Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Watercolor by Lucile Geiser

Not only do I paint but I own a lot of work by other artists. I have decided to post some photos of these paintings on my blog. This first one is a seascape by Lucile Geiser. Lucile was a very well known artist here at the NJ shore and in Naples Maine. When I first started painting I did realistic watercolors and studied with Lucile for a lot of years. I owe so much to Lucile - she gave me a great foundation in watercolor, composition, color and art theory. She was happy when I moved on to painting abstract and considered it a good move for me. This photo is not that great as the painting is framed under glass. Lucile was a prolific painter and to see her paint was inspiring - she was a wonderful teacher. I wish I owned more of her paintings!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Year End - Abstract

This could be my final painting for 2010 or maybe not ; ) It is called Year End - 36X36 - acrylic on canvas. I repainted this one 3 or 4 times and I am still not sure I am happy with it or if it is really finished - but for now it is. I am back to the neutral colors - I think it is the winter and the light. I want to do some beading - I have a collar I started in PA that needs finishing and I just bought a new tarot book that needs reading. Year end (not this painting) for me is a time of reflection on the past and a time for setting goals for the coming year. 2011 should be an interesting year - especially if I sell this house and buy a new house - just the move alone is going to be a huge task. I also need to make some artistic decisions about going forward and just where forward is. I better get to reading that tarot book!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Vision of the West - Abstract

Well 2010 is winding down and so is my painting for this year. This is one I finished on Sunday 30X24 - Vision of the West - acrylic on canvas - and I finished one last night that I will post tomorrow. I am already planning my alphabet series for 2011 - not that the look of the art will change at all - just the titles. I wasn't sure about this one but now that I look at it I really like the subdued coloring and the overall calm feeling. This is a very different color pallet for me as I seem to be painting in neutrals this winter. Maybe I will brighten up for 2011 - that would be a nice change.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Two New Abstract Paintings

These are two new abstracts - the top image is called Standing in the West - acrylic on canvas 22X28. The bottom image is called Dreaming Pool - acrylic on canvas - 24X20. I painted these 2 the other night and am just getting around to posting the photos on my blog. Well they are very different in color and feeling - good thing because sometimes abstracts can all start to look the same. Did some painting today but I am not happy with the painting so far - it is kind of stringy and unorganized - I will work more on it tomorrow it is rather large 36X36 but still needs a lot of work.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Horsing Around - Abstract

This is the painting I did at my Monday night art group - after I finished it and we all were looking at and discussing our work this painting had a very distinct horse shape in it. It was the type of horse you see in the cave paintings. At first I kind of liked it and thought it was interesting and it could stay but after further thought all I could see was the horse - so needless to say the horsey had to go. I painted it out but decided a great name for this painting would be Horsing Around - 30X24 - acrylic on canvas. Monday was the last session for our group for 2010 - I will take off from the group until some time in March - when it is less cold - I am a wintertime sissy.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Silver Lining - Abstract

Another new abstract - this one is called "Silver Lining" - acrylic on canvas 30X30. I cannot believe how many paintings I have completed this year. I went to my Monday night art group last night and I painted a really great abstract. I took some photos but they are still in the camera until later today. I have a name for the painting and an interesting story about the name. I will probably post tomorrow.

So 2010 is coming to an end and I have a great idea for a series for 2011. Since I always have a hard time picking names for my abstracts I am going to start at A and try to go through to Z - picking the names - if I happen to make it to Z I will start back from A again. I am thinking of going to the dictionary and picking one word titles. I think this will be an interesting experiment ; )

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Gray Day Atlantic - Abstract

It is a gray damp day here in NJ - I live about 15 minutes or so from the ocean and I love gray foggy days. I love the color of the water and the flatness of the light. I didn't go have a look at the water today, no time - but this painting reminds me of a gray day at the ocean - it feels cool and damp to me. It does have some strange shapes in it but I can live with that - makes it interesting. It is even cool and damp in the house - I would love a nice fire but all the wood is too wet ; (

Friday, December 10, 2010

Common Threads - Abstract

I painted this smaller abstract yesterday. It is called Common Threads 22X28 acrylic on canvas. I especially like this painting and I painted it in under an hour. Sometimes the best are created quickly. I have painted a lot of canvases this year - I need to see what the actual number is but it has been a productive year - well not so much the summer but since I have come home from PA. My problem is storing all the canvas - when I used to paint on paper this wasn't as much of a problem BUT I love painting on canvas so I can live with the storage problem for now. Need to start selling ; ) I am not a happy camper today - bad case of the blues.

