Tuesday, December 31, 2013

If I have to look at it, you have to look at it; Day 2

While most of America takes down Christmas decor tomorrow, our tree
will remain up for 13 days and counting.

A Grateful Dead bulb to ring in the New Year!!

Day 2: Grateful Dead Bulb
watercolor and pencil

Monday, December 30, 2013

If I have to look at it..you have to look at it; Day 1

The City of Burlington does not pick up Christmas trees 
until January 12th!  What am I going to do with my yellowing 
tree until the middle of January!?

In honor of this late pick up I'm drawing an ornament a day.
For the next 13 days I will continue celebrating the holiday season 
with my newest series: If I Have to Look at It, You Have to Look at It.


Day 1: Fabric Tree
watercolor and pencil

Monday, December 16, 2013

Landscape Class, 3

Focusing on fauna I studied a bee...

and documented the process.

 In the beginning of class I did small studies of different areas
of a bee's body.  I tried to choose parts with different textures.

(left) bee eye, (top right) wing, (bottom) leg

What now appears to be a very abstract pencil drawing is actually
where the bee's wing connects to the body.
I used a piece of white paper with a square cut out of it
to frame a small portion of the photograph.  Then I focused on
drawing what was inside the frame.

Did you notice I did not post about class 2??  I was getting over 
a horrible cold and missed it.  Hopefully I will have some time to 
make it up in an open studio class, a time when artists can 
drop in, use the materials and create art.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Pop-Up Artist Market Tomorrow

Tomorrow from 9-3 at The Monkey House.  
Finish (or start) your Christmas shopping, 
grab a drink, or just say hi!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Landscape Painting Class, 1

I started my first in a five week series of classes, 
Landscape Painting: Flora and Fauna.

I did some onion studies in gouache and ink.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Landscape Painting, Class 6

I spent the last 2 classes working on a second cloud painting in 
water-soluble oils.  I worked on a small portion of clouds off a 
photograph taken at Crater Lake National Park in Oregon.

and it slowly dries..

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Landscape Painting, Class 4

Monday was busy.

Started painting class with an exercise in water.  
The image for the left was cut into 6 segments
 and passed out to our class of 6.  We each painted it, without 
seeing the original, with water soluble oils on watercolor
paper.  The end result can be seen below.

It's interesting to see everyone's different styles and 
how well they went together.

Finished class by working on the cloudscape I had begun last 
week.  I deemed it finished at the end of the day so that
I can move on to a photograph from Crater Lake next class.

And lastly, some cloud inspiration I saw while running errands
the rest of the day.  Autumn skies in Vermont are very dramatic.
They served as a welcomed distraction from 5:00 pm traffic.

(look at the snow peaked mountain!)

Monday, October 21, 2013

Landscape Painting, Class 3

Technically the 2nd class for me after I completely forgot about 
class last week...opps!  Lucky for me the people at Davis Studios 
are so accommodating they offered to let me attend an open studio
day to make up for the lost time.  I found this very nice 
considering it was my own fault and for no good reason that
I missed last week.

We began by learning some new techniques for tackling waves
and water.  Although I'm not sure my wave was a success I 
am happy with the "how to" knowledge I gained.  We 
worked in pastels and focused on darks, lights and shading.

While the rest of the class went back to their small study 
of clouds I began mine.  I decided to work from the picture I 
started with in the first class.  We continued working in water
soluble oil paint but switched to a small canvas.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

A website...FINALLY!!

How long does it take to build a website?

4+ hours of website content creation, 
2 months of procrastination on troubleshooting,
15 minutes of troubleshooting, 
1 click to publish and..

It's live!!

Check it out...bookmark it...and keep your eyes
peeled for my new artist Facebook page coming soon!

(jaclynbishop.com was not for sale at this time
but I'm stalking it and as soon as the domain 
owner decides to stop making monthly 
payments I'll be the proud owner of not 1 but
2 domain names....both pointing to the same
page of course).

Monday, October 7, 2013

Landscape Drawing, Class 1

I struggle with putting aside enough time to work on my art.  My schedule 
is very busy to say the least and I often feel like my artwork suffers
because of it.  It's my passion, what I see myself doing for the rest of
my life and I recently decided I need to do something about the time
management dilemmas I to frequently face.  So I signed up for my first 
art class in 7 years: Landscape Drawing with a focus on water and clouds
taught at the Davis Studio's in Burlington.  Everyone always has something
to teach and something to learn.  Inspiration from the other artists is a bonus
that I sometimes forget about when I work alone in my studio.

Today was the first class and we focused on the basics...layout, perspective
and some general "rules" of landscapes.

Landscape study experimenting with canvas shape.  Deeper shading and detail 
was worked into the one that we found the most successful.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Rain Barrel Auction!

