Pondering by Jo O'Brien-Welch


Jo O
Pastel on Mi-Teintes TEX paper. 50cm x 70cm. $1,200.00

When I first began painting in 2006, I painted what I loved and from the heart.Then I lost my way a little, following advice about not painting people, and that there is no market for it. I lost inspiration to paint after a while. I am back to painting from the heart and loved painting this painting!!! Yay!! market or no market. My beautiful daughter Kristen is my stunning model...:-)

This painting is also the start of a new beginning for me, as a single mum and I heal from the loss of family unity that I had had for over 20 years....:-) Moving forward!!!!!

Winner of 'Reserve champion' and 'Viewer Choice' award at the Bell art show. Also featured on page 2 of the Australian Artist mag, as an award recipiant of that show...:-)
I love this painting Jo. Your daughter is beautiful. I love your work.
Regards Sue
over 4 years ago
Beautiful Portrait ,The water is great too,
Regards Bill.
over 3 years
Absolutely lovely! I love it. Regards Maureen
over 3 years
Another amazing painting, always follow your heart, it shows!
over 3 years
congratulations Jo, this is painted so beautiful, the colours proyecting a serene atmosphere, nice composition, I love it!!

kind regards from Rita.
over 3 years
This one is breathtaking.. Love it!
over 3 years
Absolutely gorgeous Jo. Amazing how when we return to the heart, such beauty is created. I love it.
over 2 years
over 2 years
Stunning Pastel.Love the ripples on the water and the folds on the dress just beautiful.
over 2 years
Amazing Beach Painting. I love it! Especially the whirlpools!
11 months
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Artist Statement
for Jo O'Brien-Welch
Jo OI am a self taught artist. I began painting in May 2006 with my first painting, Summer of '66, which is shown on this site. And now, 6 years on, I have completed many paintings, from birds, portraits, to old shops, and an old toy truck, and have enjoyed the journey. And now I just recently have begun to experiment with pastels. I put my heart and soul into every painting that I do, and I think that is evident in my work. Although most of my painting are quite realistic, I have tried to add a painterly aspect to them too.

I have a Facebook page, Jo O'Brien Welch fineart , where I also share my art new and progress photos of my paintings.

I love reading all the wonderful comment left on my paintings. Genuine feedback, good or bad, is...
I am loving pastels as a medium but I am frustrated that this portrait among other work has been spoiled by using fixative. Even the best stuff tends to darken...
I have got frustrated over the same thing many times Ian. I have been drawing a cat on mountboard this morning with pastel pencils and lost all the light... view answer
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