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Slipstream - Abstract

This is another new abstract - a bit smaller - Slipstream 24X20 acrylic on canvas. I think it is about time to squeeze out some new colors - I am getting sick of painting in the neutrals of winter. Maybe some nice hot sunny colors is what I need - it sure has been cold here in NJ this past week and next week more of the same. I think it is going to be a long cold winter - great name for a painting.

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Winter Approaches - New Abstract Painting

I have been sick with a cold for the past few days but still managing to paint. This is one of three new abstracts called "Winter Approaches". It is 30X30 acrylic on canvas. I may hate winter and cold but I love the color or should I say lack of color this time of year - I love the cool and warm grays and I especially love the quality of light. I seem to respond to the colors around me and right now I am loving painting in neutrals especially mixing the grays and using the cool white and off whites. I will be posting the other two paintings soon I like all three.

Sunday, December 05, 2010

360 Tour Of My Studio

So I decided to try my hand at making a video - I thought a good start might be my studio. So you would think if I am going to make a video tour of my studio I would clean it up a bit - no such luck. The video idea was pretty impulsive today and it is not so good, but it is my first try. I think I could have fun doing this with my art work and even the cats - I just hope I get better at it ; ) I have a cold so I sound more nasally than usual - if that is a word??

Friday, December 03, 2010

Holiday Image

So I was thinking of sending out a year end e-newsletter - but I really don't have much news to report and I don't know if that is good or bad. Anyway I am thinking more of an e-holiday/year end greeting. This is the image I created last night. I tested it by sending it to a few friends and am awaiting feedback. The image I am sending is smaller than this one and I may swap out different paintings - not sure yet - but I better decide soon before it is 2011.

Thursday, December 02, 2010

New Abstract

Actually I guess I should say reworked abstract - acrylic on canvas 36X36. This was a painting that was just not working - something about it bothered me, so yesterday I attacked it and the painting above is the result. I am much happier with it now. I felt the original was spotty and this new version holds together so much better - in person it is awesome - it is on the wall of my studio now and looking good. I am painting with some new color combinations - more neutral I guess and I like the results. I think this may be because of the winter and lack of color and the grey days. I love the quality of the light in the winter months and the lack of green - which is not one of my favorite colors to work with. Think I am going to paint today - I am inspired.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Free To Fly - Abstract

Not to be confused with flying for free - nothing is free but aggravation! I painted this new abstract last night - Free To Fly - acrylic on canvas 36X36. I am thinking this might be a break through painting for me because it is closer to where I envision my work going. It has a lot of energy and is light and airy. I love the movement and colors in this one - I sure hope it is not a fluke. I like it so much I submitted it to a show for next year - I hope it gets in I will know in late December.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Between the Tides - Abstract Painting

Here is the latest abstract called "Between The Tides" - acrylic on canvas 24X36. This painting reminds me of looking at a map or the land from above - land and water formations. I like the movement and coloring in this painting it has a nice flow.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Sand Bar - Abstract Painting

I painted this abstract "Sand Bar" a few days ago. It is acrylic on canvas 36X36. I have mixed feelings about it - I wanted to paint a very hi-key painting but ended up adding quite a few dark areas to this one. I am not sure if it is spotty or not but it sure looks good hanging on the wall in my studio - so for now I will leave it be. I just wish I had some direction in my life right now. I am trying to sell one house and buy another - and nothing is happening - so I wait. I also have mixed feelings about my painting - as much as I tout my marketing efforts I wonder if it is worth it. Sometimes I think I should just quit painting, quit making jewelry and just veg out. Life sure would be simpler but would I be happy - I am not sure. During the summer when I am in PA I don't do much - I go to the beach, read, walk and just live - no pressure to paint or create anything - and I am happy there. Or maybe this is just an excuse not to market and approach Galleries - hmmmm. My painting has a lot to do with what type of house I need to buy - I need space to paint - I paint in acrylic on canvas and I paint a lot of canvases - I need room to paint and lots of room to store paintings. If this wasn't an option I could look at smaller, less expensive houses. I am like a dog chasing it's tail ; (

