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New Painting from the studio!
©2017 Jan Fordyce, Outward Ripple, 40x60 oil on canvas


New Painting from the studio!

©2017 Jan Fordyce, Subdued Ripple, 36x60 oil on canvas

For more work visit my website at: www.janfordyce.com

Internet Connection Stories

It is amazing how just having a website can introduce you to some fascinating people. Recently I was contacted by three people from different places around the world doing very different things.

A couple of months ago I received an email from a French photographer who is also fascinated with water. He has a line of photographs of water called aquosites and emailed to share a couple with me which were astonishing very much like my water paintings. Who knew there would be such an interesting connection pursuing the same subject but in a different media? I then looked at his website and was further amazed at how his photographs were so similar to my art. Seems we have a similar interest and eye to translate the subject of water.

I was also contacted recently by a poet here in Colorado who saw my Colorado River paintings online and asked if she could use one to inspire a poem and project at the Telluride Literary Festival as she read her poem. I thought that was a brilliant idea. Who knew a painting could inspire a poet?

The last contact really took me by surprise. I was contacted by a PhD student in astronomy from the University of Amsterdam. He had found one of my paintings by searching “circular waves simulations” on Google. It turns out he wanted to use a water ripple painting for the cover of his thesis titled ” Mass Accretion Rate Fluctuations in Black Hole X-ray Binaries.”  I mentioned to him I had always thought there was a strong relationship between the arts and science and this is what he wrote back:

 “About the link between science and arts (or creative processes in general), black holes were predicted (or “pictured”, if you want) before their discovery. The idea of black hole sounded bizarre even for Einstein, but in the 60’s astronomers observed the first one in the Cygnus constellation. A small story about how imagination goes beyond reality (sometimes).”

“From your blog I guess you are in love with reflection mechanisms. You may be interested about how a black hole changes space time very close to it. It sounds complicated, but close to the black hole light rays are curved, deviated, ‘trapped’ into rings, creating all kind of illusions (standing on a black hole surface you would see your neck in from of you!).  A challenge for every mind (scientific and artistic).”

Pretty interesting how people can find one’s work online and then are motivated enough to contact me and share their stories of finding inspiration in a painting. Art via the internet can truly connect people from all over the world.

Art Exhibition at the Arvada Center

I recently visited the opening to the new exhibition at the Arvada Center called "PaperWorks", in the main gallery. It is a group show of 20 artists who use paper as their artistic medium. The work ranged from cast paper to cut paper and folded paper to handmade paper. I was amazed at the imagination and creativity conveyed in the artist's work. Below are a couple of examples of amazing work.

Also at the center is an exhibition in the Theater Gallery of "Paper on Paper: the Art of Chine-Colle", which encompasses printmakers using the technique of chine-colle in various ways.

In the Upper gallery there is an exhbit of Stan Meyer's work called "Poetic Presence", which included large flat woven artworks out of roofing felt paper.

The Exhibition runs from June 1- Aug. 20, 2017. Gallery hours are Mon.-Fri. 9-6, Sat. 10-6, Sun. 1-5.
The Arvada Center for the Arts is located at 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. Arvada, Co. 80003



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SPRING AND A VISIT TO THE DENVER ART MUSEUM 

JUST SOLD!
Tentative Ripple 36x60 oil on canvas

New Painting from the studio!
©2017 Jan Fordyce, Fleeting Moment, 36x60 oil on canvas

©2017 Jan Fordyce, Shifting Swirl, 40x60 oil on canvas

Above are recent paintings inspired by water's movement and reflected shapes. As spring has finally appeared I look forward to spending time by water as it continually inspires my work and in the studio doing what I love.
 

A Visit to the Denver Art Museum

 Mark Bradford, Realness, mixed media

 Mark Bradford, Realness, mixed media

Mark Bradford, The Edge of Abstraction, mixed media

Mark Bradford, The Edge of Abstraction, mixed media


I had a  recent visit to the Denver Art Museum and was throughly inspired by the show, Shade: Clifford Still and Mark Bradford. Both painters are abstract expresionists, although Clifford Still worked in the 1930's -1970's until his death in 1980. Mark Bradford is a current contemporary artist whose work creates a dialogue with that of Still. Clifford Still worked primarily in black, and so in response to his work Mark Bradford works in black in most of these paintings. Clifford Still used paint while Mark Bradford used paper and mixed media often using a sander as a tool to uncover and expose texture and shapes. The paintings are mesmerizing to look at. It is an exceptional show featuring two great artists. Above are a couple of my favorite pieces from Mark Bradford. 

The exhibition Shade, is at the Denver Art Museum from April 9th-July 16th with the companion show nearby at the Clifford Still Museum.

Denver Art Museum address: 100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy. Denver, Co.
Clifford Still Museum address: 1250 Bannock St. Denver, Co.


Last but not least, Studio Assistant Ellie enjoying the spring weather and a ball toss! Photo by Peter Fordyce

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New Work from the Studio

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NEW WORK FROM THE STUDIO!
 2017

New Painting from the studio!

