Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Circles: Dots and Spots, Halos and Rings, Saucers and Discs, Globes and Spheres, Spirals and Points

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This blog post will be a little different than what I usually write.  

Recently, many people have commented on the use of circles in my paintings. Many asked, "What do you call your style of painting? Does it have a name?"

Most comments were very positive, and they would explain why they are drawn to circles.  A few asked if I can add straight lines.  Some of my paintings have lines such as the one below, but circles seem to always be what one sees first.

Mystery of Locus

I want to focus in this post on the use of circles in not only my paintings, but of circles in art throughout history. After thinking along the subject, I did a little online research.  

I found a book and Facebook page of The Story of Circlism by Edward C. Stresino, the Father of Circlism.  There is a blog post about Stresino as well which was a planned submission to Wikipedia. Another blog post claims that in 1985 Stresino discovered Circlism and others that make the claim that he is the Father of Circlism

Well, I nearly fell out of my chair!  I remembered having read an article in an old magazine many years ago about Circlism, and had occasionally thought that my work might fit into that style. I also paint in what I consider an organic process using the properties of the inks and the method of application to make the circles on their own.  I use no paintbrushes to make my circles so immediately felt that my art may be considered Organic Expressionism as well as Circlism. The strict definition as I see it though does not allow for my paintings to be considered Organic Expressionism.

A few weeks ago, I was going through some old issues of Horizon which were hardbound magazine-type books on art and culture.  The September 1961 issue has an article about Circlism.  The artist, Alexander Liberman, who was the former art director of Conde Nast publications, had called his style of art Circlism!  

This is a photo of the article.

This is a photo of the painting that accompanies the article.  If viewed in the book it vibrates.


Circles have been used since the caveman wrote on his walls, and since the Aborigines painted on their bodies and rocks up to 20,000 years ago. Since 1971, Aborigines have been known for their dot paintings which pre-dates 1985.  Some African tribes have used dot paintings on their faces for hundreds of years.  

Kandinsky was known for his circles in his paintings.  Circles in a Circle  shows Kandinsky's obsession with the circle as early as the 1920s. Although circles are featured prominently in many of Kandinsky's paintings, he was not the first to make them a featured element in his art.  You can read a good article here about the subject.

If you wish to see some current art of Circlism, check out the digital art of Ben Heine.  You will be blown away.  But remember this is digital art, and not the painstakingly mix of paint and application to a substrate.  Nevertheless, it is probably the future of art, and I am a fan.

So where am I going with this blog post?  

Circles have been a concept of man since he probably first looked up at the moon.  To call oneself the Father of Circlism assumes much that can not be lived up to. I doubt if we can really call anyone the Father of Circlism.  

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Studio News

Jeanne Rhea Studio News

January 2018

53rd Annual Sanford Brush & Palette Club Art Show

I was thrilled that Cosmic Kaleidoscope was the winner of the abstract category for the Sanford Brush and Palette's 53rd Annual Art Show. It is alcohol and acrylic inks, and 

resin on Ampersand Claybord™.  The competition was stiff so I am beyond ecstatic to 

win this category again this year.

I also entered the oil painting below, World Within, in the abstract category.  It received 

third place.

New Paintings

Portal to Infinity
Each panel is 36"x18"x1".

Clockworks VII

In other news

I took a trip to Alaska to install some paintings and to visit family and friends.  While 
there, I had two Accidental Painting classes-one for adults and one for kids.  I don't 
think I have ever taught any art that is as much fun as acrylic pouring.  It is rare for 
a participant to not want to do it over and over.  Below is proof that it is fun for young 
and old!

This is my two year old granddaughter pouring her chosen colors into her cup. She is already an artist!

Lots of fun making gingerbread houses with the little ones for Christmas. 
Always fun to see them make their own decisions on how they want their 
houses decorated.

If you are interested in an acrylic pouring workshop, please email me for available 


Happy New Year!

For 2018, I decided that I would enter one juried art competition each month.  It is difficult
to decide which Calls for Art to enter.

My alcohol and acrylic ink paintings have a high gloss resin for the final coating, and in
real life, they show their dimensional quality.  It is very difficult to obtain photos that
show this dimensional aspect, that  do not have hot spots, and the colors are true.
These challenges have been the reasons that I have not entered competitions when
judging is from photos.

I entered Frenetic Energy and was informed that I placed tenth in the painting category. What a surprise to start the New Year!  I can hear the thoughts a-whirring, "Tenth Place! That is not worth mentioning!" But I'll take it! There were thousands of entries and there were three categories.  There were ten awards and ten honorable mentions for each category.  So I am very happy to place in the top ten of the painting category.

This is Frenetic Energy in the All Women Art Exhibition by Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery.   To view other entries, click on the first link.

I look forward to submitting more artwork for juried shows.


2017 just flew by.  I am looking forward to 2018.  Each new year I reflect on the previous year and make a path for the New Year.  I have not made major goal changes for this year.
I want to continue to do my art, continue to improve, learn more, and hopefully, make this world a little better place for each of us.

Thank you to each of you who has offered kind words of encouragement, purchased my paintings, talked art with me, and shared your lives and passions. I appreciate every one 
of you!

If I have not met you in person and you wish to see my work in person in my studio, 
please contact me by email. I will be happy to set up a time and talk and show art!  If you are interested in attending a monthly Open Studio, please contact me by email for date and time.

Featured Artist at Artsy Shark

I was so happy to be the featured artist on Artsy Shark in July.  Such good company.  

Artsy Shark features a couple of artists each week, and also has very informative newsletters for artists and collectors.  

If you are an artist, it is a great resource with articles on the business of being an artist along with many other topics. If a collector, you will find lots of information on collecting art along with features on the artists who specialize in every type of art imaginable.  

