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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129 comments
Do What you Love the $ will follow! Love this; the theme the story's that could come to mind and the ripples are great! Love the light and texture of the fabric!
over 3 years ago
Thank you damien. I think that if you love what you do, it shows in the painting. This is the first of a series of paintings, in this theme, that I have planned...:-)
over 3 years
Beautiful painting, I like it very much and I'm happy to hear that you enjoyed yourself.
over 3 years
Thanks so much James...:-) thoroughly enjoyed doing this one...:)
over 3 years
deep thought. thats what I see when I look at her. wonderful captured moment. regards Yvonne
over 3 years
Thanks a lot Yvonne...:-) I am so glad that I have captured her so well. She had actually been sulking just prior to taking this photo.
over 3 years
Jo, this is just proof that we should follow our hearts, this is fantastic, a lovely painting, of a lovely lady. I really like the soft coloring and the water is just gorgeous! The dress is a knockout as well, love the detail and folds...beautiful!
over 3 years
Thank you so much Deborah for your great comment. this beautiful young lady is my 16 year old daughter, Kristen...:-)
over 3 years
Very beautiful! So delicate and soft. Love it.
over 3 years
Thanks so much Carol...;-)
over 3 years
excellent! I like that you didn't use sunny day. This way is way more unique.
over 3 years
Thanks Miro. The photo that this was painted from was taken in early January. It was a very gloomy time of year, with most of Queensland experiencing rain and flooding..:-(
over 3 years
I love this beachscape, you have a beautiful model, continued painting her and anything your heart decided but do not listen to the wrong people. this is a great painting! 5 stars
Tony Blacetti
over 3 years
Thank you very much tony. Your comments are very much appreciated....;-) I passed on your 'beautiful model' comment to my beautiful model, that is now sitting on the Sofa watching the tennis...:-)
over 3 years
Wow!!! This is fantastic work! Love the way you created water circles and the girl is very beautiful! Great mood expression.
over 3 years
Thank you very much. I am only new to pastels, so I was very happy with the way it turned out...:-)
over 3 years
beautiful painting. excellent job!
over 3 years
Thanks very much...:-)
over 3 years
gorgeous model(as daughter)nice folds in cloths and swirling water with excellent depth....:)
pankaj
over 3 years
Thanks very much Pankaj. Much appreciated...:-)
over 3 years
you are very talented & if this is what is in your heart this is how you should paint. Very beautiful
over 3 years
Thank you so much Denise. Feel very excited and inspired about this painting and some others I have planned...:-)
over 3 years
Why would you NOT paint people when you are so good at it? I actually think that paintings 'come alive' when they include people and I only wish that I could paint them like this.
over 3 years
Thank you so much for your encouragement, and wonderful comments....:-)
over 3 years
yes, excellent. Well painted Jo, everything looks great and exactly as it should.
over 3 years
Thank you very much Graeme for your lovely comment...:-)
over 3 years
This has the beauty of a scene from a ballet, the lovely pose so elegant and dignified with the feet creating the great shapes in the water. The detail in the dress and the overall composition is a pleasure to view, for me a perfect clasical painting, congratulations, Chris
over 3 years
Thank you very much Chris. to me, it has an 'old world' or 'old masters' feel about it....;-)
over 3 years
Beautiful pastel work.
over 3 years
Thanks very much Dion...:-)
over 3 years
You've only been painting since 2006? Wow!! I know what you mean, I struggled a long time thinking I wasn't an 'artist', just a 'copyist' and got quite depressed about it. Then the lightbulb went on when I realised I painted what I loved, what was dear to my heart. I don't care about being commercial or selling anything. In fact that would take the fun out of it. Your painting of your beautiful daughter is wonderful. 5*
over 3 years
Thank you Yvie. I had found that lately I couldn't 'commit' to a painting. Starting one and finding that I didn't have the inspiration to finish it, even after a only few hours spent on it. I thought back about my first painting and what inspired me to paint it, to start painting in the first place. I now paint for ME again!!! from the heart...:-) most of my first paintings had people in them....and then they didn't....:-(
over 3 years
Good for you! Happy painting! xx
over 3 years
Thanks Yvie.. xx
over 3 years
Beautiful... Very realistic... Love the effect on the water..
over 3 years
thank you very much Alexandra....:-)
over 3 years
beautiful pastel, wonderfully done, very romantic, love the poetical atmosphere, the ripples, the folds of her dress... everything ! you are very talented because painting such a scene after only 4 years is really amazing ! and you were so right not to listen to other people's advice, only you can tell what really inspires you ! 5*
over 3 years
Your wonderful comments are very much appreciated isabelle...:-)thank you...:-)
over 3 years
Terrific and beautiful painting, you have great talent.
over 3 years
Thank you so much Carmela....:-)
over 3 years
perfect!
over 3 years
Thank you pavlos...;-)
over 3 years
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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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