Archive for March, 2013

Violin Virtuoso and an Extravagant Gesture.

Violin Virtuoso
“American violinist Rachel Barton Pine gave a spellbinding performance at the Big Red Art Show during First Friday Art Walk on February. Mike Woodruff of the EMMA educational outreach program arranged the solo concert. Ms. Barton Pine has appeared as a soloist with many of the world’s most prestigious orchestras and has recorded 16 critically acclaimed albums. A tireless ambassador and educator for classical music, her violin virtuosity left the capacity crowd breathless! Discover Rachel’s classical and rock music at” ( – Newsletter)

I was privileged to have “Extravagant Gesture” my award winning painting share center stage with Rachel during her performance at the St Augustine Art Association. Great Concert and exhibition! Thanks to all who attended.

Extravagant Gesture | 36" x 36" | Oil

Extravagant Gesture | 36″ x 36″ | Oil

Claire J KendrickExhibition, Newsletter, Oil PaintingMarch 27, 20130 comments
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St Augustine Montessori School – April 21st Gala

Claire J. Kendrick is a full-time artist painting still life, landscape and portraits from her studio in Vilano Beach. Originally from Ireland, Claire worked as a designer in the fashion industry in Europe before relocating to Florida in 2006.  Stemming from a family of architects and designers, Claire has always been immersed in artistic expression, a love of design and an eye for detail – enriching her life as a painter.

Claire will support St. Augustine Public Montessori School’s 2nd Annual Fundraising Gala, “Nurturing Seeds for Success” on April 21st with one of her pieces from the Botanical Series.  Heartbreak will be up for bid as part of the Gala’s online and silent auctions.  Please consider supporting SAPMS by donating, attending or bidding on Claire’s original oil painting.

St. Augustine Public Montessori School,  For information, tickets, donations or to bid online, please visit

262 Heartbreak 16x20 web

Heartbreak | 16″ x 20″ | Oil Encaustic


Claire J KendrickExhibition, NewsletterMarch 26, 20130 comments
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The Studio Spy – Subscribe to a CJK-Studio Newsletter!

The Studio Spy…for the voyeur in all of us!

If you would like an invitation to my next exhibition and would like to follow whats on, consider signing up to my Newsletter. I wont send you loads of emails just one or two a month to let you know key dates or exhibitions. Everyone knows it’s not enough to just paint paintings. You can’t produce work in a vacuum and a newsletter gives a voice to the art work. It’s also useful for me to know who my work is speaking to. So I’d like to invite you to subscribe to my Newsletter here! !


Claire J KendrickInterview, NewsletterMarch 19, 20131 comment
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CJK Featured Artist on Ampersand Blog –

A very big thanks to all the folks at Ampersand, for featuring my paintings and sharing my work with their audience.

Claire Kendrick uses Encausticbord™ in much of her oil and encaustic work.  She shares with us her reasons for this choice and how she can push the boundaries of her paints because of Encausticbord.

“Using high grade materials is important when selling my fine art paintings. It is archival and that’s important to the artist, dealer and collector! The fact that these panels are made in the USA from sustainable forests make them my preferred choice. It’s also important that the panel is heat resistant as I like to use a blow torch to melt the wax and oil paint, I know that the ground is not only heat resistant it will hold the layers of wax without fear of cracking or separation.

When we think of botanical paintings, traditional, detailed paintings come to mind. This series of paintings shows the delicate, radiant, powerful beauty of plants and flowers in a contemporary style that speaks more about their character than the detail of every palm frond or petal–there is always more than meets the eye.

Florida Style | 30" x 30" | Sold

Florida Style | 30″ x 30″ | Sold

It is my practice to always work with reference. I like to buy fresh flowers and set up the vase of flowers or whatever I’m painting and start with a strong composition. This is always my foundation.  As I begin painting, each brush stroke has to say something.  Putting down a mark and deciding to keep or remove, I try to ask myself if this mark adds something to the painting. The results are dynamic, energetic forms–they show the energy you put into the painting. The still life floral paintings have a life and vitality.

White Love | 30" x 30" | oil encaustic

White Love | 30″ x 30″ | oil encaustic

Pushing boundaries, I take the paintings outdoors and use a blow torch to melt wax mixed with oil paint, giving a free-flow effect which I can manipulate or leave.  This is a process of constant editing, painting, taking away then reapplying paint or wax, building the image slowly in layers.  (Claire uses Old Holland Oil Paint and Gamblin mediums, including Neo Megilp and Cold Wax medium.)

You should paint as you live life; expression should be in your work. See the things of beauty you enjoy and fill your life with that energy.”

