Video: paintings currently available

When you buy a $100 USD painting (11 x 14″) as a gift it can be a GIFT CERTIFICATE allowing the recipient to choose, or I can send the painting directly to the recipient.

  • GIFT WRAPPED
  • handmade CARD (by me) with your note inside
  • TRACKING NUMBER
  • $100 CAD INSURANCE
  • BUY NOW to be mailed early December

PAINTINGS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE  FaceBook and WordPress
Email me: meccanormal@hotmail.com to check availability
payment via PayPal $100 USD plus $10 USD shipping
TOTAL $110 USD

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“The Hat” after Vermeer

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“The Hat #55″ after Vermeer (11 x 14” acrylic on canvas panel). SOLD

The Hat 56 800
“The Hat #56 after Vermeer (11 x 14” acrylic on canvas panel). SOLD

The Hat 57 800

“The Hat #57″ after Vermeer (11 x 14” acrylic on canvas panel). SOLD

The Hat 58 800

“The Hat #58″ after Vermeer (11 x 14” acrylic on canvas panel). SOLD

The Hat 59 800

“The Hat #59″ after Vermeer (11 x 14” acrylic on canvas panel). $100 USD plus shipping.

The Hat 61 800
“The Hat #61″ after Vermeer (11 x 14” acrylic on canvas panel).$100 USD plus shipping.

The Hat 62 800
“The Hat #62″ after Vermeer (11 x 14” acrylic on canvas panel). $100 USD plus shipping.

The Hat 63 800
“The Hat #63″ after Vermeer (11 x 14” acrylic on canvas panel). $100 USD plus shipping.

Vermeer in Landscape 800
“Five Women in Red Hats After Vermeer Walking Through the Reflection Landscape With Significantly More Ice to Prevent Them From Falling Through, Thus Creating a Safer Environment for Them With the Tools at Hand in This Case Paint” (11 x 14” acrylic on paper) November 14, 2017. $100 USD plus shipping.

Ideally this will go to someone who has paintings from both “The Hat” after Vermeer series and the “Reflection” series to make it sequential art within one home.

Reflection #8 800
“Reflection #8″ (11 x 14” acrylic on canvas panel). $100 USD plus shipping.

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Landscapes

“Winter scenes are known to be universally strong in the art market,” she said with some degree of confidence, knowing she’d heard someone say it, hoping it wasn’t a character in one of her own novels. It was trickier now than it used to be, before she’d invented and honed a handful of significantly solid personalities and walked them through the emotional landscape of their own lives, lives she manipulated for her own amusement. What did that make her? Aside from a typical novelist. If making up people to write crazy stories about them wasn’t culturally acceptable, it would sound downright questionable.

“I wanted to have a lot of one image in stock, in part to mimic an aspect of consumerism and mass production — which these aren’t, of course…. mass produced,”  she said, her voice trailing off as she wondered if she wasn’t making associations to exactly the wrong things, yet, she trusted viewers and she knew they’d think what they wanted to regardless of what she said.

“I started out as a landscape painter,” she continued, wondering why she always found her way back to the very beginning of time. Was it really necessary to keep posting a photo of her painting at age 2 on her FaceBook page? Who doesn’t paint at 2?

“I’m best known for my portraits, but I started wondering if faces are perhaps too personal for gifts,” she said, once again wishing she wasn’t putting negative ideas into potential customers’ heads. “But I can also do a Gift Certificate if there’s any hesitation.”

The whole matter of gift-giving was irksome to her since her own family committed to not giving gifts, but she was keen to wring some fun out of being a craftsperson… scratch that… a painter with work available for festive gifting. She knew she shouldn’t get involved in giftwrapping and handmade cards, but to her, this was fun and fun was something she was determined to have more of! Her idea of fun was getting up early to paint and posting finished paintings on her FaceBook page as soon as they were dry, to marvel at how many people loved her work and how quickly they sold!

The Brass Tacks of Joining the Fun

When you buy a $100 USD painting (11 x 14″) as a gift it can be a GIFT CERTIFICATE allowing the recipient to choose, or I can send the painting directly to the recipient.

