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Golden hour

Updated: Nov 12, 2023



GOLDEN HOUR 24 X 36 X 1.5" OIL ON CANVAS


This one started with an old photo of a coffee mug that was sitting in the window of our Santa Fe studio. The light was perfect that morning and you could see through the misty window, hints of poplars and sage all the way down the arroyo.


The light was splashing off the table in this spectacular way. We had a pitcher like this but it wasn't in the photo so I had to create that from memory. Same with the orange juice. It's good practice. I had the mug and the window but it was an old hazy photo, just a hint of what I really wanted out of the finished painting. But it was enough I think.


I like the push and pull of the lights and darks, the story they tell and the mood. The complimentary colors, yellows and oranges and their drama contrasting with the dusky, muted lavender cooling things down a bit.


To me the brush strokes always feel like they've got a life of their own and I'm just barely able to control them if at all. Years ago I strived for control and now I feel like there's so much "fruit" in giving up some of it.


There's a sweet spot for me where I'm in the zone. I'm right at the edge of it always when the energy's best. It's such a touchy thing, balancing all of these things in every brush stroke.


I've heard the great painter Morgan Samuel Price say that she makes 40 decisions with every brush stroke. That seems about right. So many of those decisions have to be unconscious and almost automatic, they come from learning things right and just doing them over till they are like breathing. Then, you're making 40 decisions but only thinking about four.


In theory that is. Don't worry if it feels like you're still thinking about all 40, I was surprised when she said 40. I thought there might be more 😂


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Guest
Jul 09, 2023

Jenny, I LOVE Golden Hour. Can't wait to see it in person next winter. And how wonderful that you have a Santa Fe studio space. Santa Fe is one of my favorite places!


Blessings,

Bonnie Draeger

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Jenny
Sep 05, 2023
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Thanks Bonnie! I had a Santa Fe studio years ago before I moved to FL. This is from old photos I pieced together and the mug I was actually holding up in my hand to try to match the light lol I LOVE Santa Fe too. The light out there is unmatched.

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Guest
Jul 03, 2023

Jenny

golden hour is wonderful

makes me feel like getting off my duff and paint!!


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Jenny
Jul 04, 2023
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Thanks so much, that's great to hear! Do it!!! 😂

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Guest
Jul 03, 2023

Jenny ,

These are exquisite paintings!!

Especially Golden Hour. I miss working w/ u. Hope all is well and the very best to u!!

Susan

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Jenny
Jul 04, 2023
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Thanks Susan! Miss you too! ❤️

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Guest
Jul 03, 2023

This is stunning. Such a warm and inviting feeling. Makes me feeling like sitting down to breakfast with someone I care deeply about.

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Jenny
Jul 04, 2023
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Thank you and that is exactly what it was for me too, that's where it started. My husband and I used to paint while eating breakfast in our Santa Fe studio and this is mainly from memory of those times. 🙏😊

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