Thursday, November 18, 2010

The Business of Art

As I have said I love to paint but not market. I have come to a point in my artistic career where it is time to take it up a notch or throw in the brushes. Since I have the need to create and painting is what I love to do most I decided to get organized and try my hand at some marketing.

My first step was to buy the book "Starving to Successful" by Jason Horejs. I really love this book and it has given me so many great ideas and tips that I am already starting to implement.

The first thing I wanted to accomplish was to get together a hard copy portfolio. I am pretty good about photographing my finished artwork so I had that step already completed. I bought an Itoya 8 X11 1/2 portfolio to use. I printed out a bunch of my paintings with accompanying info, updated my art bio and artist statement. I printed out my exhibit listing and a few show and newspaper articles. I have to say the portfolio looks pretty impressive. I will also make up some digital portfolios on CD but I wanted a hard copy for myself to have with me in my travels.

I already have a web page and it is up to date with current work. I added a counter/tracker from StatCounter.com to better analyse visitors. It was easy to install, is invisible and does just what I wanted - I am happy and now tracking visitors to my web page - www.jeanhutter.com.

I also want to send out an e-newsletter, I am thinking maybe quarterly. I wanted to add a sign up form to my web page. I created the code to add the form to the contact page of my web site from EmailMeForm. This was easy to install and does just what I want and I am happy with it - who could ask for more ; )

The next and biggest step is to get a handle on my art inventory. I paint on both canvas and paper and have a lot of finished art work. I had some of the paintings in an excel spread sheet but I wanted a bit more control that that. I researched a few Art Inventory products and decided on Flick! - I chose this one for a number of reasons. First it does just what I wanted tracks my art work, a contact list, produces reports and so much more. Some of the other products I looked at had so many features I didn't want or need - they were very complex and expensive - which brings me to the second reason I opted for Flick! - it was only $29.95 - a bargain. I first downloaded a trial version and played with it a bit to see how I liked it - I also downloaded another product to compare - Flick! was my choice. I am slowly entering my artwork - what I love is I can have an image of each piece, I can track where a painting is and has been and do all sorts of neat stuff - I am such a computer geek!!!! Next I will start entering my contact list and a few other odds and ends.

The bottom line here is contacting galleries - so am I procrastinating with all this organization - I don't think so. I feel now is my time - now or never.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Lakeville - New Abstract Painting

This is the other painting from last week. It is acrylic on canvas 30X24 and I LOVE it, I love the colors, the movement, the excitement - well everything. I painted this one rather quickly and I find that the quick ones are usually the best - no time to over think them. This painting is in my Etsy Shop here. I named it Lakeville after a town near my summer house in NE Pennsylvania. I am continuing to add my canvases to my new inventory product which I will blog about tomorrow. I am getting so organized - about time ; ) I also have news about a great exhibit I will be seeing next week - I am so excited - NE Corridor by artist Malcolm Bray. He is my favorite artist right now and I cannot wait to see his work live and in person. I really wish I was going to the opening tomorrow night but I will be seeing the show next Wednesday - probably better, not crowded so I can study the work close up.

Bits and Pieces - Abstract

Another new abstract from last week - gee I have only painted one so far this week - but then again I am into the marketing thing ; ) Really strange color in this one - I thought it might be bordering on "sweet" but somehow I think it works, actually it is quite textured and complex in real life. I have one more from last week to post and need to photo the one from this Monday. I am busy getting my painting inventory under control and I bought a great product to help do this which I will blog about soon - I am loving it. I am entering all the work on canvas first - lot of it but it is a chance to go through all my work and evaluate it. I can't imagine starting the works on paper - oh my - that will be a BIG task.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Rock Lake - New Abstract

