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Seafoam Pastel Ripples Through the Enchanted Forest

embellished giclee, pastel and charcoal

Hoorah! I am very pleased with my first embellished giclee print 

Back in May, I was pondering whether to add color to the charcoal drawing of a forest. I was yearning to add magical color, but reluctant to give up the elegant black and white drawing... when it occurred to me that I could have both.

After scanning the original drawing at a high resolution (600dpi), I ordered large prints from Imagekind. Two types of paper looked like they might have enough texture to take the Pan Pastels I wanted to use. This one is my favorite, Somerset Velvet, with enough tooth to hold the pastel, with the luxurious feeling of working with a quality watercolor paper - yummy

(I am still working on the second print: too much texture for my taste, and less fun to work with)

Both the paper and ink  are archival quality, and these guys could get really big!  Up to 58 x 44 inches, although I'm not sure my easel would manage that, I'd have to work on the floor. That's it, Lulu is banished from the studio - doggie paws were not the kind of embellished prints I had in mind

I have a notion to do a set of 4 prints to represent the seasons at some point, but I am also taking requests. So please help me out and leave a comment with your favorite color scheme to inspire a creation - one dark color, one mid range and one highlight should be all I need

Description: Burgundy red and seafoam green pastel ripple through the woodland, adding enchanting mystery to forest shadows.

21 x 16 inches , pastel embellished archival giclee print, © Jo Bradney 2010 All Rights Reserved

Black and White Charcoal forest art print from Imagekind

Burgundy and Seafoam Pastel Forest art print from Imagekind

South Orange and Maplewood Studio Tour - June 6th


This year I am looking forward to being part of the South Orange and Maplewood Artists Studio Tour. Even though my actual studio is elsewhere, I have been made an honorary "Maplewoodian" for the day

I am borrowing the porch of a very kind friend to sit and color all day. So come by and feel free to ask any burning questions you may have involving pencil sharpeners and erasers.

No vacuuming, no emptying the trash, no squirrelling away all those things that really have no home BONUS!

A free shuttle bus leaves from South Orange or Maplewood Station at 11am and will make stops throughout the two villages. So Park and Ride, or just hop on the train from NYC Take a look at Nancy Tobin's review in the NY Times Local Edition to help plan your day

DATE : June 6th 11-5pm

PLACE : Maplewood and South Orange, NJ

TICKETS : $7 advance purchase, $10 day of the tour Buy Tickets and Map at :1978 Gallery and The Baird tickets also available on the shuttle bus see the website for full details of ticket locations


Juicy Oil Paintings at the Deli

Bell and Chili - oil painting
Bell and Chili - oil painting

Oh yum, painting again! Such fun

I'm really pleased with the way the show turned out at Maplewood Deli and Grill. The paintings focus on the simple, unadorned beauty of common fruits and vegetables, which works really well with the clean, elegant black and white decor 

juicy red tomatoes - yum
juicy red tomatoes - yum
oil paintings at the deli
oil paintings at the deli
come have lunch with the onions
come have lunch with the onions

See more still life oil paintings in the online gallery and buy art prints and note cards from my gift store

SHOW SPECIAL : free shipping to the US, Worldwide flat shipping $6

Jo Bradney : Recent Oil Paintings Maplewood Deli and Grill 149 Maplewood Avenue Maplewood, NJ 07040

Free Shipping on Giclee Art Prints

It is the first weekend for fluffy blankets and hot chocolate here in the North East. And as I snuggle in, watching the Grand Prix and noodling about the internet, I'm looking around the room thinking we could do with some pictures in here. You might think that an artist would have no wall space left, but I find it hard to decorate with my own work when it keeps coming and going. Plus it's much harder to let it go if I think I own it.

Some pieces are too precious to ever sell - my first colored pencil drawing "Stolen Glimpse" for instance. It's the first thing I see in the morning...well second, after a wet dog nose and early morning wash. And some much loved pictures I have replaced with high quality giclee prints - not quite as lovely as the real thing, but a darn good substitute.

And then I find that my favorite art site, Imagekind, has a free shipping coupon to give me a helping hand with the Fall Clean Up. They must have read my mind.

They have terrific quality giclee prints on paper or canvas and all at very affordable prices. Plus you know that the artists are getting a fair cut too. These guys will even frame it - all I have to do is bang in a nail.

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Here's a little taste of my favorites to get you started

linda plaisted "Loopy"
linda plaisted "Loopy"
briggs - Funk Man
briggs - Funk Man
cbjphoto - Colorful Slot
cbjphoto - Colorful Slot
simona balas - camera dulce (sweet room)
simona balas - camera dulce (sweet room)

And of course - your's truly

jobradney - Tossed Salad
jobradney - Tossed Salad