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    Jen Brown
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It looks good on the wall in my dining room at night. All the warm candle light looks so inviting. And then I take a photo of it and it’s all glare. Artists - do you have this problem too? #photographingart #oilpainting #figurepainting #artcollector #figurativeartist #portlandartist #canadianartist #allegoryofposttruth #posttruth
The facial expression I am going for is subtle and complicated; I want him to look vulnerable, scared, and sexy all at the same time. I have drawn it twice and painted it twice already, but now I think I finally have an outline to build upon. Phew!
#oilpainting #underpainting #figurativeart #figurativepainting #WIP
The facial expression I am going for is subtle and complicated; I want him to look vulnerable, scared, and sexy all at the same time. I have drawn it twice and painted it twice already, but now I think I finally have an outline to build upon. Phew! #oilpainting  #underpainting  #figurativeart  #figurativepainting  #WIP 
Trump, 2018, oil on canvas board, 25 x 20cm
I've revisited this portrait and changed the collar from an SS uniform to a regular suit, making the portrait more ambiguous. Viewers on both sides of the aisle can see what they want to see in him.
#portrait #trumpportrait #oilpainting #trump #portraitpainting #portraiture #outwinboocher #outwinboocherportraitcompetition #portlandart #portlandartist #politicalart #artoftheday #paintanyway #theguideartists #instaart #huffpostarts @nationalportraitgallery @smithsonian
Trump, 2018, oil on canvas board, 25 x 20cm I've revisited this portrait and changed the collar from an SS uniform to a regular suit, making the portrait more ambiguous. Viewers on both sides of the aisle can see what they want to see in him. #portrait  #trumpportrait  #oilpainting  #trump  #portraitpainting  #portraiture  #outwinboocher  #outwinboocherportraitcompetition  #portlandart  #portlandartist  #politicalart  #artoftheday  #paintanyway  #theguideartists  #instaart  #huffpostarts  @nationalportraitgallery @smithsonian
'The Monster King,' 2018, oil and pastel on canvas, 36 x 48"
When I do kids portraits, I like to put a little twist on it and show how creative they can be. Here is my son imagining that he presiding over an army of mini monsters.
#portrait #kidsportrait #childportrait #oilpainting #minimonsters #canadianart #portlandart #portlandartist #portraitcommission #pdxart #paintanyway #figurativeart #creativeuprising #delightfulart #figurativepainting #artoftheday #cbcarts #huffpostarts
'The Monster King,' 2018, oil and pastel on canvas, 36 x 48" When I do kids portraits, I like to put a little twist on it and show how creative they can be. Here is my son imagining that he presiding over an army of mini monsters. #portrait  #kidsportrait  #childportrait  #oilpainting  #minimonsters  #canadianart  #portlandart  #portlandartist  #portraitcommission  #pdxart  #paintanyway  #figurativeart  #creativeuprising  #delightfulart  #figurativepainting  #artoftheday  #cbcarts  #huffpostarts 
This is my current obsession! Ever since I read John Berger's 'Ways of Seeing' in undergrad, I've been thinking about how to make a subject appear nude, and yet naked at the same time. I posit that this is the female gaze; a complicated gaze that is sexual and yet humanizing at the same time. In this drawing, sexual object is in the process of becoming subjectified, rather than subject becoming objectified, as the male gaze does. The look of vulnerability and the eye contact the subject retains with the viewer will keep him from being purely nude for the viewer's consumption. For this painting I'm borrowing some fantastical elements, such as the floating nude figure from Pedro Americo's 'The Night,' but of course, my figure is male and will have nightingales (symbolic of the Muse) taking flight instead of putti and an owl. It will be a difficult and risky painting to execute, but I think I can pull it off. I've got the summer to do it, as the deadline for the Bennett Prize is in Sept.
