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Path Leading to the Sea

30×30 | Oil on Board | CJK

Seascape Painting done from the Dunes on the National Seashore Cape Cod, MA. Staying in one of the famous Dune Shack I would go out each day and paint sometimes large canvases like this one using a Beauport Easel. It was a great investment easel for the trip, light weight and sturdy – it’s been perfect for working on large plein air paintings.

The seas are the heart’s blood of the earth. Plucked up and kneaded by the sun and the moon, the tides are systole and diastole of earth’s veins.

– Henry Beston, The Outermost House.

Claire J Kendrick painting en plein air - Cape Cod. MA

Claire J Kendrick painting en plein air – Cape Cod. MA 2016

Claire J KendrickSeascape SeriesJune 20, 20160 comments
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Sunrise

11×14 | Oil on board | CJK

Sunrise Dune painting was painted en plein air during an artist-in-residence stay at C-scape Dune Shack on the Cape Cod National Seashore.

The ancient values of dignity, beauty and poetry which sustain it are of Nature’s inspiration: they are born of the mystery and beauty of the world. – – Henry Beston, The Outermost House.

Claire J KendrickSeascape SeriesJune 20, 20160 comments
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Small Impasto Botanical Paintings

Artist Notes

These Little Gems are all 8″x6″ paintings on board – using lots of paint and a fully loaded brush and palette knife.

Impasto Floral Arrangement on Blue Table | 8x6 | Oil Impasto

Impasto Floral Arrangement on Blue Table | 8×6 | Oil Impasto

Hydrangea and Folige in Green Vase | 8x6 | Oil Impasto

Hydrangea and Foliage in Green Vase | 8×6 | Oil Impasto

Impasto Blooms on Mauve | 6x8 | Oil Impasto

Impasto Blooms on Mauve | 6×8 | Oil Impasto

An Array of Flowers on Stripes | 8x6 | Oil Impasto

Featured Image – An Array of Flowers on Stripes | 8×6 | Oil Impasto

 

For purchase and pricing please contact me at claire@cjk-studio.com

 

Claire J KendrickBotanical Series, Oil PaintingOctober 14, 20150 comments
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Contemporary New Seascape Painting – “Aqua”

Available at Gardner Colby Gallery, Naples

Aqua | 36×36 | Oil on Linen | CJK

Artist Notes

This painting is about having the bravery to paint that one heavy impasto wave in a confident stroke. The foreground fragmenting was inspired very loosely from a painting by Henri-Edmond Cross – the Golden Isles, 1891/92

Although the subject of the canvas is indeed the islands, Cross has eliminated all picturesque elements and concentrated on the effects of light on colour. The various elements in the landscape become three large colored bands: the sand, sea and sky.

In keeping with the Neo-impressionist technique that he had recently begun to apply, he used rounded brushstrokes of various sizes from the dabs in the foreground to the tiny dots on the horizon, adjusting the spacing to create a slight effect of perspective. (Musée d’Orsay)

I took inspiration from this and used it in the foreground of this painting  but not in small dots side by side instead I used a much larger bold brush application but borrow the idea that the observer’s eye mixes the colors.

The term Neo-Impressionism refers to a technique where color pigments are no longer mixed either on the palette or directly on canvas, but instead placed as small dots side by side. Mixing of colors takes place from a suitable distance, in the observor’s eye, as an “optical mixture

The pointillism is to take an idea and make it your own. – LOL

Claire J KendrickAbstract, Seascape, UncategorizedOctober 14, 20150 comments
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Selection of Paintings from Figure, Landscape, Still Life and Seascape Series

Its an ongoing process to develop each series featured.

Figure | “Confused” | 12″x12″ | Available via Modern Villa Gallery, OR

Landscape | “Intercoastal Symphony” | 52″x 66″ | Available via CJK-Studio, FL

Still Life | “Peaceful Posy” | 24″x24″ | Available via CJK-Studio, FL

Seascape | “Aqua” | 36″x36″ | Available via Gardner Colby Galleries, FL

Claire J KendrickUncategorizedOctober 1, 20150 comments
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Seascape Exhibition | Gardner Colby Gallery, FL

March 4 – March 16, 2015

“Water Works”

A group show with a coastal theme.

