Latest Works of Jan Kirstein


Primarily a painter, my creative process combines a mixture of media and collage, including acrylic, pastel, colored pencil & Photoshop, Sumi-E Ink and Japanese Rice paper. 

 

 

 

Sumi E Ink and Japanese Rice Paper 4 small

“The Great Horse Race”  by Janis Kirstein

 

I love making these collages. Action painting is my joy for more than 30 years and continues to this day, today, with Sumi-E ink and a haiki brush. I add Japanese rice paper torn scraps, and combine a variety of media including paint, watercolor, graphite, ink, colored pencil, even glitter, all to make a free flowing capture of the creative energy that surrounds me at any given moment. All this has somehow landed on a stretched canvas diptych measuring 32″ in width and 20″ in height. Right now I am creating this series of paintings in my basement. Well actually, RIGHT NOW I am telling you about me doing it! Clarification. I will be continuing this process upon completing this epistle and I will keep you updated on my progress!

 

 

Collage 1 062618.jpg
To achieve the atmospheric abstraction seen in my work, I especially make use of transparent layering. The scale of my pieces can range from my use of the Nano image to images of outer space. My canvases and paper works range in size from small ,5″ x 6″, to medium 20″ x 32″ to large 4′ x 8.’That means all realities are visible simultaneously, which creates a paradox or sense perceptive omnipotence within you, the perceiver. It’s much like being able to see all dimensions of reality within one gaze.
Collage 2 062618.jpg
I invite all of you to join in my creative parade and journey. Get front row seats and join me in this exhilarating endeavor! Thanks for joining me! I love having you come with me by coming to my new website on Patreon.

Here you will have the opportunity to make a small financial donation to help sustain my creative endeavor. You can make a pledge and receive all kinds of various goodies and discounts as a reward for your patronage. I am still compiling my list of rewards and placing them on the website, so check back in a few days to see additional rewards that will be added.

 

 

Collage Close Up 2
Close up view. Collage by Janis Kirstein

I greatly appreciate and value your contribution  to my journey as a creative artist. With your generous support, via my new membership with Patreon. If you wish to follow and participate in my ever expanding creative road of discovery you can make a small donation of support on my Patreon website here. With your help, we can ride this creative journey together! Thanks so much!

Jan Kirstein

safe_image

 

Why do’t you check out the latest fashion updates on Kirsteinfineart fashion here.

 

 

 

ae8501f671cdd163dad7fa5a95104b27_540x

Third Eye Chakra Racerback Dress

 

Happy Halloween! The Ultimate ART DAY!


 

 

Two art students at Western Hills High School produce their Halloween interpretation of “Monster.”

watercolor-monster
Painting by Julia Martinez, Sophomore at Western Hills High School

 

 

sterling-monster
Painting by Stirling Crawford, Junior, Western Hills High School

 

 

 

sterling-mouths
Stirling speaks with his hand….
cheech-and-angel
Costume Day at Western Hills, with Cheech of Cheech and Chong, and an angel.

Monster Project:  For High School Level Students

 

Create a Monster                             Kirstein

 

Objective: Design a symbolic portrait of a “monster,” using symbols to convey the monster’s inner and outer personality, affinities and tendencies. You can use collage, pencil, colored pencil, marker or paint, and you must cover your whole sheet of paper with an environment for the monster.

 

 

Your monster does not have to be realistic or look like a person, but  it must include:

  • A monster figure, whether drawn, painted, or created with glued collage magazine pieces.

2) Use entire sheet of paper.

3) Use proportion to create a sense of the unusual and to create emphasis and balance. Create variety and harmony through the use of color, shape and value.

4) Monster needs to convery personality and the environment needs to surround it with symbols pertaining to the likes and dislikes of this monster you have created.

 

How to proceed:

Step 1: Draw your monster on a piece of 12” x 18”  white paper to formulate and brainstorm your design. On this paper, decide how the main figure will look, and how you will arrange the objects in your drawing.

Step two: Draw main figure and symbols with pencil.

Step three: Use prisma colored pencils or regular colored pencils for the color. You may also use tempra paint, water color or magic marker. Magazine collage is also encouraged. You may also glue in words that relate to the monster.

 

clown
“Clown” painted by Blaze Paul, Freshman Western Hills High School

Scale I: Focus

Project completed

Student followed directions/classroom rules

Student made effort to meet objectives and goals

Work completed on time

Effort/attitude

 

Scale II: Craftsmanship/Technique

Craftsmanship is aptitude, skill, manual dexterity in use of media and tools.

Technique is manner and skill with which the artist employs the tools/materials to

achieve the chosen effect.