  • GIFT WRAPPED
  • handmade CARD (by me) with your note inside
  • TRACKING NUMBER
  • $100 CAD INSURANCE
  • BUY NOW to be mailed early December

PAINTINGS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE  FaceBook and WordPress
Email me: meccanormal@hotmail.com to check availability
payment via PayPal $100 USD plus $10 USD shipping
TOTAL $110 USD

Reflection 800
“Reflection” (11 x 14″ acrylic on canvas panel). SOLD

Reflection #2 800
“Reflection #2″ (11 x 14” acrylic on canvas panel). SOLD

Reflection #3 800
“Reflection #3″ (11 x 14” acrylic on canvas panel). $100 USD plus shipping.

Reflection #4 800
“Reflection #4″ (11 x 14” acrylic on canvas panel). $100 USD plus shipping.

Reflection #5 800
“Reflection #5″ (11 x 14” acrylic on canvas panel). $100 USD plus shipping.

Reflection #6 800
“Reflection #6″ (11 x 14” acrylic on canvas panel). $100 USD plus shipping.

Reflection #7 800
“Reflection #7″ (11 x 14” acrylic on canvas panel). $100 USD plus shipping.

Reflection #8 800
“Reflection #8″ (11 x 14” acrylic on canvas panel). $100 USD plus shipping.

Vermeer in Landscape 800

“Five Women in Red Hats After Vermeer Walking Through the Reflection Landscape With Significantly More Ice to Prevent Them From Falling Through, Thus Creating a Safer Environment for Them With the Tools at Hand in This Case Paint” (11 x 14” acrylic on paper) November 14, 2017. $100 USD plus shipping.

Ideally this will go to someone who has paintings from both “The Hat” after Vermeer series and the “Reflection” series to make it sequential art within one home.

The Hat 59 800

“The Hat #59″ after Vermeer (11 x 14” acrylic on canvas panel). $100 USD plus shipping.

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Gifts

When you buy a $100 USD painting (11 x 14″) as a gift it can be a GIFT CERTIFICATE allowing the recipient to choose, or I can send the painting directly to the recipient.

  • GIFT WRAPPED
  • handmade CARD (by me) with your note inside
  • TRACKING NUMBER
  • $100 CAD INSURANCE
  • BUY NOW to be mailed early December

PAINTINGS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE  FaceBook and WordPress
Email me: meccanormal@hotmail.com to check availability
payment via PayPal $100 USD plus $10 USD shipping
TOTAL $110 USD

I’m best known for my contemporary portrait paintings, but I also paint landscapes, which are an excellent option for gifts. Evidently paintings of winter scenes are some of the most sought after by art buyers.

Reflection 400 small“Reflection” (11 x 14″ acrylic on canvas panel) SOLD

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In addition to escalating sales in 2017, the highlight of the year was The Jealous Curator’s review. It’s surprising how many people know her! If you’re giving a painting as a gift, I’d suggest you consider telling the recipient my work was featured by The Jealous Curator.

“Portraits of women get me every single time … and when they’re only 100 bucks they get me even more! Beautiful, insanely affordable, original paintings by @jeansmithpainter 💕 More of her work and a direct link to her shop on the site today.” – shared by The Jealous Curator (@thejealouscurator) on

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The Stones

Paintings based on screengrabs from a film by Jean Luc Godard; The Rolling Stones recording “Sympathy for the Devil” at London’s Olympic Sound Studios in June, 1968.

STONES BIG hre“Woo Woo” (11 x 14″ acrylic on canvas panel) October, 26, 2017. SOLD

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“Jagger” recording “Sympathy for the Devil” at London’s Olympic Sound Studios in June, 1968 (11 x 14″ acrylic on canvas panel) October, 27, 2017. SOLD

STONES 3 800
“Richards” — recording “Sympathy for the Devil” at London’s Olympic Sound Studios in June, 1968 (11 x 14″ acrylic on canvas panel) October, 28, 2017. $100 USD plus shipping.

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This is not the first time I’ve been drawn from the song “Sympathy for the Devil”. In 2014, I gave Mecca Normal’s 13th album the title “Empathy for the Evil“.

