This month I am working on a project that I describe as a WOW moment. (If you are visiting the valley for a wedding, conference or family experience and wish to record the moment for your guests, Jessel or one of her other Plein Air Artists will attend the event and paint the view. This is an exciting and fascinating way to record important milestones. Contact me for more information). I'm creating something special for a company visiting the valley for a corporate event in April, and I decided to take some pictures as I worked (click to enlarge):
"VERY insightful....good to flip back and forth, focused upon a specific area to see how you developed it. When I see it step by step, it seems so very doable."
It was a light bulb moment for me as a teacher and an artist. I am fascinated myself watching artists create a work of beauty from a blank canvas or piece of paper. When I break the concept up into steps it allows me to see that taking the time to breathe in between stages is exactly how I need to deal with the world around me.
It's hard for me to describe the process of how I paint a piece. I am on auto-pilot most of the time, so having the actual steps in photographs truly allows me to explain myself without words. I do know a few things I can share and that is I look for a balance of color, design, value and light. Each piece of the puzzle of the painting is affected by the piece beside it, so I work to align the palette on the page. All these concepts seem to work in most cases in my art.
I thought you would enjoy seeing the development of a work of art by a few other Jessel Gallery artists. Here are two other artists' progressions and their own words about their processes.