Lucy’s latest paintings. With a sample 4-Part Critique for my online middle school and high school art students at Maine Connnections Academy. We also viewed this museum art demo of two critiques by MPBN: Maine Public Broadcasting System – How to Respond to a Work of Art.

Describe what it is. Example: I made a watercolor painting of six birds on a curved branch that I started three days ago and finished today.The style is pop art. (Everyday things simplified and outlined with exaggerated color).

Analyze the elements and principles of the composition. This art uses shapes, colors, and lines. The leaves are just simple shapes outlined with a contrasting orange color to the green background.  The birds have more color and details than the simple background. There are a lot of curved lines.

Interpret the feelings and meanings. I wanted it to look like the birds were hungry, but they didn’t want the berries hanging on the branch. The mother bird got a bug for them. Two fat birds probably ate berries. One is full and not interested, but the other one that had berries is always hungry and might want to try some bugs too. 

Judge the successes of the piece. I like that the smooth background emphasizes the birds. When I was almost done the edges all looked a tiny bit fuzzy because I used wet cellulose paper, so I outlined the leaves, berries and branches with an orange woodless pencil. I accented some of the birds and branch with a permanent brush marker. This made it look more finished with some contrast and clean edges. I like it much better. 

Inspirations: A calendar (detached, unknown source) with a photograph of the birds on a branch inspired the composition. New materials from Berry’s Stationers (and art supplies!) inspired the orange and black lines. Koh-I-Noor woodless colored pencil and Sakura Pigma brush pen, Canson XL acid free paper and Royal Talens’ Van Gogh watercolors. Lindsay Weirich -The Frugal Crafter inspired the saturated paper technique. (Yes, she lives nearby, but I am just a fan. Maybe I’ll join Lindsay’s Critique Club!)

A small personal card painting inspired by The Nature Conservancy 2020 November Calendar.

Coming Soon: Look for paintings inspired by my new set of Mijello Mission Gold watercolors, Canson Heritage 100% cotton paper sampler (6 sheets quarter sized 300 gsm) 2 hot pressed, 2 cold press, 2 rough), and a new French easel.

Let it Snow!

I probably won’t drive again until spring, and I find that surprisingly liberating. Let it snow!

This is a quick animation project that I did with the students in my Intro to Graphic Design class to practice using Inkscape. Since moving to New England, I am seeing a lot more snow!

Everything that’s Moving is doing it so Slowly

My house is still (so still) waiting closure at the bank. Covid panic dropped my home value in Florida, and raised prices where I might hope to buy or build an art retreat, someday.

On the upside, I am teaching art online to middle and high school every weekday and to my adult students every Saturday. I love my art friends, and they teach me a lot! The kids have a set curriculum, but we adults are practicing portraiture in watercolors. Last year we kept it simple with pen and ink avatars, exploring proportions and mixing skin tones. This year we are adding in sculpting 3d forms with shading.

We play a “Spot the Differences” game to critique why the paintings do or don’t look like the inspiration photographs. We grow when we begin learning things we did not know before. God bless us all.

I am visiting a 200 yr old mountaintop farmhouse this weekend. Photos just are not uploading today, but it is so peaceful here!I am visiting a 200 yr old mountaintop farmhouse this weekend. Photos just are not uploading today, but it is so peaceful here!

Everyone is at Home Here

We took a family trip before everything shut down. A few months later… I can’t imagine breaking up the family to go back. My new normal is having my dad, my grown kids, and cousins nearby.

Stay tuned for the grand opening of my new art retreat in the next year! I’m just hunting up a Maine location to replace my little cabin in Florida.

I am working on teacher certification in my home state, and still teaching my little friends in China, BTW. Everything is online at the moment.

DaDa Teacher: Lucy J
Cambly ESL Teacher: Lucy Jartz

And, if it happens to be snowing out my satellite dish connections… I love painting!

Lucy J gets creative with her online students.
Birds in the Snow

Community Center Student Art Show 2020

My weekly classes at the BOCC Lecanto are going great! The students amaze me with their enthusiasm and creativitity! If you are in the neighborhood, visit the Lakes Region Library to see their art on display.

The cats and bee are mine. The rest are student art by Virginia, Mike, Esther, and Kathy.

Student Art by Jeanne VB, Rita, Rose, and Rowena.
Student Art by Kathy, Linda, and Hilton.
Student Art by Dolores and Esther.

If you have any comments, I will be happy to pass them on to the artists!

What is Lucy doing now?

I am painting plein air in my community.

I also painted a red canoe.

I am teaching online and live classes.

I added video mini lessons to my live classes.

I am decorating for Christmas with my adult children! (I am so thankful that my eldest is visiting too!)

I hope all is well with you too!

A Little Italy, A Little Family History

My mother was adopted by her stepfather as an infant. My aunt is a true Italian by birth. My father’s father is Canadian. I’m a hardy American mix. Until last year I was married to a man who is allergic to garlic…so. I am named after my father’s mother Lucy, and my mother’s aunt Lucia. And I love to paint at Little Italy Deli and Bakery [Inverness, FL] where they make me feel so welcome to paint, to eat, to bring my artistic friends! If you come to eat and can’t decide, order the chalkboard special, because it is always fantastico!

I paint there when I’m free. I cannot apologize for my wonky perspective lines, because I haven’t found a cure for them, yet they refuse be flat. I like that. They’re colorful, creative little mishaps.

My sweet cappuccino.
The house water.
This is my talented co-teacher for Thursday art classes, Virginia.
Virginia’s painting of the restaurant.
Another patron at lunch.

Little Italy Deli & Bakery, 124 N Apopka Ave, Inverness, Florida 34450

Community Fountain

We are so blessed to have such beautiful gathering places in our community. Several families visited the fountain, gazebos, and shops nearby while I painted.

I love how the memories come back when I revisit a painting, even if not depicted specifically. One family had the most lively, sparkling with playfulness, little girl! She painted the fountain too! This is Grace’s painting with water drops from painting at the very edge of the fountain. God bless her! Life is good.

Grace painted this at the water’s edge! She is about 2 years old.

Truck Tats

Just completed a bespoke conversion of an arm tattoo into vinyl adhesive “truck tattoos.”

You can have your art printed onto vinyl vehicle stickers. I designed this painting to complement the truck driver’s recent tattoo.

Stop and Smell the BBQ

I started painting some lovely florals and got a little distracted by The Ice Cream Doctor (and smoking hot BBQ lab out back, with a fire breathing dragon, maybe). They supplied us with cold drinks and flavorful portions of hot and cold temptations. We were not disappointed!

My friend, neighbor, coworker, art student, and On-Call Opinionator decided to sketch the whole shop front! She hasn’t gotten around to painting it yet…Maybe in class Thursday.

Please note: The On-Call Opinionator is an unpaid position. She might tell you my hours are terrible too.

Grandpa Taught Him to Drive

Watercolor painting: A boy on his grandpa's lawn tractor. 

The portrait process from photo, sketches, memories, and the painting.
How quickly they grow up!

The photo does not always match what I see. How strange I thought it was that the camera had captured random branches between us, but missed the changes in his smile. I can omit distracting things, and show the brightness of the day, and how beautiful this boy is to me. This is why we need art, because cameras do not always see what we see… with possible exceptions for truly talented photographers such as Paul Militaru, Cindy Knoke, and Gallivanta.