Journal Entries: Now a virtual art show

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This show is physically located at the Paul Pratt Library in Cohasset, MA, if you are interested in buying one of the pieces from this show, you just need to reach out to the South Shore Arts Center, just let them know you want to buy a painting from this show Journal Entries, what the title is and the cost, and they can help you make payment- the art will be available for pick-up after April 30th, here is a link to the South Shore Art Center website for hours and contact details or email: info@ssac.org . Please let me know directly if you have any question via text 617-699-5223 or email: jocelyndana1@mac.com

 

 

JOURNAL ENTRIES GUIDE: sorted alphabetically by titles, it provides a small description of my inspiration, and of the colors I use, some of my techniques to create the work, what the piece means to me, how in some cases it relates to my body of work. 

Journal Entries

Jocelyn Dana Thomas

“I explain my art as a journal of my journey. Each piece is an entry, capturing what I am processing and experimenting with at any moment. I endeavor to create an image to remember, honor, spend time with, sift through thoughts, and share with others. When my paintings are finished, I think of them as memory windows, to be hung and enjoyed.”

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Barn Studio Snow and Sunset: $500 The sunset behind the trees and barn color the snow with a glow. Stripes lay long shadows over the roof and yard. This is home.

 

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Barns between Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove, England: $350 These were seen while exploring my husband’s home region on the South Coast of England. The electric color choice was to be the underpainting of a soft buff landscape, but I carried it forward because I though it worked well with this unique lacy barn and the expanse of this farm landscape. I had to search online to find where I had seen these, and was surprised to find the barn in the background which looked like a shed from my view point was 4x the size of the foreground barn dominating in this image.

 

Black Rock Beach Doctor’s Island, Cohasset- Series:

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Doctor’s Island, Black Rock Beach, Cohasset: $275 My walks to this beach from my home provide an endless supply of palettes, moods, state of tide, types of weather, seasonal variances, water surface patterns, sky, reflections, rock surfaces, and perspectives for me to keep busy admiring and painting until the end of my days.

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Doctor’s Island Black Rock Beach-The Canyon: $275 My walks to this beach from my home provide an endless supply of palettes, moods, state of tide, types of weather, seasonal variances, water surface patterns, sky, reflections, rock surfaces, and perspectives for me to keep busy admiring and painting until the end of my days.

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Doctor’s Island, Black Rock Beach, Cohasset-Snow and Storm: $275 My walks to this beach from my home provide an endless supply of palettes, moods, state of tide, types of weather, seasonal variances, water surface patterns, sky, reflections, rock surfaces, and perspectives for me to keep busy admiring and painting until the end of my days.

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Doctor’s Island, Black Rock Beach, Cohasset- High Tide and Seafoam: $275 SOLD My walks to this beach from my home provide an endless supply of palettes, moods, state of tide, types of weather, seasonal variances, water surface patterns, sky, reflections, rock surfaces, and perspectives for me to keep busy admiring and painting until the end of my days.

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Boat at Cohasset Boat Launch: $400 I stumbled upon the view while walking along the trail with my friend Rickie as she took me for walks to explore downtown, the harbor area, the boat launch here in Cohasset. This craft was a canvas wrapped cocoon of a boat, with only the suggestion of its rudder flipped up and tucked in. This boat was nestled in a tidal inlet next to the Cohasset Maritime Institute. I like the fact it looked like an almond in a chocolate the need for the tide to come in for it to get out. I really enjoyed working the thin glazes to suggest the thin puddle it was afloat in reflecting the boat and the sky, as well as working with a heavier hand on the salt marsh grass that was thick and unruly on the periphery.

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Button Island, Hingham: $650 This painting was made after many countless days commuting from Cohasset to Newton daily. I painted to capture one early morning  when I stopped just admire the beauty of a quiet foggy day covering everything  with a soft haze, with the lowest tide I had seen exposing the mudflats, it was the perfect juxtaposition of shroud and reveal.

