Josi Callan Art

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.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

My dear grandson Alden is a terrific photographer.  He sent me a photo he took in the woods close to his home in New York.  I absolutely loved the imaged and recently painted it.  This is an 8" x 10" - I am thinking of doing a larger one from the same reference. The photo on top and the painting on the bottom.

The following paintings just sold.  "In the Sticks" - became interested in the stick houses that reside on the water in the Northwest - took many, many photos - this one is about a mile from our house.

And, "Elizabeth's Sunflowers."  A dear friend sent me several photos she took last year of sunflower fields - I could not resist painting them.

Painted "Here She Comes" from a photo I took in January from our deck in the Northwest looking at Vashon Island.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Several years ago, my husband took some amazing photos of the tulips in La Conner, Washington.  I finally got around to painting them this week - just in time for spring.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Painted these sunflowers from an image some friends sent last summer. Enjoyed painting this size, 8" x 16".  Playing around with another one with a bit different composition.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Just finished "Nuts about Geraniums" 10" x 20" Oil on Canvas.  I decided I wanted to tackle a clay pot filled with geraniums, focusing mostly on the pot and the leaves.  I did not expect the pot to be so difficult to paint.  It took many tries, with lots of scraping in between.  I think it was the under painting of some blue that did the trick.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Just off the easel "Sentimental Geraniums" 18" x 18" Oil on Canvas

First sale of 2016.  "Peaceful Water"  purchased by the President of Midwestern University for one of their two campuses.  Often artists are not told who buys their artwork.  Really nice to know.

The following paintings sold in the last month Dancing Pansies and Manchester.  Great to see the art market so active.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

The following paintings recently sold, "Hot Cocoa," and "Coronado Roses."  Hot Cocoa was painted from roses of the same name from my garden in the Northwest.  They were at the end of a cycle, drooping and changing color quickly.  Coronado Roses was painted on the island of Coronado in California, this past July.  It was a family vacation - I was able to sneak in some painting time during a rain storm.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

I learned a lot from this painting.  Always take a photo of your reference.  I had a panel that I wanted to reuse - set up a few flowers and leaves - painted for a couple of hours - then set it aside.  A few days later, the flowers long since past their prime - and no photo to look at - I went into the garden, found an almost dead sunflower bud, some lazy Susan stems with no leaves and let my imagination take over.  I am very pleased with the result...