Thursday, March 30, 2017

Featured Member: Jody Regan

Jody Regan, Oil and Watercolor Painter

"Painting brings me great joy, even when it is a struggle.  Painting connects me with my now-deceased artist grandfather and mother, and with my artist community.  Painting requires intense thinking and concentration, which I love.   Painting is my meditation."


Jody is a long standing member of Girls Just Wanna Paint.  In her 'spare' time, she is a full time math teacher and graduate student, mother, wife and cat-mom from Marshfield, MA. 


While a Mathematics student at Boston College, Jody took a drawing class each semester.  In her 30's, while employed as a software engineer, she started studying painting. She first studied with her mother, an accomplished painter, and then with local artists Diane Scott and John Kilroy.  She taught for a number of years at the North River Arts Society in Marshfield, MA. She also has professional associations with Academic Artists and Lyme Art Association.

An award winning painter, she describes her style as Contemporary Realism, in that her subjects are painted in a representational manner, but she works hard to say what she has to with minimal number of brushstrokes.  Favorite subjects are architecture, Maine and Boston scenery.  She says "My favorite subjects have changed over the years, however, I am always drawn to architecture.  I love the relationship of buildings to one another and to the surrounding sky.  I am excited by the spaces within, between, and surrounding buildings, and their quiet presence above and around the activity and sometimes hubbub of people who use them"


Regarding the tools of her trade Jody loves 
"gessoed fiberboard.  I use several coats of gesso, with a light sanding in between.  I like the way the board pushes back against the brush.  My go-to color is cadmium red light.  Can’t live without it.
Another favorite tool is my no-bleed fine point marker, which I use in my sketchbook before applying watercolor to the drawings.   Sketchbooks are always Aquabee"

Looking toward future plansI am so enthralled with the city lately that I intend to put together a series of Boston paintings, “streetscapes” focused on the everyday scenes we often pass without noticing them.  The juxtaposition of light and dark faces of the buildings is fascinating."


And how she feels about Girls Just Wanna Paint?
I am blessed be associated with this generous, creative, brilliant group of women.  Each of us is very different, with full lives.  Our monthly paintings and meetings are a great joy and connection in my life.  And, with my busy working life, the monthly deadline is a great motivator.  

Find Jody's work here:




Wednesday, March 1, 2017

February 2017 Challenge: "Yearning For Spring"

"Buzzing Bees" 6x8 by Mary Sheehan Winn


Mexico in Winter 
42"x 42" charcoal by Sally Dean 

"Up Early" 9x12 Acrylic by Victoria Chesley Brega


"New Green" 12x12 by Paula V

"And All The Flowers", 14x11, Acrylic by Kelley MacDonald

"Early Spring Garden" oil  9 x 12 by Jody Regan


"You Think You're Yearning For Spring?  How Do You Think I Feel?"
Watercolor by Pamela Copeman

SPRING-WORLDS END Page Pearson Railsback

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

January 2017 Challenge: "Paint a Quote"



"Castle Island Afternoon" by Paula Villanova 12"x12" on panel
"Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing."  -Camille Pissarro



Living the Dream Page Pearson Railsback 48x38
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you've imagined
Henry David Thoreau


"Don't Worry" 22"x28" acrylic and collage on paper by Sally Dean
"Things take the time they take. Don't worry.
How many roads did St. Augustine follow before he became St. Augustine?"
Mary Oliver


"Be A Dreamer" 20x20, Acrylic by Kelley MacDonald
"Every Great Dream Begins With A Dreamer.  Always Remember You Have Within You The Strength, The Patience And The Passion To Reach For The Stars To Change The World." 
- Harriet Tubman


"Angel of the Waters" oil 8x10 by Jeanne MacFarland
"For He will give His angels charge concerning you, to guard you in all your ways"




 "Coming together is a beginning; staying together is process; working together is success" Henry Ford, Oil, 12x12, Pamela Copeman


12"X18" Collage by Victoria Chesley Brega
"When Life Makes You Stumble, Make It Part Of The Dance"



"Connection" 11"X14" Pastel by Margaret Farrell Bruno
"Give time to love, give time to speak, and give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind. And always remember: Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, 
but by the moments that take our breath away."
- George Carlin


"A bee is an exquisite chemist"
 Royal beekeeper to Charles II
8x10 oil on stretched canvas 

"Overlook"  oil  8 x 8 by Jody Regan




"If once you have slept on an island
you'll never be quite the same"  Rachel Field 






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Sunday, January 1, 2017

December Challenge: "Frosty"

"Polar in Blue" 5"x 7" 2 color relief print

"Glaciers" 8x8 Acrylic by Kelley MacDonald


"Last Call"  10 x 10  oil  by Jody Regan


"Small Pond"  Pastel  by Margaret Farrell Bruno

"King of Beers" 12x16 acrylic by Paula Villanova

"Bomb Pop" by Jeanne MacFarland

"Frosty Kisses" by Mary Sheehan Winn


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Thursday, December 1, 2016

November's 2016 Topic: "Looking Down"

                  'From Above" by  Sally Dean  acrylic on textured canvas

"Nantucket Dream" 5x7 Acrylic by Kelley MacDonald

"Thanksgiving Dinner" Oil by Pamela Copeman

"Sunny Side Up" 6x6 acrylic by Mary Sheehan Winn

"Monhegan Coast" 14x18 acrylic by 
Victoria Chesley Brega

 "From the Cliff Above" 8x8 oil  by Jeanne MacFarland


"From Patty's Balcony" (In Progress) by Margaret Farrell Bruno

"Tasty Burger" 18"x24" by Paula Villanova


"Over Oberman's"  oil  6 x 6  by Jody Regan


Tuesday, November 1, 2016

October 2016 Challenge "The Zorn Palette"


Swedish-born artist Anders Zorn (1860 - 1920) often used a limited palette of cadmium red deep, black, yellow ochre and white. This month, GJWP explored the Zorn palette.
"Berkeley and Boylston"  oil 12 x 12 by Jody Regan
 
"Zorn Moon" 6x6 oil by Mary Sheehan Winn


"A Young Woman Reading" 8X8 oil by Jeanne MacFarland

" Provender" 8x8 by Kelley MacDonald

 
"Stylin'" acrylic 11"x14" by Paula Villanova

"may the best woman win"
8"x8"acrylic and collage


ZORN by Page Pearson Railsback

 Inspired by Anders Zorn "In the Studio"
12x12 oil by Pamela Copeman

"Zorn Palette Study" 8x8 oil by Victoria Chesley Brega