Well my marketing efforts are all well and good but I also need to produce art work so I have something to market - get it ; ) This is a small abstract on canvas 18X24 which I finished last week. It is smaller than I like to work but hey I had the canvas. Actually this is my new favorite painting. I love the freedom of the line work and the great color combinations. These are colors I do not usually use and I managed to pack a lot in a small area without it looking too busy. I think it is a fun painting and I named it after a lake in PA. It is in my Etsy Shop here.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Art Guide Book

I have not run away never to be seen or heard from again - not by a long shot. I am alive and well and working on art marketing - yea that's right me "marketing". As you know I love to paint but market not so much and that has got to change. I purchased this book "Starving" to Successful by Jason Horejs from Xanadu Gallery. I am slowly reading the book and highly recommend it. It is full of great advice about selling your art from a real honest to goodness gallery owner. I have learned so much already and am only half way through the book. I have already made a hard copy portfolio of my work and I am getting my painting inventory in order. Next I will be creating a mailing list and USING it. A few other things I want to get started is an e-newsletter, networking, entering more shows both physical and on-line, maybe an open house at my studio and doing some realistic gallery research. This book was just what I needed to get me moving in the right direction in my marketing efforts - which were nil up until this point. As they say, people are not going to come knocking on your door - you have to get your name and your work out there - so look out art world here comes Jean Hutter- Artist.

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Color Thoughts

I started this painting on Monday night with the Abstract group - it was a disaster. I was not feeling great and had no energy and my painting showed this. I wanted to get back to it right away just to prove I hadn't lost my touch - so yesterday morning I repainted most of what I had done the night before and here is the result - it is called Caravan and is acrylic 30X24 on canvas. I have been thinking lately about my current color choices and how my location affects my use of color. When I was in PA this summer it was so much green, grey and blue and that was the colors I used to paint. Now I am back in NJ and it is fall and the color is glorious - I am painting in orange, golden yellow, pinks, light blue and well much brighter, lighter colors. My paintings feel much happier and are so much more colorful. I am liking this change and I think it is an improvement - I wonder what winter will bring?

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

ABstract EXpressions Gallery

Just a quick post about an amazing art gallery here in NJ. ABstract EXpressions Gallery at 70 High Street, Mount Holly, NJ - was established in 2007 as a venue to showcase the finest contemporary abstract art by regional and national artists.

The Gallery began by displaying abstract paintings and this continues to be its primary focus. In recent months the Gallery's compass has expanded to include ceramics, sculpture, and furniture. Each artist whose works are shown in the Gallery has a distinctly individual vision, yet the objects displayed establish a rapport with each other which is always enjoyable and instructive to explore. The Gallery gives visitors the opportunity to see and study contemporary abstract art exclusively and purchase it for their own collections.

If you are in the Mount Holly area stop in for a visit - you will be happy you did and you will come away with a better understanding and appreciation of abstract painting.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Indian Summer - Abstract

Finished this abstract today - called it Indian Summer. It is acrylic on canvas 24X36. Today was a windy day but still nice - cold front coming in tomorrow and it is suppose to get much cooler so I guess Indian Summer will be over. Lots of leaves still left to fall off our trees - Richie was on leaf blowing duty today - such a major job every year. Halloween tomorrow ; )

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Into Thin Air - Abstract

I finished this abstract painting "Into Thin Air" - acrylic on canvas 22X28 on Sunday. I actually finished 2 paintings Sunday - I was on a roll. I really like this painting and the thing that I find most striking about it is that it has an element of airiness to it. I like the open unencumbered space in this painting. I do not always achieve this feeling and I have to celebrate it when I do. I think the colors also add to the feeling of air - it reminds me of a ski lift high up above the mountains. I have been very busy these past few days and I am actually getting things done - an update to my web page, getting my art inventory updated and adding art to my Etsy Shop and oh yea - doing some great painting too - life is good.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Abstract on Canvas

This is the second painting I did at the Monday night art group. This painting is 24X30 on canvas. It is unusual colors for me - I hardly ever use purple and green and together unheard of! I am painting very well lately I hope this trend lasts. I am reading an article about Richard Diebenkorn it is very interesting - I love his work I would say he is one of my greatest influences these past 3 years or so. I find his work fascinating and could study it endlessly. I always find something new in his paintings.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Abstract - On Canvas