To see more of Claire’s work and read her blog, log on to


Claire J KendrickExhibition, Interview, Newsletter, Oil PaintingMarch 18, 20130 comments
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Oil Figure Sketches

“Corners of my Mind”
8″ x10″ | Oil Sketch | CJK


 8" x10" | Oil Sketch | CJK

“One and Only”
8″ x10″ | Oil Sketch | CJK


These oil sketches were quick fire sketches – done with the kind of abandon one should shoot for especially when working with a model and under a time pressure. Don’t think too hard, just paint, and respond with intent, be alert.

Unfortunately I got wrapped up in a larger canvas and longer pose, it lost the energy the spontaneity it became overworked, it’s a wiper now painted over…. no longer available! It will be a marvelous under painting for the next session and when someone asks me how long it takes to do a painting, I must remember to add the hours, of efforts lost and lessons and learnt.







Claire J KendrickDrawing, Figure, Oil PaintingMarch 13, 20130 comments
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A Brush with Nature – Save the Date March 21-23 2013

Artist love this event because it is so well organized. The public and art lovers from around Jacksonville come out and support the event and its a great couple of days. At a plein air event the only way to find an artist is to follow the tweets!! I always love to paint around the lake so follow me on twitter and I’ll  tweet the location of where I will be painting each day, at the Jacksonville Arboretum and Gardens.


Schedule of Events

All activities during the three-day event are free and open to the public. Art created during the event will be for sale at the event and at the ticketed Artists’ Reception and Show on Saturday evening.

Thursday, March 21, 2013 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Artists painting throughout the Arboretum…tweet!

Friday, March 22, 2013 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Artists painting throughout the Arboretum…tweet!
Artists’ Demonstrations – View Schedule (2013 Schedule under development and will be available soon.)

Saturday, March 23, 2013 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
In case of rain cancellation on Saturday, the daytime event will continue on Sunday, March 24, 2013 – 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Artists painting throughout the Arboretum…tweet!
Guided Arboretum tours
Children’s Art Tent
Live Music
Food Vendor
Children’s art project led by The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens

Please note that dogs will NOT be allowed in the Arboretum during the event.

Artists Reception & Show

Saturday, March 23, 2013 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Join us for a festive conclusion to our event in the Arboretum’s natural settings.
Meet the artists and view an exhibit of art created during the event.
Enjoy food & beverages catered by Designed Events and music by (TBD)
Purchase a painting and take home a lasting memory of the Arboretum.
A portion of the art proceeds benefit the Arboretum.

Tickets – Purchase Tickets:
$60 per person before March 16, 2013
$75 per person after March 16, 2013



Claire J KendrickExhibition, UncategorizedMarch 1, 20130 comments
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7th Annual Melrose Spring Arts Festival

7th Annual Melrose Spring Arts Festival
45 Award Winning Artists –

Saturday, March 16, 2013, 10 am – 5 pm
Painters on site / Painting Demonstrations
Location: Melrose Bay Park, Historic Melrose,
Heritage Park & Greathouse Butterfly Farm


Saturday, March 16, Heritage Park

Follow me on twitter to find where I am plein air painting at this event cjk_studio or on Facebook at CJK-Studio, take a peek at whats on the easel – the following artists will be doing demos….

11:00 Linda Holmes, “A Conversation with Nature in Oils”
12:00 Nancy Hamlin-Vogler, “Mixed Medium Plein Air”
1:00 Peter Carolin, “Painting the Figure in the Landscape”
(A model will be part of this demo.)
2:00 Eleanor Blair, “How to paint FAST”
3:00 Julie Robitaille, “Oil Painting with a Palette Knife”


Saturday, March 16, 12 – 9 pm
Five bands, free admission
Location: Shake Rag Arts & Culture Center
Now at 882 St Rd 21 North, Melrose


Friday, March 22, 6 – 9 pm
First choice of art with dessert & wine
To buy a Purchase Award contact:
Location: Bellamy Road Fine Arts & Melrose Bay Art Gallery


Saturday, March 23, 10 am – 9 pm
Refreshments & live music
Free and open to the public
Location: Melrose Bay Art Gallery & Bellamy Road Fine Arts

For more information, email or


Left – Shameless Shamus, Center – Moodern Art, Right – Bluebell the Bovine

Thanks Jaquie Black for the suggestion title of – “Bluebell the Bovine”, I picked “Shameless Shamus” (since it was St Patrick’s day and I had to have one of the cows with an Irish Name) Other good suggestions were ( Thanks to Charles Dickinson) — Milk Break, Forever Heifer, & Moo..dern Art!!

Claire J KendrickExhibition, Oil Painting, Plein AirMarch 1, 20130 comments
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