© 2017 Jan Fordyce, Colliding Ripple 40x60 oil and resin on canvas


This painting was inspired by a trip along the banks of the Colorado River near Moab, Ut. The painting reflects the sky and land colliding together in a swirling ripple.


New painting from the studio!

©2017 Jan Fordyce, Uncovered Discord, 36x60 oil and resin on canvas

This painting was inspired by a trip down the Middle Fork of the Salmon River and the hot springs. It is a layered piece that took many different paths along the way to completion.


©2016 Jan Fordyce, Shifting Fragments, 36x60 oil and resin on canvas
Just sold by Nine dot Arts to a company in Seattle, Wa. Thank you! 


This painting is inspired by fragments of abstract reflections on water. The water in constant movement takes these reflections and breaks them into fragments that are constantly shifting and changing.
 

New Work from the Studio!

I have been spending quite a bit of time in the studio painting and loving the time spent there.  I have been inspired by recent trips on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River, the banks of the Colorado River, to visits to the MOMA in San Francisco and the DAM in Denver, and to the pond just a short walk from my house. Each painting works to open new ideas for the next and a momentum of ideas occurs with the need to express and experiment with those ideas. Sometimes it is hard to narrow down which idea to work on next. Of course, there are always a few paintings that in my mind did not quite work as expected. Luckily, as an oil painter I can paint over those less than satisfying paintings. In doing so it allows for a freedom of knowing that the first painting did not work out so the painting that covers it is not so precious. I can experiment and just see what occurs which is so vital to the creative process. The ability to focus on my painting has created a momentum that is hard to have when painting was second or third in my list of priorities. It is such a gift and treat to have the time to devote to my work and see it grow and thrive. Studio time is something I am very grateful for and I cherish the time to work in the studio.

To see more of my work visit my website at:
http://www.janfordyce.com
 

Studio Assistant Ellie enjoying the snow!


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Save the Arts

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SAVING THE ARTS FOR EVERYONE

MARCH 2017

 

Just Sold! ©Jan Fordyce, Complexity, 30x40 oil on canvas

 

New Painting from the studio!
©2017 Jan Fordyce, Shifting Swirl, 40x60 oil on canvas
 


Saving the Arts for Everyone

I have been involved in the arts from a very young age. I had the opportunity to take art classes and have people around me that supported my passion of making art and seeing art in museums. In many ways I was very lucky. As an art teacher/professor, I have seen many students work hard in the arts and see the importance of art in their communities as a place to view the arts and be involved in the arts. From music to theater, dance, film, literary arts and the visual arts our humanity is enriched. As we look at art history or just history in general, we learn about the past and other cultures from the art that is and was created. 

It saddened me when I learned that the National Endowment for the Arts was going to be eliminated. The NEA was founded in 1965 and has actively provided grants to arts organizations in all 50 states. It supports performances, exhibitions, healing arts and arts education programs as well as festivals and artist residencies. 

The NEA designates that a portion of their funds to every state with regional partnership grants to be allocated to serving underserved communities. For every $1 in grant money, a matching public or private fund can boost that $1 to up to $9, in effect magnifying the impact of the grant.

From the NEA website:( https://www.arts.gov/sites/default/files/nea-quick-facts.pdf )

“A recent examination of NEA direct grants showed that the majority go to small and medium sized organizations, which tend to support projects that benefit audiences that otherwise might not have access to arts programming.”

“A significant percentage of grants go to those who have fewer opportunities to participate in the arts.”

Communities and artists across the country large and small benefit from all of these NEA grants

If you appreciate the arts whether, music concerts, theater, film, going to the art museum or art center or just enjoy the arts period, please join me in letting your voice be heard by calling, emailing or sending a note to your congress person or senator. 

The arts are so important for our humanity.

Around Town

Must see at the Denver Museum of Art, the exhibition Mi Tierra. This exhibit features site specific installations by 13 Latino artists that express experiences of contemporary life in the American West. On view through Oct. 22, 2017. Hours: 10-5 Mon.-Sat. 10-8 Friday. Located at 100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy Denver, Co.

Recent trip to Tucson


A recent trip to Tucson was delightful! We hiked in Sabino Canyon, Mt. biked in the foothills, played tennis, ate amazing food and throughly enjoyed spending time with great friends. Such a great getaway in the middle of winter!

Beautiful Sabino Canyon hike.

Tucson Botanic Gardens!

 Water flowing down the canyon!

Cactus and shadows.


Ellie the studio assistant in deep thought.

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A Visit to S.F. MOMA

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A VISIT TO S.F. MOMA

DECEMBER 2016

 

NEW COMMISSION

©2016 Jan Fordyce, Lyrical 2, 36x72 oil on canvas
Commissioned by art consultants, Nine dot Arts for 1st Bank! Just completed! Thank you!