This is one of two paintings I did last night with the Monday night abstract group. I like this a lot - I started this painting in PA over the summer but was never satisfied with it - I am now. I took this photo outside on my deck in the sun today and it is a great photo - the colors are true and that turquoise is very hard to photo. Why have I never taken my photos outside in the sun before - I always took them in the shade - hmmmm the photos I took today are all terrific - see I can still learn something ; ) I love the color and rhythm of this painting it has a nice flow and is easy on the eyes. Some of my newest work is a little raw but not this one - I would love to do 100 more like this one.

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Art Opening at the Noyes Museum

I went to the Noyes Museum of Art last night with my friend Sheila Grabarsky. We are both signature artists at the museum and last night they held a Celebrate the Fall Season Exhibition Opening - talk to exhibiting artists, view exciting new works and enjoy light refreshments. The exhibitions included: the Signature Artists Exhibition; Jacob Landau: Artist and Humanist; Suenos: Contemporary Latin American Art and Srebrenica.

It was a wonderful night - the weather was beautiful and they had a very nice crowd. The outdoor deck overlooking the lake was lit up with candles and lights and was just amazing. The top photo is me and my painting the second Sheila and her painting. I brought my camera and as usual was to busy socializing and forgot to take photos - why is that??

I thought the signature exhibition was very strong - there are some very exciting paintings included this year. I have to say how proud I am to be associated with the Noyes - it is a wonderful, professional museum - well worth the trip to Oceanville for a look. It is very close to Atlantic City for all you gamblers. The exhibit will be on display until November 28, 2010.

Friday, October 08, 2010

Art Buddy

Flying Dog 24" x 36" mixed media © 201 0 Sheila Grabarsky

I can never stress how important it is to have art buddies. I am going to an opening tonight at the Noyes Museum with one of my favorite artist Sheila Grabarsky . Sheila is one of the best painters I know and she is such an inspiration for me. I got an e-mail from her the other day and she was writing about her painting session and she mentioned how great it was going but she knew if she didn't stop that she was probably not going to get to ride her bike, which was very important to her that day. This got me thinking of priorities - something that I am very lax about doing. I think it is wonderful that riding her bike was so important to her - that she was setting time aside to do something that was enjoyable and good for her health. I constantly complain about wasting time, having no time, feeling lousy, not getting anything done - could it be that I do not set priorities and at least TRY to meet them?

Fantasy Garden Series, #5 32" x 32" mixed media © 2010 Sheila Grabarsky

The two paintings in this post are both by Sheila - just a sample of how dynamic and exciting her work is. She is truly one of the most dedicated and professional artists I know and she is also quite successful. I am so looking forward to having dinner, talking art and seeing a great show at the Noyes Museum with my art buddy. Why don't you go take a look at Sheila's web site to see a lot more of her fantastic paintings - ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONIST PAINTINGS by SHEILA GRABARSKY .

Thursday, October 07, 2010

New Abstract

So it's about time I started blogging here again. It seems the summer went by in a blur - a blur of not doing much. I did paint a bit in PA but now that I am home I want to work a little more seriously - and then there is the marketing - sigh!!! This is a painting I started in my Monday night group and finished the next day at home - at least I think it's finished. It is acrylic on canvas 30X40. I guess I will have to live with it for awhile. I have it hanging on my studio wall where I can study it - so far my feeling is it is a pleasant painting, not my usual color choices, not too exciting. I just do not know where the time goes every day - I have so much to do and I am feeling a bit overwhelmed. I had a "TO DO LIST" today with 7 items - my goal cross off 3 - well I ended up crossing off half of a line - not good progress. Sometimes I think if I didn't paint or make jewelry I would be happier - well I would be less pressured. Not sure what the answer is - not sure what the question is either ; ) Opening tomorrow night at the Noyes Museum - I am in the signature members show there.