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Cat Nap: $500 If a pillow and a down comforter is not enough to get a cat to close his eyes, a slice of blinding light between them will do the trick. This is one of our cats go-to places in the house to doze.

Clam Shell:$275 This clam shell was sitting open on a rock on the beach catching the late evening sun. I wanted to capture it in the moment, my point of view, where the pattern of the rock below, and the exterior of the clam and the interior of the clam had the added boost of shadows to give the impression of it popping out of the canvas. I used a small canvas here for this shell portrait to fill the space, and be able to be read from across a room, but to invite the viewer to come see how it all was put together. I wanted to paint a few of the shells I like to collect so I could enjoy a larger version, and get a chance to really look at them.

Clam Shell: $275 This clam shell was sitting open on a rock on the beach catching the late evening sun. I wanted to capture it in the moment, my point of view, where the pattern of the rock below, and the exterior of the clam and the interior of the clam had the added boost of shadows to give the impression of it popping out of the canvas. I used a small canvas here for this shell portrait to fill the space, and be able to be read from across a room, but to invite the viewer to come see how it all was put together. I wanted to paint a few of the shells I like to collect so I could enjoy a larger version, and get a chance to really look at them.

 

Cormorants Drying in Musquashicut Pond, Egypt Beach, Scituate, MA:$275 I love to watch these birds dry themselves on the rocks all over the coastal area. I spied this specific group on an outcrop while driving quickly past, and knew I wanted to capture that grey day with Egypt Beach in the background. It was an exciting day as I was delivering my first commission painting!

Cormorants Drying in Musquashicut Pond, Egypt Beach, Scituate, MA: $275 I love to watch these birds dry themselves on the rocks all over the coastal area. I spied this specific group on an outcrop while driving quickly past, and knew I wanted to capture that grey day with Egypt Beach in the background. It was an exciting day as I was delivering my first commission painting!

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Do Boats Daydream?: $300 I see sailboats decorating windows around the south shore here, and I wanted to paint a picture from the inside looking out with a point of view of the sailboat sailing away on the horizon. I saw this one in a friends house behind a shelf topped with books and I used the layout just as I found it the books i though if just suggested also might possibly double as a wharf.

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Family Portrait: Little Bird and Cats: $500 The new dynamic in our home after our daughter was born. The figures were drawn free hand to make a single unit and the Raven heads were added to represent the spiritual connection and different quality of being part of a family.

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Flock of Crows Crow Community: $300 I painted this to celebrate the supportive and vibrant arts community in Hull that embraced me as a new mother and encouraged me to open my studio, and continue to develop as an artist while raising a family. This is my free-hand image-in-my-mind type of painting; I make up characters to tell a symbolic story

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Golden Slumber -Sunset Catnap on Sheepskin 2: $400 This window sill is set up to catch the magic-hour evening sun, it has a sheepskin just for the cats. I have countless photos of our cats here. I wanted to fire up “the cozy satisfied safe snuggled warmth feeling” of this coiled orange bundle. I used yellows, deep reds, to create window shadows, and the deep purples and blues and violets to help push the lighting contrast. He embodies the spirit of golden slumber, this is part of a series of paintings.

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Have a Heart-Purple Yellow: $175 One in a series of hearts. This heart sign was painted to represent in essence the many ways to say I love you. Showing love in bright playful colors and symbolic for all the acts of kindness we can do for each other.

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Jaffa Paws: $400 Our Scituate Animal Shelter treasure. This is our second cat with “double paws” where the dew claw is down with the rest of his toes, making his paw look a bit like boxing glove or mitten. This is a signature pose he likes to stretch out on this window sill arms stretched side by side in a very balanced pose.

Art with Joel in the Title:  dedicated to processing the loss of my Father, and preserving his memory

My Dad passed away at the young age of 34, he was working an art professor at The University of Maine, he was a prolific artists. He graduated from RISD in Ceramics, and received an MFA in Ceramics from Alfred University. Yet, he worked seamlessly across a spectrum of mediums, ceramics, glass, painting, printmaking, drawing. He left behind unfinished paintings, and many sketchbooks. I have wanted to do something with the many pages of images, designs, and ideas he left behind. I always enjoyed his art, 40 years later I have never tired of looking at any of it, and now I am experimenting with it. Recently a visit from two Art Therapists during Open Studios revealed to me the obvious- this is my Art Therapy.