See more paintings at http://www.janfordyce.com
A VISIT TO S.F. MOMA

This Thanksgiving we had the pleasure of joining our son Matt and his wife Kristin for a fantastic getaway in their hometown of San Francisco. I grew up in the Bay Area so it is a little like going home with memories of my childhood each time I visit S.F. The weather, except for one rainy day was clear and beautiful. They entertained us with amazing restaurants, a yoga workout, walks and sightseeing around town and special times to just sit and chat. On the one rainy day we visited one of my favorite places, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. It has recently reopened after a major renovation and expansion. I looked online and could see there were quite a few shows going on, but had no idea of the depth of the collection of modern art. One of my favorite painters, Gerhard Richter was featured on the 6th floor along with other favorites. His early work is photo realistic and his later work is abstract with layers and layers of paint scraped with a huge squeegee to reveal mesmerizing colors and shapes. Many of his abstract works are large and colorful with a sense of movement and depth through his process of painting. It was such a treat to see his work in person along with many other favorite artists. We each came away with our own shared experiences exploring the museum. Below are few of my favorite artists and artworks.

See a vimeo video on Gerhard Richter https://vimeo.com/36088557

 

Painting by Gerhard Richter

Painting by Gerhard Richter

Painting by Chuck Close

Matt, Kristin and Peter at the Bruce Conner Exhibit

Matt and Kristin after the SFMOMA
We had such a great visit!
Thank you!

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Time to Create

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TIME TO CREATE
OCTOBER 2016

 

New Painting from the studio!
©2016 Jan Fordyce, Hot Water Flow, 36x48 oil on canvas.
 

This painting was inspired by my recent trip on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. At the start of our trip there were quite a few hot springs that were great to soak in after a day on the river.

 
New Painting from the studio!
©2016 Jan Fordyce, Mosaic, 36x60 oil on canvas

This painting was also inspired by the trip on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River and the hot springs. The painting is a close-up view of the hot water creating a mosaic pattern from the surface below and the sunlight above.

Time to Create

Like any creative endeavor, the creative process can be finicky and elusive at times. Some paintings seem to flow out easily and relatively quickly and others put up a fight. I find that when I am trying something new or different the process is slowed down and uncertain. I also find that the longer it takes to create a painting, the focus can change along the way. I might start out with one outcome in mind and then that changes as time goes on and the process continues. Sometimes the indecision makes it harder to figure out what direction to go in and sometimes the idea is harder to execute than thought. A painting may take you in a direction you thought you were not going, and I often find it is just best to be taken on that journey. For better or worse, I find that I have a hard time giving up on a painting. I feel the need to “figure it out” as a problem to be solved. Sometimes it may be wise to let go and move on to another painting. The case in point are two paintings just completed. One painting, Mosaic took many months to complete and in the meantime, Hot Water Flow was started to distract me from the first and possibly come up with some answers as I was painting. Sometimes I am asked how long it takes to complete a painting? It is a hard question to answer as you can see each painting has its own timeline, and each painting that has come before plays into the next painting. The creative process is not necessarily a linear journey, and at times one can get lost, but each painting reflects a process of work, time, patience and focus.

Just Sold!
©2015 Jan Fordyce, Spin, 36x36 oil on canvas.

 

Around Town

A wonderful exhibition:" Expanding the Dialogue Part Two" is on display until November 12th at Space Gallery Denver. The exhibit features 3 abstract painters: Pat Aaron, Monroe Hodder and Haze Diedrich. Here are a couple of amazing paintings by Pat Aaron inspired by her residency to Iceland!
Space Gallery is located at 400 Santa Fe Drive in Denver.

Hours are: Wed.-Fri. 11-5, Sat. 10-3

 

Ellie the studio assistant and another water lover on a hike last summer.

Travels and the Art Experience

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TRAVELS AND THE ART EXPERIENCE
SEPTEMBER 2016

 

©2016 Circular Force, 40"x60" oil on
canvas, Jan Fordyce

Two new painting are in the works! Look for them in the next newsletter!

Travels and the Art Experience

I recently came home from a wonderful trip with my husband, Peter to the historic, art filled, beautiful country of Italy. The trip was filled with new places to experience, food and wine to enjoy and new sites to see. I realized after coming home what an art filled experience the trip was. Of course being an artist some of the experience was sought out, such as seeing The Last Supper in Milan. But, art was apparent in just about every endeavor we encountered. We took a cooking class and learned some of the art of cooking and presentation that is such a part of Italy. They use the best ingredients they can find and cook with care, tradition and in one class with a contemporary flare. 

In our travels, Peter and I came upon a Exhibition of M.C. Esher at a Museum in Milan. He spent quite a bit of time in Italy which influenced his art. The exhibit encompassed many of his famous and recognizable pieces as well as a sense of progression and growth in his work.

In Turin, we went to the Egyptian Museum or Museo Egizio. It contains one of the largest collections of Egyptian artifacts outside of Egypt. The museum is huge and takes you through the history of early Egyptian antiquities. One of my favorite was a long papyrus scroll the length of a long wall. It amazed me that, as a paper object it has survived so many years.

