Archive for March, 2020

Still Life Painting, “Bells of Ireland”

From my home to yours, “Bells of Ireland” | 30×48 |  oil on canvas | 2014. NFS.  This painting is in my personal collection, it’s a milestone piece. It’s good to reflect on these paintings from time to time. They are the ‘keepers’ they mark a period of growth or something unexplained that I’d been striving for in my work.

Often as a working artist, its a feeling of luxury to decide to keep a painting. You live with works of art until its time to send them to a gallery. Works I love, seem to sell easily, quickly in a day or a week sometimes. Often works take longer to find the right person a year or two…or longer! A collector may appreciate the voice, the essence of a painting, others find their way back to the studio before being introduced to a new gallery and area. It’s like dating – but for paintings. One never really knows what draws the collector and the painting together, its their private desire, love affair.

It sometimes matters to collectors the career of the artist. A collector may be interested in a new body of work, if you have done a residency or have traveled. A collectors may have been introduced to your your work by a gallery and likes your work so much they commission a work of art. This is a great compliment. Some don’t care to know your name and the painting is a good fit with the decor!

So the volatile, fickle world of art will always keep us guessing and waiting for a sale. This time I fear artists may wait for longer than we wish, for markets to recover. However if you follow my work its important to know the work matters to me and will continue…because there is rarely a feeling of having the luxury to rest on ones laurels, in this game. The love affair and great desire to say something with the work continues for as long as I can buy paint!

The joy and importance of having art in one’s life is clear… it’s wonderful when clients send photos of art they’ve purchased for their home, exclaiming how much it meant to them and how they loved having it, especially during these trying times.


There’s no sugarcoating  this…. There are rocky times ahead. My thanks to the professional gallery’s who represent my work.

ART ON CENTRE, FERNANDINA, FL www.artoncentre.com
TEL (904) 624 7255

GARDNER COLBY GALLERY, NAPLES FL www.gardnercolbygallery.com
TEL (239) 403 7787

PLUM ART GALLERY, ST AUGUSTINE FL www.plumartgallery.com
(904) 825 0069

CJK-STUDIO www.cjk-studio.com

Art inspires, awes, entertains, intrigues and delights. Enjoy viewing works at these online gallerys.
Thank you to all my collectors.

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Claire J KendrickUncategorizedMarch 26, 20200 comments
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“Is there something I can sing from across the sea.”

28″ x 22″ oil on canvas

Still Life Painting – Progression Video

As we find our place in a new circumstance, I find myself listening to new music, painting, cooking. We are forced to make life simpler for a while. Artists, love a little solitude… its an essential element. The privacy of the studio is a sanctuary, a place to see, develop and challenge oneself to work harder and be better. It is reminding me of how important our home life is. As we spend more time at home, how neglected some areas were.

Enjoy your time and embrace the solitude rather than think of it as isolation.

Thinking of family and friends across the sea and close by. Stay safe … attached a short video from my home to yours. Take time to make your dwelling beautiful, I have been organizing (…. it feels like a have a few years worth to catch up on) De-cluttering is another famous pass time many of us avoid but rehanging some paintings, prompted me to hang this recent painting. This still life white floral work is just a beautiful clean calm painting to greet us, as we enter our living space. Since we wont be out to buy fresh blooms these remind us to appreciate our garden.

From our materialistic society, right now it is only the essentials that matter, food, water, medicine. Our precious health and the state of the planet. Clean sky’s over major cities in the world show us there are lessons.

Prayers to all in the wake of the pandemic. Our health, economy and the fiscal tremors of this virus will be felt throughout the world. We must bloom again!

Be well.

Claire

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If you would like a postcard of this painting please, private message me your name and address and I will send a print of it in the mail when everything calms down, it will be your reminder to bloom again.

claire@cjk-studio.com

Claire J KendrickUncategorizedMarch 25, 20201 comment
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