April Showers Bring Spring Paintings

Happy April everyone!

 

It is that time of year where all of the flowers start popping out of the ground – finally giving us Oregonians a little taste of the hope that spring & summer will share with us.

A few weeks ago I celebrated my first outdoor painting of the year in the most perfect way – in a field fully filled with blooming daffodils!

(Check out my little en plein air painting from this day below.)

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One month from today I will be packing up all my art supplies and leaving for Europe!

And it is coming so fast… First Prague, then Germany, Austria, and England!

 

Thank you to all of you who have already pre-purchased paintings so far!

Like last year, I am doing a pre-sale for the paintings that I will be making overseas. If you buy one of these European pieces, you will be purchasing a painting that I will personally paint on-site in Europe – en plein air – and bring back home for you as your own personal little piece of Europe!

Each (professionally framed) painting will be revealed for the first time at a Grand Reveal Art Show in October where each buyer will come and see their painting displayed for the first time!

In Europe I will be painting around 20 pieces – and there are only 7 left! If you want to snatch one of these up, see below:

 

5  - 6”x6” watercolor paintings from each location on trip ($250)

2  - 9”x12” oil paintings England only ($380 each)

 

If you are interested in purchasing one of these European paintings, let me know (by email) and I will happily reserve one for you!

 Here is a little painting I made in Orvieto, Italy last year!

Here is a little painting I made in Orvieto, Italy last year!

Other exciting things to look forward to:

July 14th & 15th Lavender Festival Plein Air Show

July 27th-29th Bellevue Arts Festival

*more to come, stay tuned*

 

I don’t know about you but I am REALLY thankful it is spring. May you notice the birds singing and flowers blooming this week!

Thank you for reading & seeing the beauty of art,

 

Christine Joy

The Big Announcement!

Hello all,

In my last newsletter I mentioned to stay tuned for a big announcement... and here it is!

I am happy to say that I will be getting the opportunity to go back to Europe this year – AND will be making more art! This May & June, I will be going to Prague, Germany, Austria and England.

Last year I travelled to Europe for the very first time – I never thought I would get the opportunity to go back to so soon. My little sister is currently studying abroad in Prague so we get the chance to visit her after she finishes her program in early May. We will be traveling from Prague to places like Bavaria, Vienna and the Neuschwanstein Castle! 

After my travels with my family, I will get to join my dear friend Ruth in England. Ruth is one of the best and most successful young artists I know.  She will be staying in the city of Bath for a couple months and has invited me to join her for a few weeks. We are looking forward to adventuring and painting together throughout England.  To see some of Ruth’s artwork you can go to www.ruthspeer.com

I am so looking forward to seeing all of these magical places with my own eyes! I am also looking forward to the inspiration and paintings that are to come.

Speaking of which, I will be packing along my art supplies to paint en plein air and continue to create artwork in beautiful places around the world.

 (This is me in Monet's Garden this last year)

(This is me in Monet's Garden this last year)

Just like last year, I am doing a pre-sale for these European paintings.

If you buy one of these pieces, you will be purchasing a painting that I will personally paint on-site in Europe – en plein air – and bring back home for you as your own personal little piece of Europe!

Below are the sizes & options available:

12  -  6”x6” watercolor paintings from each location on the trip ($250 each)

5  -   9”x12” oil paintings England only ($380 each)

Each (professionally framed) painting will be revealed for the first time at a Grand Reveal Art Show in October where each buyer will come and see their painting displayed for the first time, getting to take their painting home with them that night.**

This year’s Grand Reveal is sure to be a great show! 

I saw how traveling to Europe last year brought both great people & great art into my life. I am excited to see how that momentum of learning and growth will unfold this new year.

I am so thankful for everyone who has been and will be a part of this story of adventure, travel and art.

 (Painting at the Colosseum in Rome)

(Painting at the Colosseum in Rome)

Alright everyone, sales are officially open starting today, February 9th through April 20th! 

There are less available than last year – so send me an email (christinejoypaintings@gmail.com) if interested & I will reserve your painting on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Looking forward to a new year of painting and travel!

 (Painting  en plein air  in Tuscany in the fall of 2017)

(Painting en plein air in Tuscany in the fall of 2017)

**The creator of this brilliant and innovative way to travel/create new paintings in some of the most beautiful places on the earth, is Valerie Rogers. One year ago, she dreamed up this idea to sell future paintings to allow me to go to Europe. While I was there I painted some of my best paintings yet and then brought them home to their patrons at the Grand Reveal Show of 2017.  I would have never thought that this would have ever been possible... but it worked! I was amazed and honored by all of the support and excitement that Valerie was able to rally around us. 

Valerie is a pro traveler and a fantastic trip advisor. If you would like to get in contact with her you can visit her website at https://www.vestelletravel.com.

Another BIG thank you to you Valerie for all you have done for me!!

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All the best,

Christine Joy

Happy 2018!

Happy 2018 to you all!

This is my first letter of this new year and I must express my awe & my gratitude for all of the wonderful things that happened in 2017.

Thank you all for being part of this journey of mine—of making sense of life through art & painting!

2017 was full of plenty of paintings & adventures.

It started with painting lovely commission paintings of the Oregon wine country

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It was also a year of painting en plein air. 

It was a year of painting in a hurricane. 

It was a year of painting the icy cold beauty of Alaska. 

It was a year of painting in Central Park. 

And of course, it was the year of Europe! My grand adventure of 2017 was travelling to Italy & France.

I got to see – with my very own eyes! – all of the great paintings I have loved for so long, and got to travel to some of the most beautiful places on earth. We stayed in Paris and travelled throughout Italian wine country! Everything we saw deserved to be a painting.

I ended my Europe trip with the Grand Reveal show at Anam Cara. I am still absolutely astounded by all of those who came to this show – never could I have imagined that over 150 people would have come to see all of the paintings that were inspired by Italy & France! At the end of my show, 33 of the 38 paintings were sold and I got to see so many faces of people who loved & supported me over the years. What a night!

Thank you to all who supported my show & my artwork – I get to do what I love every day and get to travel to beautiful places because of you!

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One year ago, I could have never imagined the great things that were to happen in 2017. May this challenge me to dream even bigger this year!

So this year, 2018, here are some of my dreams and goals:

-Show my artwork in a new gallery

-Create more paintings en plein air

-Create at least 12 new paintings as a part of my Golden Hour Series

-Learn 3 new techniques in oil painting

-Dare to paint on some LARGE canvases

-Travel to a country I have never been to before

-Travel to Nicaragua again

-Paint the Painted Hills in Eastern Oregon

-Drink more water

-Sell a painting to someone outside of the PNW

-Reach 10k followers on Instagram

-Play more guitar

-Go on more hikes (any suggestions?)

-Revamp my website

-Watch my little sis graduate

-Meet new artist friends

I hope that you are looking ahead at this new year with dreams & possibilities as well. May we be surprised & grateful a year from now when we look back in hindsight at where we are now!

This is a little sneak peek at what I have already been up to in this new year, I think I am going to call this my “Golden Hour Series.”

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Before I sign off this letter… look forward to a BIG ANNOUNCEMENT that I will be making in the next couple weeks.

 

Now, all I have left to say is… I am feeling pretty AWESOME about 2018!

 

Love,

Christine Joy