The architecture in each city and town was exquisite. The buildings in Turin were elegant with a French influence. The churches in all of the towns and cities were each different with some offering a simple facade and others large and ornate. The Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi completed in the 1200’s is a marvel of artwork inside the upper and lower church. And of course the Arch of Constantine in the Forum in Rome is an amazing example of Roman architecture. 

We rode bikes through the countryside of Umbria, which was exquisite with small medieval towns and lots of vineyards and olive orchards. Each scene was like a lovely painting just waiting to step into and experience. Each turn in the road offered up the artistic landscape of Italy. 

I think travel offers an artist a peak into the artistic beauty of other countries and cultures. It stirs the creative juices and awakens new possibilities and ideas as it broadens ones personal growth and awareness of the world. I look forward to transferring my new ideas to canvas. We loved our artistic Italian holiday.

From the M.C. Esher exhibition in Milan. An interactive camera that makes the viewer part of the art!

From the Egyptian Museum in Turin.

The Arch of Constantine at the Forum in Rome. 

Cappelacci from our cooking class in Bevanga. We actually made and cooked this dish and then had it for dinner!

The countryside in Umbria and the town of Trevi.

Outside the Palazzo Reale in Milan.

All photos taken by Peter Fordyce.

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Rafting Waters

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RAFTING WATERS

JULY 2016

New painting from the studio!
©2016 Jan Fordyce, Curvilinear Forms, 40"x60" oil on canvas

Rafting the Waters of the Middle Fork of the Salmon River

I had the amazing opportunity to go on a rafting trip down the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in Idaho. It is a pristine section of wild and scenic water where the only way in is on a raft or flying in on a small plane. 

The trip was special in many ways. It was a constant source of inspiration looking at the cool river waters from the raft, and from the shores after a day in the boat. The water is so clear you can see the rocks below as and you float by. The upper section held hot springs to soak in, while the lower section had magnificent falls. The water changed in the shadows and in the sun light, and especially in the rapids where the water roared by and over rocks that bounced us in the air and splashed us with cold clear water. Each day the scenery changed as we traveled 100 miles over six days. The upper section was pine forests some of it burned in earlier fires while the lower section became rugged rocky canyon and sage. Each day held a new vision around each bend in the river.

The Middle Fork of the Salmon River is known for its white water rafting and kayaking and it did not disappoint. Thanks to our amazing and very skilled guides we all hooted and hollered as we went down the rapids smiling and impressed with their skill in maneuvering the rafts. We were blessed with perfect weather and a group of people from all over the U.S. many of whom we did not know but who all became friends by the end of a trip. The magic of the river, the guides and all the new friends and experiences we had made for a trip of a lifetime and inspiration for many paintings to come. I can now say the Middle Fork of the Salmon is my new muse for work ahead.

Photo by Peter Fordyce

Photo by Peter Fordyce

The Middle Fork of the Salmon River in Idaho.

Photo by Peter Fordyce

Photo by Peter Fordyce

The water's edge of the river winding through the canyon.

Looking down at the river. The water is so clear you can see the rocks below. Great inspiration for future paintings.

Photo by Teresa Brooks

Photo by Teresa Brooks

Kayaking in the ducky.

Photo by Peter Fordyce

Photo by Peter Fordyce

 

Looking down at the Middle Fork near the end of the trip.

Around Town

At the Denver Art Museum a must see exhibit: Women of Abstract Expressionism. An inspiring and insightful exhibit of Women Abstract Artists from both the east and west coasts. The first Women abstract exhibit to date! Big, bold and wonderful paintings from some of the best women abstract artists during the height of the movement in the 50's and 60's with names such as Helen Frankenthaler and Joan Mitchell.
The exhibit runs until Sept. 25th.

Around Town
All Colorado Show at the Curtis Arts and Humanities Center is still showing until July 29th. Hope you can stop by and see my painting, Surface Patterns
2349 East Orchard Rd. Greenwood Village, Co. 80121


© 2016 Jan Fordyce, Surface Patterns, 36"x48" oil on canvas

 

 

 

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A Walk by the Pond

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A Walk by the Pond

June 2016

 

©2016 Jan Fordyce, Broken Ripple, 36x48 oil and resin on canvas



©2016 Jan Fordyce, Surface Patterns, 36x48 oil and resin on canvas

This painting was juried into the 33rd Annual All Colorado Show! Many thanks to the juror! The exhibition will be on display from June 11th through July 29th at the Curis Arts and Humanities Center, 2349 E. Orchard Rd. Greenwood Village, Co. 80121. Hours are: Mon.-Fri. 8:30-4:30.

The opening is: June 11th 5:00-7:30. I hope you can come and see all of the wonderful work from Colorado artists.

A Walk by the Pond

Water is the muse for my paintings. Although many of my paintings have been inspired by the Colorado River I have also been inspired by a pond. The pond is less than a mile from my house on the Highline Canal Trail. It is a place I walk my dog Ellie, ride my bike and observe the water and the changing seasons reflected in the water. The pond has no name, but is home to ducks and geese who visit it during migration. The pond is also home to coyotes and foxes that roam around the area. On a recent walk I observed some baby ducks being escorted by their mom as she led them through wonderful spring green colors of the trees and plants around the pond. The pond is a place of solitude, and also a place constantly changing as the seasons and weather transforms the landscape. As I walk around the pond inspiration is everywhere especially in the water. Below are some images from my walk by the pond.

