Pondering by Jo O'Brien-Welch

Pondering

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...:-)
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105 comments
Brilliant artwork.
over 4 years ago
Thank you very much Marko....:-)
over 4 years
Lovely, Lovely, Lovely!! Your shadowing and rippling water is Awesome! Really all of your painting is Awesome!!:)
Hugs
Tonya Follis
over 4 years
Thank you so much Tonya for your wonderful comments...:-)
over 4 years
Simply beautiful. So glad you found your inspiration again and a new beginning for yourself. Thanks for sharing. Geo
over 4 years
Thank you so much Geo for your wonderful comments. So am I...;-)
over 4 years
Stunning work! You have done such an amazing job on the water, beautiful.
over 3 years
Thank you very much for your comments, it's appreciated...;-)
over 3 years
your work is what u do i love your story--our art is like a million miles apart--but what we have in common is joy--the love of what we do--never stop--i love your work
over 3 years
Love this painting big time, the mood, the quiet, control of soft colours. It don't get better than this.
over 3 years
Thank you so much Philip for your wonderful comments. You made my day! :-)))))
over 3 years
this is really nice. I love the water.
over 3 years
what can I say the composition is excellent
over 3 years
I love this painting Jo. Your daughter is beautiful. I love your work.
Regards Sue
over 3 years
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 2 years
Absolutely gorgeous Jo. Amazing how when we return to the heart, such beauty is created. I love it.
over 2 years
Stunning!
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!
4 months
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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.

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