avocado in the Sun mixed media on itty bitty canvas (3"x2.5")
Guacamole time!! Make sure you pick a few good avocados to make your amazing dip for the March Madness basketball game parties or maybe just a weekend celebration party! Yayayayay Friday!

I have a lot... like 50 or so itty bitty canvases, so I'm going to try to get them all painted before the end of April 2019. Wish me luck!


Monday, March 25, 2019

Arizona Coffee

"Arizona Coffee, mixed media on canvas, 2.5"x3" (itty bitty)
Here is a wonky cup that looks like it's sitting on the Arizona red dirt or is it sand out there?

I'm working on a few really small pieces to get ready for the annual art show at the Stutz building where I have my studio. I'll put magnetic strips on the backs so the collector can put this little ditty on the refrigerator or something that will take a magnet!

Here is a photo of the others that I started last Thursday and will eventually get finished.... see the coffee cup in there? And the moon or sun or the orb in all of them...
Talk to you later! Cheers!

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Hmmm.... new direction... new theme...

"Them Flowers" mixed media on paper 9"x8"
Well, what do you think Myra? New direction with the white flowers or... just a new direction! Thought I would post to keep this blog active!
Getting ready for the Spring show at the Stutz... more to come!


Thursday, August 30, 2018

"Fight Like A Girl"

"Fight Like A Girl!" 8" x 6" on canvas  Session 2
Hello World,

I almost forgot about this little painting blog until I received a little reminder from Blogger today 😳
The little painting above is part of a show going on at the Saks Fifth Avenue Store at the Fashion Mall here in Indianapolis!
It's on the third floor and Tilly's Tea Room is right there too. So, a little lunch at Tilly's and check out the art! 
The show includes art from three artists: painter Laura LaForge, photographer Faith Blackwell and painter me, JanettMarie!
The show is up until Sept 4th, we will be taking it down on Sept 5.

Sorry, I've been asleep for a while!!

More later!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Completed Commission!

"House of Good Fortune"  acrylic on canvas  48"x48"
Life is good, vacations are good. Now it's time to get back to work!

The above is the finished piece that started with sketches and smaller studies and finally the finished painting. Let's see... I have a photo of it in it's home. My collector tells me that she will be getting colorful tables and pillows to go with the theme of the room. It will be fantastic!

Spring is springing!   -jM

Thursday, November 24, 2016

A small study... "350 N. Hope Street"

"350 N. Hope Street"  12"x12" acrylic on paper
This is a small study that may morph into a much larger piece. Time will tell!

Happy Thanksgiving all,

Friday, September 30, 2016

Small Urban Landscape

Small Urban Landscape    2"x4"   acrylic on canvas

Couldn't help myself with this one. This town is growing!

Here is a photo to show the size of this painting....
Reference size photo.
There is always "Hope".....

Today marks the last day of 30 paintings in 30 days with Leslie Saeta and I'm just getting warmed up. I haven't done 30 paintings, but I have been painting!

Enjoy your day,