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The process

I try to take photos of my paintings as I do them so I can view the process. The paintings - at least for me - always start out so weak and lifeless and then I worry that they aren't going to work. I worry that the vision I have for the pieces is not going to happen. But then I add layers and I let go of the worry and let go of some preconceived idea about how it should look. When I am willing to let go I can enjoy the process a bit more. 

For this painting - which is based loosely on the hills in Marin I drew out the rough layers of hills and then started with a deep orange base. The I began to fill in each section knowing that this would not be the final color - that these layers are simply building the personality and the foundation of the painting. I then tried narrow brush strokes for texture and just started filling in. I also try to balance the light and dark hues to give it depth. 

The final piece is 12x16 on wood panel. It will be framed and then offered for sale. No title yet. Any ideas? 

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Things to do with stripes...

My latest obsession is stripes. I know - seems pretty simple right? But stripes are actually a challenge...because you have to figure out how to make them interesting. I discovered that varying the widths and lengths and opacity of the colors made a significant difference and I was thrilled with the way they came out. I scanned the small paintings and cleaned them up and added them to my Society6 page then crated product. Here are four backpacks...I think they are s freaking cute.  

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And now we have Amazon

I received an invitation from Amazon Handmade to have a shop. I ignored it at first because I just thought I was spreading myself too thin. But then I had a rethink...because amazon is the largest online retailer. It would be kinda crazy to turn that down. So..I applied and after a few weeks heard back that I got excepted. 

Now I am in the process of adding prints. I am only selling 8.5x11 prints on paper. Keeping it simple. Each piece is $13.99 which includes shipping. 

 

Here's the link - take a look: Jan Weiss Studio. 

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