Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Just off my easel.....

"The Night Before the Strawberry Moon"
8" x 10"
Oil on canvas panel

I was enjoy a campfire in my back yard Sunday evening and snapped a progression of moon pictures as the sky changed. Then did this painting last night. This one is looking toward my house.
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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Backyard Plein Air Painting Today!

What;s going on in my back yard? Getting a start on my orchard!

"Backyard Orchard"
8" x 10"
Oil on canvas panel

No better place to paint than my own back yard.  
I loved sitting out at my picnic table under the huge oak trees and painting. 
I also love having my own food supply! A few years ago when I moved back to Pennsylvania and acquired a little over and acre of ground with house, garage and barn, I planted asparagus, Blueberry plants and Red Raspberry plants.  Last year I put in a couple pear trees, and this year added 2 plum trees and an apple tree. I am looking forward to eating some fresh fruit from these in a couple years!!

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Monday, May 30, 2016

Tina's Haven, a work study in Oil

I arrived at my daughter's home the other day in late afternoon. The direction of the sunlight made her Japanese Maple glow at the very top, complimenting the roof and shutters of the home. I was so inspired by the contrast with the cool colors of the Hosta plants at the base of the house foundation. The steps leading from the driveway to the back porch are always inviting, as are the luscious grapes that grow on her vines in the backyard later in summer. 
"Tina's Haven"
8" x 7"
Oil on canvas panel

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Covered Bridge - Original Oil Painting by Rebecca Jennings (Sunny)

A favorite country scene that brings memories of happier, peaceful times; when life seemed to move at a slower pace. Sometimes we need to just sit back and reminisce......
"Five Miles-Per Hour Covered Bridge"
11" x 16 "
Oil on prepared oval wood support

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Older Painting - Re-visited , an Original by Rebecca Jennings

I was never quite happy with this painting. It never felt finished. I added some life to it with the boat and fishermen and took out the old bench that was so distracting. I also softened the hard line on the distant trees on the right and defined the birds a bit more. I am much happier with it now.
This one goes to my grand-daughter and family in New Jersey.
Energy Lake #2
(a favorite camping spot near Land of The Lakes, KY)
11" x 14"
Oil on canvas panel
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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

I love a Spring Morning! Original Oil Painting by Rebecca Jennings (Sunny)

Spring Mornings... just when the snow is gone, grass is starting to green, and the tops of the trees are turning reddish, just about to burst open with new life! Another sure sign of Spring is the sighting of  the red-winged blackbird near the edges of ponds, or near open fields.
"Spring Morning"
8" x 16"
Oil on stretched canvas

Here is a detail photo

Progress photo

Reference photo

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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Welcome Spring! an Original Oil Painting (My Favorite Things #4)

"Welcome Spring!"
10" x 8"
Oil on canvas panel 
Who doesn't remember being told as a child, that when the robins build their nests, then Spring is truly here! Just off my easel, a painting depicting the Robin who hatched 2 clutches of eggs on the railing of my deck under the shelter of the rhododendron bush last spring. It was so much fun being able to watch this little family close up! Feeding was a round-the-clock job for both parents.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

More Sketching.....

I have a face-book friend who spends his winters in the deserts of Arizona, He takes some really neat pictures of the landscapes and wildlife. This is from one of his photos. 
"Arizona Wildlife"
8.5" x 11"

Currently working on a couple paintings, but in the meantime I have been doing more sketching. A relaxing change from the sometimes difficult work of  managing color harmony and atmosphere of an oil painting. hope you enjoy viewing my sketches while i take a breather....

Comments always welcome! 

Monday, April 4, 2016

When You Can't Paint, Draw.....

Years ago, when I was driving team truck with my husband, hauling military freight after "9 - 11", i had to leave my paints behind as we were sometimes gone 6 weeks - 3 mo at a time, so i carried my hand quilting and sketch pad with me. These are some of the drawings I did at that time. A lot of them are reminiscent of places we stopped; some being on  military bases in the desert.

This little figment of my imagination stemmed from my being homesick until I got used to being away for such long periods of time.

On the left is the beautiful Prickly Pear Cactus that blooms with such pretty blossoms, although I hadn't yet seen them in bloom when I did this drawing. Then there was the dead Joshua Trees, with such unique forms of their trunks and branches!

The Creosote Bush is not especially to my liking, but it is part of the desert scenery and so I include it here.   The leaves are smaller and the branches grow denser than what I've portrayed  but I was after the form of the curved branches mostly. ( on the right, bottom)

This little grouping of three (above)were interesting to me I'm not sure what the little thorny bush is, But the shape was interesting; the middle one is again a prickly pear cactus, and the one on the right is a lovely but dangerous Cholla Cactus, of which their are several varieties, one being nicknamed the "jumpimg cactus". If you get too close the spines are very easily lodged on you and they are very tough to remove!

I hope you enjoyed these drawings and the bit of info I have supplied. I love the diverse terrain of the desert. It is seems such a wonderous place to me and I hope to spend more time there. 

