Florida painter, Everglades, Marco Island, artist Jo-Ann Sanborn

4/17/14

Acrylic brushes, and Edge of the Gulf daily painting by Everglades artist Jo-Ann Sanborn

Edge of the Gulf, 2014, Jo-Ann Sanborn
acrylic on board, 7"x5" Sold


I’ve been putting off talking about brushes because I treat mine so badly.  Hog Bristle is my brush of choice, and I often scrub with them and use them until they’ve been worn down into a whole new shape! 

Brushes come in many sizes and types.  Both synthetic and natural bristle brushes are great for acrylic, and each has its advantages.  Natural bristle brushes are best for soft edges and drybrush, and synthetics hold a lot of paint but  generally make harder edges.  I personally like brights, a rather square brush with shorter bristles because they’re a little stiffer than longer bristled flats, great for scrubbing, but as Emil Gruppe would say, “why pay for less, since you’ll eventually wear it down anyway!”  A couple of rounds are good too, since they are versatile and very responsive to your arm and hand movements in the early stages of a painting.  

As you become familiar with different brushes you will probably only use only a few favorites most of the time.  But for some people, it’s almost like shoes and you can never have enough.  If you do collect a few of each kind and you will occasionally find uses for most of them.  Before ordering brushes, go to an art supply store and hold and feel a number of brushes to see what feels best in your hand.  If you are just staring out, you can get by with a few flats and filberts, and a rigger, or thin, pointed brush for signing paintings. 
                       

Start your block-out with the largest brush you can and work over the whole canvas.  You can decrease in brush size as the painting progresses.  It’s always a mistake to get tied up nitty-gritty small brush details before you have developed the underlying character of the painting.  

4/15/14

Flor500, and Joewood by Jo-Ann Sanborn

Joewood, 2014, Jo-Ann Sanborn
acrylic on canvas, 12"x16"

This  painting was done for Flor500, a participatory project created by Miami artist Xavier Cortada, and combines art, nature, and a history project.  You can find out more about the project here.

As part of this project, 500 scientists named 500 wildflowers that grew in our state 500 years ago, and 500 artist were asked to depict them.  Joewood grows along the barrier islands in Collier County, and I chose it because if it's delicate flower and the name, similar to mine.

You can see the southwest Florida artists here.  I took number 376, and you can see the painting  and more about the flower here.

In conjunction with the Florida Native Plant Society Conference, the paintings will be on display at the FGCU gallery from May 17-June 13, with a reception on May 17.  Should be fun.  

4/12/14

Studio on the Esplanade, and Cold Day, daily painting by Everglades artist Jo-Ann Sanborn

Cold Day, 2014, Jo-Ann Sanborn
acrylic on board, 5"x7"

After being offered a one-year lease for my Esplanade studio the past two years, it was a surprise when the Esplanade leasing agent requested a three or five year lease.  I thought it over carefully, and as Dreama Tolle Perry would say, put on my big girl panties, and responded positively to a three-year lease request.  

THEN, was totally taken aback to receive a phone call telling me that my lease would not be renewed.  Not because I'm not a good tenant--"you are a model tenant, I was told--but because Sunshine Studios did not "fit the profile" of the vision of some marketing people up in Maryland, where the owners of the Esplanade reside.  They think someone selling soft goods or sunglasses would be more appropriate in the space.  

I became mildly (wildly?) hysterical as undesirable options flashed through my brain. Where would I go?  Was it time to retire?  How could they evict me without even giving me first refusal? What about the Everglades? Didn't they see the value of art?  Didn't my gallery provide diversity and interest?  What to do, what to do?  

The space is a perfect size for one artist.  It's a good fit, and I love it.  I'm not ready to retire!  After 24 hours of weighing and rejecting a number of options, I visited some of the other Esplanade tenants and asked them if they appreciated having me as a neighbor, would they, please, put in a good word for me. They DID, and I'm very grateful to them.  Then I called the leasing agent and calmly requested a reconsideration of their decision.  

Granted.  Reprieve.  Now I'm busy writing a marketing plan to show that my being in the space makes sense for their business as well as my own.  It will be presented to unknown people in a far-away place as a request to become an exception to their plan. I've got my fingers crossed, and I'll keep you posted!  

4/7/14

900th Post! Journey, painting by Everglades artist Jo-Ann Sanborn

Journey, 2014, Jo-Ann Sanborn
Oil on board, 8"x10"
 

When you get comfortable with the colors on your palette, know what to expect of each one, know how it will react with all the other colors you squeeze out for your working day, and exactly how it will mix, it’s time to add a new color to your palette.  Or perhaps try a whole new palette. 

