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Dawn Over the Rift by janneward
Dawn Over the Rift
Another Skyrim inspired landscape. A very colorful sunrise based on a screenshot posted on tumblr by deaddcombatant and used with kind permission.
I tried to keep a soft texture by using large brushes and thin layers as I built up this work so that the focus was on the color and the clouds, less so on the physical details of the land itself.
oil on canvas 24 x 30
art c. me, J.Ward
Skyrim c. Bethesda
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Autumnal Equinox by janneward
Autumnal Equinox
This is a work I created rather unexpectedly. I like how it turned out. It has a good mix of color and texture which I think reflects the change of seasons from summer to autumn.
I also just really enjoy creating abstract works. It's very soothing and meditative to me to just smear paint about and let it lead me.
14x18 oil on canvas panel
done with the palette knife.
2014 c. J.Ward
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sunrise wip by janneward
sunrise wip
another skyrim landscape in the works. Should be done in two or three more weeks...
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Solstheim Shores by janneward
Solstheim Shores
I feel as though this turned out better than expected. A few areas were giving me some trouble and I think I now have worked through them and gotten a result I can say I'm proud of. I especially like the upper left hand area with the shadows of the trees and the underpainting showing through.
I did use a few screenshots for references.
Skyrim, Solstheim, characters/ locations c. Bethesda.
art c. me
30x40 oil on canvas.
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I found out that there is an art group active near where I live. Membership is reasonable, so I joined. They have open art critiques once a month. Keeping in mind that I haven't had work critiqued since I was in art school it's been....more than 10 yrs. Nerve wracking....But I thought, it might be helpful to getting out of my art rut. I took Profusion, since its a small piece and I'm done with it so I don't actually care what anyone had to say about it.(in case no one had anything constructive to say)

I don't know if I'll keep going. It was a bunch of old white folks who are all very wealthy and do nothing in their retirement but travel and pay for art classes. One guy must have been in his eighties and he does some photography and then edits it digitally. He fell asleep at table. Another guy spent half an hour of the two hour session talking about this watercolor painting he had brought in that he had learned to do from a famous painter on the beach in Italy and how it wasn't as good as that painters work. Call me jaded but hearing about someone else's priviliges does nothing for my understanding of art or improvement.

If I do go again, I am going to have to dress nicer. I got a few disapproving looks for shredded jeans, knee high boots and my long sleeve shirt. Plus my jewelry was all from Target and not an actual Jeweler and I think they could tell.
(What can you do, that's the north side of Chicago for ya- very $$$)

But they did see everything in my work that I had wanted people to see, and they could actually talk about art some so I may give it another shot. Although there is one woman there I expect not to get along with. She hardly spoke at all but when she did it was to go on a rant about how modern art shouldn't be in museums because it isn't really art- no talent. She struck me as being very elitist, which I am not at all, so I think we will not have much in common.(she was the primary disapproving looker)
I have four more weeks until the next one, I'll see what happens in the meantime.
Where do you go for feedback on your work?
  • Mood: Relief
  • Listening to: Fitz and the Tantrums
  • Reading: rereading The Name of the Wind
  • Playing: skyrim
  • Eating: muffins
  • Drinking: orange juice
I found out that there is an art group active near where I live. Membership is reasonable, so I joined. They have open art critiques once a month. Keeping in mind that I haven't had work critiqued since I was in art school it's been....more than 10 yrs. Nerve wracking....But I thought, it might be helpful to getting out of my art rut. I took Profusion, since its a small piece and I'm done with it so I don't actually care what anyone had to say about it.(in case no one had anything constructive to say)

I don't know if I'll keep going. It was a bunch of old white folks who are all very wealthy and do nothing in their retirement but travel and pay for art classes. One guy must have been in his eighties and he does some photography and then edits it digitally. He fell asleep at table. Another guy spent half an hour of the two hour session talking about this watercolor painting he had brought in that he had learned to do from a famous painter on the beach in Italy and how it wasn't as good as that painters work. Call me jaded but hearing about someone else's priviliges does nothing for my understanding of art or improvement.

If I do go again, I am going to have to dress nicer. I got a few disapproving looks for shredded jeans, knee high boots and my long sleeve shirt. Plus my jewelry was all from Target and not an actual Jeweler and I think they could tell.
(What can you do, that's the north side of Chicago for ya- very $$$)

But they did see everything in my work that I had wanted people to see, and they could actually talk about art some so I may give it another shot. Although there is one woman there I expect not to get along with. She hardly spoke at all but when she did it was to go on a rant about how modern art shouldn't be in museums because it isn't really art- no talent. She struck me as being very elitist, which I am not at all, so I think we will not have much in common.(she was the primary disapproving looker)
I have four more weeks until the next one, I'll see what happens in the meantime.
Where do you go for feedback on your work?
  • Mood: Relief
  • Listening to: Fitz and the Tantrums
  • Reading: rereading The Name of the Wind
  • Playing: skyrim
  • Eating: muffins
  • Drinking: orange juice

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Jenny Ward
Artist | Hobbyist | Traditional Art
United States
I am a 35 yr old pc gaming, cat inheriting, book nerd! I used to practice western martial arts. I am a fair hand at painting and drawing.

When I was in high school, my friends made me watch the entire Star Wars trilogy in one sitting. It introduced me to the fantastic realm of possibilities that is fan art in Fantasy and Sci- Fi.. I was hooked. From there I became interested in comic books.
I studied Illustration at Columbia College in Chicago until I dropped out. I wasn't out going enough to be a professional artist. I continue doing art now because its something I love and want to improve at but on my own terms this time around.
Anyone interested in commissions or purchasing an original please send me a note-
I'm also on tumblr- adragonatemyart.tumblr.com/

Please do not steal my work- IT IS COPYRIGHTED. Ask permission.
On art theft:
www.copyright.gov/
www.artbusiness.com/reprosuit.…

Current Residence: Chicago
Favorite genre of music: I'll listen to almost anything.
Operating System: Windows
Shell of choice: I'm out of mine - won't go back
Wallpaper of choice: I would rather paint on the walls..but no one ever lets me.
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RobleskaZeppelin Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for a recent fave! :aww: :happybounce:
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janneward Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are welcome. Nod 
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Thanks much for the +fav Heart 
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YarriK40Simf Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for the fave!!!))))
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janneward Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome!
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YarriK40Simf Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for your comment!!)))
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Shaleene1 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy birthday sweets. Hope you have a great and wonderful day. Balloon Thief happybirthday purpledinosaurX3 birthday cake :squee-love: - PLZ 
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janneward Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks,  Sha! Art and Dragon Age are my plans for the day.... can't go wrong. :D (Big Grin) 
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Shaleene1 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Perfect combination there!
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janneward Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yep. Can't decide if I wanna draw or paint tho....
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