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A Cure for Confidence

February 3, 2015
Angled Approach, 8x10, Oil on Canvas Panel, SOLD

Angled Approach, 8×10, Oil on Canvas Panel, SOLD

For the last six months I’ve been exploring painting subject matter that is new to me – landscapes. The learning curve is often fraught with emotional highs and lows as I sift through what works, or more notably, what doesn’t work.  Some days I emerge from the studio victorious.  Other days are a wash in the literal sense as I end up wiping a days worth – or sometimes the entire week’s worth of work off and pretend in my mind that it never existed.  I do know however, that in the big scheme, win or lose for a day or a full week’s work, it all counts as hours of experience at the easel.

Recently, after wiping painting after painting off, feeling totally defeated, I felt that I needed a confidence boost. So I painted a horse.

Tobiano Side, 8x10 Oil on Canvas Panel

Tobiano Side, 8×10 Oil on Canvas Panel

It went so well and I felt so good, I painted another angle of the same horse.

Tobiano on an Angle, 8x10, Oil on Canvas Panel

Tobiano on an Angle, 8×10, Oil on Canvas Panel

In all, I painted three horses in a week and a half, and with each painting I felt my confidence rebuild enough to face being green at my landscapes again.

Neskowin Sunset from The Breakers. 6x6 Oil on Canvas, SOLD

Neskowin Sunset from The Breakers. 6×6 Oil on Canvas, SOLD

This week, the pattern is repeating itself.  Thanks for checking in and remember to check  Etsy shop for all available artworks.

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Hello New Year!

January 7, 2015
Neskowin Sunset, 6x6 Oil on Canvas Panel

Neskowin Sunset, 6×6 Oil on Canvas Panel

Happy New Year! I am still riding a high from a wonderful Christmas break spent with my family. It’s our second year in Portland Oregon and in comparison to where I was this time last year (recovering from back surgery post move!) I am feeling great about closing the door on 2014 and saying hello to 2015.

Tigger, 8x10 oil on canvas panel

Tigger, 8×10 oil on canvas panel

I was almost a roll, back in the studio after the Carol Marine workshop. I completed this painting of ‘Tigger’ for a dear friend as a wedding gift early October, came home and wound up with SHINGLES a few days later! Lets just sum that experience up to, if you have the chance to get vaccinated, do it! Worst pain EVER!! Yet another reason to wave bye-bye 2014.

Templeton Hillside, 6x6 oil on canvas panel

Templeton Hillside, 6×6 oil on canvas panel

I was able to close the year out with a couple new landscapes inspired by a trip to San Luis Obispo County in California. Also, I finished the first commission I have taken on since I have moved to Oregon. A lovely Quarter Horse mare named ‘Sassy’. It felt good to hear happy client feedback again, after a two year break from commissioned work.

Sassy, 12x12 oil on canvas panel, commissioned artwork

Sassy, 12×12 oil on canvas panel, commissioned artwork

I am working towards regular hours in my studio again.  My hope is to stay injury and illness free for 2015 so I can maintain some kind of consistency in my artwork. I continue to find myself inspired by the amazing landscapes here in the Pacific Northwest. I plan to paint whatever inspires me, whether it be a beach or a horse on that particular day. I am also working on overhauling my entire web presence. I am moving from jennpratt.com to a more formalized and web friendly jenniferprattartist.com. In the meantime my old site will continue to redirect.  So a toast to 2015, may it hold many great memories and new paintings!

Manzanita Day Break, 6x6 Oil on Canvas Panel, sold

Manzanita Day Break, 6×6 Oil on Canvas Panel, sold

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