An Online Artist's Coop for Artists who Paint on Location
First of all, let me say again what a great site this is. I have enjoyed seeing all of your work and look forward to future networking! My landscape work is primarily done on location en plein…Continue
Started this discussion. Last reply by Jeanean Songco Martin Aug 26, 2011.
Jeanean is a full-time painter and a professional musician. Art and music go hand in hand and compliment each other. She is very active in the arts community with portrait and life drawing groups and conducts plein-air workshops locally in the Mid-Atlantic area and internationally. Plein air workshops abroad include Ireland, England, France and Germany. In June 2012 Maine will be the workshop destination. September 2012 she will return to one of her favorite places Ghost Ranch in Abiquii and Taos New Mexico for the third time. She has taught painting and drawing at The Delaplaine Visual Arts Center , Rockville Arts Place, Hood College, Montgomery College and a 17 year span of teaching every summer at Common Ground on the Hill at McDaniel College in Westminster, MD. Jeanean is constantly striving to improve and refine her skills and looks forward to her next one person show focusing on work done in New Mexico.
ARTIST STATEMENT:“In my work, I try to empathize with the retinal image, to try to find a connection in creating a “felt” sense of structure, form and value. I am a very tonal painter and utilize the value structure to create a sense of drama.I always begin very gestural and loose; trying to get at the inner structure first to re-create the movement inside the form. My marks are results of a building process; strokes building form, creating a sense of depth and three-dimensionality. Color is introduced sometimes gently, inviting the thin washes to come into play or attacking the elusive momentary light condition with alla-prima painting. The thick and juicy stuff of paint is what I love and hope to preserve on the surface. I work towards a contrast of subtle passages with soft tones or rich glazes and strong direct painting continuously building, refining and reducing the image to its essential core."My working method for the landscapes is to paint en plein-air. The small to medium sized works are done alla prima with very little change once brought into the studio. I do make some adjustments and additions but am very cautious not to lose the "freshness" from direct observation. They are "moments in time". I will sometimes return to the same place and the same time of day and weather conditions to continue working on a larger plein-air piece on consecutive days. I have been known to drag really large canvasses out of doors and work on site. I do still enjoy doing that because of the energy in the mark from a direct connection to the "physical experience" that is sometimes lost when working in the studio I also work in the studio from smaller plein-air paintings to create more formal and much larger interpretations. I use my sketchs and photographs for referencing but only after working on the site and being familiar with the landscape can I successfully interpret the forms and especially the color correctly. There is no substitute for actually "being there". The challenge is to keep the same energy and fluid mark that sparked the first impression.
EDUCATION:1975-1980: B.F.A. Cum laude in Painting, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD. . 1972-1974: Prince Georges Community College, Largo Md.
TEACHING AND RELATED HONORS:
2012: Griffin Art Center - Plein Air Painting in the Park
Common Ground on the Hill at McDaniel College - Basic Drawing
201l: Selected for Teaching Studios of Art Plein Air Competition at Sagamore Hill, Exhibition at the Sagamore Hill Oyster Bay Historical Society at the Koenig Center Gallery
2010 Plein air workshops in France May 17-30, New Mexico Sep. 20-30th
2009: Common Ground on the Hill at McDaniel College: week long Plein-air workshop. Private workshops: THREE DAYS - THREE FARMS, completed. PLEIN-AIR NEW MEXICO
2008: Plein air workshops, Ireland, Charleston SC, Tybee Island, GA,
2008-95: Common Ground on the Hill at McDaniel College taught painting and drawing
2007: Plein air workshops Chincoteague Island, Va, Harpers Ferry, WV
2006: Conducts “plein air” landscape workshops on site. Private and group lessons. Monitor for portrait and life drawing groups.
2005: Artist-in-Residence: I-Park, East Haddam, Connecticut
2000: Montgomery College, Rockville, MD. Basic painting. Delaplaine Arts Center, Frederick, MD. Basic painting, Drawing, Pastel
1996-97: Hood College. Landscape Painting1997-93: Rockville Arts Place, Rockville, MD. Basic Drawing, , Life Drawing
1993-95: Montgomery County Adult Education & Recreation Department: Drawing/Painting Artist-in-Residence: Hood College
2012: The Griffin Art Center, Frederick MD Faculty Exhibition
VisArts in Rockville, MD 4-peson show "Here's Looking At You"
Quiet Waters Park - Group Invitational
CGOH Faculty Exhibition Rice Gallery McDaniel College, Westminster, MD
2011 Group Invitational "American Landscapes" MFA Circle Gallery, Annapolis, MD2010
Hagerstown Fine Arts Museum, Maryland Society of Portrait Painters
2009: Arts Barn Portrait Group Show: June CGOH Faculty Exhibition: Rice Gallery, McDaniel College, Westminster, MD July
2008: CGOH Faculty Exhibition: Rice Gallery, McDaniel College, Westminster, MD
2007: Group Invitational: Carroll County Arts Center “Lay of the Land”
2006: Solo Exhibition: “Landscapes & Figures” Carroll Community College, Westminster, MD2006: CGOH, Faculty Exhibition: Rice Gallery, , McDaniel College, Westminster
2005: Solo Exhibition: I-Park, East Haddam, CT2004-1995: Solo and two person exhibits annually: Artist Gallery, Frederick, MD
1995: Group Exhibition: Ximo43, Basel, Switzerland 1994: Faculty Exhibition: Rockville Arts Place1993: Solo Exhibition: Sugar & Frichtl Gallery, Kensington, MD
1992: Group Invitational “Free State” Maryland Artist, Rockville Arts Place, Rockville, MD
1991: Solo Exhibition: Rossig’s Frame Shop, New Market, MD Group Exhibition: Handwork’s Gallery, Kensington, MD
1990: Group Exhibition: Gaithersburg Fine Arts Association (juried show, 2nd place) Group Exhibition: Germantown Art League, Germantown, MD “Two Friends” Jefferson Plaza, Rockville, MD
1989: Solo Exhibition: Frame World, Bethesda, MD
1985: Alumni Exhibition: Prince George’s Community College
NEW AFFILIATIONS :
2012: The Griffin Art Center - New Studio Space/ Instructor
2011: Portrait Society of America , Maryland Federation of Art
2009: The Maryland Society of Portrait Painters
2009: Oil Painters of America
This is an easy and inexpensive carrier. Perfect for travelling and plein air painting.
DIRECTIONS FOR MAKING A PAINTING CARRIER:
1 PIECE OF FOAMCORE (found at art supply stores like Michaels)
Place on a flat surface. Divide foamcore in 1/2. Draw a line down the middle. Measure 1 in on either side of this line, this is wear you will cut into. Using a straight edge and a utility knife cut…
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Just completed my itinerary for my plein air workshop to New Mexico the last two weeks of September 2012. One day will include an "East Meets West" paint out. My group from Maryland/Virginia/Pennsylvania will be spending a glorious day painting on the Sandia Mountains with the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico. Please check out the workshop details on my website:
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