Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Very excited to learn that Studybreak was named Outstanding Watercolor in the June 2014 BoldBrush Painting Competition!
Jean Canavan - Studybreak- Watercolor - Painting entry - June 2014 | BoldBrush Painting Competition

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Circle of Art, Tulips

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and very wet on wet painting. Fun and very vibrant paints. Flowers are a good way to try out new ways of painting because I can be pretty loose with my watercolors. The paper was very wet, and I used a spray bottle to keep it wet while painting and to keep the paint running in the direction I wanted it to go.This watercolor ended up in the Circle of Art auction  in May, where Artists and art lovers joined forces to raise $18,000 for Food Gatherers.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Painting Big!

My Painting Big class is now in it's 4th week at TwoTwelve! My students are all doing a great job of painting either a half sized sheet of watercolor paper or a full size. For some of them this is the first time that they have tried painting so large and they are enjoying the results, as am I. It has been wonderful to watch them gain confidence in their painting skills! What a great group!

Happy Art Hour is now meeting at Spotted Dog Winery! What a great space to teach in, with room for lots of painters and Spotted Dog wines for tasting! This class is working on a poppy painting. The ladies were celebrating a birthday! I'm glad they wanted to do it with me!
For more on each class, click the link to go to 212's blog!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Happy Spring!

Jean M. Canavan
I never knew how resiliant primroses are. I bought these to use as inspiration for my watercolor class. The day I was going to use them they had wilted into a sad little bunch. I watered them, quickly found something else to paint and left the house. When I got home they had revived! So I had to put them in this sweet little painting to remind me of spring and how a drink of water can perk you up!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Artist Reception

Artist reception today 3-5pm for our show at My Favorite Cafe in Saline. I am exhibiting there with Carol Evert and Tom Rosenbaum, two very talented artists. The cafe is a wonderful, warm environment to have a show and enjoy a few treats! If you are in the area stop by and say hi!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

More Silver

Jean M. Canavan

The snowy winter is causing me to surround myself with warm colors-I'll create my own warmth if I can! I don't have a name for this one yet...sometimes that is the hardest part -but as you can see it's a continuation of my obsession with silver. This one is closer to the right balance between realistic and impression in the silver that I have in mind. I do still have a few more sketched out.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

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Snowy Trees
Jean M. Canavan

January has been a good month to stay inside and get some painting done! I had a few shows to get ready for and wanted to bring some new work.  While I love the idea of Plein Aire painting, I am a fair weather painter! Snowy Trees are the closest I'll get in the month of January(and probably Feb and March too!) I sat in front of my woodstove and looked out my patio door. I'm so grateful I have a bit of a view!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

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2013 has been a very eventful year in my house with an engagement, a new baby and a graduation all in the first 6 months. the second half was filled with travels and family and friends. As the year closes, other challenges are showing up that will be keeping me from painting and posting, but I hope you will keep visiting me from time to time. I love to know you've stopped by.
Merry Christmas-Happy New Year

Saturday, November 30, 2013


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On the day of the big game, I thought I would re-post my painting of marching band memories for my husband, who is a Buckeye alumni!