Monthly Archives: July 2017

Impressionism vs Abstract Art

Impressionism is a form of art that is represented by think brushstrokes usually en plein air and also shows movement. Abstract art is shapes usually different from reality.

They are very different forms of art. I would say Im more of an impressionist.

By Janelle Dey

By Janelle Dey

These are two painting I did in oil, the first is a portrait and the second is a still life. You can notice the lights and movement in the brush strokes.

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What kind of artist are you?

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Having an Art Muse

An art muse is a character that you paint or shows up in different artworks you create. They can be inspirational and fun and cute. 

My art muse is this boy who is recognized in 3 of my paintings thus far. Having a muse may make finding new painting ideas easier.


In this piece he is reading a newspaper. He is on a NYC subway car. 

Whatever your muse is you can have fun with it. Do you have a muse and what is it?

Painting NYC

In NYC there are a million things to paint. Subways, people, beaches, and more. Decide if you want to paint live or from photography or a mixture of the two.

You can plan a day at the beach and bring your supplies. And paint the waves. The summer time is beautiful. In fact, that what my next painting will be, so check out my new posts.


This is a painting I did this week, check out my post Impressionism vs abstract art. Here

Painting your Ideas

Some artists like to paint to be inspired others are inspired to paint. I am a little bit of both. If you have an idea you can either get a sketch book and sketch your ideas with pencil , pen, or marker or you can go straight to paint.

Sometimes you may not have an idea and that’s why some artist create few great works. However, you can look at art in museums to get ideas or paint according to what’s going on in society like a movement.

Doing a bit of research will help gather ideas. For example I’m from New York and I love the rain, I painted this piece today.


This is what I had in my mind. Do any images come to your mind that you would like to share?