Thursday, March 6, 2014

When It's Cold Outside

Mendocino Coast, 8 x 10 oil painting

The Winter months can seem long and discouraging to an artist that likes to paint outdoors. We find ourselves wondering if Spring will ever come. When I become lethargic and unmotivated to be creative, I head to the beach. Even in Winter, it lifts my spirits. This has increased my creative energy. What do you do as a plein air painter to get through Winter?

Thursday, December 12, 2013

International Artist Magazine - Dec '13 / Jan '14 Issue

If you subscribe to International Artist magazine, I hope you saw their latest issue. This issue includes my article, Plein Air Strategies. You can also read it from the link above. I would enjoy knowing if the information helped with your plein air painting.
International Artist Magazine Cover

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Claude Monet's Grave

One of my bucket list items has been accomplished with a recent trip to Giverny, France. Seeing Claude Monet’s studio and two gardens was a highlight of my France trip. Being within an hour or so of Paris, it made it well worth the visit.  Our guide mentioned that Monet’s grave was at the church cemetery in town. It was well worth the 15 minute walk from his home. The church was open and it was surreal to walk inside as well as the grounds around his unassuming grave.
Brent Jensen at Claude Monet's Grave
Brent Jensen at Claude Monet’s Grave
Brent Jensen standing on the bridge so often painted by Monet
Brent Jensen standing on the bridge so often painted by Monet
Claude Monet's Tombstone
Claude Monet’s Tombstone

Saturday, September 21, 2013

SouthwestArt Magazine Article - Where Are They Now (October 2013 Issue)

I'm proud to be included in a SouthwestArt Magazine - Where Are They Now - Including Brent Jensen article about 10 artists who were previously featured in prior Artist to Watch highlights.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Lost Edges

Antique French Water Pitcher and Sunflowers, 20 x 16 Oil
Painted from life emphasizing classical Impressionist techniques. With Lost Edges, certain edges are not distinct and blur into background. The use of lost edges allows the painter to consciously direct the viewer's attention.
Example of Lost Edges blurring the top of the water pitcher into the background

 This painting also uses Broken Color. This technique creates color harmony by interweaving complimentary colors throughout the entire painting.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Art Magazine Articles

Recently, I was contacted by SouthwestArt magazine for a Where Art They Now Portfolio for their October 2013 issue. I was originally highlighted as an Emerging Artist in their August 2006 issue. International Artist magazine also contacted me about an instructional article. I’m not positive on which issue it will appear, but am honored to be included in one of their upcoming issues. For those interested, below is a list of previous articles in which I have been featured.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Chicken Coop - Interesting Composition

When Kristine Pallas, one of my paint partners, wanted to paint the Chicken Coop at Connolly Ranch in Napa, California, I had my doubts. Maybe it was the morning light, or the fact I took great care setting proper values. The great company was also a plus. I ended up with this adorable 8 x 10 plein air oil painting. I love how a few brush strokes give you the essence of the chickens without needing a lot of detail.

What compositions have you found unexpectedly the perfect scene when completed?