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This summer I took a painting class at the community college where I teach in the human services program. In class we did a lot of still life paintings, and I learned a lot. However, I often felt very constrained by the assignments in class, so I knew my final project would move away from the order and structure of class. This is the final project for my painting class. It__™s a 42″ square, as yet untitled. My inspiration was the dried paint on palette paper___it seemed wasteful to just throw it away, and sometimes the dried paint was really lovely in design. So I began saving my own palette papers, and rescuing the palette papers that other students had thrown away. Then I decided to soak the layers of dried paint off the wooden palettes in the painting studio… Continue reading… 3 comments

Oh Christmas Tree...

by swiftriverarts , December 24, 2008—12:00 AM

Topics: Jackie Griswold, photography

The new growth on the old pine tree is a bright green contrasted with the darker green. This was taken last spring when trees were just beginning to bud. And now the image is being used in my Christmas card. To everyone on Artid, I wish the happiest of holiday seasons, and joy and creativity in the new year… Continue reading… 0 comments

This gorgeous photo was taken in late August at Brenton Point in Newport, RI. I am fortunate to have a sister-in-law who lives in Newport, so I can visit whenever I want. I'm here this weekend to go to the International Boat Show so that I look at sailboats I can't afford to buy :>) and imagine my life living on a sailboat, painting full time. Thanks for looking… Continue reading… 0 comments

I've posted this painting on my blog before, but I'm mentioning it again because it is the third of three paintings I've submitted to the Gallery 137 Members Juried Show. The other two paintings I submitted, which are shown in previous blog postings, are very abstract expressionist in style, and I wanted to submit at least one painting that shows that I can paint something recogizable as well! Please visit Gallery 137 at and visit to see some of my other work. Thank you for reading my blog 0 comments

This is the second of the three paintings I've submitted to Gallery 137 in Indian Orchard, MA for the First Annual Members Juried Show. The opening reception for the show is Saturday, July 26, 2008 from 1-3 p.m. The photo doesn't really do it justice. The colors are various reds, deep garnet, and pinks and fits in with the Abstract Expressionist style work I've been doing. It's another mixed media acrylic painting, with a underlayer of tissue paper. This one also has tiny seed beads scattered in little groupings on the surface, which pulls in the bead work I've been doing for nearly 20 years. I also added some glitter glue in several areas to add highlights, and there are even a few pieces of string glued on for a little more texture. Please visit www.gallery137… Continue reading… 0 comments

Recently I became a Member Artist at Gallery 137 in Indian Orchard, MA. It's a lovely gallery that is part of the Indian Orchard Main Street Partnership. One reason I joined is so that I could participate in the First Annual Members Juried Show that begins at the Dane Gallery at the Indian Orchard Mills on Saturday, July 26, 2008. There is an opening reception at the Dane from 1-3 p.m. on July 26, and an Awards Reception at Gallery 137 on August 2, 2008 from 3-5 p.m. This is the first time I've exhibited any of my paintings. "The Garden," pictured above is one of the three paintings I dropped off at the Dane Gallery this afternoon. I am very excited, and would truly welcome comments/criticisms/praise about the work I'm doing… Continue reading… 0 comments

This abstract painting has an apple green background. The black rectangle has touches of brown and orange. One of the fun things about abstract art is that you can hang it in whatever direction seems right to you. And you can see whatever it is that you see... As with many of my paintings, this started out to be something completely different. However, I'd read the blog posted by "mize" about the 10 foot rule, stepped back from the painting, and knew this one was done. Thank you, "mize" for contributing to my art education… Continue reading… 1 comment

I first named this painting "Lemon Tree" but my sister-in-law thought it should be called "Olive Tree" because it looks like the olives one puts in martinis. I defer to her wisdom. I used several 'techniques' on this painting. The yellow/green background is watered down acrylic paint to create the look of watercolors. I then used a round sponge for the green on the tree, applied the browns of the trunk with a thick brush, layering the paint on thickly. I wasn't sure if I was done or not, so I put it aside for a bit. When I came back to it, I squirted drops of yellow directly from a bottle of acrylic paint, the took a brush to add the orange dots. To be honest, I started out with something else in mind, which is what often happens… Continue reading… 0 comments

This is a detail shot of a wooden gate in Newport, RI. The 'window' in the gate is made of coils of copper wire in an intricate design. The copper is a wonderful contrast to the weathered wood. This is one of a set of 8 blank greeting cards with images of stone walls, gates and fences. All of the photographic images in my gallery are available as greeting cards. They are sold individually for $3.00 each, or as a set of eight for $20.00 Please contact me for ordering details… Continue reading… 0 comments

This was a collaborative effort - I'd done the grey/black/white (while admittedly in a somewhat dark mood), my 6 year old budding artist niece thought it could use a little yellow, and her father, an artist in his own right, suggested the hit of red in the middle. In some way my paintings always reflect the mood I was in while I was painting, although it's not always as evident as it is in this one. After completing the painting, it took me a while to decide what the orientation of the red spiral should be. It sat around my house for several days in different positions, as I tried to "name" it. This is where it ended up. Thank you for reading my blog, and taking the time to look at my work… Continue reading… 2 comments

White & Purple Pansy Matted Print

by swiftriverarts , June 14, 2008—12:00 AM

Topics: Jackie Griswold

The dewdrops sparkle in the morning sun on this gorgeous pansy. I took this photo on an early morning walk in Forest Park in Springfield, MA. Forest Park sits in the city, and seems like an oasis from the noise and traffic. I especially like it in the early morning when it's very quiet and you can hear the birds sing… Continue reading… 0 comments