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Joel’s Amorphous Shapes and Moon: $350 This was design was a 3”x5” pencil drawing in my Father’s sketchbook. I looked at several original paintings from a series he was also working on, and applied paint in a similar stroke manner, following his layout of shading darker to lighter around the grid and layers. The circle shape conjures a moon in my mind, the rounded shapes below are open to interpretation: are they bushes, trees, clouds, waves, or figures; all appearing on the move with highlights and differences in shade making them appear on different planes.

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Joel’s Crows & Clouds, Green and Purple: $275 The cloud design was from my Father’s sketchbook, it could have been a plan for a layer of sandblasted glass in one of his sandblasted wall pieces. I started this painting during a demonstration on how I create paintings from images I have.

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Joel’s Crows with Red Flowers: $500 This was a puzzle to paint, it unfolded just as the flowers are doing. A sketch from my Dad was the basis for this design, and I added the crows from pictures I had gathered, to create this many layered image to be it’s own story.

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Joel’s Sprout: $300 I am taken with symbolism of the seed and sprout concept. I was compelled to get this out of my Dad’s sketchbook and onto a canvas, because it embodied the potential of a child.

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Moonshadow at Two Mile Farm, Marshfield: $2150 Painted after a walk with my daughter amidst the buds of spring along the wide carriage trails- the mile loop is the right length for her and my husband to enjoy. I wanted to make a dappled pattern with applying brush prints of undulating dark and light along the path. I enjoy the magic of the woods, moonlight, shadows, and feel most connected to the earth when I am out on trails walking. Thank goodness for Trustees of the Reservation local preserves.

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Mussel Shell: $275 SOLD Mussels hold a special place for me from my childhood time spent on the coast of Maine scrambling over the rocky coast looking for treasures. The blue violet, ivory color chips of shell were smashed and polished there, here on Nantasket the big mussels shells often are intact and they are glorious specimens. I picked this one to paint a portrait that I could enjoy inside on the wall, and the shell sits outside on a piece of slate where I walk everyday. It is loosely painted and for a small painting I made the shell as large as I could, so the shell was meant to be able to be enjoyed from across the room, like you were holding it in your hand.

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Nantasket Beach Rollers: $500  SOLD Inspired by a small fine arts ocean painting I saw in a Paris flea market. I made this version of a local scene, so I could enjoy the serene view and colors anytime.

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Nest 1: $140 Finally feeling settled after moving across country 8 times, getting married, getting a house here in Cohasset, and after 6 years of “trying” to start a family. I painted Nest 1, using one of the beautiful nests I had discovered when cutting back brush in our yard. Painting the hay-colored Rapunzel-like hair that was woven to create this nest was both fun, and sad, it reminded me of our empty nest. I started the second nest painting Nest 2, processing this empty feeling I was having. The second nest was sticks set tighter with smaller ones towards the center and threads of grass on the edges of a very thorny wild rose bush that was getting pruned. Knowing I was working on this series of paintings my mother stopped by the studio with some Quail eggs for me to slip into the nest to use as models, and I quickly painted eggs in the nest. Art=Life thanks to a few eggs, we now have two beautiful kids filling our days with joy.

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New Snow Quiet: $900 Growing up in a winter wonderland in Maine, I love to walk outside after a new snow; the crisp clean smell, the peaceful silence and brightness of sun peaking behind the clouds. The warm tint of yellow sunlight catching some areas after a new snow and the cool mint blues, and violet tints create a chill of a mostly overcast sky and depths of shadows. I tried to capture everything including sound muffled with a clean layer of snow. These majestic willow trees are gone now, this is one of three paintings I have done where specific trees are preserved.