Monday, August 09, 2010

Abstract and Some Thoughts

This is a new abstract on paper 22X30 acrylic. I thought I would just use up the wet paint on my pallet so I got a blank sheet of watercolor paper and just started painting. I named this one Gravity - which is the name of an area here near the lake. There was a Gravity Railroad in this area in the 1800's. Pretty interesting and a good name for my painting. I like the simplicity of the design and coloring of this painting and it was a good way to use up my paint.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Lake Series Abstract

New abstract Thunderstorm Over The Lake 22X28 on canvas. We have been having a lot of storms this past week - dark skies, thunder, wind and lots of hard rain. I tried to capture this feeling in my painting. I have been painting in such different colors here in PA - it is so green here and that is all I see when I sit on my deck overlooking the lake and when we drive around the roads here - it is very rural and I love it. Painting better than ever this summer.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

New Abstract Lake Series

This is a new abstract in my Lake Series - Mud Pond 24X36 acrylic on canvas. I had a hard time getting a good photo of this painting I am still not thrilled with it but for now it is as good as I am going to get. As I said I am loving this size and shape canvas for the lake paintings. Mud Pond is the very end of Lake Ariel.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Promise Land - New Abstract Painting

This is my latest abstract called Promise Land. I am doing a series of paintings here in PA while we are at the lake. There is a state park and small town named Promise Land near here. This is acrylic on canvas 24X36. I must say I love this size canvas - I am working on another one the same size and I am going to buy a few more this size. I really love this painting and the photo does not do it justice - it is one of the best paintings I have done in a long while. I finished it in less than an hour - sometimes the best ones come together like that - too bad they all don't!

Sunday, July 04, 2010

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Another Abstract Rework

So the bottom painting I kind of thought was done but I just wasn't happy with it - so today I flipped it upside down and went to work on it. I am so much happier with it now- this is not the best photo but for now it will have to do - it is much nicer in person!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

New Abstract Rework

So I painted the bottom painting and thought I liked it - after a few days of "living with it" I was less thrilled. The top image is the reworked painting and I am so much happier with the new version. I flipped it upside down and reworked the middle and the bottom. I think the top reworked painting is a much more complete statement and I am glad I spent more time on it.

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

New Abstract and my Summer Studio

A new abstract "Birds Eye View" acrylic on paper 22X30 and a picture of my little porch studio. In NJ I have a great studio that I had built on the back of my house here I am limited for space so I am using the side screened in porch - not the best lighting but I do have to paint.

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

New Abstract Painting

So this is the first painting I am working on in my little porch studio. It is a small canvas - the top picture is my start about an hours work. The second picture is the same painting which I worked on today - it is shaping up. I wanted to add more color and integrate the dark blue areas - I need to live with this and see it I feel it needs more work. I think I want to downplay the large X in the bottom right but I am not too sure what else it needs.

Monday, May 31, 2010

PA Studio Set Up

So yesterday I finally set up the side porch in PA so I can do some painting. The light is not great but it is a nice little space to work. My plan for the summer is to paint a Deibenkorn type of series based on the area - the lake, woods and just the feeling of the beautiful country here in NE Pennsylvania. I can't wait to translate my feelings about this place into abstract art. It is very green here from the trees and woods, lots of blue from the lakes and sky and then we have all the amazing rocks - grey and earth toned. I started a small canvas today - just a quick start but I like how it is progressing. I want to spend more time painting these paintings - more thoughtful work, more sophisticated color and good design. I sure hope I am up for this challenge.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

More Abstracts

Painted these two yesterday. These are on paper as well, both acrylic, the top painting 22X30 the bottom 26X22. I am having fun and painting well - I guess I better plan an exhibit on paper cause I sure have a lot of them. I hate to show on paper as I have to mat and frame them - a job I hate. When I get up to PA I can start painting a bit more on canvas.

Saturday, May 08, 2010

Two More Abstracts

I painted again this afternoon. The results are these 2 abstracts - the first acrylic on paper 26X22 and the second acrylic on paper 22X30. I have been working exclusively on paper - why?? - because all my canvases are in PA and I am in NJ. I did go over to Michael's today and treated myself to some new brushes - hey I would have liked a donut but the brushes will have to do. I will give then a try out tomorrow.