New Work by Jo

I’m working on a few different paintings. 

One is a portrait of a boy with a conch while sailing on a schooner. Been thinking about this one for a few years and decided to just give it a try. His mom sent the photo for me to create this portrait three years ago, but she has not yet placed the order.

She has contacted me three years in a row, but still no order. She has purchased some of my artwork and loves them.

first sketch by Jo M. Orise

Therefore, I wonder why she changed her mind each time for the protrait.

Now this picture is in my head and wants out.

What do I do?

Draw it. Experiment with it. Lots of fun as I challenge myself in the process.

Here you see the first drawing in my sketchbook. It was okay. After noting things that need to be changed, I drew it on water color paper that had been soaked and stapled to a board to shrink tight.

Still, I put off painting.

So, I got another piece of water color paper, soaked it and just started painting the figure and its surroundings—no stapling, no drawing, just painting.

Boy With Conch Aboard.
by: Jo M. Orise

First it was wet-on-wet technique, then wet-on-dry.

What do you think?

I usually draw a few fine lines and erase them later. None of that here. Like I said it is pretty rough…but fun to do and see.

Next, I’ll just pull out the prepped water color paper that has the last drawing waiting for me.  I look forward to this last part. It will be fun and I’ll post the finished piece.

See my other protraits at .

Looking for comments, tips.

BTW, the wavy looking boom is really the warping of the water color paper. That will straighten out in time.

Leave a comment or a post. I love to know what people think.


August Art Update

A few August show TAG members. I’m in the middle.

Didn’t have time to post for the last month. As a TAG (The Artists Group) member, I updated my art display at the Meredith Village Savings Bank in Wolfeboro, NH in July and again in August. We have new members showing so it is a great display. The showing is at the front entrance of the bank. Check it out and let us know what you think. If you like what you see, you can purchase a painting by speaking to someone in the bank. You can also contact the individual artists. A portion of the purchase price is donated to the GWAC (Governor Wentworth Arts Council) to help support the arts in the community.

Original artwork hanging at the Brown Bag Cafe

August found me at the Brown Bag Cafe in a group showing.  The cafe is in Rockland, Maine. A great place to have a wonderful breakfast and lunch. The chef is fantastic. Check out my artwork there. All originals: oils, watercolor and acrylics. The display will be there until the end of August.

I also participated in the bi-annual art show at Goose Rocks Beach, Kennebunkport, Maine. The Goose Rocks Beach Association hosted the show and part of the proceeds are donated to the organization so they may continue to offer programs to the community.

My matted originals and prints in archival mats and packaging.

The selection of four watercolor artworks juried for the GRBA show.

A portion of the art hanging at the Highlands Coffee House.

One-man show. Two days before the GRBA show, I hung twenty artworks in the Highlands Coffee House, on Main Street, Thomaston, Maine. They have since sold one painting and hope to sell more. That is exciting. The coffee house is a wonderful place to chill out for fresh ground coffee, pastries and sandwiches. They also offer entertainment on Friday nights and have author signing and other activities that interests the educated soul. Check them out and look or purchase one of my artworks…or more. (smile.)

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