Criteria:

Skillful use of media

Care taken with project

Work area cleaned daily

Media used with correct technique

Technical skill in the use of media

Visual detail (neatness)

Appropriate use of supplies and materials

Skillful and appropriate use of materials

 

Assessment:

 

4  Assignment on time; meets or exceeds all criteria.

3  Assignment on time with one criterion missing.

2  Assignment on time but has two criteria missing.

  • Assignment late or has three or four criteria missing.
  • Assignment late or has inappropriate solution to the problem, incomplete

 

lion
“Lion Monster” by Hala Jordon, Junior, Western Hills High School

Collector’s Choice: Jani Freimann


http://jani-freimann.pixels.com

 

image

 


Peace And Justice

“It seemed fitting to paint the horses with the colors of the American flag considering the title and considering that I am very much a patriot to my country. The horse in the back is Justice because he has his eyes covered. The Greek statue for justice wears a blindfold so she cannot see the bribes being offered to her. This is my version of blind justice.

The horse in the foreground represents peace. Peace and justice are side by side and beget freedom and nothing represents the power of freedom like unbridled horses running.

The red background has a subtle texture to it created by using Saran Wrap. Click on the picture to view through the green high Res box.

The red is a Daniel Smith acrylic color called Venetian Red. When I saw the paint can, I immediately grabbed it. No worries about having a whole quart of this fabulous color. I will use it frequently.” Jani Freimann

 

Jani Freimann
Port Orchard, Washington

Jani is an award winning water media and graphite artist who specializes in horses and people, but can paint or draw anything.

“I paint with a lot of water. Because of the texture that creates, I decided to make it work for me and I make it part of my style. Embracing the drips and blooms; doing them on purpose with bright colors has been very freeing. It fits my spirited, adventurous personality.

Many times I’ll use my drawing skills by adding pastels and/or India Ink. Sometimes watercolor alone just doesn’t capture the depth needed to tell the story. When pastel or ink is added, it seems to complete certain pieces of art.

‘I will probably forever be adventurous in my art. Lately, I’ve been exploring a new media – water mixable oils.”

Jani Freimann

 

Sketches

What thinking process does an artist go through before the final piece, the original piece, of artwork is completed? I sketch out ideas, make notes about what colors I want to use, and what mood I want to portray.

The preliminary sketch is where I try to work out any problems that might arise, create a composition that works with breaks of space, and determine the intended focal point with values or shading (which sometimes changes in the painted version. And by drawing, I have the opportunity to just loosen up.
Through drawing I warm up the drawing muscles and connect myself mentally to the work.

Sometimes, I like my sketches better than the painting. Sometimes, it is a good thing nobody sees them, but me. Those go into my ‘sin pile’ along with paintings that didn’t turn out (I rarely throw away art) until the day comes that they can be used in another way.

A good example of resurrected paintings are my horse paintings: A Cool Morning Breeze and Painted By The Wind. The under painting of those was originally intended to be urban scenes. Here, in this gallery, are some preliminary drawings that were decent enough for others to see. By Jani Freimann

 

 

image

 

Not only does Jani paint and draw people and horses, but she also paints delightful birds of all kinds. To see more of her paintings and drawings of people, just click on her web site at top of this page. Below you will find more of her animals in a variety of media. Janis Kirstein

Picasso Trigger

 

 

 

img_7951

This is Watercolor and India ink on watercolor paper. I recently went to Hawaii and snorkeled with many of these beautiful and colorful, tropical fish.

Trigger fish are called triggers because of their boney pectoral and pelvic spines. They use these two spines to lock themselves inside of a hole in a rock or coral. When the sea gets rough or they get scared they can ride out the troubled waters locked away from danger.

FOWL CREATURES

Robins, hummingbirds, chickadees, warblers, bluebirds, crows, song birds, birds of prey, chickens, roosters, small birds, large birds…anything with beaks, feathers, wings, and talons and anything that chirps or tweets. A variety of bird art for all bird lovers, bird collectors, birders, and bird watchers.


Female Cardinal 3

Before choosing to paint a Northern Cardinal, I had no idea that the female of the species was so colorful. Mostly because you never see a painting done of them. Usually their male counterpart is painted because of their distinctive red color. Besides the blue/black mask around their eyes, shades of yellow and red are visibly mixed into the expected brown/grey plumage. by Jani Freimann

Crested Croquette Hummingbird. This tropical, crested hummer was a fun one to paint. I like how he seems to be sportin’ a ‘tude, but in a good way that gives him character. Maybe one of his lady friends flew by and he just wanted to impress her.

After painting birds with oils for a while, I decided to try watercolor and India ink again. It went so smoothly (probably because I was using the intended media for Aquabord rather than forces the Aquabord to accept water-mixable oils) and I had so much fun with it that I think I’ll be painting this way for a while again.

 

 

 

img_6657

img_6655

img_6656