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Monday, March 21, 2016

Early Evening Waterfall - Oil painting by Rebecca Jennings

"Early Evening Waterfall"
8" x 10"

This Painting was done under the instruction of Johannes Vloothuis of Canada, an artist/instrutor known not only in the North American continent but also in other parts of the world. I have painted this in preparation for a larger version which will be for sale.
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Monday, March 14, 2016

"Gone Fishin' " - Original Oil Painting by Rebecca Jennings

After a hard day's work at the shop, some of the guys in my family would grab their poles and take off to a favorite fishing spot, hoping to catch a few trout.This one seems to be having trouble keeping a hook on his line....
"Gone Fishin' "
11" x 14"
Oil on stretched canvas
(wrap-around painted)
This one is for sale, If interested please message me.

Comments are welcome,
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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

My Favorite Things #3, An Original Oil painting by Rebecca Jennings

This spinning wheel was a gift to me from my husband just months before he died. I loved the smooth wood of the wheel and the paddle. The spinner would sit at the right side and work the paddle with their feet to make the wheel go at a smooth, steady speed. The wool would be fed carefully onto the wheel, go full circle and, at the practiced touch of the spinner's hands, come out the other side as yarn to be knitted into warm clothes or woven into blankets. 

This wheel is now in the possession of my eldest daughter who has become a fiber artist in her own right. This painting is a gift to her. 
"Afternoon Reflections"
 12" x 12" 
Oil on stretched canvas
(Private Collection)

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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Ameraucana Rooster Sketch

this time it is a drawing of one of my Purebred Ameraucana roosters. I love my chickens!
"Ameraucana Blue"
5" x 7"

reference photo

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Sketching Exercise........

8.5" x 11"
Strathmore fine-tooth paper

This sketch is from photos I took last winter while camping at Camp Huaco on River Road by the Guadalupe River in Texas. It was common to see several turtles out sunning themselves on the rocks or a log in the river. The trees impressed me with their unusual curled roots; half in water, half on land. Such a peaceful place! I am considering doing a painting from the actual photos I took.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Oil Pastel Practice #1- Untitled- Updated

Oil Pastel on canvas pad
An exercise in pastel painting

I regret that I did not have the colors needed to make this a worthwhile pursuit. I am so used to being able with oils to mix any color I want. Can you tell my heart was not really into this painting? The composition makes me feel claustrophobic somehow........However, this was a submission for the online classes I have been taking ( always pursuing to do better) and I did want to submit some homework. 
Because my bathroom was in the process of being remodeled/upgraded this week, I could not get to my oil painting space, so I decided to try my hand at the oil pastels on my dining room table. I do not think I will be pursuing this medium; however, to never have tried the oil pastels when they had been given to me, would have been the greater loss. Thanks for viewing..... 

I went back a week later and worked more on this. I redid the large tree on the right and with the few colors I have available, I was able to at least make it a little more to my liking. 

Of course much more practice is needed in this medium :)

Sunday, January 24, 2016

My Favorite things #2 - Childhood Memories

A detailed image of this painting.....
Oh, the memories of iced-up windows, with beautiful frosted patterns and glittering ice crystals....... I can still remember the feel of it! We were most fortunate, back in the days of single-paned windows. When it was bitter cold outside yet toasty warm inside, it was said that Jack Frost would pay a visit during the night and leave behind his handy-work.......   Few in our times have the opportunity to experience such deliciousness!
"A Visit from Jack Frost"
10" x 8"
Oil on canvas panel
(Private Collection - Not for sale)

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Cabin at Wood's Edge - Original Soft Pastel Painting

Hello Friends! Last week I was inspired to try my hand at pastel painting. Previously my work has been done basically in oils. The pastels I had on hand were a set of 23 colors left to me by my Grandmother decades ago.
In 2009 I had started a drawing/painting in pastel but was quickly discouraged as I hadn't a clue what I was doing. I recently came across this started piece in an old sketch pad and decided to see what I could do with it. So this is a practice piece, portraying a warm summer day in the late afternoon sun, in the mid-west countryside.
"Camp at Wood's Edge"
8.5" x 11" 
Soft Pastels on sketch-pad paper

I am happy with my first attempt and think I will do more in this medium.
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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

My Favorite Things #1, an Original Oil painting by Rebecca Jennings

I have decided to do a series of "My Favorite Things", where memories of childhood days are the primary focus.The strings attached are not only strings of the skates, but of the strings of my heart tied to my childhood. Come along with me on my journey into the carefree days of a past, all-but-forgotten way of life.  Together we will reminisce and recreate happy times.
"Strings Attached"
10" x 8"
Oil on Canvas Panel

These  old skates hanging on a nail on the covered porch wall remind me of the kids of our little town meeting at Myers' pond to go skating several times during the winter. The bigger boys would shovel any new-fallen snow off the ice. Sometimes there would be a wood fire far back on the bank to warm our hands by. It was a regular meeting place for all the neighborhood, kids and adults alike.

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