 

 

Ducks, baby geese and the sights of the pond on my walk by the pond.

 

Studio Assistant Ellie enjoying the spring green grass and hoping to play ball.

 

 

 





 

New Sites and Inspiration

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New Sites and Inspiration

MAY 2016

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©2015 Jan Fordyce, Surface Layers, 40x60 oil on canvas
Sold! This painting just found a new home at the CBI Crime Lab in Arvada, Co.



©2016 Jan Fordyce, Surface Patterns, 36x48, oil on canvas, $3800
New from the studio.


©2016 Jan Fordyce, Circular Force, 40x60, oil on canvas, $4200
New from the studio.

 

New Sites and Inspiration 

Over the years, artists have journeyed to different locations for inspiration for their work. Think of the Impressionists traveling to the south of France for the color and light, and Georgia O’Keefe traveling to New Mexico for the southwestern light and landscape.

Recently, I was able to make two short trips to inspire my work and experience a change in landscape and atmosphere. I made a quick trip to Moab, Utah to ride mountain bikes, take in the red rock beauty, and enjoy the Colorado River winding its way through the desert landscape. 

A trip to the desert was a delight with all the cactus in bloom—with colors from yellows to oranges to brilliant reds! The desert warmth and sun warmed my soul and relaxed and slowed down my thoughts as I took in the beauty. I was able to view wonderful artwork and eat delectable southwestern food with good friends.

Even though the trips were short, the getaways were inspiration into different sites and character of land and brought a quick break and inspiration to my work. Now back to painting!
 

 

The Colorado River winding it's way through the red rocks towards Moab, Ut. This river has been a big source of inspiration and imagery for my paintings. It is always a treat to see it's magnificent beauty.


Ellie takes us for a hike. She also takes a swim!

Brilliant cactus colors in bloom! Got to love those bright colors!

Art Around Town

Just visited Space Gallery in Denver and saw a wonderful exhibit called, reMARKable. One of the featured artists is a friend Sangeeta Reddy, who creates beautiful abstract pieces. Her work includes mixed media collage and monotype prints with layers of paint added to make each piece the subtle and engaging.
The show runs until May 14th at Space Gallery, 400 Santa Fe Dr. Denver, Co. Hours are: Wed.-Fri. 11-5, Sat. 11-3.

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Art in our Lives

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ART IN OUR LIVES

MARCH 2016

 

©Jan Fordyce 2016, Fragment Flow, 36x60 oil on canvas


This is the painting from the last newsletter which showed the steps in progress. Completion!


Art in Our Lives

As an artist I love to create art. It is a lifelong pursuit, a passion and a need to express myself and ideas. Once I have created the art the next step is getting it out in the world. I love to see it go into a friends home where I can visit and see it again, but it is also an honor to see it going into a place of business, either corporate or a non-profit, a hotel or a hospital. I love the fact that all of these places think that original art is important to place in their environments. Whether it is for a pleasing designed interior, or for their employees to take pleasure from, or the people that come into the environment all are affected by the art. It amazes me how much art can impact our lives. The art we look at can be calming, beautiful, inspiring, humorous, intriguing, monumental, complicated, adventurous, almost any descriptor one could come up with. Because it is a visual art two different people could come up with very different words or opinions on how the art could affect them very differently. 

Of course the visual arts share this impact with all of the other art forms: literary, music, performing arts, culinary arts, etc. As humans we can derive so much from all of these art forms. In a world that can seem so crazy art is something that one can always find solace in. I feel very fortunate to be a part of the arts and a tiny voice in the world of art.


©2015 Jan Fordyce, Surface Disruption, 40x60 oil on canvas
Installation at TD Ameritrade, Houston, Texas. 

 

©2014 Jan Fordyce, Lyrical Puddle, original painting 24x48 oil on canvas, enlarged as a giclee print to fit in the Westin Hotel in Westminster, Co.

 

©2016 Jan Fordyce, Spiral Ripple, 40x60 oil on canvas, on exhibit at the Arvada Art Center, Arvada, Co.

 

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©2013 Jan Fordyce, A Ripple in Time #1, 36x48 oil on canvas purchase by St. Joseph Hospital Denver, Co.

 

©2013 Jan Fordyce, Momentary Ripple, 24x48 oil on canvas, purchased by Life Long Organ Donation, a non-profit in San Diego, Ca.


It's almost over! The Art of the State 2016 Exhibition at the Arvada Center ends March 27th! A big thanks to all of you who made it up to see the exhibition, if not there is still time. Thanks if you voted for my painting for the Peoples Choice award. The next Art of the State is in 2019!

