Setting brush and paint to a blank canvas with nothing but an idea and a few references to refer to is challenging but very rewarding as I see the image emerge. The result of an idea and some hours spent immersed in painting, preferably in silence whilst standing before my easel, is a wondrous thing. I find the whole process refreshing and relaxing.
If you were to be there watching, you’d wonder at my sanity as I mutter to myself about whether the colour I’m mixing should be ‘more blue, or no, more red’. I love colours and the way they are affected by light and distance, even another colour close by can leave its mark. I find colour theory fascinating and whenever possible I’m pouring over a colour theory book.
In choosing what I paint, I usually go with something that has some sort of emotional affect on me. In my paintings, I have tried to push the limits of my abilities especially remembering the motto ‘Look twice, paint once and leave well alone.’
Jaana is a busy stay at home mum who has been painting since 2004, but has enjoyed drawing for as long as she can remember. She and her husband Kevin of 23 years and their 5 children have lived in the Lockyer Valley since 1999. Before becoming a mum, Jaana worked as a nurse.
Magicians of Still Life
June 2014 Invitational Exhibition
Still Life Paintings group
sponsored by Solo Exhibition