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Oaks and Deer at World’s End: $500 This was my next homage to that great crest of massive oak trees on the first rise. I was on a foggy walk with my daughter when we caught sight and stayed on a low side path to skirt and catch this view. I used many glazes to get this glowing fog appearance.

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Seafoam Nantasket: $425 The double curl of a long shallow wave on the expanse of Nantasket Beach produces the bubbles to make seafoam. I love the lacey edges it gives our beautiful coastline. In looking into the how and why behind my paintings, I learned dissolved organic material that makes up these bubbles form happens hold an important role in the ocean, it comes from the phytoplankton and zooplankton and it is one the Earth’s largest carbon reservoirs.

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Snow on Town Pond Road, Stoughton, MA: $300 This is the view our of my long-time family home in Stoughton, MA. The trees are unique osage orange trees – in the Fall, they drop green cannonball type fruit (the size and weight of a grapefruit but hard as a softball). This is a dirt road that goes down past Town Pond seen just beyond the trees where folks ice-fish in the Winter. The sunlight on the branches and trees, fresh snow just makes it glow, and create the most beautiful shadows, mud and all!

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Straights Pond Fog, Hull, MA: $275 The drive to Hull for me is typically flanked by Black Rock Beach and Straights Pond, one day it was thick fog, I couldn’t even see Doctor’s Island or the windmill behind. Just silence, and this tree.

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Sunrise on Beach: $275 Matt’s picture. Challenged by a friend and art collector, to paint some of the images he had capture , I sifted through his collection of photos he shared and this is one of the ones I wanted to turn into a painting.

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Sunset Scituate Lighthouse: $400 This lighthouse is the second lighthouse I have ever painted, the first was in my husband’s home town of Portland, England. This one was first location I was ever asked to make a commissioned landscape painting. I had wanted to paint it since it was the local place to go walk on a jetty, get Maria’s Subs and sit with my friend Joe and catch up, and it has such a colorful local history.

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The Barn, Presque Isle, ME: $800 This is a view of our old barn where my Father had his studio, from the bottom of the hill in the the back yard where I grew up. The scene is from a spring visit when the young apple trees were blooming, we had scattered some of my Father’s ashes beneath those fruit trees. It was painted after we sold the house and barn. I had a period when I was painting familiar comforting places that I missed when I was living in Switzerland. I used violet, teal and gold to bring my feeling of peace, warmth and connection with this place.

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Up the Mowed Path, Cohasset: $370 Painted after a walk with my daughter amidst The glow of sunset, long shafts of light cutting under and around the dense canopy of the late summer trees, the time that is not too hot and when I am mostly outside. Shadows form from dense patches, and high branches on the grounds. The tall grass and slope creates shadows along the edge of the short grass, here I scraped the paint with a sharp point, and sanded it a bit to create the shorter mowed path texture. This picture bears witness to a conscious decision I made to not mow the entire yard. I wanted to see what the yard looks like without mowing, saving gas, and having extra time (and energy!) to keep up with two kids. I decided to mow a few critical wide paths for the kids to be able to play tick-free. Wildflowers bloomed and the field of tall grass grew up. It was both beautiful and a relief to have had more outside time to spend with the kids and grabbing a little studio-time to fill my cup.

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Up the Wooden Hill, Turkeys Sleep in Trees: $600 We have a flock of twenty one turkeys in the neighborhood. Every night they fly up into the tall trees outside our kitchen windows. My husband told my daughter his Father’s turn of phrase “Up the wooden hill”, meant going up to bed, and it seemed also perfect for describing what the turkeys were doing. The deep night sky gradient touches the ground where the last rays of the pink sun light the horizon. These turkeys rock and sway all night in the trees before they leap off in the morning just after the daybreak. This is a circadian rhythm my children see daily.

 

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Wheelwright Park, Cohasset: $1500 This winter field scene at Wheelwright Park is where it borders on North Main Street. Our walk on this day here ended in these long cool dominating shadows with my husband doing his very first snow angel (and thus losing his phone!). It is a lovely local place to take a stroll in all seasons. This spot is commonly known for having a seasonal pumpkin patch in the fall. I had a “Bob Ross” painting moment with my happy snow, I used a big brush a flapped it around lightly creating the soft shadow and light tones on the the snow’s surface.