Touching up the rain barrel then it's off to Arts Riot where it will
be auctioned off Saturday during Art Hop!

You can also sign up to win a rain barrel here.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Current and Upcoming Shows

Inside Patagonia was successfully installed in the Hartness Library at
Vermont Technical College in Randolph, VT.  The library is open to the 
public so please stop by if you are in the area.  The show is on display 
until October 21, 2013.

ART HOP! in Burlington's South End is quickly approaching and although I will
not be there in person I will be there in art.  
Sept. 6- Sept 8 throughout Burlington!

Let it Rain, rain barrel auction at ArtsRiot, 400 Pine St., Burlington.
Doors open Saturday, September 7th at 6pm and bidding begins at 7pm.
Music, food, cash bar....my rain barrel....what's not to love!

I will also have a piece of art at the S.P.A.C.E. Gallery, 266 Pine St., 
Burlington (in the Soda Plant).  

Refugio with a View can be seen in the gallery's Represent show displaying
artist's affliated with the gallery.  This show is a staple for Art Hop and this
year it's bigger than ever and has expanded into the Soda Plant hallways!

I will also have several pieces in S.P.A.C.E.'s Backspace Gallery as part of
The 5 and Dime Show featured tons of artwork all priced under $200!!

And lastly....tonight at S.P.A.C.E. starting at 5 pm and ending at 8pm is 
the final party for the August Art Auction.  So get your bids in now or in person 
because at 8 pm the bidding closes!

Here is a link to my submission, Underwater Volcano, a framed and matted 
watercolor and ink illustration:

Sunday, August 18, 2013

IF: Power

Illustration Friday's topic: "Power"

August Art Auction @ S.P.A.C.E.

Underwater Volcano (matted and framed) is up for sale
at the S.P.A.C.E. Gallery, 266 Pine Street, Burlington, VT.
This piece is part of the August Art Auction.
Started bid is $35.00 and bidding closes on August 30th!

Bidding can be done in person or online via this link:

Gallery Hours:
Wednesday - Saturday
12 pm - 5 pm

Monday, July 29, 2013


Painted signage for Daily Planet in downtown Burlington, VT.

The before:

Some inspiration:

The process (digital mock-ups):

15 Center St.
Burlington, VT  05401

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Ink Illustrations & Upcoming Shows

Ink Illustrations

I've had so much going on this summer I have barely had time to work on 
artwork!  One thing I have been doing is working on book illustrations
for an ongoing project.  We are starting to see a dent in progress too, which 
is very exciting for everyone involved.  I cannot wait to see this finished progress.

Upcoming Shows

Inside Patagonia (solo exhibition)
August 12th - October 21st
Hartness Library Gallery at Vermont Technical College, Randolph, VT
Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday 8 am- 6 pm 
(hours extended during the fall semester)

Inside Patagonia is a 15 piece series of watercolor and ink paintings from
a road trip I took last fall through the Patagonia region of Argentina and Chile.

This show moves to Dealer.com in Burlington, VT for November 2013.

August Art Auction (group exhibition)
August 2nd - August 31st
S.P.A.C.E. Gallery, 266 Pine Street, Burlington, VT
Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Friday 11 am- 5 pm & Saturday-Sunday 12 pm- 5 pm

The 5th annual August auction for S.P.A.C.E. and the 3rd I have participated in!
Underwater Volcano! (matted and framed) was my donated piece that can be bid on
in person or online (more info to come on this).  The auction proceeds benefit the gallery.
This is my favorite art sale of the year and a great place to get cheap art.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013


WCAX did a story on the public art project, Connecting the Drops, 
which features rain barrels decorated by local artists.  My sea monkeys
creation made it into the story via photograph!

Check it out...

Thursday, June 20, 2013


Been sketching away working on several projects.

A hawk and a pig- 1st draft...commissioned.

The evolution of a fairy's basket for a children's book I'm illustrating.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

IF: Children

Illustration Friday's weekly topic: Children

Keepin' Busy!

Ink illustrations...

...and art installation at American Flatbread in Middlebury, VT.
It will be hanging for the month as part of Middlebury Art's Walk.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Framing Finished!

How long does it take to cut mats, frame and 
attach framing hardware to 15 pieces?
 The answer: 9 hours.  

I'm shocked it didn't take longer, surprised at how easy it was
to cut mats without a mat cutter and relieved that it's finished.
It's all boxed up and ready for hanging at American Flatbread in 
Middlebury, VT on Thursday.  

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Patagonia Series

Ramon & I
8.25"w x 10"h

Ramon is Fearless
15"w x 8.5"h

Sunset on Route 5
7"w x 4.5"h

6.75"w x 5"h