 

 

 

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The Process of Painting

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THE PROCESS OF PAINTING

FEBUARY 2016

NEW PAINTING FROM THE STUDIO

©2015 Jan Fordyce, Shifting Fragments, 36x60, oil on canvas

NEW PAINTING FROM THE STUDIO
©2015 Jan Fordyce, Circular Force, 40x60 oil on canvas

THE PROCESS OF PAINTING

As I work on the painting process I like to document the steps I take along the way. Below are some steps in a painting I am currently working on. The painting is inspired by a close-up view of water in motion creating swirls and patterns that are somewhat complicated. I was intrigued by the movement creating the patterns in an intricatedesign. As I started the painting I focused on laying out the dark overall pattern that would hold the composition together. I then started adding in the color and glazing color on top of color to build up the transparent water like quality. As you can see, the process is pretty intricate and complicated, but at the same time very mesmerizing to paint. I love getting lost in the process of painting.

STEP 1: On the left is the first step of this painting, laying in the dark values to see the overall design.


STEP 2: On the right some color is being added to the empty white spaces.

STEP 3: On the left a building up of color working from the top of the canvas down and across from right to left as the painting comes to life.


STEP 4: On the right a continuation of color and definition help the painting progress
STEPS TO GO: This painting is not  yet finished. More work is needed in many areas. Usually I spend time observing and making subtle changes for several weeks until the vision for the piece seems to be complete.
I will feature the finished painting in next month's newsletter so stay tuned!

©2015 Jan Fordyce, Spiral Ripple, 40x60, oil on canvas

Around Town
The opening of the Art of the State at the Arvada Center was a huge success! A big thanks to all who were able to come. It was great to see your smiling faces.
At times there was standing room only as the large Arts Center filled with lovers of art. 
The show will be up until March 27th. For the first three week of the show I was the in the lead for the Peoples Choice Award. If you plan to visit the show I would love to have your vote!
Arvada Center for the Arts is located at: 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. Arvada, Co. 80003
Hours are: M-F 9-6, Sat. 10-5, Sun. 1-5

 

Ellie, the Studio Assistant critiquing a painting. What do you think she is thinking?




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Art of the State 2016

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INVITATION TO:
ART OF THE STATE
A Juried Exhibition of Colorado

 

© 2015 Jan Fordyce, Spiral Ripple, 40x60, oil on canvas, juried into the exhibition!


Please join me at the opening reception for, ART OF THE STATE 2016, A JURIED EXHIBITION OF COLORADO at the Arvada Center for the Arts on January 21st from 6:00-9:00.

The show runs from January 21st- March 27th 2016
Hours are: M-F 9-6, Sat. 10-5, Sun. 1-5

The Arvada Center for the Arts is located at:
6901 Wadsworth Blvd. Arvada, Co. 80003


 

 

 

 










 

Abstract Realism

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Abstract Realism

September 2015

©2014 Jan Fordyce, Fragments, 36x48 oil on canvas, $3800


ABSTRACT REALISM

Abstract Realism

A friend recently helped me to come up with the perfect description of my work. She said it was abstract realism. What is that? Well, the abstraction relates to the close-up imagery of water, removing the context of the surrounding environment, and focusing on the patterns, reflections, and movement of water. The realism relates to the identification of water. You see the ripples and patterns that you know as water, so you relate to water as a real subject. What do you see in my work? Let me know. I would love to hear your thoughts.

 

Photos of Water

My work starts with a photo reference. It is very hard to paint water from life as it is constantly moving and I am interested in capturing a moment in time. I (or a friend) toss a rock into the water to create a ripple. I then quickly take photos of the ripple as it moves from the center and flows outward. The photo is then cropped as a close-up to provide the desired

composition. Inevitably, the finished work departs from the photo through the process of painting.
 


A ripple created and photographed for a painting reference.


A close up of water, cropped to focus on the ripple patterns. 

 

EXHIBITION
I am honored to have the painting, Encompassing Ripple, selected for the 2015 Lone Tree Art Expo. The show runs from October 3rd to November 8th with the opening on October 3rd, 3:00-5:00. Lone Tree Arts Center is located on 10075 Commons St. Lone Tree, Co. 80124. Hours are: 10-4 Monday-Friday. Please come by and see the show!

©2015 Jan Fordyce, Encompassing Ripple, 36x48, oil on canvas, $3800



Layers of Color, the Art of Glazing

JAN FORDYCE PAINTINGS
Layers of Color, The Art of Glazing
November 2015

©2015 Jan Fordyce, Spiral Ripple, 40x60, oil on canvas  

This painting was recently juried into the, ART OF THE STATE, show at the Arvada Art Center, Arvada, Co. Show runs from January-March 2016.


©2015 Jan Fordyce, Encompassing Ripple, 36x48, oil on canvas, SOLD
This painting was recently sold to a lovely family in the Denver area. I am thrilled they are so happy with the painting in their home!
 

