Black and Yellow Garden Spider in Union, Kentucky

Michelle pointed out this black and yellow garden spider and I had to get a few photos. This is the first time I’ve actually seen one of these in person, and the research I’ve done says they’re fairly common. Anyway, it’s just beautiful with the vibrant yellow against such a deep black. And the center of the web almost resembles a lightening bolt how it’s woven. Pretty cool spider with bold energy. I hope you enjoy the photos.Screen Shot 2013-09-15 at 10.11.54 AM Screen Shot 2013-09-15 at 10.11.41 AM Screen Shot 2013-09-15 at 10.11.10 AM Screen Shot 2013-09-15 at 10.10.41 AM

Rihanna ~ The perfect palette

I really go through the paint, so sometimes it’s difficult to find a clean palette in the studio. When I started to use an old Esquire as palette, I thought it looked pretty cool so I figured I’d snap a few photos of it and share it on my blog. Enjoy, JefferyJ

Majestic Sunflower II ~ Capturing the Process

Excited by the request to create another Majestic Sunflower, I’m going to share the entire process with you. This new piece of artwork will be created with mixed media on a 16″ x 40″ canvas. Starting with the initial sketch on canvas, I plan to give you a peak behind the curtain throughout the entire process of the creation of one of the most dimensional paintings in the fine art world today. As you track this post starting with the initial sketch, you’ll be taking the journey of texture building and layering of paint to breath life into this sunflower.

I never thought I’d recreate a painting, but when there’s a demand for a piece it really fuels the entire process. This new-found motivation is sure to power an even stronger painting than the original. But, even if this piece ends up more beautiful than the original, it will be a piece entirely of it’s own. The first Majestic Sunflower has a beautiful DNA to it, and taught me what I needed to learn to truly rock this entirely new piece of art. I really hope you enjoy the progress on Majestic Sunflower II. ~ JefferyJ.