Winter Painting

It's cold enough now - even in Texas - to keep me inside this winter. Sometimes it's hard being cooped up, but I have been enjoying working in my studio from the photos I took at Big Bend and the Davis Mountains this past November. I attended a Rita Kirkman workshop in December where I learned how to tint a pumice pastel ground and apply it as an under-painting and value study. This process is all about capturing the glow of sunlight - and what better subject matter to practice with than the beautiful warm rocks of Big Bend! These paintings have been my main focus lately, to prepare for my upcoming show at Round Top Winterfest.  If you live nearby, come see me and my paintings February 11-14 in Round Top, Texas!

After the Round Top show I’ll start focusing on studio work for an upcoming exhibit at the Audubon Museum Gallery in Henderson, KY.  Last summer, my friends Iris Gentry, Marka Kroeger, Katie Lowing and I traveled to Round Pond, Maine for an artists retreat. We stayed in a beautiful home on the water that was offered to us by a friend of Iris's, and had an amazing time together painting plein-air and taking lots of photographs for later studio works. The Audubon Museum Gallery will showcase our trip this coming July, so if you live close by be sure to go check it out. 

It’s been a wonderful and productive winter for me in the studio, but I am already itching for Spring to come so I can get back to painting outside. I hope to see you at one of my upcoming shows! -Jan

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Spring 2016 - Paint Outs, Workshops, and NYC!

Now that we are starting into summer, I wanted to update my blog by reflecting on my busy spring. Two of the newest paintings added to my Currently for Sale section are “Spring on Journey Way” and "Spring on Journey Way #2" that I did close to home here in Texas in March. Everything was blooming, and the yellow was so exciting that I just pulled off the road and painted one after another. 

Spring on Journey Way

Spring on Journey Way

In April I went back to my beloved Kentucky to participate in the “First Brush of Spring", a paint out in Indiana where about 150 artists gather to paint the beautiful town of New Harmony every year. We paint, have a competition, and then a sale afterward. I met up with some of my best friends and painting buddies for the 9th or 10th (?) year in a row and had a wonderful time. We are so lucky to have been doing this together for so many years - and we always have so much fun!  “Painting in the Peony field 2016” was completed there.

Painting in the Peony Field 2016

Painting in the Peony Field 2016

Marka Kroeger, Katie Lowing, Iris Gentry and Jan Frazier in New Harmony, Indiana

Marka Kroeger, Katie Lowing, Iris Gentry and Jan Frazier in New Harmony, Indiana

In May I attended a fantastic workshop in Fredericksburg, Texas with Dawn Emerson. We worked in mixed media and I discovered a whole new world of Monotype printing. My only other experience with print making goes way back to my college days as an art education major. What a blast! This workshop was inspirational, challenging, and fun. Watch for future developments in this area as it warms up outside and I come inside to start playing around in the (air conditioned) studio this summer.

My two daughters, Audra and Erin, and I just returned last week from New York, where we attended the opening reception of the International Association of Pastel Societies' Annual Juried Exhibit at the Salmagundi Club in Greenwich Village. I was extremely honored to have a piece accepted in the show for the first time in my career. I was able to see my work hanging in the same room as talented teachers and mentors I have had over the years, and got to hear all of the works reviewed by pastelist Richard McKinley. We had an incredible time going to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and to the Museum of Modern Art where we saw a very inspirational exhibit of Degas monotypes.

Now it’s summer here in Texas, and very hot. Yesterday I did two paintings in the shade of the backyard. One depicts our walkway of day lilies and sunflowers and the other is our recently completed chicken house. I think I may feel a chicken series coming on...

Nancy Bush Workshop

This is my first blog post for my new website, so the content is a little late - but something I definitely wanted to share with all of you.

I was lucky enough to attend an incredible workshop with Nancy Bush this past November in Fredericksburg, Texas. The main focus of the workshop was tonalist painting and color glazing. Tonalist painting is something that I've done in the past, but without any intent behind it. The tonalist movement emerged in the 1880's when American artists began to create landscapes with a single overall tone of colored atmosphere. Dark neutral hues such as blue, green, brown, or gray were especially popular, as these tend to bring out a moody quality to the pieces they're applied to. 

The main thing I learned from the workshop was how to intentionally simplify my paintings. The other side of things - the colored glazes - are what give tonalist paintings their luminosity. I found this to be not only fascinating,  but so much fun to do! Nancy showed us the secret of how to achieve the luminous glow her work is known for.  I really enjoyed meeting the other talented artists in my group, and  I found Nancy to be a very generous and inspiring teacher. I would highly recommend her workshops to anyone wanting to improve their oil painting skills.

Here are the paintings I am most pleased with that I did during the workshop.

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