#oilpainting #drawing #sketch #femalegaze #nakednotnude #thebennettprize #johnberger #waysofseeing #thegaze #contemporaryart #figurepainting #nude #beautiful #portlandart #canadianart
This is my current obsession! Ever since I read John Berger's 'Ways of Seeing' in undergrad, I've been thinking about how to make a subject appear nude, and yet naked at the same time. I posit that this is the female gaze; a complicated gaze that is sexual and yet humanizing at the same time. In this drawing, sexual object is in the process of becoming subjectified, rather than subject becoming objectified, as the male gaze does. The look of vulnerability and the eye contact the subject retains with the viewer will keep him from being purely nude for the viewer's consumption. For this painting I'm borrowing some fantastical elements, such as the floating nude figure from Pedro Americo's 'The Night,' but of course, my figure is male and will have nightingales (symbolic of the Muse) taking flight instead of putti and an owl. It will be a difficult and risky painting to execute, but I think I can pull it off. I've got the summer to do it, as the deadline for the Bennett Prize is in Sept. #oilpainting  #drawing  #sketch  #femalegaze  #nakednotnude  #thebennettprize  #johnberger  #waysofseeing  #thegaze  #contemporaryart  #figurepainting  #nude  #beautiful  #portlandart  #canadianart 
'The Tragically Hip,' 2018, oil on canvas, 56 x 60"
This is a hipster murder mystery painting, and the biggest painting I've done to date. There are nine figures and any one may be the killer; there are clues as each's guilt/involvement in the crime, including the victim. Over the mantle you can see the bottom portion of David's famous painting 'The Death of Marat' - Marat was a famous French revolutionary figure, and leader of the sans-culottes ("without culottes," those little silk shorts that the bourgeoisie wore). Marat was the original hipster who used fashion as a political weapon and was assassinated for his politics in the end; our victim appears to have suffered the same cruel fate.
#tragicallyhip #hipster #hipstermurderscene #oilpainting #narrativepainting #figurativeart #canadianart #portlandart #thebennettprize #newamericanpaintings #theguideartists #paintanyway #curatedreview #creativeuprising #cbcarts #artistworkingon #delightfulart #huffpostarts
'The Tragically Hip,' 2018, oil on canvas, 56 x 60" This is a hipster murder mystery painting, and the biggest painting I've done to date. There are nine figures and any one may be the killer; there are clues as each's guilt/involvement in the crime, including the victim. Over the mantle you can see the bottom portion of David's famous painting 'The Death of Marat' - Marat was a famous French revolutionary figure, and leader of the sans-culottes ("without culottes," those little silk shorts that the bourgeoisie wore). Marat was the original hipster who used fashion as a political weapon and was assassinated for his politics in the end; our victim appears to have suffered the same cruel fate. #tragicallyhip  #hipster  #hipstermurderscene  #oilpainting  #narrativepainting  #figurativeart  #canadianart  #portlandart  #thebennettprize  #newamericanpaintings  #theguideartists  #paintanyway  #curatedreview  #creativeuprising  #cbcarts  #artistworkingon  #delightfulart  #huffpostarts 
I finally got high resolution photos taken of some of my work today and now I can enter decent photos in competitions and make prints. Thanks again @sethtanepdx for driving me around in your fabulous art sprinter!
'The Allegory of Climate Change,' 2017, oil on canvas, 34 x 46"
#oilpainting #climatechange #allegoricalpainting #cbcarts #allegoryofclimatechange #paintanyway #newamericanpaintings #canadianart #portlandart  #narrativepainting #figurativeart  #huffpostarts #booooooom #thebennettprize #curatedreview
I finally got high resolution photos taken of some of my work today and now I can enter decent photos in competitions and make prints. Thanks again @sethtanepdx for driving me around in your fabulous art sprinter! 'The Allegory of Climate Change,' 2017, oil on canvas, 34 x 46" #oilpainting  #climatechange  #allegoricalpainting  #cbcarts  #allegoryofclimatechange  #paintanyway  #newamericanpaintings  #canadianart  #portlandart   #narrativepainting  #figurativeart   #huffpostarts  #booooooom  #thebennettprize  #curatedreview 
From last night's figure drawing session
#figuredrawing #lifedrawing #drawing #nude #figurativeart #charcoal #portlandart #highlowgallery
My giant painting I’ve been working on for months is nearly complete! It just needs some touch-ups and details, like the PBR logo on this hipster’s tall boy.
