Friday, April 3, 2009


Strolling Along

You may recognize the above composition from a painting I posted two weeks ago.  In this little painting I used the transparent process using very bright, warm colors.  It didn't start out that way.  

Using the glazing process requires that the painting is completely dry before applying another layer of color.  That's the hard part for me.  Waiting for the paints to dry.  Sometimes it only takes a day.  Other times, depending how thick the underlayers are, it may take up to three days.  The beauty of this process is that the viewer can see two vibrating colors at one time.  Glazing a thin layer of say, orange, over an underlayer of blue gives a particular glow.  That's why I'm moving away from the alla prima process to this painstakingly, long process.  I love the results.  Too bad I'm not a patient person!

Okay, now I have a confession to make.  (It's so embarrassing)  I don't know how to upload, or copy and paste (whatever) two badges I've received lately.  My twentysomethings are in and out of the house like whirlwinds, so I forgot to ask them how to do it.  I was very honored to receive a Lemonade award from Kathleen Krucoff and a Passion for Painting award from Trish Siegel.  I don't want to seem like an ingrate, so can anyone give me some tech advice?   I'm such a right brainer.  No wonder I have bad technology days.


Kathleen Krucoff said...

Hi Janelle!

Love the warmth of this. Beautiful rich colors.

I can provide tech advice for you about the pictures. If you are running on Windows, all you have to do is put your mouse over the image and do a right click. That will open a menu and select Save Image As. That will open up a dialog to let you choose where you want to save the image to your machine. If you have questions, email me on Facebook or my gmail account.

Hope your earrings arrive today!

Janelle Goodwin said...

Hi Kathleen, Thanks so much! I should have asked you to begin with, I guess. I'm still learning so much about the computer world! I'll let you know when my earrings arrive. I'm looking forward to seeing them!

Christine Mercer-Vernon said...

oh i love love love this painting. i know when it hangs under the proper lighting it will glow. sooooo moody and dreamy.

i've always worked this way with oils. funny i'm trying to learn to work alla prima (which is sooo much harder to me).

not sure if this helps you, but Schminke Mussini oil paints have a bit of resin in them that makes them dry much faster. plus they have a big selection of translucent colors, some really beautiful warm oxides you would love. i also use just a bit of gamblin galkyd or neo megilp medium and usually 1-2 days tops for underlayers to dry and 1/2-1 day for trans layers. i always work pretty thin though.

i use them if i am able to work on a painting within 1-2 days or else the paint dries fast on my palette.

hope that helps. :) love that you are trying something new!!

Fábio Cembranelli said...

Hi Janelle...hum..what can I say about your work...I love it. Almost every day I visit your blog. Love your style, an impressionist style with rich colors and contrasts. A powerful artwork.
I hope you understand Kathleen's explanation..yes, you save the image and download it in your blog as one of your paintings . You post a new comment and "download" the saved images as Kathleen wrote...
All the best for you..anything you need, I'll be glad to help you.Hope you understand my English..:-)

Loriann Signori said...

WOW! Janelle, your new painting just radiates with warmth. I had liked the first version, but this one has a special radiance to it! Nice.
And I have to mention...have you tried a blow drier? Not being a patient person myself I use it , not for my unruley hair, but to dry oils and even watercolors quicker. Just set it up on the floor and use whatever it takes to prop up the drier and voilah!

Janelle Goodwin said...

Hi Christine, I'll definitely be checking out the Schminke Mussini oils. I didn't know they were formulated to dry faster. Maybe I should be working thinner. Old habits die hard. I love your recent calla lilies - they're my favorites. Thanks so much for your comments and information!

Hi Fabio, Even though I'm on the computer a lot, there are still things I'm learning. I came late to the game. Your watercolors are magnificent! Thanks so very much for your comments and help. Your English is perfect!

Janelle Goodwin said...

Hi Loriann, A hairdryer? I've never used it to dry oils. But I'll try anything to speed up the process. I'll try it today! Hope your trip to New Mexico was enjoyable. The paintings you did there are amazing. Thanks!

Jala Pfaff said...

Lookin' good!

Karen said...

Hi Janelle, I've looked at this image so many times now...never quite sure what exactly to say except that I find it really intriguing and so beautiful. (that's enough, right?) :)

Celeste Bergin said...

I read your previous post about how you feel you are finding yourself artistically and how if you paint too much detail it doesn't feel authentic to you. I would agree about myself! I like to make some suggestions and let the viewer fill in some of the detail. To me that is a lot more interesting that paintings that have every detail presented in razor sharp focus. We all have something to offer and I am glad you and I are becoming more decisive about how we are painting!...& congratulations on the awards. You deserve them!

Janelle Goodwin said...

Thanks, Jala!

Hi Karen, Are you still in Arizona? The work you've been doing lately is stunning. Thanks!

Hi Celeste, Yes, a simple suggestion speaks volumes, doesn't it? Thanks so much!

Laurel Daniel said...

Your patience is paying off. The colors really are glowing.

jennifer woodburn said...

I love the effect you get with the glazing on this painting. It really glows. I can appreciate what you mean about not having the patience to glaze. I am also an alla prima painter, but I long to attain the glow you are achieving with this one. Lovely!