Archive for the ‘Creativity’ Category

Copying the Old Masters

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Today I’m sharing a little bit about learning from the Old Masters.

Having been a painter since I was a child I’ve heard many times over the years that the best way to learn about painting is to copy the paintings of the Masters from the past.

To this day I’ve only done a few copies of old master paintings, but each time I’ve learned so much. From the initial composition to the color palette and brushstrokes used. You can gain so much by trying to emulate a painter whose work you admire. This is exactly what all of those Old Masters did; they copied those who came before them. It’s how artists have learned from the beginning of time, as well as being an apprentice. How fun would it be to apprentice under Corot or Degas, or Rembrandt!

This time I recorded some of my steps in my attempt at copying Corot’s the “Springtime of Life”. Enjoy! The original can be seen at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

Initial lay in and drawing

Begin modeling of dress and form

More layers and refining of details

Finished “Springtime of Life” after Corot “Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot 1796-1875″

After completing the “Springtime of Life” by Corot I was inspired to return to a painting I competed several years ago. I wanted to apply some of what I learned from Corot right away.  I added more layers, color, and depth to the landscape.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baby Raccoon Rescue

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

We were preparing for a photo session with my niece and her little boy, my great-nephew, on the studio grounds when I saw something meandering out of the mud at the edge of our pond. As it got closer I realized it was a baby raccoon! I froze as it came by and nuzzled at my ankles, not knowing what it would do when it realized I was wasn’t its mother.  My daughter Allissa, who loves all animals and everything outdoors, decided we should give him a bath to remove the mud and get the flies that were buzzing around its face away. An hour later he was cleaned off and in a baby basket with a blanket.

We finished with our session, playing with our new prop intermittently, and at sessions end we left it outside to see if its mom would return, but after awhile, with no sign of mom, we brought it to the animal rescue center. They told us our little raccoon was probably very sick which is why it was so gentle and friendly. There were many others the same age at the shelter who were very aggressive, so we were thankful our little guy was slightly more sedate. The amazing thing about this whole experience for me was to see my little great nephew who didn’t “know any better” not to be afraid of this raccoon, and the baby raccoon who didn’t “know any better” not to be afraid of Owen; It was a freak of nature that rarely happens in life but was a joy to watch.

We had a prop that probably won’t be available again for any session, but we sure got some fun images! Here are some captured from the day!

 

Unveiling of New Paintings

Thursday, July 5th, 2012


We recently had an unveiling of some of my mixed media paintings compiled from last summer and fall. Doing these mixed media paintings is my favorite part of the business—it allows me the opportunity to combine the portrait sessions and my painting skills for my clients! This particular unveiling consisted of some of my portraits combining photography, digital painting, and oil painting, as well as a few traditional oil paintings. We hosted the small gathering here at the Apple Valley studio, and enjoyed food, wine, music and unveiled the new portraits.

It is such a wonderful process to experience a portrait differently by painting it, as opposed to simply creating the initial image in my camera.  Regardless of the medium, a painting goes through many stages as it emerges. Everything from initial conception—envisioning where it will go—to the finished product, it is a creative process that I truly love.

I painted for many other photographers around the country before opening Jonker Portrait Gallery in 1994. I still do the occasional painting for other photographers and it has always been fun to collaborate with another image-maker.

However, it’s truly freeing to be able to change anything that I want in my work, from colors to composition, in order to guide the viewer’s eye and give the work a sense of feeling. As with any medium, nothing rivals the moment when I know I’ve captured something of the real essence of the subject.

Included in this group also is a painting based off of a family snap-shot of a lost loved one. I really consider it a privilege to do these portraits. Over the years I have had the opportunity to draw or paint quite a few of these, and as I work I ask for divine guidance on the paintings as it has the power to be very therapeutic and healing. It’s a wonderful gift to give to those who have lost a loved one.

To view more of the mixed media or free hand painting visit the paintings section of our website. http://www.jonkerportraitgallery.com/gallery-paintings.php

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“My boyfriend calls me his pin-up”

Friday, June 8th, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On a recent break from school we did a “pin-up” photo-shoot as a gift for my daughter Allissa’s boyfriend Patrick.  “He always calls me his pin-up” she said. So we went to work looking at old vintage pin-up photographs and paintings.  Gil Elvgren  http://www.gilelvgren.com/GE/ was our favorite painter. We loved so many of his images that we had a hard time narrowing down our ideas.  The image above was our end result that Lissa signed like a movie star and gave to Patrick. We created several other sets along the vintage movie star theme and a few of my favorite images are following.  What a fun playtime.  I love doing creative sessions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alternate artistic interpretation