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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Adirondack chair series

Adirondack Chair #3, oil on 1.5 inch wrapped canvas, 24x20
I love adirondack chairs.  I'm not sure whether it's the sculptural lines of their design or simply the nostalgia of sitting in these chairs and enjoying a summer's eve, but these chairs inspire me.

Adirondack Chair #2, acrylic, 16x20


Adirondack Chair #1, acrylic, 16x20, canvas

Sunday, July 27, 2014

I think this article has some great points.  jana

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Lessons From the Open Studio: Don’t Say No

by Luann Udell

When we fully embrace our art, we show the universe we believe in something—something that celebrates beauty, power, poignancy, love and hope and change for the better. [...]
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Friday, July 25, 2014

Portrait of Native American - in progress


I'm working on my first large portrait -- a 20x16 portrait of a Native American.


I still have some work to do on this painting but it's coming together nicely.  Considering that it's my first large portrait, i'm happy with what's happening on the canvas, so far.  Now i need to be careful not to overwork the painting.  Sometimes less is more.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Saturday at the NC Museum of Art

l to r:  Lisa, Jana, Kris
at the NC Museum of Art
yesterday afternoon

Yesterday spent some time with Lisa and Kris.  Here's a photo of us in front a painting with three trees and two clouds.  It was great to see them again and catch up.   
--- jana

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

SOLD - Jenny Lake and the Tetons, 12x16 oil on canvas panel, studio work

Jenny Lake and the Tetons, 12.x16 on canvas panel, oil, studio work
Sold this painting and it is on its way to a collector in the upper midwest!  Thanks for buying original art work.
 jana van wyk     
 @JanaDVanWyk  #janavanwyk #makebigart #nationalpark #grandtetons   #studioart

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about this painting:

"Jenny Lake and the Tetons" was painted from a photograph I took in Grand Tetons National Park near Jackson, Wyoming, while on vacation with my family....we crossed the lake to begin our hike up the canyon across the lake.

This is an original Expressive oil painting 12x16 inches - one of a kind. The brush strokes are juicy, thick, and colorful. The painting is on a canvas board that is 1/8 inch thick.
To read about my painting adventures visit: www.janavanwyk.blogspot.com and www.highdesertpainters.blogspot.com



Monday, June 23, 2014

I'm looking back today - "Connections #3" - art quilt

Connections #3 - 50" x 24"
hand dyed cotton by artist, hand embellished with embroidery thread, machine-pieced, machine quilted
Jana Van Wyk copyright 2014

My current focus is painting; however, for many years I hand-dyed cotton and created art quilts.  I was an active member of  PAQA-South, the Professional Art Quilters Alliance-South  and helped coordinate the 2006 PAQA-South Conference.

I entered Connections #3 into this juried show:

2007 ARTQUILTSmarkings

April 27 – May 30, 2007  Page Walker Arts & History Center, Cary, North Carolina
Connection #3 was not accepted into this show; my "markings" were the hand embellished markings that I created using embroidery floss.  Looking back and doing a self-critique, I believe one of the reasons it was not accepted is because my markings do not stand out in a photograph.  Remember curators and jurists are only looking a photographs that are usually projected to a screen.
Of course I was disappointed to be rejected. What did I learn from this? 
1) Not getting into shows is simply part of being an artist, get used to it, and move on. 
2) This art quilt now hangs happily in a focal spot between my sunroom and family room.  Visitors see this art as they enter our kitchen.  I displayed it on a wall with a medium dark neutral color and often my friends will say "those colors really pop against that wall".  So simply enjoy your work if it doesn't sell and show.  Maybe this one is meant to stay with me for now.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Looking to the Right - 20x24 - oil on canvas
I was driving north towards Abiqiui, New Mexico in early evening and happened to look right.  What I saw made me pull over the car and take photos.  I painted this based on the photos I took that day.  See the adobe on the far right?

For sale on my online store http://www.janavanwyk.etsy.com

Saturday, June 14, 2014

I've updated my etsy store! www.janavanwyk.etsy.com

Hi everyone!    I've updated my etsy store and it's all stocked up with over 15 paintings!


Over the next few days I'll be posting even more paintings;  the new ones will be BIG ones so stay tuned.  Jana

Purple Hills 11x14 oil painted on location in New Mexico


Friday, November 4, 2011

Wide Open Spaces

Wide Open Spaces   20x24   oil

Painted for my Solo show "Wide Open Spaces" at Duke Raleigh Hospital, Raleigh, NC  - January 15 - March 15, 2012
based on a photograph taken in Colorado

Cottonwood Glory

Cottonwood Glory  16x20   oil
Painted in my studio based on a photograph I took in New Mexico in the autumn.

Autumn Evening

Autumn Evening  16x20   oil
Painted in my studio based on a photograph taken in North Carolina.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Windy Day II

Windy Day II   24x30   oil

Painted for my Solo show "Wide Open Spaces" at Duke Raleigh Hospital, Raleigh, NC  - January 15 - March 15, 2012

Sunday, October 23, 2011

San Geronimo Apple Tree

San Geronimo Apple Tree   16x20    oil

Painted from a photograph taken in Taos, NM in Spring of 2009.  There are apple trees near the San Geronimo Lodge that burst forth in glorious color for only a few days in the Spring.  I didn't get a chance to paint them on location and have been waiting for a time to paint them from my photographs in the studio.  Today was that day.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Along the River

Along the River   16x20    oil
Painted from a photograph taken while we were whitewater rafting on the Snake River in the Grand Tetons National Park.