September 2017 in Review

Paintings I completed this past month

First:  "Try on Politics" 24x36in Oil on Canvas

This painting is the first of the Sweater Series. Its a reflection of the politics that I wore as a child raised in a conservative environment. 

Middle:  "Try on Feminine" 24x24in Oil on Canvas

The second in the Sweater Series is about how I've looked at my own womanhood and tried on different approaches to my own femaleness. 

Last: "Blue Light Noise" 20x24in Oil on Canvas

The final painting in the video is unrelated to the first two. Blue Light Noise is about feeling overwhelmed by the constant internet chatter. 

Check out my video or previous blog posts for more about each of these new pieces. 

 

Choosing a Photo for a Commissioned Portrait

I'm excited to be opening up commissions!  I wanted to give ya'll a few tips on picking the right photo for your portrait. There are exeptions to all of these rules so don't hesitate to email me a photo and I'll give you my honest feedback on whether or not it would be good for a painting. My email is jennygranberry@gmail.com.

Photos to Avoid

Big Smiles

Happy grins are great in photos, but come off strange in paintings. How many famous painted portraits can you think of that have toothy smiles in them? Smiles can be good, but its best to avoid cheesing for the camera sort of pictures.

A cute photo of my dad and sister, but the yellow toned artificial lighting is also not ideal in this photo. Some images are best left as photos.

A cute photo of my dad and sister, but the yellow toned artificial lighting is also not ideal in this photo.

Some images are best left as photos.

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Unflattering or Strange Lighting

You probably are going to naturally gravitate towards well lit photos because they are the most flattering, but still be aware of how shadows play across the face.

I do love the quirky hats, but the lighting does no favors for my little sis and bro.

I do love the quirky hats, but the lighting does no favors for my little sis and bro.

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Low Quality Photos

I can work around some photography issues, but if the photo quality is too poor it won't be usable

The resolution of this photo is fine, but her face is totally in shadows and part of it is cropped out of the image

The resolution of this photo is fine, but her face is totally in shadows and part of it is cropped out of the image

This one is totally pixilated and the face is blown out. Be sure to avoid sending overly edited or filtered photos if at all possible.

This one is totally pixilated and the face is blown out. Be sure to avoid sending overly edited or filtered photos if at all possible.

Here are some nice photos

Well lit, captures personality, flattering.

Well lit, captures personality, flattering.

This would make for a great portrait even with the weird dog face. If she were to email me a less creepy picture of her dog I could combine the 2 photos to make one nice portrait. 

This would make for a great portrait even with the weird dog face. If she were to email me a less creepy picture of her dog I could combine the 2 photos to make one nice portrait. 

An elegant candid. A painting would take this cropped in photo and elevate it to an art piece.

An elegant candid. A painting would take this cropped in photo and elevate it to an art piece.

Well lit with a soft smile. The partial face on the right wouldn't be in the painting.

Well lit with a soft smile. The partial face on the right wouldn't be in the painting.

Straining

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36x36in Oil on Canvas

A special thanks to my little brother who posed for this. Check out all the flexibleness on his website. My statement on this painting is in a video - its the second painting I talk about.

2016 in review

So I wasn't super excited about 2016 until I started updating my website. Seeing all my work together makes me realize that I had a pretty decent creative output. I met a couple major goals in my personal life and had some pretty good times. 

Here's a few highlights from the past year

I started off the new year with the sale of "Bend and Break" to a buyer in Brooklyn.

I started off the new year with the sale of "Bend and Break" to a buyer in Brooklyn.

The color of the under painting and that weird separation of the paint in the bottom hand was unplanned and I tried to replicate it and never could. This painting kicked off my pink/red/coral/vermillion obsession.

The color of the under painting and that weird separation of the paint in the bottom hand was unplanned and I tried to replicate it and never could. This painting kicked off my pink/red/coral/vermillion obsession.

I sold this painting in January at an artist event. I really like this one and was a little sad to see it go. 

I sold this painting in January at an artist event. I really like this one and was a little sad to see it go. 

In April I got this wonderful piece tattooed on my arm by Karina Figueroa. Check out her work: http://lakarina.com/

In April I got this wonderful piece tattooed on my arm by Karina Figueroa. Check out her work: http://lakarina.com/

When I painted this it was like I had turned a corner creatively.

When I painted this it was like I had turned a corner creatively.

 

During the year I went through a bit of a slump where I didn't create any work and I made a few missteps with a few paintings, but over all I've had a pretty productive year especially considering that the house buying and moving process took about 2 months. check out the 2016 section to see all the work!

Last January I started working as a production artist at an events company. This pic is of my favorite project from the year - "street art" cinderblock planters that were used at center pieces on tables. 

Last January I started working as a production artist at an events company. This pic is of my favorite project from the year - "street art" cinderblock planters that were used at center pieces on tables. 

In May my work was displayed at the Black Lagoon Gallery. The painting that was on the postcard sold!

In May my work was displayed at the Black Lagoon Gallery. The painting that was on the postcard sold!

I really connected with this painting. The intensity of the face and the forward leaning pose makes this one of my favorite paintings this year.

I really connected with this painting. The intensity of the face and the forward leaning pose makes this one of my favorite paintings this year.

It doesn't really go with any of my work. I just think its funny.

It doesn't really go with any of my work. I just think its funny.

In October we closed on our first home! 

In October we closed on our first home! 

I created this for my parents. All the flowers are native to New Mexico, where they currently live.

I created this for my parents. All the flowers are native to New Mexico, where they currently live.