Featuring the work of Claire Kendrick, Doug Foltz, James Lewis and Ken Otsuka

“Living on the east coast of the United States I look out on the Atlantic Ocean and I’m challenged as an artist to capture its vastness. The high seas and big storm fronts remind me of my native home, Ireland, the North West Outpost of Europe. Those memories combined with the ferociousness of the weather fronts brings a depth and passion to my work, yet the stillness and peace of the southern shores is a soothing calm and is both a joy and quest to capture as a plein air and studio painter.”

“Symbolically the ocean is a sign of power and strength, due to its immensity. Observing and painting the great power of the ocean and all its weather fronts is much like having a front row seat at the theater.”

Claire Kendrick has had the privilege to be mentored by American Contemporary Artist Anne Packard.

Artist Notes

“In 2012 Anne invited me to paint with her for 10 days at her home in Cape Cod. It is a huge honor for any artist when your painting speaks or evokes a reaction…. it’s a confirmation and validation that something’s there———–a spark to ignite! Painting is a lifelong quest and at over 80 years of age Anne is passionate and dedicated. I was struck and impressed that her daily quest is to improve her craft as an artist.
Painting can be one of the most heartbreaking and rewarding professions. Anne taught me that “the struggle” is a natural part of the process for a painter. She also taught me about stamina, discipline and fearlessness……the importance of bringing emotion, depth and passion into your work……….and that every brush mark helps define your creative style and helps you find you voice as an artist. There is a mood and emotion Anne Packard conveys in her painting that speaks to me and inspires me.” – CJK

A Selection of Paintings Exhibiting

A selection of new work will be available at the upcoming exhibition. Come visit me at the Gardner Colby Galleries, Naples March 4th, 2015.

 

Claire J KendrickExhibition, Interview, Oil Painting, SeascapeFebruary 17, 20150 comments
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Figure Exhibition | Cultural Center Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

March 6th – April 17th, 2015

“Figuratively Speaking”

Beautiful | 10x8 | Oil

Beautiful | 10×8 | Oil

The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach will open a unique exhibition featuring artist Claire Kendrick, March 6 – April 17th. “Figuratively Speaking” is a series of oil paintings and sketches which studies the human figure. Each year the curatorial committee select artists to exhibit and as study of the nude figure has long been at the heart of traditional education in the arts, it is an important exhibition and shows a real commitment to painting.
This is a contemporary body of work that brings a fresh, modern approach to figure painting. There is a freedom and energy in the way she applies paint and builds the paintings in this series as she pushes the boundaries towards abstract.

“The dialogue is something I strive for–what is spoken and what is left unspoken–it’s the tension and energy between the painting and the private dialogue–the interpretation of the viewer(s)–their need to fill in the gaps. Body language is the unspoken dialogue.” – Claire Kendrick

Shadow Side | 7x5 |Oil

Shadow Side | 7×5 |Oil

Artists Notes

“Figuratively Speaking”. — The beauty of being figurative while conversing or writing is that it creates a subtle, special meaning. The nuances of figurative language create associations and suggestions in the listener’s mind that have not been stated implicitly.
When painting the viewer uniquely observes and they in turn have their own private reaction, based on their views, life experience, feeling towards the work.
The paintings capture the private moment between a model and the artist. It’s a non-objective beginning — I never quite know what energy will come across the paintings. I sometimes capture the mood of the model or conversely it’s my reaction to the pose. Of course there is always a part of me in the work but the best paintings have something unintended — an element of surprise and mystery. They are works of art that can never be repeated because of the complex layering of paint.

 

“This is an exciting exhibition of contemporary figure paintings. It has taken over two years for the series exhibiting at the Cultural Center, to become reality and I’m very excited as it marks an important milestone in my career as a professional artist. Visiting Cape Cod and working with Anne Packard and her daughter Cynthia Packard in 2012 was pivotal in initiating the series.” – CJK

Opening Night Friday March 6th (5.30pm – 8pm)

Claire J KendrickDrawing, Exhibition, Figure, Installation, Oil PaintingFebruary 17, 20150 comments
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