Layers of Color, The Art of Glazing

As you can probably guess I am in love with color. Color is an important part of my work. Both of the paintings shown above are enhanced with layering color- a process known as glazing. Glazing is a centuries old technique of layering on thin layers of transparent color to build up the color and create a luminescent feel to the painting. Traditionally glazing was done over an underpainting in black and white of the subject. The layers were built up using the the lightest colors first, in paints that were by nature transparent, and then mixed with a medium to thin out the paint. For instance a transparent yellow might be layered on first and left to dry. A transparent layer of blue might be layered over next to create a greenish color. With each layer of transparent color the overall color changes and becomes richer. It is like layers of colored glass- an inner glow is created in the painting. 

This technique comes in handy in painting water. I am trying to achieve a feeling of transparency and glow in the paintings. Instead of starting with a black and white underpainting, I may layer variations of blues or greens on top of each other to create a richness of depth and luminosity. 

Glazing is also useful in subtly changing a color by applying a thin transparent color on top of an existing color. The color can be cooled down, warmed up,  or made more intense with saturated color depending on the color that is glazed. Glazing can help unify the overall color scheme of a painting or create more complex color.

Artistsare always looking at what has been done in the past. We look for new ways to use old techniques and experiment with them in new ways. Glazing is a centuries old technique that has many contemporary applications in a mash up of old and new

Studio Assistant, Ellie in front of a recently glazed painting.
 



 

Art in the World

JAN FORDYCE PAINTINGS
Art in the World
October 2015

 

© 2015, Jan Fordyce, Surface Disruption, 40x60 oil on canvas, SOLD to a company in Huston, Texas, Thanks to Nine dot Arts!

 


© 2015, Jan Fordyce, Lyrical, 24x48. oil on canvas, SOLD
to the Westin Hotel in Westminister, Colorado, Thanks to Nine dot Arts!


Art in the World

I was recently inspired by a webinar put on by my art business coach, Alyson Stanfield and her guest speaker, Linda Albright. Linda Albright brought up the point that art belongs out in the world as a gift to the world to inspire, calm, energize and touch the soul of those who view it. 

Linda’s comment touched a chord in me as to why I do what I do and then see the impact it can make in someone's life. As an artist, it is easy to get wrapped up in color, imagery, ideas and thoughts to communicate: in the process one can overlook how it can affect others. 

As one looks at history and the role art has played in reflecting cultures and at times changing culture, one sees the power art can have. As my art gets out into the world I hope it has a positive effect on people’s lives and serves its purpose to inspire, calm and delight the viewer.

 “ The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.” Pablo Picasso

 

© 2015, Jan Fordyce, Encompassing Ripple, 36x48 oil on canvas, $3800

Showing at the Lone Tree Art Center in Lone Tree, Colorado until November 6th.


To view more of my work please visit my website at:http://www.janfordyce.com
 

 

Ellie, the Studio Assistant, so tired from her big day in the studio.

Color Schemes

JAN FORDYCE PAINTINGS

Color Schemes
August 2015



 

 

©2015 Jan Fordyce, In Motion, 40x60 oil on canvas, $4200
This painting from the water series is inspired by the movement and motion water creates. I was also drawn to the green analogous color scheme with a touch of red violet, the complement.

 

© 2015 Jan Fordyce, Swirls in Blue, 36x60 oil on canvas, $4000

This painting is a study in the swirling motion water creates. In this painting the analogous colors of blue, blue-green and green were explored with hints of the complement orange.

Color Schemes

 

Color is one of the most universally appreciated elements in a work of art. We relate to color on an emotional level, a subconscious level, and a personal level. Color can be pleasing to the eye, or unsettling in the use of color combinations. We relate to the color of objects in nature and identify with colors of certain objects. Color can provoke emotions or be calming and soothing.

 

Color plays a major role in all of my paintings. Two of the color schemes I use a lot in my work are analogous colors and complementary colors. 

 

Analogous colors are colors side by side on the color wheel. Analogous colors give a painting a sense of harmony because they are close in color relationship, sharing similar attributes. Examples of analogous colors are yellow-green, green, blue-green and blue. 

 

Complements are colors opposite each other on the color wheel. When complements are put side by side in a painting they create a tension that brings each other out and makes the colors more vibrant. Examples of complements are red and green, yellow and violet, and blue and orange. There are various intermediate complementary schemes such as yellow green and red violet, yellow orange and blue violet and so on around the color wheel.

 

Since most of my recent work centers around water, I have been using the complements of blue and touches of orange, or painting with shades of green to yellow green and adding touches of red violet. My handy companion in the studio is my color wheel. It helps me think about which direction I may want to go in picking a color scheme and how to mix colors on the palette.

 

Notice the colors you are drawn to and how you put them together. Also notice how nature puts together often the most beautiful color combinations around.

 

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The Color Wheel. Notice the analogous colors side by side each other. They are very similar in tone and temperature. The complementary colors are across the color wheel from each other, and are opposite in tone and temperature.

Ellie the studio assistant, at the ready with the color wheel.



