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- AboutJenny Floravita was born to be an artist. She began her studies in painting, drawing, music and dance as a small child, excelling in all. Her life in the San Francisco Bay Area afforded her great exposure to the arts. Jenny won numerous awards as a young artist including four California Governor’s Medallions and four California State Seals, two each for art and dance. After receiving several scholarships, Jenny went on to study and receive her formal art degree through University of California, Santa Cruz. She lived and worked in Santa Cruz as a graphic designer and fine art painter for several years before re-locating to her family’s home town in the Delta. Since 2000, Jenny Floravita’s fine art career has blossomed. She has exhibited in numerous galleries and high-end art festivals. She paints island scenes and tropical flowers in both oil and watercolor. Jenny’s journey in reverse glass painting began in the early summer of 2007 and since then she has added her beautiful custom glass painted chandeliers to her line of oil and watercolor paintings.
- ExhibitionsMarch 10-13, 2011 La Quinta Arts Festival for info and to purchase tickets: 706-564-1244 www.lqaf.com Please check back in the spring of 2011 for additional events.
One week from tomorrow this tropical flower mural will be installed at the San Francisco Design Center for the 2011 Dining By Design charity fundraiser.
I think this wall will feel empty after this painting’s release…and I think it’s time to complete a few more tropical flower paintings to show in it’s place…
Finally, my tropical flower mural is finished! This is really a very lovely oil painting in person. It has very ‘designer’ colors in the background and will look lovely in our table-scape for the upcoming 2011 Dining by Design, which will be hosted at the San Francisco Design Center Galleria in two weeks.
There will be a preview and taste party. Patrons will bid on the ‘tables’ and then winners will come back on the following night with their dinner party guests to feast. This is a wonderful event and proceeds go to help the AIDS community.
The Preview Party: Table Hop & Taste is Wednesday, November 16, 6—11pm and tickets are 100. Cuisine will be provided by: 25 Lusk, Bar Bambino, Barbara Llewellyn Catering, Bisou, Chef Tyler Stone, Limon and Mission Minis. To order tickets, click here. Stay tuned for event photos!
This is the next step. The canvas is up and is ready to be primed. Pinning the canvas to the wall was a two-person job and my husband was of great help! Our goal was to get the canvas as tight as possible. Primer, which I will explain in my next post will help to further tighten the canvas, creating a smooth surface in which to paint.
I awoke this morning, very aware of how much work and commitment I have in this project. This is a painting for an interior design showcase that is also a fundraiser and of course will take a tremendous amount of time away from my personal business of creating custom reverse painted glass chandeliers and my ‘regular’ tropical island and flower oil and watercolor paintings. A lot of my work right now is commission based. Technically I’m in the middle of 5 different commissions for my painted chandeliers. I will have to structure and use my time well in the next month!
The round objects with bubble wrap on my floor are actually chandelier bowls that are painted on the inside…and you can see that paintings leaning on my grand piano aren’t small either though they are by no means as large as this mural will be.
My approach on this painting will be to work intensively every day until finished.
Warning: this is an anti-mini painting…contrary to the name of my painting blog which has chronicled my Mini Master island paintings since 2006, both here and on my former Blogger blog.
I’d like to share the process of creating a large Oil Mural. This will be an intense and large project and will consume a very big part of the next few weeks of my work. Unlike most murals—which are done with house paints, acrylics and on walls—this is an actual oil painting on canvas. I’ve chosen this way to work because I am most comfortable and fluent in oil painting and I prefer the way oil moves on canvas. Oil takes longer to dry so I’ve planned for that in my time-frame.
My downstairs studio gallery has two large walls and I choose the one wall that would give my eye access to looking outside as my preference is to work and be able to see through a space to nature. All of my home studio work spaces, including my office are designed with this in mind. Though this isn’t my largest wall, it will do.
The rough size of this mural is 9′x12′. Artists, you can purchase a large canvas like this through www.dickblick.com The canvas has been cut to size and will be ironed to take out the creases. Upon looking at the size of this canvas, I think I’ll have to order more primer!