 

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View 1: these are each 14″ x 14″
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View 2: the large piece is 2′ x 2′

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View 3: the large piece is 2′ x 3′

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View 4: the large piece is 2′ x 2′

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View 5-the long vertical piece is 1′ x 3′

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Vi-w 6 the long vertical piece is  1′ x 3′

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View 7 the large piece here is 3’x 3′

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View 8 these two canvas are approx 3′ x 3′ each

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View 9- this large canvas is 4′ x4′

Only if you want. Below on this page is a guide to practicing looking at art through four steps LOOK, DESCRIBE, THINK, and CONNECT as you look closely. I’ve included it as something to be fun for a group of visitors, friends, parents visiting with kids, a school class visiting. Maybe, just do one piece that truly catches your eye for one reason or another. The 4 steps outlined below were designed by a museum team to encourage close looking and careful thinking.

1. LOOK: Take time to look at the work of art. You are encourage to take in the entire work of art, paying close attention to details. “What do you notice?” take inventory of everything you see.Try to look at the work of art for 30 seconds, and then to turn around and try to remember everything you observed. When you are looking at the work of art again, what details do you remember. What did you overlook?

2. DESCRIBE: Talk about what you see in the work of art. You are encourage describe all of the things that you see. Explore line, shape, color, composition, material, and subject matter.Use expressive language to describe what you see in detail. For example, instead of saying, “I see the sky,” you could say, “I see a dark, foreboding sky full of heavy clouds that sulk across the composition.”

3. THINK: Interpret and assign meaning to the work of art. What story is taking place? What is the setting, or the time and place depicted? What is the mood of the work? How do you know? What is this work of art about? What do you think I was trying to communicate through the creation of this work of art?

4. CONNECT: Relate what you see to your own life, or to other works of art or images you have seen. What does this work of art remind you of? Why? How does this work of art relate to an aspect of your own life? Compare this work of art to other images/objects that you have seen, either in a museum or in your everyday life. How are they similar? How are they different?

If you are moved beyond looking at these paintings to connect with me, you can text 617-699-5223 or email me jocelyndana1@mac.com, or (when the library reopens) at your leisure or write comments in the guestbook I would love to hear from you. Thank you, Jocelyn

I included the text from the guide I printed to go with the show (above here)

This blog gives a chance for folks who would not be able to visit the actual show, and see both the show layout and the pieces individually with their   Views are as you would look around the Library meeting room left to right View 1-9, and I gave some rough size descriptions to give a sense of scale. It is followed by an alphabetical list of the paintings with close-up shots and descriptions.

A few fun facts, one painting sold before one piece hung up on the walls- that was fabulous. Opening night about sixty amazing people… family, supportive friends, creative types, and local community folks, aqaintences, good friends, moms, vets, came out and three pieces sold. I was blown away by three special visitors: Special shout out to Jenny Trombley Sweetser and her daughter Rachel for coming all the way from Presque Isle Maine to be wicked supportive- I mean yeah, Jenny IS that awesome! (along with Rachel’s boyfriend, and Jenny’s mom). I met a cousin I have never met before in person, only through Facebook, and my friend Jess (who just makes my heart squeal with joy) came from way the heck out in Western MA – so just wanted to share lots of wonderful goodness came with putting this show up, and since then I want to share it this way since folks who wanted to go after the opening haven’t been able to check it out. I hope you do when the chance comes again but…for now here it is in the comfort of your own screen.

2 thoughts on “Journal Entries: Now a virtual art show

  1. Oh Jocelyn, your first ever one women show is wonderful! I’m so happy for you. These are all just so terrific. Well done, and good luck, I’m sorry the timing and the virus collided. Good luck. Alison

    • Thanks Alison! I have just met a new friend in town who is a quilter and she made me think of you and your AMAZING collection- I hope that someday you do a show of all your pieces…maybe online is the way to go. Hugs to you!

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