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Air
4″x6″
gouache and pencil on Canson 185 lb paper20160622_140204

After being sick for the last few months- (kidney stone) I’m finally well again. I still have to be very careful with what I eat, no wheat, very few grains, and now low sodium, but as my large intestine has improved, my hands have improved considerably. They still burn every once in a while, but it’s incredibly minor. My labs are great.

But the forced inactivity made me think about what I’d like to do in the immediate future. I’d definitely like to illustrate a book, but in order to do that I’ll have to retool how I work in order to become faster. At the same time I’ve been growing restless with the limitations of gouache. You have to be very, very careful when you overpaint, because it becomes active when it comes in contact with water. I hate oil, so that’s out (not oil paintings, but using oils myself), but I have always LOVED egg tempera. A lot. And my painting style is essentially drawing with a brush which makes it a good fit. So, that’s on my immediate future list.

In the meantime I went back to one of my earliest inspirations, medieval manuscripts. They inspired “Air,” up above. Screen Shot 2016-06-22 at 5.46.00 PM I made a simple outline drawing. Filled her in with a gouache base. Drew on top of the paint. And then painted the details. It was incredibly satisfying. So satisfying that I ordered “Alchemy & Mysticism”. Sure I have books on symbolism, mythology, and magic symbols, but this book is gorgeous. It also keeps my on track, style wise. I don’t want to fall down the rabbit hole of spending 2 months on a small painting anymore. I think this will help me divide my work between projects that are smaller, on paper, in gouache and pencil- and projects that are medium sized, in egg tempera, on gessoed board. 20160622_170911

I have a Pinterest board of evening gowns where I found the dress and color scheme-
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This one is Gucci. I think she looks like she could have walked out of a modern Decameron.


If you’re in St. Louis, MO please check out The Bees Knees Show at the Alexi Era Gallery. 

Public Opening Reception : July 19th 7-9PM

Special Collectors Preview: July 19th 6-7PM
(RSVP: $20, Call 618.407.5596 or email: info@alexieragallery.com)
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The Bees Knees is an awareness and fundraising exhibition for Honey Love, urban bee keepers and activists trying to help our honey bee population. The Exhibition will feature 100 artworks on postcards from artists all around the world. All postcards will be priced $5-$50, and available to take home right away showing your support along with a honey tasting feature local harvested honey. On the back of each postcard is a special message about how you can help the bees. 100% of all sales go to HoneyLove and their commitment to save the bees! We aim to raise awareness, bring hope and also create a dialogue about the importance of bees.

I contributed a postcard to the show~
“The Message”
4″ x 6″
watercolor
It depicts two of my ladies communicating a message in the language of flowers.

jordanwestermessage01jordanwestermessage02jordanwestermessage03In retrospect, I wish I’d made the background something other than blue. I feel it clashes with the purple. The background should have been cream or lilac. I’m thinking of doing a larger version with greater detail for myself, so we’ll see how that pans out.