Evolution of ‘Castle and Olive Trees’ Painting

Jean was commissioned to paint an Umbrian landscape with Antognolla Castle. Using a series of photographs of the castle Jean drew various sketches, which finally resulted in the following drawing. Jean then began to paint the paper canvas creating complex olive tree patterns. Above the olive trees, woods and castle, Jean continued to paint her…

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The Year of the Snake

The Snake is the sixth animal in the twelve-year Asian Zodiac cycle (see dates below). Those born in the Year of the Snake amalgamate intelligence with charm. Although sociable and charismatic, they are also mysterious and one of the most enigmatic of the zodiac signs. The interesting thing is that the cerebral and philosophical Snake enjoys…

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Leo’s Birthday Adventure Cover Design

Designing the cover of our children’s book “Leo’s Birthday Adventure” was a design adventure of its own. We first chose Jean’s illustration of lighthouses and sailing ship and then added a painted cut-out of Leo the Falcon to best represent the story. We added a Prussian blue background and worked on the title design. Jean drew…

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Paper Canvas Making: Part 4

When your paper canvas has dried thoroughly you will need to remove it from the wooden frame. You will need a Stanley knife (retractable utility knife) to cut the paper along the wooden frame edge. Continue to cut all around the paper canvas along the edge of the wooden frame. Once cut, slowly and carefully…

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Paper Canvas Making: Part 3

Once the first layer of your paper canvas is dry, you can prepare the next layer. Get your paper ready and spread the glue all over it with a soft brush (see glue recipe and paper specifications in the blog “Paper Canvas Making: Part 1”). Make sure the glue is well-absorbed all over the paper.…

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Paper Canvas Making: Part 2

To make Jean’s special paper canvases, firstly, assemble all the necessary elements from the previous blog post “Paper Canvas Making Part 1”. Take the glue out of the fridge/refrigerator. It may be thick like a panna cotta – see what Jean is holding in the photograph. Alternatively, the glue may appear more like thick porridge,…

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Paper Canvas Making: Part 1

These are the things that you will need to make Jean’s special paper canvas… A wooden frame.   Here is one of Jean’s very large panel frames.   A hard bristle brush – much like the brushes in the lower right-hand corner of the photograph.   A wooden frame.   Here is one of Jean’s…

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Leo’s Birthday Adventure Book Design

The design of our children’s book, “Leo’s Birthday Adventure” was somewhat of a challenge for various reasons. One of the issues was that some of Jean’s paintings were smaller in proportion compared to the size of the book. The solution to the sizing issue was to add details around the paintings. This is an example…

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Dogs and Artwork

Like a painting in a painting, Jean’s artwork with our dogs creates the illusion of an image with furry characters surrounded by colour. Imo and Leo and Bali by Jean Tori The photographs we take of these unusual pairings often transform into collages filled with patterns, textures and colours. Cats and Lupins by Jean Tori…

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The Year of the Dragon

The Dragon is the fifth animal in the twelve-year Asian zodiac cycle (see dates below). Dragons are the only sign in the zodiac based on a mythical creature. Although, if you were born in the Year of the Dragon, you would say that this animal was once probably very real, roaming the Great Wall of…

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