One Glass At A Time #paint52

One Glass At A time

This is my fifth painting of the #paint52 challenge and also another addition to my San Francisco Series. It measures 8" X 11" painted with Atelier Interactive Acrylics on velum. How appropriate it is called "One Glass At A Time", echoing my one painting at a time to complete 52 paintings in one year. I first painted a bright green underpainting and I used the Binder Medium to make sure it stayed put. The Binder Medium prevents the paint from bleeding through or being picked up when painting over it. I wanted to make sure that bits and piece showed through, since the color theme of the painting is a silvery pinkish color; it allowed the neutrals to vibrate. It also created a sensation for me while painting, a push pull effect, a term used by Hans Hoffman. I used mostly neutrals in this painting. I made a pile of half dark and half-light, and added my colors to these neutrals to create a pearlescent quality. I'm still getting used to using acrlyics, and love that I can paint quickly, creating a much looser painting. This is a desire of mine to paint loose, less is more. THIS PAINTING IS SOLD

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Visitor From Machu Picchu

Visitor From Machu Picchu #paint52


Visitor From Machu Picchu
Visitor From Machu Picchu 24" x 24" acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas $1440

My fourth painting for my #paint52 Challenge, measures 24" X 24", acrylic on canvas, also a part of my San Francisco series. I love to people watch and could sit on a bench and watch people for hours. I find everyone so interesting. Everyone has their own story and can imagine what this lady's is, a beautiful big woman, wearing huaraches, with a scarf thrown over her shoulder and a purse that looks like she purchased it from a South American country. The great thing about San Francisco is that it brings people from all over the world.

I painted the canvas red and laid the darks in first, creating a silhouette of figures and buildings. I felt it gave it a mystery. This painting was not drawn first, but created again by shapes against shapes. For some reason that is my procedure of choice, when I paint with acrylics. I am going back and forth with each painting. One painting I use entirely Atelier Acrylics and then next one oil paint. I am learning the pros and cons of each one. What I love about the acrylics is the texture, gesture, looseness and spontaneity. My husband says he prefers my acrylic paintings, when I paint people and oil when I paint landscapes. It is always good to have someone's objective opinion. I still haven't tried painting oil over acrylics. I must try it.

I have changed my studio. I now have a huge glass pallet on one side of the room with oil paint and the other side a huge glass pallet of acrylic. I move my easel accordingly. Let me tell you when I enter the room it has powerful energy that I cannot resist. The block I once had no longer exists and I do believe this is one of the reasons and of course this challenge.
Ok, onward to the next painting. Thank you for visiting.


Turnabout 24" x 30" oil on canvas $1800

It's just a painting Janet, not WORLD PEACE! Well maybe it was war, between the canvas and me. This one took quite a bit of time. "Turnabout" measures 24" X 30", oil on canvas, third painting of my #paint52 Challenge, that you can follow on Twitter. It is also another addition to my San Francisco Series. If I keep moving at this rate, I should be able to have San Francisco series art show by May.

I haven't painted with oil for a while. I fell in love once again, as I opened the beautiful luscious tubes of paint. There is nothing like the hues of Daniel Smith Oil Paint. They make their own paint, highly saturated, highly permanent and with names you may have never heard before. My oils sung to me as I laid each one on my new large glass pallet. I love a large pallet and being glass makes it easy to clean. I promised myself I would always have it ready to go. Now even though I love the colors and brightness of oil paint, I'm not giving up on the Atelier Interactive Acrylics. I do believe there are a place for each acrylic and a place for oil and perhaps I will even combine the two.

My journey continues and I am feeling great. It feels good to be back full time at the easel.
Thank you for joining me.

It's not Kiki Market

It's Not Kiki Market

This is my second painting for my Challenge #paint52. I used Atelier Interactive Acrylic Paint. It is supposed to be similar to oil, drying time is still faster than oil, but it does give you a grace period to work color into color. Spraying the unblocking formula directly on the pallet and the canvas brings the paint back to its liquid state, enabling you to blend and mix. This is only my third painting using Atelier Acrylic, and in fact any acrylic paint. I am still very fond of my oil. It is really difficult for me to duplicate the intricate colors that I can create with oil. I may go back into the painting with oil to soften the edges and bring the color to a different level. Right now though I am going to let it be, since I do believe that it is close to being done and perhaps I pushed it a little to far.

I want to continue painting with the Atelier Interactive Acrylics. But I do feel a need to go back to my oil and compare. I do love the drying time of Atelier Acrylics. It allows me to lay color on top of color. I don’t like the darks though they are a little dead looking to me.
There was no drawing done in this painting, just laying shapes next to shapes. I find that very enjoyable, for I want to give the painting a looser appearance. As I push through this challenge it is important for me to consider that I have always wanted to paint loosely. I want to have the shapes recognizable, but not stiff. It’s all about shape. I also want to make sure that I don’t overwork the painting.

This is the eighth painting of my San Francisco Series. Who knows, maybe this challenge is going to help me get this show out by spring. SOLD

"If You Paint It They Will Come"

Black Sox

I don’t know why I feel scared, but maybe this is a good indication that what I am about to embark on is a real challenge. I was inspired last night. Returning home from a wonderful Christmas dinner, with maybe one too many glasses of wine, walking to the door I heard “You will paint 100 paintings in 2012”. Is this a revised version of “If you build it they will come”? At first, I heard myself saying, “100 paintings that is absurd”, quantity doesn’t necessarily mean quality. Oh dear, I was falling into my own trap of wanting everything to be perfect. I was reminded of a previous blog that I wrote called “Perfectionism What a Killer”.

Ok, I did though have a conversation with myself. I didn’t want the challenge to be so unrealistic, that I would have many excuses not to complete the challenge. I decided to match the amount of weeks in a year, and the last I heard there were fifty-two. Fifty-two paintings, is still quite a challenge. I have never painted close to that amount in a year. My word means a lot to me and to proclaim that I will do something, I better honor it or have a good reason not to.

I’m answering the call. I Janet Vanderhoof, will paint fifty-two paintings, in the year of 2012. I will post my paintings on Twitter as they are completed, follow the hashtag, #paint52. I will also keep a blog journal of the weekly creating. I would be very honored if you would follow me on my journey, perhaps subscribe to my blog to keep abreast of the progress.

Man, am I scared, please support my journey, I know I will need it. Painting above SOLD