a brief look at my story Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Jo was at school with daughters of Peron’s generals, learning early the value of discretion Moving to Peru before the revolution, she went on to high school in Ottawa,ON. Back in Lima, Jo began painting, fascinated by pre-Inca textile and pottery designs, working withContinue reading “about Jo”
Animals Many artists play with a variety of subjects but, in the interest of developing a professional image, we are almost forced to choose one aspect for our focus. I work best immersing myself in something for 3-5 years before moving on. As a studio needs to make money, at one time I did animalContinue reading “Studio Life”
Multi-colours vs monochromatic lines Imagining Sunflowers: Happily immersing myself in the flow of a pen, pencil or brush across paper, I love to draw. This flower piece is done with one simple black roller pen. Barely touching the paper with feather strokes produces grey areas; shading on leaf lower right is achieved with a littleContinue reading “Drawing”
Working methods My paintings grow from a simple idea into a series. Research often involves a series of small thumbnails. Art school years ingrained my life long working methods, habits which feel comfortable and hard to change. This bird doodle is approx 2 by 3 inches, similar in size to others on this page. HereContinue reading “Studio Habits”
Last week’s blog explored the value of habits and thumbnails … here are some more
Trees: Ponderosa Pine The pines in the Okanagan valley are mostly ponderosa, with reddish heavily textured trunks and twisting branches. I have always loved drawing trees, from the imported pines in Sierra de la Ventana, Argentina to old olive trees in the Bosque in Lima, Peru. (drawings shown here are from an Okanagan sketch book.)
Studio Life: I often travel with a 3-5 felt pens or coloured pencils. Designs using two colours On a long airplane flight, I sat thinking about workshop I was going to give. The flight attendant spoke to me in a strange way but I was absorbed by my thoughts. When she brought my meal, sheContinue reading “Travelling”
Studio Life Exploring the inter-relationship of shapes is endlessly fascinating. Here are a series of quick watercolours of trees in autumn with simply colours and shapes.
Studio Life Sometimes I sketch for shapes, patterns or moods. It’s always fun to add colour and notes. These three drawings from different places in the valley are similar in shape.
Studio Methods Painting near water is magigal. Dappled light, flickering reflections, ever changing shadows and colours. When not working on a project, I fill sketchbooks with quick studies, a habit left over from art school. In public places, figures add to the story. People are quick to sense being watched; quickly capturing an image isContinue reading “Okanagan BC”