Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Finally "You're My Cousin Buddy" is finished!

"You're My Cousin Buddy" by Julie Jacobsen

I know this took me a long long time but you have to understand that I had so many things going on
at home that I just couldn't quite get it done.  One of the things was another painting that I did for my husband's nephew's wedding present.  Once I completed that I was able to get back to this project.

Now, I don't know if I have mentioned this before but I painted this on a wrap around canvas.  So I had to continue the painting onto each side.  More work on that end but the best part is I won't have to frame it.  It's ready to hang!  Yay!

I really love this painting as I feel like it's a good composition.  It keeps your eye wondering around in a circle.  It's unified in all ways.  These are my grandchildren, Brandon and Kyra, and I love them too!   It's an intimate portrait showing their bond with each other.  That makes for a successful painting, I think.  I accomplished what I set out to do.  I also left this a little rougher than my usual portraits.  I wanted it to be more painterly.

Now it's onto the next project:  another small wedding painting for my husband's brother that got married last year.   Oh and I'll have to post the other one that was completed.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Sorry I have been a dud lately!

Hi there!  I feel bad about not getting more on here but when I got my new phone last September my photos stopped transferring over to my computer.  I've got to make an appointment with Apple or something to see what happened.  I'm a bit busy with company right now.  So, I'll get on it as soon as I get settled back to normal.  This most recent painting of Brandon and Kyra is all but done.  So I want to post it and I will.

"It was a Sunny Day-so I decided to Fly" (I think that was my title-hahaha) Julie Jacobsen
I'll correct this later!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

DOODLES! How I love them!

A doodle - Julie Jacobsen

Just a fun little doodle.  I've read some fantasy books lately and that kind of got me in the mood for this.  Another thing I thought about was when the Arboretum started at the University of Utah when my kids were little. It used to be you could walk around the area more freely.  There was a part that was like this.  Actually it was oak trees that surrounded you as you walked through a kind of tunnel of vegetation.  I remember feeling a little on edge each time we went there because it's by Red Butte Canyon and there are a lot of rattlesnakes up there.  We never saw one at that time but I did years later at the more formal gardens-a snake slivering through the beautiful flowers.  Creepy! 

This drawing also reminds me of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow".  Can you see the tree stump that almost looks like a man?  Hmmmm.  Eerie, right?

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Brandon and Kyra-taking shape

Brandon and Kyra

Now they're looking more and more like my sweet grandchildren!  I bet you don't know what's going to be in the background.  I'll give you a hint.  It's usually recognized as beautiful and very picturesque.  I know what that's going to be but I'm making choices on the clothes still.  I think Kyra looks pretty in the dark purple but I was thinking of something more 'little girl' looking like white with cherries and Brandon in red for his shirt or a red character of some sort-since red is his favorite color.  Hmmmmm.  Hard choice as I don't want to make this too busy and distracting from the main focal point-the faces.  

Wednesday, March 26, 2014


Brandon and Kyra

Notice the green in the skin?  If you look at your skin you'll see that there's a lot of green.  Generally that's the shadowed and veiny areas.  Brandon's mouth looks weird but that's how things look in this stage.  It didn't take me long to get this far tonight with the skin but it's funny how there are some areas that almost work.  

At this point I'm making choices about the fabric.  Part of me wants to do solid colors to not distract from the composition-the focal point (faces) but the other side of me says, "Boring!"  I think I know what I'm going to do.  They're kids!  They'd naturally be wearing something fun.  So that's what I'm going to do.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014


Brandon and Kyra

So, does Brandon have red hair?  No way.  You'll get to see what's what soon.  I have a plan, like usual, and it takes a while to get things going.  This is just the underpainting.  When I layer the other colors on top I'll leave little peeks of this and that will unify this painting in a way that the casual observer wouldn't notice.  I like to be tricky, you see.

The biggest thing I like about this composition is the way your eye is centered on the most important part-the children's faces.  Neither one is the star because they both are.  My art teacher, Robert Rumel, told me years ago that showing a child's little hands adds so much to a painting.  There's something about them that is so special.  These are 2 little cousins that live on opposite ends of the country and it's rare for them to be together.  So this makes this closeness that they show even more tender.  

The background is going to come about soon and it's going to be very fun!

BRANDON AND KYRA: Okay, I redrew it again......now I'm really starting it

Brandon and Kyra

Well, I know I'm being ridiculously picky but I just didn't feel right about what I had done so far.  I knew I would always look at this painting and think that something just wasn't quite right.  Anyway, now that I've got my rough sketch done I'm starting to get the basics in.

I've planned something fun for this.  I want it to say 'zoo' when it's looked at because that's where they are.  Anyone that knows me knows that I love bright colors.  So this is going to have that but I think I'm going to do a little different style than I normally do.  It's going to be fun!