Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Painting to the Beat and Learning Guitar.... UPDATED

 All artwork copyright JeanBourque.
Hello,

I have been painting all summer and have had a blast!! School starts back up next week!! So decided it is a good time to write a blog post about my attempts to learn to play guitar.


Driving Lights!
July 2017
 My newest guitar has steel strings, my old guitar had nylon strings. So I need to toughen up my finger tips. (LOL)
I learned to read music as a kid and you would think it would be easier for me to learn guitar because of that. However, I have discovered, many musicians actually do not read music. 
They feel it and it flows.
How?
My brain wants to know, 
how do they do that?
I am slowly learning "tabs" and relearning notes and chords. However,  what I would like to develop is the ability to recognize what I am hearing and interpret that instrumentally and "feel" the music onto the Steel String Acoustic Guitar. This is the classical guitar showing strings and how thin they are. The new guitar has steel strings, which are thicker.



Painting
I can feel it with paint and paint to the music, keep the beat and flow with it. Intellectually, I know it is just a matter of applying that to the guitar. Easier said than done. I am a natural drummer... so changing that to be a natural strummer is
Challenging!

Painting to the beat JeaneePaintsLive shows a painting in progress (above). 
I "feel" the music when I paint and want to interpret it to play guitar or any other instrument. Since a few people have asked about what I have in my hand, that is a palette knife. I actually use them a lot, however, I do also paint with ordinary artist's brushes as well. Typically on stage, I am painting in acrylics on pre-stretched canvas and every now and then, I will throw in other things, creating a mixed media piece. For example, one time when I was painting live to "The Dubber" aka Wendall Culbreath, he broke a string while playing and I added that into the painting. It didn't want to stay on but eventually, the paint and mediums dried and it became part of the piece. 

I Believe in Miracles!!


Guitar Based:

https://youtu.be/JYCMmViiWx4
Thank you Guitar Sage



Piano Based:

https://youtu.be/imj7FniRzyY

Thank you Aimee

Yours Truly,

Jeanee
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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

It's Maymester and Jeanee is Right back at It! Drawing, that is...





Maymester officially began yesterday and I am on Sara Schneckloth's ARTS330 Drawing intensive!
My former teacher, James Busby is also teaching a class here but he is teaching intro...and I had that a couple years ago. Sara has such a great personality, she smiles all the time and laughs a lot. I love that in a person. She also accepts free spirits like myself and Alex who was also in my last drawing class. He always has head phones on. Big stereo type head phones. He is usually later than I am for school. So... that is all I know about him. LOL! The other people in the class all seem really nice and fun. Tim was in a painting class with me before. He is an excellent painter. We also have Kelsey, Maddie, AnnaGrace and Mogan plus Jason in our class. Tomorrow Eileen Blythe is giving a demo!!

Been drawing models, flowers and leaves. Found one with lots of colors.... will post as soon as I have a painting. You can follow me on Instagram at artjeanee! Teacher says we will be using instagram for our art class! Cool!

Until later my friends... keep your hands in the art!!
Yours Truly
Jeanee

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Spring semester wind down... 2017



All paintings on this page are by Jean Bourque Copyright 2017... some may still be in progress!!

Dear Friends....

Another school year is about over and there are so many things still left to do. I have a lot of friends graduating and realize the paint studio at school is going to be pretty empty this summer.  But come fall there will be a new crop of painters moving in. As for me, i am taking classes this summer as well, so I will be in the studio and painting!!! Maybe I will get them all done in time for the Fall. (kidding, they will be done before then!)

Yes, you remember correctly, originally I had planned to graduate Spring 17, but I didn't realize just how hard academic classes would be after being away so long and after having chemo treatments. LOL! Needless to say, some semesters I quickly realized I bit off more than I could chew and had to drop a course or two here or there. Plus the issue with German 2. I dropped and choose diff language... and it's still hard but I know I have to do it. LOL!

My busiest and best semester ever was Fall 2016, I took 6 classes, worked part time, and even made the Dean's list! But I absolutely had no spare time and no fun. Spring 2017, I only signed up for 4 classes because one was a double painting class plus I also took two classes at City Arts during this time. Oil Painting, of course, but here is the surprise, I took two classes one 6 week with Stephen Whetstone in Portraits and then I did the two day workshop with Michael DelPriore also in Portraits.
No, I am not planning on becoming a portrait artist. But I can paint people, much better!!

