Josi Callan Art

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

I have spent the last few weeks in New York - surrounded by trees and great light.

"It's All Uphill"

I am thrilled that my painting below, "In the Depths," was featured in the recent Seattle Arboretum publication.  They were going to select the oil - then I did this one in water media, the orientation was better for the format of the publication.  It was such fun to paint.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

A friend sent me a wonderful photo of a pond at the Seattle Arboretum.  I was fascinated by the reflections - it took me forever to get where I wanted them. 

"A New Day"

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

I have been in NYC for a few weeks - so good to have family close by.  I painted "On a Day Like This," from a photo I took in Central Park - the colors right now are amazing.

For the first time in a very long time, I am excited about painting again and I think it shows.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Sold, "Sunrise over Vashon Island" - to a dear friend in CA, who is missing her NW roots.  When I painted this the smokey haze was making all the sunrise and sunset colors more vibrant.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

More flowers from the garden - I have been drawn over and over again this summer to the garden and trying to capture the vibrant blooms - they will be gone too soon.  Early Light 

Sunday, July 29, 2018

I have spent a lot of time in the garden this summer - these are some of my favorite paintings.  Trying to paint fuchsias is really crazy making.  I have lots of the baskets - so I took photos from all angles.

"Spring" was painted when all the lilac and rhodies were in bloom.

"The Only Way Out is Always Through" -  based on the Frost poem that has kept me going these past two years.

"Sky Peak"

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

My favorite way to begin the "rose" season - in my garden.

These three paintings sold last weekend - making me realize once again that my inventory is too low.  I am working on a very large gardenscape in a more abstract style than in the past.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

George and I spent many happy years in the Arizona Sun - I had that in mind when I painted "Sun Seeker."  This painting just sold to a collector in the Northwest - who I assume is always seeking sun.

It has been several months since I posted.  I have been painting sporadically.  Most recently, to try and get the brushes moving again I have turned to abstracts - using a theme of windows.  I am pleased with the results, two below.  I love color and these show that.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Sold, "GLOW" - one of my favorite paintings, to a collector in Pennsylvania.  This painting was done using a palette knife - I wanted so many times to pick up a brush - but I didn't.  Happy it has a new home.

Sold, "Nocturne" to a 13 year old who wanted it for her birthday present.  Her Mom was amazing and appreciated her daughter's taste in art.  Love having a young collector.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Snoqualamie last weekend - last time I painted this view George was with me - off with his camera while I played with my brushes.  This view and place is special to me.

Been painting roses in the garden before they lose all their petals.  Fall will be here soon.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Just off the easel - "Sunrise over Vashon Island."  24" x 30" Oil.  This is the first painting I have done in 11 months.  It felt good to get the paints out again and George really did help paint this one.  We have had a lot of smokey air in the NW the last few weeks - all the colors - sunrise, sunset, moon, are much more intense than normal.

Just sold - "Winter Pansies."  I have always loved this one - the plate with the fish was very difficult to paint - glad it has a new home.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

I have sold several paintings at Gallery Row in Gig Harbor, WA during the last few months - inventory getting low. Maybe time to get out the brushes.  Selling Mom's Tulips was bittersweet. George took the reference photo when we visited La Conner on my Mom's 91st birthday.  It took me several years to get around to painting it.

"Big Yellow"

"Montana Spring" used "Road Home" as a study for this larger painting.

"Mom's Tulips" 

"The Wave"

Monday, February 27, 2017

As some of you know, I lost my dear husband very suddenly a few months ago.  Life will never be the same and neither will my paint brushes.  I have had trouble picking them up - not something he would be happy about.

Sold  Road Home - 11" x 14" Oil on Linen panel

Sold The World Needs More Sunflowers 2 - 8" x 16" Oil on panel

Sold Salt River Cliffs - 8" x 10" Oil on Panel

Friday, September 30, 2016

Sold  The World Needs More Sunflowers - 30" x 40" Oil on canvas
I have been tweaking this painting on and off for the last year - it has gone to a wonderful home in California of collectors and dear friends.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

This was the week for peony paintings.  Sold my last one Friday - I need to get back into doing more florals.  This one will be shipped to a collector in California.  Heading up to my dear friend Cathryn's garden to cut some of her black eyed susan's - had fun painting them last year.
"Summer Peonies" 24" x 24"

Friday, August 19, 2016

Sold "Sweet Peonies" to a new collector in Gig Harbor, Washington. My brush is feeling rusty this summer with a lot activities and visitors.  Back to doing a few rose studies in the garden while they are still beautiful.

Monday, May 23, 2016

This painting sold yesterday.  "Forgotten Rose" 8" x 10" - oil on panel. This has been a great year for rose paintings - the reference for this one was a rose from my Arizona garden.  I really am nuts about flowers in general and especially roses. Time to paint more.

Friday, May 20, 2016

I have been working on this painting for some time.  Since we live by the water, I am always intrigued by boats and how they sit and reflect in the water.  The reference photo for this is actually a small harbor in Cornwall, England.  I know my dear cousin Kenneth will enjoy this.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

This painting of "Sunflowers" sold last week.  I painted it about three years ago when I was doing more formal still lifes.  I had it in our home and decided it was time to take it to the gallery at the Mesa Arts Center in Arizona.  I am very happy that it has found a new home.