January 23, 2015 at 7:04 pm (Uncategorized)
Tags: art, artist, beards, glasses, ink, jen tracy, life, men, paint, painter, painting, patreon, portrait, portraits, watercolor
I started a Patreon. Patreon is a way to pay artists to live a lifestyle that enables creating. Most people endeavor to support the arts, but not everyone can afford original paintings. This service allows anyone to offer individual artists like myself financial support for as little as a dollar a month. If you like my paintings, please consider contributing to my account.
For just a dollar a month, I will paint a small watercolor portrait of you. Here are the portraits I have made so far.
Here is the link to my Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/jenthetracy
March 13, 2012 at 5:25 pm (watercolor on paper)
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As my loyal blog follower, you have surely noticed my works’ subject matter has shifted from places to people. This shift has not been easy. I strongly dislike working from photographs, but cannot afford to hire private models. So many of my people paintings have been painted secretly, on trains, at open mics, and in crowded bowling allies.
If I perceive the stranger depicted isn’t paying attention to me (the weirdo with her paints out in public), I will create one of these quick portraits. I do not know these women. They do not know me.
Despite not know these anonymous women, I think the portraits capture a lot of personality. The colors chosen show if the stranger is warmly approachable or distantly cold. Their expressions give a glimpse into their inner characters.
I hope to keep painting portraits. My goal is to soon hire a beautiful stranger to model so I may flesh out one of these wet sketch into a completed piece.
March 2, 2012 at 12:17 am (watercolor on paper)
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This morning I had the privilege of painting the Atlantic City Ballet as they rehearsed. The company’s beauty absolutely stunned me. Their skill, dedication, elegance, and joy truly moved me. It is my deep hope to work with them again.
As this was a rehearsal, I worked as they danced. These sketches are fast, wet, and unrefined.
Click to enlarge images.
February 13, 2012 at 5:56 pm (portrait, Sketches)
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Here are some of my more successful sketches from Asbury Park’s Dr. Sketchy’s session. The gorgeous models were Tricia Pain and Krissi Horan. The theme was Soviet Takeover. Beautiful costumes, and lots of red!
Twenty minute pose with Tricia and Krissi:
Ten minute Krissi pose:
Five minute Tricia poses:
Five minute Krissi poses:
Two minute Tricia pose:
October 21, 2011 at 1:06 am (watercolor on paper)
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Union Square stole my heart. Something about this corner of New York is different. The materialism fades, the cliques meld, and eye contact with strangers is made. If I lived near NYC I would paint this park all the time. This was painted on site, looking down Broadway from the steps of Union Square.
When Honest. Watercolor and ink on cotton paper. 6″ x 5.5″ (15.2cm x 14cm).
The heart of New York is obvious. It’s the people. During my visit I drew residents and tourists alike. Even as an outsider, it was easy to make out who was who. I drew them in parks, in museums, at protests, and on trains. It was my goal to draw fast enough to not get caught. Here are a couple pages of my discreet sketches.