An artist should never get too comfortable with any materials and methods that allow staying in a comfort zone for too long.  That’s not the job of an artist.  Experiment, try a color, method or material, think about your work with a fresh eye. Comfort equals complacency, and complacency stifles creativity. 

I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately because I’ve been painting the Everglades for a long time now.  Still, after examining my motives, I know I’m not done yet.  I continually see new things, new colors, new forms.  The light continues to be fabulous,  and it intrigues and inspires me.   I don’t copy nature, my paintings come from something deep within me that resonates with this ancient landscape.  The day I feel complacent and the work becomes easy, I’ll try something new. 
 
I feel the same way about this blog.  I started writing in 2007, and today marks my 900th blog post!  When I started there was no Facebook and no Twitter.  Now I use social media to connect with my collectors, and both art and social friends.  But the blog is my web journal and I'm not ready to give it up completely.  I'm not as faithful as when I named it Jo-Ann Sanborn Daily -- what was I thinking??? Still, look for post 901 soon! 

4/4/14

Color Considerations, and Peaceful passage, daily painting by Everglades Artist Jo-Ann Sanborn

Peaceful Passage, 2014, Jo-Ann Sanborn
acrylic on board, 5"x7"
 
 

Color is everywhere today, more color than at any time in the past.  Everyone enjoys color in their home, clothes, and in the objects they use every day.  We relate colors to psychology, and most colors have both a negative and positive connotation.  The way you use color in your painting can set the tone or mood, and provide harmony.  

If you are a painter, considering what colors to use, you may choose a traditional color harmony, such as compliments, triad, or analogous colors, or you may look outside the traditional harmonies as you look for ways to establish a relationship between the objects in your painting.  Here are some points to help with color considerations:
 
          Color can lead you on a visual path

          Repeated colors can provide a rhythm in the painting

          Colors reflect on and off the objects around them

          Either warm or cool colors should be dominant a the painting

          Colors must support each other rather than clash

          Look for a dominant color, a secondary, and an accent in both color and value
 
Hope this helps with your color considerations! 

4/1/14

Don't be Fooled!


Pot of Purple, 2014, Jo-Ann Sanborn
acrylic on board, 5"x7" 
 
I started painting the Everglades twenty years ago.  I fell in love with the light and the bold forms.  Lately I've notice a number of similar paintings, so that several people have mistaken other's paintings for mine.    While imitation is a sincere form of flattery, it also can infringe on copy right issues.  So here are some hints to help you determine an original Sanborn painting:

1.  The color harmonies and compositions that make up my work are unique.   If it doesn't have subtleties and nuances  it may not be and original Sanborn.

2.  I use high quality acrylics, (occasionally small oils) on archival canvas or hardboard, so your paintings will stand up to good use now and survive being handed down later.   

 

3.  My signature frames are almost always gold, unless you custom framing.


4.  "Sanborn" is singed on the front, and since 2005, on the back you'll find "j sanborn," the month and year of completion, and the paiting's title in black charcoal pencil

So, don't be fooled!
 
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Thanks to the collectors and friends came to the season's final tea. The African Red Tea was quite popular. On my new new pin-up board at the studio/gallery there are photos of people with their Sanborn painting. If you want to join in, bring in a photo or send me one to add to the collection.  You'll get a bag with some special tea as long as they last.
 
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As the season draws to a close, I'll miss the many friends and collectors who have visited the studio/gallery. Your kind compliments, and purchases of precious Everglades landscapes  have made me glad to be painting what I love the most.  Thank you!

Have a wonderful Spring, and take a moment to notice all of nature's small wonders!

3/24/14

Spring Sparkle, and You're invited to Tea!

Spring Sparkle, 2014, Jo-Ann Sanborn
acrylic on canvas, 12"x12"
 
You're Invited to Tea!!

 
At the Esplanade, 760 Collier Blvd, Marco Island, FL  34145
 
Hope you can come.  I'm looking forward to seeing you! 

3/17/14

Palm at Dusk, 2013, Jo-Ann Sanborn
acrylic on board, 7"x5"
 
Dusk is a special time of day, a time when nature sometimes surprises us with the gift of natural beauty.  I love to just sit for a moment, sometimes with a glass of tea or wine, and just absorb the beauty in the landscape. 
 
These times can be peaceful and restorative, and give me the energy to do what needs to be done at the end of day.  I encourage you to take a quite moment with nature to feel the energy and joy, and you will be well rewarded.  


3/14/14

Pair of Aces, 2013, Jo-Ann Sanborn
oil on board, 7"x5"
 
 
Thank you for the many requests to play games on Facebook.  I'd love to play with you, but don't have time.  I'm at the studio early almost every morning, and tired by the end of the day! Although I check in with Facebook whenever I can, because I love catching up with you, I'm unable to spend much time there.  So, this pair of palm aces are the winners.  Hope you win, too! 
 