NOTE:  I started this post July 12, and just realized that I had never published it along with two others. This is probably old news to most of you! 

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Experimenting with Marabu Paints

I love experimenting with new products. 

Recently Elena, my studio buddy, and I spent an afternoon playing with Marabu Porcelain and Glass Paints™ and resin. 

Our mission was to determine if these paints would work with resin using a similar process that I use when working with alcohol inks and resin, and to determine if these paints would work with the fluid or accidental painting process.

With EnviroTex Lite and EX-74, we got some interesting patterns. Here are two photos of some samples. The resins were freshly poured and the paints dropped in within 15 minutes.   A few that had two colors were manipulated with a needle tool by drawing lines across the center sections. If waiting too long, the effect was not as pronounced. If dropped too soon, the paints dispersed more as in the bottom three images. The samples are on 2" square Ampersand Stampbord™ or Claybord.™

If you know my work, you know that I love trying to get interesting patterns using the chemical and physical properties of the inks and paints that I use. Although these patterns are very different (more pointy lines and not so many circles) than my regular patterns, I can see there are possibilities in jewelry and other small works.  I doubt if I will be able to get large design elements since they dry fast when dropped into resin and that does not allow them to spread far.

We also used the Marabu Porcelain and Glass paints for pouring as fluid painters do.  The paints mixed more than most acrylics that we have used resulting in a more muted palette, but we still got some designs that were suitable for coasters. Note:  Photos were taken under a bright light so the colors would show well in a photo.  They are a little more muted in natural light, but I don't know how to do that with photo editing.

I had a play day and demo day for the Carolina Mixed Media Art Guild members this past week-end in my studio.  We had a blast pouring acrylic paints.  With fluid or accidental painting, there is often a lot of waste left from a pour. I captured some from one painting and used the acrylic skins to make a few coasters that are shown in the first photo below.  No waste in my studio! All of these are on Ampersand Claybord™.  I wish I had photos to share with you of all the member's work, but I am the worst at taking photos when friends are in my studio!

And finally, we made a lot of small magnets demo left-overs from the pours.  Some of these were made by turning the tile upside down onto dripped paint.  Fun to see what can be obtained with drips of paint!

Hope you enjoy!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Ink Paintings and Accidental Painting

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I am still working on commissions. This is my latest one for a client in Anchorage, AK.  I had been working with black, silver, white and grays for over three months.  I had a request to add red to the color palette and paint one similar to The Mystery of Locus.   

Alcohol and acrylic inks, resin
Ampersand Cradled Claybord™

The Mystery of Locus

Here are some close-up photos of some of the elements in the above paintings.

Stay tuned for photos of the largest ink and resin painting that I have painted.  

The newsletter link above has more info about my process.  Read it for details if interested in process.  

Thank you for your support!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

The Challenge of Art Commissions

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Over a year ago, I was asked if I would paint two larger paintings similar to one that I had previously painted with similar colors and design.  At first I declined. 

I was not sure I could reproduce the elements in the painting.  My painting process is more 'whatever happens, happens,' and I must work with whatever that is at any given time.  I loved the go with the flow process, and did not want my creativity stifled. It seemed that most people wanted specific sizes and colors for an area in their home or business so at the end of 2015, I vowed to not turn down a commission. I would at least try. 

With the first commission, I realized I had been missing an important part of being an artist.  It pushed me to try to create a painting with a similar aesthetic as another I had already painted. The only thing I really needed was a photo of one I had previously painted to get something similar.

So last year was filled mainly with commissioned work.  

This is the  painting titled Hidden Messages that I was to use for reference.

The two commissions below were painted for the MGM Hotel in Cotai, China.  These will be framed.

 Lucky Whispers I

Lucky Whispers II

Paintings are on Ampersand Claybord™ with an ArtResin™ finish.

Resin Studio Demo

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This past month has been busier than usual, but not busy as in hurry, hurry, hurry---just more commitments.  I am as always trying to stay focused on the task at hand while still taking a little time to dream, wander, and take it easy when possible.

I gave a demo last Sunday afternoon for some of our Carolina Mixed Media Art Guild members and a couple of our Sanford Brush and Palette Club members on how to use a two part resin and a few other short demos on using Jacquard silk fabric dyes and salts to create backgrounds.  A few participants painted with alcohol inks and applied resin to their paintings.

I used ArtResin for the demo. With about twelve people in my studio sampling resin, I wanted to be sure the odor was not overwhelming to those who are sensitive to resin. I heard no complaint about the odor of this resin unlike other resins I have used.  ArtResin is a superb resin in many ways.  If you wish to know more about it in comparison to others, you can read about it here.  

Each person applied resin on at least two paintings.  I had planned to take photos of participants and their art, but forgot.  These were some of the ones that were left in my studio to cure.  (Permission was granted to post these images.)

Elena Gage brought several of her Pēbēo paintings to test the effect that resin had on them.  They had been painted over a week earlier. This is important if applying resin over Pēbēo.  These are some of her first paintings and they are wonderful, but even better in person!

These are a couple of photos of Cathy Hooper's alcohol ink paintings that she did at the studio and applied an ArtResin™ finish. These are on Ampersand Claybord™.

I enjoyed doing this demo so much that I have plans to do this type of activity once a month in my studio.  It will be a potluck demo--anything that I have a 'taste' for at the time and the supplies that I have on hand so participants can experiment using their own style and art.

If you are interested in attending, the demos will most likely be on a Sunday afternoon in my studio in Sanford.  Please email me and I will put you on a notification list. Demos will be limited to 15 participants.  There will be a jar for donations---no more than $5 per person. This money will be donated to the Sanford Brush & Palette or the Carolina Mixed Media Art Guild.  

Sorry, I cannot tell you what I will demo until I stumble across it!