#artoftheday #figurativerealism #figurepainting #pdxartist #portlandart #oilpainting #figurativeart #hipster #tragicallyhip #pbrtallboy #canadianart #cbcarts #paintanyway #hipstermurderscene #narrativepainting #instaart #art #arte #oleosobretela
WIP: I glaze in the skin colour (yellow ochre and vermillion with medium) and on top of this I put more vermillion into the redder parts like the nose and lips, and finally pure white for highlights.
#glazing #oilpainting #paintingvideo #oilglazing #figurepainting #figurativeart #artoftheday #pdxartist #portlandart #canadianart #artistworkingon
Blue Sari Fabric Study, 100 x 75cm, oil on canvas, 2018
This painting (and others like it) will be on display for the West Seattle Art Walk @wsartwalk at Glow Natural Health Center @glownaturalhealth for the second Thursday of July, August, and September.
#oilpainting #fabricstudy #fabric #paintingfabric #indiansari #sari #paintedpatterns #silk #westseattleartwalk #glownaturalhealth #artoftheday #portlandart #seattleart #canadianart #delightfulart #creativeuprising
Blue Sari Fabric Study, 100 x 75cm, oil on canvas, 2018 This painting (and others like it) will be on display for the West Seattle Art Walk @wsartwalk at Glow Natural Health Center @glownaturalhealth for the second Thursday of July, August, and September. #oilpainting  #fabricstudy  #fabric  #paintingfabric  #indiansari  #sari  #paintedpatterns  #silk  #westseattleartwalk  #glownaturalhealth  #artoftheday  #portlandart  #seattleart  #canadianart  #delightfulart  #creativeuprising 
WIP: Just burnt umber and walnut oil on gold leaf so far...
#grumpymadonna #gold #goldleaf #icon #iconography #selfportrait #oilsketch #oilpainting #underpainting #wip #paintingexperiment #imprimatura
I keep passing by this self-portrait canvas and all I want to do is work with it! It's torture not having the time to get to it. I've decided to keep the paint light and ghost-like on one side of the face, then dark and contrasting on the other. It will defo have a halo. Arghhh - there needs to be 40hrs in a day!
#oilpainting #goldleaf #selfportrait #imprimatura #paintingexperiment #charcoalsketch #drawing #charcoaldrawing #gold #iconography
I just need one more day and the underpainting will be done. Too bad today ain't that day...
#gottagotowork #errands #anydayyoupaintisagoodday #oilpainting #underpainting #figurativeart #figurativepainting #tableauscene #portlandart #canadianart #artgallery #heycurator #wip #hipster #deadhipster #whodunnit
I get so many rejection letters that I'm thinking of building an anti-resume and including them in it. Did you know that an anti-resume is a thing? Perhaps this type of resume will show my creativity, my resiliency, my perseverance - see this incredible amount of artistic production on the right and piles of rejections on the left! My only problem is where is this magical leadership position where I can apply creative decision-making skills, critical thinking, problem-solving, and aesthetic sensibilities? Then again, why bother applying? I'm going to think on how to build it myself.
#antiresume #rejectionletter #likewateroffaducksback
I get so many rejection letters that I'm thinking of building an anti-resume and including them in it. Did you know that an anti-resume is a thing? Perhaps this type of resume will show my creativity, my resiliency, my perseverance - see this incredible amount of artistic production on the right and piles of rejections on the left! My only problem is where is this magical leadership position where I can apply creative decision-making skills, critical thinking, problem-solving, and aesthetic sensibilities? Then again, why bother applying? I'm going to think on how to build it myself. #antiresume  #rejectionletter  #likewateroffaducksback