 
 
 

3/12/14

Flirting with a Breeze - March Madness

Flirting with a Breeze, 2013, Jo-Ann Sanborn
acrylic on canvas, 16x20



THE WHITE RABBIT'S VERSES
by: Lewis Carroll (1832-1898)

      HEY told me you had been to her,
      And mentioned me to him;
      She gave me a good character,
      But said I could not swim.
       
      He sent them word I had not gone.
      (We know it to be true.)
      If she should push the matter on,
      What would become of you?
       
      I gave her one, they gave him two,
      You gave us three or more;
      They all returned from him to you,
      Though they were mine before.
       
      If I or she should chance to be
      Involved in this affair,
      He trusts to you to set them free,
      Exactly as we were.
       
      My notion was that you had been
      (Before she had this fit)
      An obstacle that came between
      Him and ourselves and it.
       
      Don't let him know she liked them best,
      For this must ever be
      A secret, kept from all the rest,
      Between yourself and me.
"The White Rabbit's Verses" is reprinted from The Hunting of the Snark and Other Poems and Verses. Lewis Carroll. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1903.

Read more at http://www.poetry-archive.com/c/the_white_rabbits_verses.html#fmS0OI63LbgJ9t8f.99
THE WHITE RABBIT'S VERSES
by: Lewis Carroll (1832-1898)

      HEY told me you had been to her,
      And mentioned me to him;
      She gave me a good character,
      But said I could not swim.
       
      He sent them word I had not gone.
      (We know it to be true.)
      If she should push the matter on,
      What would become of you?
       
      I gave her one, they gave him two,
      You gave us three or more;
      They all returned from him to you,
      Though they were mine before.
       
      If I or she should chance to be
      Involved in this affair,
      He trusts to you to set them free,
      Exactly as we were.
       
      My notion was that you had been
      (Before she had this fit)
      An obstacle that came between
      Him and ourselves and it.
       
      Don't let him know she liked them best,
      For this must ever be
      A secret, kept from all the rest,
      Between yourself and me.
"The White Rabbit's Verses" is reprinted from The Hunting of the Snark and Other Poems and Verses. Lewis Carroll. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1903.

Read more at http://www.poetry-archive.com/c/the_white_rabbits_verses.html#fmS0OI63LbgJ9t8f.99
March Madness!

The number of visitors to the island continues to grow, many coming from the frozen northlands for a bit of sunshine and greenery after a brutal winter in much of the country. It's fun to make new friends and hear their stories.Talk on Marco Island is all about being named the number ONE island to visit in the country, so we are gearing up for even more visitors. Talk about March Madness!

AskArt!
Many thanks and much gratitude to Diana Williams, a fine art appraiser who initiated an artist listing for me on AskArt--The Artist's Blue Book , after visiting my studio last month. There are thousands of artists listed, with information about their lives and work, I'm delighted to be one of them. There's a discussion board on this site allowing additional notices of interest and facts about listed artists. You can see my listing here . Buying or selling of paintings can be done in a separate section of the site.

Additional Hours
My studio/gallery is opened on most Tuesdays, thanks to Holly and Cece, who have been a great help. My occasional studio assistant, Nicholas, helps me frame and ship, and also climbs the high ladder to change light bulbs and focus them on the paintings--a never-ending challenge, since I move things around all the time. Their help allows me to focus more on painting, which I'd much rather do. We'll probably keep to this schedule through April.

Upcoming Events
March 20, 4-5:30 pm. Thursday, is another of my Tea with the Artist - We'll celebrate Spring! As before, we will have tea, and some goodies, and yes, PRIZES. Bring a photo of yourself with one of my paintings to be eligible to win!

2/3/14

Common Threads, 2013, Jo-Ann Sanborn
acrylic on canvas, 16"x12
 
They all look like they could be related.  Dressed similarly and supporting each other, it could be a family.  What do you think?  

1/31/14

Green Depths, 2014, JoAnn Sanborn
oil on board, 7"x5"
 
I'm sure that the cold frozen north has some beautiful days, but give me a little green!  

1/30/14

Update!  As I'm writing, it's pouring rain.  Trying to schedule ahead, and this post was meant for next week when the weather should be lovely.  Today, we'll be dodging raindrops! 
 
 
 
Enjoying the Sun, 2013, Jo-Ann Sanborn
oil on board, 5"x7"
 
So glad for a little warm up! Great time for getting out and about. 
 
