Monday, October 28, 2013

Ochre Blue Gallery opening this saturday shows Jane McKinnon Johnstone monotypes alongside works by Brenda Cirioni, Caroline McCloy and Jennifer Johnston


Join us for the opening reception on Saturday November 2, 6:30-9:30 for "FOUR WAYS HOME" through November 21st at Ochre Blue Gallery, 4 Nason Street, Maynard MA

Gallery hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday - 12–5pm Wednesday & Saturday - 1-5pm

Here is a shot of one of my fourteen horizon pieces Jennifer Johnston has hung along with works by Brenda Cirioni, Caroline McCloy and Jennifer Johnston.

Hope to see you soon, Jane McKinnon Johnstone

Monotype demonstration for Melrose Art Association

Here is a link to video made by Marvin Mendelssohn for the Melrose Art Association of a monotype demonstration I did this spring.

Melrose Arts Presents: Art In Action With Jane McKinnon Johnstone
by Marvin Mendelsson

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Upcoming Printmaking Demonstration for Melrose Arts

I will be doing a printmaking demonstration for Melrose Arts <> on Wednesday March 6 from 7-9 and have been looking through my prints for samples of different printmaking techniques.

Here is a sampler of some different printmaking marks.

From left to right; Drypoint with Chine Colle, Monotype using solvents and brushwork, Two Plate Etching with Line and Coffee Lift Aquatint, Monotype using Brayer Painting, Trace Monotype, Monotype using Stencils/Mask.

Monday, February 4, 2013 is moving over to Word Press, leaving Dreamweaver.

I am patiently (absolutely not patiently - perhaps I should say persistently) changing over my website from Dreamweaver to a WPFolio Two website. So is currently under construction and silly me didn't realize that when I uploaded Word Press to work on my new site it would overwrite my old site on the server. Makes sense - but leaves me with placeholders while I learn how to navigate the new program.

Too many hours have been spent on the computer and not on the press or even in the studio, but I am hoping to have a more flexible and simpler website both for viewers and for me (now know as the administrator!)

The only advantage is to my lovely companion Sophie, who now has me home opening and closing the back deck door every time she decides to check out the squirrels.

Well looks like she is pretty comfortable, but I think it's time for me to check out the squirrels!!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

A view of the Seascape Prints at the Ochre Blue Gallery

Here is a view of the Seascape prints at the Ochre Blue Gallery before I took the show down last Thursday.  It was a great show put together by gallery owner Jennifer Johnston. Thank you to all who visited the show. For those who didn't get a chance to get to Maynard, I have the prints in my studio if you want to visit and take a trip to another time of year.


Monday, January 14, 2013

Gathering artistic inspiration on a warm January Day

Almost sixty degrees in January, I had to take it outside today. A morning walk with my dog and a friend - still overcast but gentle on the skin and lungs. A half hour sketching birds at the feeder from inside the window and then bundling up in fleece on a yard chair to sit as still as possible so that even the timid female cardinal would come to the feeder. Another walk with my dog and husband by the Sudbury River - my feet skittering on top-melted mud - coatless, hatless, gloveless in the now sunny afternoon.

Today is a day I call materials gathering, a sort of artistic grocery shopping without a menu in mind. What looks good, what is plentiful, what meets my craving. I go out empty, ready to receive.
In addition to the immediate joys of inhaling the moist thawing earth-scented air, absorbing the sun on uncovered skin, relaxing shoulders long tensed against the January wind  - my senses are gathering information - shapes, sounds, colors, lines - which will inform or inspire my studio work.

The aching joy of shining wet green moss, vivid in a browned forest floor, the tender pale golden marsh grasses and the red twigged blueberry bushes outlined by the blue water; the fecund rusty red insides of a fallen log spill onto the path, The graphic lines of the breaking ice, the tree shadows, the twisted trunks and cattail fronds. Gathering in, gathering in.

Sitting still in the sun warmed backyard, the whoosh of woodpecker wings over my shoulder, the twitter of sparrows sparring for position on the feeder. The tinted yellow of a goldfinch's throat, the saturated red of the male cardinal against the green spruce, The golden green red breast of the female and her garish orange beak, the bright red cap of the woodpecker and the graphic black and white stripes down his back, The bold blue and black of the blue jay storming all the other birds from the feeder yet scattering seed for the black and white junco's underneath. The jaunty upside down twist of the nuthatch waiting for an available spot on the feeder and the sweet slate blue of the brave titmice who bring their sunflower seeds to the window ledge to eat. Gathering in.

My aesthetic is sharpened, I notice what I notice and why, I like gesture, I like calligraphic lines, I like high contrast, I like simple palettes. I like close ups more than landscapes. I tend to turn the pad and the camera to vertical instead of horizontal. I like inference and association. I like relationship and distinction, I like composition and rhythm.  Some things call for the camera, others a sketch pad, still other things a pause to absorb the gestalt of time and space, inside and out. Some things even insist I carry them home; a tray sized piece of birch bark with bright green moss and lichen and reddish under-bark. I carry it home on one upturned hand. like a waitress carrying a birthday cake  through a busy restaurant. I think of how my brother Bruce would appreciate this piece and how to wrap it for shipment to Colorado. Where is that box and do I have any ... I pull back into the moment and the pale peach beech leaves in a forest of leggy pines. The dog is smiling, my walking partners at peace. Gathering.