Around Town

Space Gallery’s current show is, “Beyond the Plane.” The show features several gallery artists using the idea of plane and challenging the notion of two-dimensional space. Artist Pat Aaron’s work was inspired by her recent residency in Hawaii. The work is done in encaustic, a medium using melted, colored, beeswax to layer and paint. Her work is large and very impressive. My favorite is “Hanalei Bay,” inspired by Hanalei Bay in Kauai. It is simply stunning. Beautiful color!

The show will be up through September 5, 2015. Stop by and check it out at Space Gallery 400 Santa Fe Dr., Denver, Colorado.


 

Copyright © 2015 Jan Fordyce, All rights reserved.




In the Studio

JAN FORDYCE PAINTINGS
In the Studio 

July 2015

 

 

©2015, Jan Fordyce, Ripple Swirl, 24x48 oil on canvas $3000

This painting shows the close up view of water ripples, patterns, movement and reflected color. The water reflects the landscape, and becomes abstracted into shapes of color and line. The ripple swirls outward touching on what is yet unseen to the viewer eye. 

©2015, Jan Fordyce, Wave Ripple, 40x40 oil on canvas $3500
In this painting the wave pattern takes over as the design element for the moving water. The aspect of the close up view and the pattern plays more in an abstract way and yet the idea of water is apparent. This painting was challenging and complex to paint, and as many paintings do took its own direction through the process of paintings.

 

In the Studio

What is a studio?

A place an artist lives when working.

A place of inspiration, frustration, analyzing, deep thinking, making connections, intuition and years of work up to this moment.

A place to be in the creative mind.

A place of happiness, this is what I am suppose to be doing, creating, and saying something meaningful.

 

What is necessary?

Space with light and enough room to walk back and look at the artwork.

Tools of the trade for a painter: an easel or surface to work on, a palette, brushes, paint, solvent or water, storage and ventilation.

 

The studio journey.

In the beginning an artist might start creating art at the kitchen table, in the garage or a spare space. As the need to work becomes greater a separate space is needed leaving the work up, and coming back to it. The studio space may evolve from a spare room to a studio space outside of the home or apartment. It can be a place of its own, sometimes shared with other artists. It can be connected to a gallery or co-op space. The artwork is now serious and the designated studio space becomes a place to go to work. 

Studio Assistant, Ellie

Around Town The Biennial of the Americas is currently in Denver with art exhibits around town. See http://biennialoftheamericas.org. Some art exhibits can be viewed at Walker Fine Art, Robischon Gallery and Redline where Argentinian artist, Agustina Woodgate, is bringing her hopscotch installation to Denver. She is activating 7 neighborhoods through this universally known game. Copyright © 2015 Jan Fordyce, All rights reserved. Our mailing address is: http://janfordyce@gmail.com unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences   

Around Town

The Biennial of the Americas is currently in Denver with art exhibits around town. See http://biennialoftheamericas.org. Some art exhibits can be viewed at Walker Fine Art, Robischon Gallery and Redline where Argentinian artist, Agustina Woodgate, is bringing her hopscotch installation to Denver. She is activating 7 neighborhoods through this universally known game.

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Inspiration

JAN FORDYCE

INSPIRATION 
JUNE 201

New Painting from the studio
Tentative Ripple 36x60 oil on canvas $4000


New painting from the studio

Spiral Ripple 40x60 oil on canvas $4100


Inspiration
Inspiration for an artist can come from many sources. A recent trip to Key West provided me with my favorite inspiring subject, water!

I had the opportunity to be out on the water on a good friend’s boat and snorkel in a marine sanctuary. We also took a boat to the Dry Tortugas a set of islands off the coast of Key West. The colors of the water were amazing -- from aqua blue to turquoise blue to dazzling shades of marine blues. The color alone provided me with a plethora of inspiration for future paintings. 

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Inspiration from a recent trip to Key West, Florida

 


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The Painting Process

JAN FORDYCE PAINTINGS

May 2015

 

 

Surface Layers 40"x60" oil on canvas
 
The Painting Process
 
Many people ask me, “How do you start and create a painting?” So here is a quick introduction into the painting process for me.
Before the painting process even starts there is the what and why of a painting. What do I want to paint and why does that have meaning? It could come from an idea, a concept, an image or scene, an emotion or a statement of what I want to say. Of course this evolves over time and can be different at certain points of time. Once that is figured out and thought through a painting can emerge.
Here is the process for a painting captured in photos during the process. There are many stages in-between, changes that are made during the process. At the final stage little changes might occur over weeks or months until the painting feels complete is finished.

Step 1: Here is the initial line drawing "laying in" the composition. This is an important step which sets the foundation for the painting. If the composition is off the whole painting struggles.

Step 2: Once the lines of the composition and structure of the painting are in then the shapes and values are lightly blocked in with color.
 

 

Step 3: In this step more of the color is added and worked into the composition. The lower layer of the rock forms under the water surface are painted in, but will be layered over with the water color in glazes.

 

Step 4: Here is the completed painting. Many layers and refinements over time occur before a painting is complete. Hopefully you can see how the painting evolved to this point.