 


1/28/14

Winter Morning, and some kids Art, daily painting by Everglades artist Jo-Ann Sanborn

Winter Morning, 2014, Jo-Ann Sanborn
oil on canvas, 5"x7"
 
Chillin'?  A rude joke when the temperatures are hovering around zero and just the thought of a wind chill gives goose bumps.  What ever happened to January thaw
 
My sweet little niece sent me a wonderful snowman, just in case there wasn't enough snow in Florida for me to make my own.  He's a real cutie, just like Elizabeth! 
 
 
My granddaughter, a little older, is also pretty sure it doesn't snow on Marco.  She also knows it's the dry season, but sent me this umbrella just in case. 
 
 
  I was delighted to receive both piece and will treasure them.  Thanks, kids!  

 

1/7/14

Close to the Land, daily painting by Everglades artist Jo-Ann Sanborn

Close to the Land, 2014, Jo-Ann Sanborn
acrylic on board, 5"x7"
 
 
 
Belated Happy New Year to you!
 
Usually I have everything in place to start fresh on January first.  Not this year.  This year I'm running a bit behind.  Oh, I'll catch up.  In the meantime, please bear with me! 



12/10/13

Snowman #12, daily painting by Everglades artist Jo-Ann Sanborn

Snowman #12, 2013, Jo-Ann Sanborn
oil on board, 5"x7"
SOLD
 
 
 
This little guy loves birdsong, so he'll travel across the pond and live in an English garden.

 These are one of a kind, limited edition Snowman, each one signed and dated, and created just for you with love. They come with a gold wood easel for display on a table to brighten your home and make you smile. They are a perfect gift for a beloved child or grandchild, for the person who has everything, as a housewarming gift or as a treat to yourself and can be shipped to you for a small extra charge.

This year's crop of Snowmen will be available in the studio/gallery on Marco Island after November 28, and through my Daily Paintworks gallery . They will be sold on a first come, first served basis. Don't wait!

12/9/13

Snowman #11, daily painting by Everglades artist Jo-Ann Sanborn

Snowman #11, 2013, Jo-Ann Sanborn
oil on board, 5"x7"
 SOLD


Have you completed your holiday decorating?  This little snowman wants to help. 

These are one of a kind, limited edition Snowman, each one signed and dated, and created just for you with love. They come with a gold wood easel for display on a table to brighten your home and make you smile. They are a perfect gift for a beloved child or grandchild, for the person who has everything, as a housewarming gift or as a treat to yourself and can be shipped to you for a small extra charge.

This year's crop of Snowmen will be available in the studio/gallery on Marco Island after November 28, and through my Daily Paintworks gallery . They will be sold on a first come, first served basis. Don't wait!

12/8/13

Snowman #10, daily painting by Everglades artist Jo-Ann Sanborn

Snowman #10, 2013, Jo-Ann Sanborn
oil on board, 5"x7"
SOLD 


Every year there's one who just doesn't fit the mold.  A tropical Santa.  Someone will find him just right for them! 

These are one of a kind, limited edition Snowman, each one signed and dated, and created just for you with love. They come with a gold wood easel for display on a table to brighten your home and make you smile. They are a perfect gift for a beloved child or grandchild, for the person who has everything, as a housewarming gift or as a treat to yourself and can be shipped to you for a small extra charge.

This year's crop of Snowmen will be available in the studio/gallery on Marco Island after November 28, and through my Daily Paintworks gallery . They will be sold on a first come, first served basis. Don't wait!

12/7/13

Snowman #9, daily painting by Everglades artist Jo-Ann Sanborn

 
Snowman #9, 2013, Jo-Ann Sanborn
oil on board, 5"x7"
SOLD
 
 
 
Today's snowman is going to Spain.  Not sure how much snow he'll see in Madrid!   

These are one of a kind, limited edition Snowman, each one signed and dated, and created just for you with love. They come with a gold wood easel for display on a table to brighten your home and make you smile. They are a perfect gift for a beloved child or grandchild, for the person who has everything, as a housewarming gift or as a treat to yourself and can be shipped to you for a small extra charge.

This year's crop of Snowmen will be available in the studio/gallery on Marco Island after November 28, and through my Daily Paintworks gallery . They will be sold on a first come, first served basis. Don't wait!

12/6/13

Snowman #8, daily painting by Everglades artist Jo-Ann Sanborn

Snowman #8, 2013, Jo-Ann Sanborn
oil on board, 5"x7"
 SOLD


Hat's off to you today! 

 These are one of a kind, limited edition Snowman, each one signed and dated, and created just for you with love. They come with a gold wood easel for display on a table to brighten your home and make you smile. They are a perfect gift for a beloved child or grandchild, for the person who has everything, as a housewarming gift or as a treat to yourself and can be shipped to you for a small extra charge.

This year's crop of Snowmen will be available in the studio/gallery on Marco Island after November 28, and through my Daily Paintworks gallery . They will be sold on a first come, first served basis. Don't wait!
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