Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Skeleton Marching Band -


Skeleton Marching Band
Acrylic on canvas 
36" x 12"
2016

Cosmic Meditation



Cosmic Meditation
Acrylic on unstretched canvas 
14" x 40"
2016

Unicorn Tapestry


Unicorn Tapestry
Acrylic on unstretched canvas 
36" x 38"
2016

Surrender sunset


Surrender Sunset
Acrylic on unstretched canvas
38" x 36"
2016

Mermaid Skeletons



Mermaid Skeletons
Acrylic and glitter on unstretched canvas
36" x 38"
2016


(Detail below)

Pelican Skeletons


Pelican Skeletons
Acrylic on Unstretched canvas
38" x 26"
2016

Gator skeletons with a Musician skeleton






Gator Skeletons with a Musician Skeleton
Acrylic on unstretched canvas
26" x 36"
2016

(Detail below)

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Portraits of Rivers: Rivers of Colorado

Rivers of Colorado 
36"x24"
Acrylic on canvas
2016



A few months ago my brother, who has relocated to Denver, commissioned me to paint a portrait of the rivers of Colorado.  He liked the idea of working in the colors of the state flag but otherwise I was free to follow my flow when composing this piece.  

I'd been wanting to bring more of an awareness of watersheds into my series of paintings and decided Colorado would be a great region to showcase this way of considering landscape.   Since most of the painting contained the Rocky Mountains it seemed like they should be represented somehow as well.   

While looking up the meaning of the colors in the Colorado state flag I learned (from Wikipedia) that the red represented the ruddy earth, the blue the expansive sky, the yellow is a reference to the mining of gold and the white was the snowy mountains.   

To work with these themes I decided to overlay a topographic relief map on top of the rivers and color highest snow capped peaks with white.  Then I used gradients of color from light to dark to show the descents in elevation.  Finally I divided the map into watersheds by using a different color for each one.  

Up until this point in the progression of my Portraits of Rivers series I had transferred the maps onto canvas freehand using a printout onto which I put a grid and then transferred a drawing of the map into a larger grid that I had penciled onto the canvas.  But the details of the Rocky Mountains proved to be to mighty and I had to use a projector to get the first layer of sketching done.  It made my work go so much faster and I'll probably keep using one for future Portraits of Rivers paintings.  

It was so fun to watch this painting come together.  I first figured out which watershed would be red, yellow and blue.  Then I spent a few weeks working out the colors for the other sections.  

Paintings in this series take me a long time.   I think of them as deep listening exercises as each color changes both the tone and frequency of the whole composition.  I add a color and then need time for it to settle in.  Sometimes I'll get a few pieces of clarity and direction at once but most of these paintings have needed days or weeks of time spent looking at them before I feel ready to continue with their colorful journey.  

This one had a few of those meditative lulls.  
But I scaled this mountainous river project.  
And voila!   
It's done.  



(Detail photo showing the colors on the sides of the canvas)

Friday, August 5, 2016

Elements of the Heart - Earth


Elements of the Heart - Earth
Each 6" x 6"
Acrylic on canvas
2016

Grounding the energy of this project into these designs had me contemplating earthy things like relating, building, growing and interconnectedness.  The copper hearts somehow make each canvas feel rooted and safe. 








Thursday, August 4, 2016

Elements of the Heart - Air


Elements of the Heart - Air
Each 6" x 6"
Acrylic on Canvas
2016

Imagining a canvas of Air brought up whispy thoughts of shimmer and iridescence.  I wanted gestural movement so I worked these backgrounds with a palette knife instead of a brush.  The resulting paint rests mid-dance under a layer of brass colored hearts. 












Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Elements of the Heart - Water



Elements of the Heart - Water
Each 6" x 6"
Acrylic on Canvas
2016

Ripple, bubble, bend, flow.  The variation of movement within water inspired this set of four small paintings.  Cool tones of purple and blue draw me down into the depth of this element.  Silver hearts shimmer and reflect sparkles of love from off the canvas surface. 









Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Elements of the Heart - Fire


Fire Heart Series
Each 6" x 6"
Acrylic on Canvas
2016

Elements of the Heart is a short series of paintings exploring the vibrant energetic core (or heart) of the alchemical/magical elements.   

Over the next week I'm going to produce 4 small canvases each of fire, water, air, earth and ether using the symbol of the heart as a focal point. 

Today heart flame burst forth from my brush.  Inspired I layered color upon color to build landscapes of flame and nestled golden hearts into the warm, flickering colors.  










Sunday, July 10, 2016

2016 Post Festival Season/Mid Summer Sale!!!!!!!!

If there is any of my art work that you would like to buy 
for yourself or someone else simply 
send me an email at JLCampion@gmail.com.  

Shipping will be an extra $10-$30 depending on the size of your order.  
I take payment through PayPal or check. 

Don't see anything that calls to you?  
I'm always happy to talk about commissioning art.  
Again email me.  

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Some of my larger paintings are on "unstretched" canvas.  
If you are not sure how to display work like this here are some tips:

- Simply pin it to the wall like a tapestry
- Art stores, like Michaels, will stretch it on a wood frame for around $30. 
- Take it to a frame store and get it professionaly matted and framed.  

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NOLA Riverbend: Nola Love - $20
Gouache on paper (in plastic frame)
12" x 9"



NOLA Riverbend: French Quarter Grid - $80
Acrylic on Canvas
16" x 12"



Skeleton Musician with Accordion - $30
Acrylic on Canvas
6" x 6"




Skeleton Marching Band - $120
Design based on a state in Armstrong Park
Acrylic on Canvas
24" x 12"



Snake and Skull - $125
Acrylic on Unstretched Canvas
20" x 24"




Cosmic Meditation with Oak Tree - $175
Acrylic on Unstretched Canvas
16" x 40"



(detail) Spanish Moss in the Cosmic Meditation Oak Tree



Mermaid Skeleton - $80
Acrylic on Canvas
12" x 24"




Skeleton Sun Salute - $100
Acrylic on Canvas
24" x 12"



Humble Heart - $40
Acrylic on Canvas
16" x 12"



























Angel Scene - $60
Acrylic on Canvas
12" x 16"




See With Your Heart - $40
Acrylic on Canvas
16" x 12"




It's New Orleans darlin', Learn to dance - $60
Acrylic on Canvas
16" x 20"




Skeleton Jazz Club - $80
Acrylic on Canvas
16" x 20"


ABCs of the Heart - $40 each panel
Acrylic on Canvas Panel
10" x 10"


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The following are sketches and creative experiments I have done over the last few months:

Canvas Banners



Fluer-de-Bee - $40
Canvas, Acrylic, lace, black agate, citrine, beads, hot glue
11" x 13"




Fluer-de-Peace - $50
Canvas, Acrylic, lace, rose quartz, beads, hot glue
13" x 16"



Skelton Musician with Trumpet - $10
Gouache on paper
5" x 5"




Snake and Skull - $20
Gouache on paper (in plastic frame)
9" x 12"




Rose of Gratitude - $20
Gouache on paper (in plastic frame)
9" x 12"





Tumbling Through - $20
Gouache on paper (in plastic frame)
12" x 9"




Walking The Tightrope of my Heartstring - $20
Gouache on paper (in plastic frame)
12" x 9"




River Styx - $20
Gouache on paper (in plastic frame)
9" x 12"







Enter The Cave - $20
Gouache on paper (in plastic frame)
12" x 9"