I love abstracts and experimental art forms even more than ever, but every now and then I like to throw a person or two in the mix. Plus, I know I will eventually "have" to take figure drawing/painting at school, so I may as well prepare for it! LOL! Right now, I have paint on my arms and I am sure on my face... and I have my dirty paint apron on and have 16 paintings out I am working on. That is a lot. I think it is the most I have ever had going at one time. LOL!

You could say I have become fussier now. LOL! A little knowledge can be a dangerous thing. It's been a tough semester, what with having to research, write and give 4 speeches and the second semester of Spansh. It has been a real nightmare for me. I have never been one for public speaking. It's funny because when I was a kid I loved being in plays, but after moving to SC, I became shy. I have no idea why! LOL!!

I love my drawing class. I swear I have the BEST drawing teacher ever! His name is James Busby and he is a great painter and shows in NY. He has lots of patience which as any experimental artist can tell you, is a GREAT quality when dealing with artists like me! He is very versatile his work ranges from very realistic to super abstarcat and sometimes geometric, google him... if you want to know more!

I will miss my paint mates at school as they will all be graduating all but one. I have painted a lot with Matthew Berry while he painted in the studio beside mine. I hadn't really been painting with anyone since my best friend died in 2010. So it's been really cool, to get feedback and learn ways others work when they paint.  He does really awesome work. He is really skilled in drawing and plans all his paintings. He does really large paintings often with Native Americans in them and a lot of mystery and magic. His paintings are meditative and similiar to Alex Gray. Not exactly but they are realistic, extremely well rendered and have lots of information and details to them, that I have never attempted to paint anything like them. They seem complicated but I love looking at his work. Maybe we can trade one.

Some of mine have been at the point where I thought they were done.... but my teacher or anoither painter would point out something so now.... I think I may have 2 of the 16 done. I have to have three done by Friday. Guess I need to prioritize! LOL!  Friday is final critique and last day of school, not counting finals. I have two, one in Speech and the other in Spanish 2 ...FUN, fun, Fun.... NOT!!

Hope you all are painting or doing something you love... catch ya' later,
Hasta Luigo,
Jeanee

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Lauren Chapman at 80808 April 28, 2017

Hi friends,


Just wanted to tell you about a great art show coming up. My classmate Lauren Chapman will be graduating soon with her BFA. She is a great painter and has already won numerous awards. 

Her art show will be at 80808 in the Vista in Columbia SC.
The Artist's Reception will be Friday April 28, 2017 from 6-9 pm. This artist is definetly going places, you should see her art!! 

Yours truly... 
Jeanee


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

City Arts In Columbia SC

This is my Yelp review on the City Art Gallery 1224 Lincoln St. Columbia, SC and art supply store.




City Art is by far the most all service art gallery in the capital city of Columbia, SC. They do it all and they have it all. For starters, I have been a customer of this business for well over 25 years. Back when I first went to their store on Broad River Rd. called Dutch Door. It was a tiny little store and I am happy to say this business grew from humble beginnings to the immense presence in downtown Columbia SC by having high quality art supplies and great customer service. When they moved downtown they quickly became the go to for art supplies.
They have monthly art shows and assembled a group of artists and art collections for sale, above and beyond all the other places in town put together. They also offer custom framing and special orders. Anything any art student from USC or any of the 30 colleges and even more high school students could possibly need they have it. Any type of painting, printing, drawing you need or want to do, you can get your supply there. They even have rarely used items such as silverpoint, #3 mechanical pencils, ground pigments and the best supply of easels I have ever personally seen!
The building is huge and the main floor gallery can be rented for weddings and events. Who knows maybe I will get married there someday. (If ever, lol!) The classes I have taken with them, starting way back at Dutch Door for Matting and to this day Oil Painting portraits with Stephen Whetstone and a 2 day oil painting portrait workshop next month with Michael DelPriore and others in between, have all been great learning experiences.
Not only that, but I can call up and say I am going to need a yard of canvas and I will be over to pick it up and it will be ready. Randy Hanna (one of the principles) can point you to exactly what you need and being in business so long, he knows what all the teachers' prefer the students to use. Best gallery and best art supply, by far!!!

If they had 10 stars this place would get that!

