• So well written that even though I convinced myself that I couldn’t justify the purchase back in November (since I have a tube of most of the colors, or their comparables already) I’m once again sorely tempted to make an exception! Plus, who wouldn’t want to support such a great artist and wonderful person! 🙂 Bonus, never thought of that…[Read more]

  • Jill Gustavis posted a new activity comment 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    Hi Kim! Yes! I’ve donated 2 pieces each year to the 10 x 10 event the last 2 years. I just saw the event page started up on Facebook, so I’ll be planning to do 2 more this coming year. You don’t have to do 2, but the pieces are easy enough, anything that when framed is 10 inches by 10 inches, or close enough. I’ve been able to order 10 x10 frames…[Read more]

  • I’m so excited to work on getting to that point of interpretation. I can imagine so many possibilities it’s just getting my actively painting brain to execute them instead of seeing what’s there in front of me on the photo.

  • Jill Gustavis commented on the post, Apples Or Cider 4 months ago

    Oh cider to be sure! Especially mulled cider! We have a local cultural destination called Hancock Shaker Village (which I also like to paint), you can tour it all year long, but every winter they have special weekends where they (used to at least) make mulled cider and spiced cookies, I’m drooling already. I’m in agreement on passing on the…[Read more]

  • Yes! My thoughts pretty much on the two. You always word everything so relatable-y Bekki! I thoroughly enjoying having everything I needed for a 3 hour plein air demo at a separate location in the satchel, but found it too clunky for my quick 15min-1hr backyard jaunts, which is where the Slate fits in for me. Oh and vacationing too! I brought it…[Read more]

  • I love having an Ah-Ha! moment with art technique. Reading that you put the ink detail at the juxtaposition point of light-to-shadow was definitely one of them. I feel like I might done this a handful of times, but between those and the ones I didn’t, I couldn’t put together the words to describe what I did right! Thank you, now I can intently try…[Read more]

  • Oooo Love it! My husband and I used to write each other notes when we first started dating, as we’ve always had slightly different schedules (I’m up and out early, he’s up late and a night owl), but not as much anymore. the occasional one is now extra special. I exchange mail with a friend or two though, so I guess I do have an excuse to pick up…[Read more]

  • Thank you for sharing your experience with your first workshop Jessica! It’s especially helpful to read about how other artists are feeling out new things as well, and how they react to, reflect on, and grow from that experience. I’m going to keep your perspective on new experiences in mind during the next few weeks. Instead piling on…[Read more]

  • Jill Gustavis commented on the post, Guacamole Day 5 months ago

    Oh I love guac! I’d actually never had it before I met my husband, but now I’m entrusted with the honor of guac maker for any party we throw. Love your avocados here, since anyone who’s ever tried to make guac with an unripe avocado knows, they’re the most important part!

  • Jill Gustavis posted a new activity comment 6 months ago

    Of course, no worries! I have Reynauds (circulation disorder) so I don’t do much plein air myself once the temps go below 65 or so. I’ll save the Doodlewash emails from our convo in a separate folder so I can find them next spring. I know the family agreement situation myself, my parents and husband say everything “looks good!” lol. I tend to use…[Read more]

    • Sorry, just saw this. The beginning of school is very crazy busy. I haven’t picked up a brush in well over a week. Sad but the way it is. I hope I can establish a group of artist friends that will be my support and gauge as well. Right now, it’s really hard to truly know how I am progressing. I entered a piece in a exhibit for the National…[Read more]

    • Hey Jill!!! Did I see you are an artist participating in the 10X10 in February? I’m thinking about sending a piece. The one I posted, sideways, of the flower cart. Can you give me some feedback?? Merry Christmas!!!

      • Hi Kim! Yes! I’ve donated 2 pieces each year to the 10 x 10 event the last 2 years. I just saw the event page started up on Facebook, so I’ll be planning to do 2 more this coming year. You don’t have to do 2, but the pieces are easy enough, anything that when framed is 10 inches by 10 inches, or close enough. I’ve been able to order 10 x10 frames…[Read more]

  • Jill Gustavis posted a new activity comment 6 months ago

    Hi Kim! Yes, we are in the same area! I’m actually from Pittsfield originally, and still work on West Housatonic Street. We should get together sometime and paint, or even just chat paint, if you wanted. (no pressure, lol) I’ve actually haven’t yet brought my paints to Naumkeag (I’ve been a bit shy in the past on how public my plein air outings…[Read more]

    • I would love to have someone to share painting with; my family things everything is “fabulous” so I don’t really feel like I have the critique that I need to grown. I’ve not ever done plein air because I also tend to hide everything away except on sites like these where I hope to connect with like minded people. I’d love to paint together,…[Read more]

      • Of course, no worries! I have Reynauds (circulation disorder) so I don’t do much plein air myself once the temps go below 65 or so. I’ll save the Doodlewash emails from our convo in a separate folder so I can find them next spring. I know the family agreement situation myself, my parents and husband say everything “looks good!” lol. I tend to use…[Read more]

        • Sorry, just saw this. The beginning of school is very crazy busy. I haven’t picked up a brush in well over a week. Sad but the way it is. I hope I can establish a group of artist friends that will be my support and gauge as well. Right now, it’s really hard to truly know how I am progressing. I entered a piece in a exhibit for the National…[Read more]

        • Hey Jill!!! Did I see you are an artist participating in the 10X10 in February? I’m thinking about sending a piece. The one I posted, sideways, of the flower cart. Can you give me some feedback?? Merry Christmas!!!

          • Hi Kim! Yes! I’ve donated 2 pieces each year to the 10 x 10 event the last 2 years. I just saw the event page started up on Facebook, so I’ll be planning to do 2 more this coming year. You don’t have to do 2, but the pieces are easy enough, anything that when framed is 10 inches by 10 inches, or close enough. I’ve been able to order 10 x10 frames…[Read more]

  • Jill Gustavis changed their profile picture 6 months, 2 weeks ago

  • Thank you for sharing! Your story is only too familiar! Especially the part where I did graphic design for a few years thinking the inbetween-ness of it would work the miracle of making a “professional” job fun. lol. I’ve yet to make my personal art my full-time job, but I did fall into a full time job the past few years doing illustration and…[Read more]

  • Beautiful! I love how the scene is represented in full and how you choose what to accentuate with detail, just captivating!

  • I definitely had some frustration at the beginning, mostly since I like to paint detail, and that’s just not always possible plein air. I’ve come to accept and even embrace that my plein air style is not the same style as my studio paintings. The two are clearly relatives, but resemble each other more like siblings or cousins than twins. I find…[Read more]

  • I have to agree with you there Sandra. I don’t mind having variations of colors. On most accounts, I don’t “regret” per say, so maybe that was a bad choice of wording on my part. It’s usually a mixture of hoping to find a new use for a color that didn’t pan out for the use I bought it for or wishing I could have used the money from that purchase…[Read more]

  • Great blog post! I’ve definitely gone down this road as well. After many instances of “this will be my final palette selection, so it’s worth the extra investment now”, I’ve stopped adding paints after every new book I read or tutorial I watch. Even if I love the artist’s style and everything about their technique, I have come to realize even if I…[Read more]

  • Beautiful pieces! So delicate but full of delicious contrast.

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