Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Black Frame or Brown?

Framing is an essential part of presenting professional fine art to the world. Questions arise about how ornate to go, how thick of a border and whether to use a gold, brown or black frame. Frames are personal so I don't take offense if a collector wants a different frame that what I originally put on the art work. However, I do try to use what shows the piece in the best light. I need your help with this 20 x 16 oil painting of a horse at the Santa Barbara Mission. I put it in both a black and brown frame. I know which one I'm leaning toward using. I'm interested to know which frame you think works best with this painting.
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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Legion of Honor Exhibit of Intimate Impressionism

If you are in the San Francisco area, a trip to the Legion of Honor before August 3, 2014 is a must. The Intimate Impressionism exhibit is worth your time. A wide selection of well-known Impressionist painters are included. My favorite was Mound of Butter by Antoine Vollon.
Brent Jensen in front of Legion of Honor

Mound of Butter by Antoine Vollon

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Oil Painting with the Masters

A new book, Oil Painting with the Masters, is available through Amazon or North Light Shop. I'm one of the artists included in Chapter 11. Click here for more information.



Sunday, July 13, 2014

American Impressionist Society's 15th Annual Exhibition


California Coast, 20 x 24 oil painting of Laguna Beach, was selected into the 15th Annual American Impressionist Society (AIS) Exhibition.  The opening reception is October 2 at Abend Gallery in Denver, Colorado. There were over 1,300 entries and only 165 paintings were accepted into the show. I feel honored to be included again this year.

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