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Duba Band & JeaneePaintsLive New Years Eve at Bar of Lexington Two Notch Rd Lexington SC

NEW YEARS EVE....SATURDAY DECEMBER 31 9PM until...







HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

DUBA BAND WILL BE PLAYING LIVE AT THE BAR OF LEXINGTON FROM 9PM TO 2 AM 
NO COVER CHARGE, COME SEE THE LATEST INCARNATION OF THE RENEWED DUBA BAND MARY AND JOHN NOW HAVE AN ADDITIONAL SINGER GUITARIST JAMIE AND DRUMMER BERT .... YOU GOT TO HEAR THEM!!!

IF YOU HAVE EVER PARTIED WITH DUBA BAND, YOU KNOW THEY PLAY A HUGE SELECTION OF OLDIES AS WELL AS SOME OF THE NEWEST MUSIC AVAILABLE... GREAT BAND THAT KNOWS HOW TO THROW A NEW YEARS PARTY; THEY HAVE BEEN DOING THIS OVER A DECADE.  PEOPLE WILL BE DANCING AND THE PLACE WILL BE HOPPING. 

AS FOR ME, JEANEE... I WILL BE AT THE CANVAS OR DANCING WITH YALL!

YOURS TRULY,

CHEERS!!!

JEANEE

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Sharing Photos from JeaneePaintsLive archives 2010-2016

Thankful to all my wonderful friends, the poets, musicians, singers, songwriters, bands and venues that I have been blessed to Paint my Art Live at!! Thank you! Here are a flurry of photos from my archives!

From the archives>>>> Paintings and Performers....

Jeanee Painting Live at Tapps ...

From the Archives JeaneePaints Live to Dick Goodwin Band

More ....


JeaneePaintsLive to Mark Wayne Hagood in Florence SC at the Gallery Art show
From the archives....

Memories...
In West Virginia at Badlands Music Fest;  JeaneePaintsLive to Larry Keel and his band.

More memories..... Thank you all for the fond memories!!


JeaneePaintsLive to Sheryl Boyd at The Heritage Festival in Lake City, SC

Memories.... from the archives:

JeaneePaintsLive to Keith Bates at Haven Coffee Shop and Restaurant Gallery Lexington SC

A few more from the archives>>>>


JeaneePaintsLive to Jackaroe in Columbia SC

(many times)

and another band I painted to their music many times is


JeaneePaintsLive to Duba Band (many times)
mostly in Lexington SC
JeaneePaintsLive to Duba Band!

and another band I painted to a lot is from the archives.....

The Dubber aka Wendell Culbreath

Thanks for the memories!!

And just a few more of the many wonderful musicians and bands I have painted to....

JeaneePaintsLive to 
Ancient Sunken Treasure at Smokefest in Blythwood SC


The Dubber was the first musician that I was able to Paint Live to... a big heartfelt thanks 
to my friend The Dubber!


This was the very first one, back in April 2010!







This series of pictures are all from the day I painted live at Keepfest!
On Scollons Woods, one fine day!










This series is from the night I painted live at Keepfest, as you can see there were numerous bands and lots of fun for everyone!
Some of the pics have never been posted before:
JeaneePaintsLive
Memory Lane....






Keepfest 2012

Memories of other places and times... more to follow....
JeaneePaintsLive most photos from Keith Bates with a few from others such as 
John Starino, Jean Bourque, Junior Talbot and Lesley Gilroy

This next series of pictures are from two Music festivals in West Virginia
JeaneePaintsLive













Devon Allman and his band




JeaneePaintsLive in West Virginia at Badlands Music Festival and 
at PoorFarm Music Fest 
She painted to Devon Allman, Johnsons Crossroad, Kofi Baker and The Cream Experience, 
Larry Keel, Richmonds Best, and several other bands

Lucas Sams and his band at Conundrum
JeaneePaintsLive there too

Jeanee Painted live at the IndieGrrls Music Fest in Georgia

JeaneePaintsLive at an Oyster Fest for Harmony School Fundraiser
John Satterfields band
JeaneePaintsLive to "Lost in the Holler" Band at
Railroad Junction Gallery Florence SC

JeaneePaintsLive to Natty Vibes
JeaneePaintsLive to Stillhouse
at Art Bar Columbia SC

JeaneePaintsLive at Charlies in Lexington SC to Duba Band

Many more memories....
Hope you enjoyed them as much as I did.

Yours truly,

Jeanee