I am honored to introduce Jeanine as a fellow artist on my blog. Jeanine and I both teach classes at the Dragonfly Shops and Gardens in Old Towne Orange in California. I love her whimsy style and cute characters. They are fun and happy
My name is Jeanine Brown and I live in Aliso Viejo. I have been making one thing or another for most of my life, decorating cakes, sewing clothes, making jewelry, anything to feed my creativity. It wasn’t until 2000 that I put a brush to canvas, and I was hooked! After raising 3 boys and a big life change, started looking at artists and took several painting workshops from the artists I admired at the time. I started out doing landscapes, working with oil paints in a plein-air style, and even was privileged enough to go on an Art Study in France to paint in Monet’s magical gardens in 2004 and 2007. It was transformative and an experience of a lifetime.
Since then my style has changed and transformed quite a bit. Today I work mainly in acrylics and in a more whimsical style, sometimes incorporating collage into my work. Little characters have been showing up in my work, and I follow them on all kinds of explorations. I hope to write a few stories to give them even more life one day. As far as my palette…color and MORE color please!
I currently teach at the Dragonfly Studio in Orange. I have a Wednesday Open Paint workshop where we explore all kinds painting. Also, on Friday nights, Sip-N-Dip, where we paint step-by-step to music while sipping on our favorite beverage.
Show us your favorite part of your studio.
My favorite part of my studio is my new table. It fits right in the corner and curves around in front of the windows and is perfect for spreading out on. I’m able to work on several pieces at once, it’s perfect!
What kind of creative habits, routines or rituals do you have?
One habit I try to maintain is to do something creative every day, even if I don’t have time for a full-on paint session, I at least do research, draw out ideas for paintings, read an article in an art magazine, or do a few small studies on paper. When I commit to this, my day is so much happier and my right brain stays awake and dancing around!