 

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Testimonials

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Instagram & FaceBook Testimonials!

“I bought a painting! @jeansmithpainter is the artist and she has many more beautiful portraits. They’re a steal at $100! Go check them out right now and get one (or two, or three). And I must say, the painting is even more beautiful in person. I’m so pleased!”

“It arrived yesterday. I must commend you on your packing. It was so secure! And the painting is even better in person! I love love love it. The colors are juicy and she is just gorgeous.”

“Basically, I saw the art on Instagram, and was directed to her current available pieces on Facebook. Then I struggled to choose just one, emailed her about the one I wanted, sent the $$ via PayPal and voila! I am the proud owner of an amazing painting! I highly recommend it. So easy and such fantastic work.”

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Video: updated

 

 

$100 USD contemporary portrait paintings (11 x 14″ acrylic on canvas panel) from October 19th back to the beginning of the series (January 7, 2016).

$100 USD paintings currently available

Music by Mecca Normal

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Sets of 3

TOTAL: $310 USD
via PayPal meccanormal@hotmail.com
Please email to check availability before paying.

I can’t really reduce the price of my $100 USD paintings any further, but I will cover any extra postage above $10 USD on any set of 3.

I’m always amazed to see what people put together, so here are some of my picks by threes because three is better than two in terms of composition.

I selected paintings based on variables including color, composition (the size of the head and which way they are looking) demeanor, and style — mostly putting different styles together. I hope putting them together in something other than chronological order offers another way to view them.

Click the text beneath sets to go to larger images.


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Contemporary portrait paintings (acrylic 11 x 14″ on canvas panels)

All content on this page (c) 2017 Jean Smith

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Strong female expression

Early in 2016, while writing a YA novel about a rock band, I left a part time retail job when I began selling enough paintings (11 x 14″) on FaceBook to pay my bills. Since then I’ve painted around five hundred faces – the vast majority of women. I began painting self-portraits at thirteen to express an intensity I possessed that I didn’t see in advertising and magazine images of women at that time (1973). I’ve continued to explore strong female expression in my art practice, which includes writing, music and painting.

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Self-portrait (11 x 17″ tempera on paper, circa 1973)

 

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A self-portrait photo on the cover of Mecca Normal’s 12th album (Kill Rock Stars, 2006) – songs from my yet-to-be published novel “Love Wants You.”

As the lyricist and singer in the band Mecca Normal, I have been writing about women and social justice since 1984. Most people who see my paintings know my background – or they are exposed to it online because of its proximity to where my paintings are posted. Viewers would understand that, at the very least, I’m not objectifying women, but beyond that I haven’t written an artist statement, other than to offer that I paint attitudes more than beauty or other superficial qualities, and that the vast amount of time involved in creating, honing and moving characters around in fiction informs my painting process as I keep working on pieces until I achieve a sort of complete personhood that exudes emotional depth rather than a concentration on physical attributes, which is the essence of how women are typically valued. In our society, what we look like is always the most important thing about us.

The long history of women as subjects in art made by men is intertwined with women not making art themselves. At this point in my artistic practice, I am painting without an overt political agenda, allowing my contemporary portrait paintings to speak for themselves.

No Hat 258 800

No Hat #258 (11 x 14″ acrylic on canvas panel) 2017 SOLD

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All Time Favorites Available

Video: October 1, 2017 back to the beginning of the series (January, 2016). Music by Mecca Normal (Jean Smith and David Lester).

To purchase my contemporary portrait paintings by number (note: not paint-by-numbers!), see my Currently Available album.

Contact me by email to confirm that the painting you want is still available before paying.

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Several of my all time favorite paintings are still available.

Why are some of my all-time favorite paintings still available? I figure it’s because of when I originally posted them on my regular FaceBook page where 99% of purchases happen. Sales slow at the end and beginning of the month and during major distractions good and bad. Here are a handful of my pre-September favorites.

Collectors tip: I post first on FaceBook where they sometimes sell within the first five minutes which slows me down from posting them here, on the monthly page. I tend to put them on Instagram last, two or three at a time.

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No Hat #202

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No Hat #204

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No Hat #233

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No Hat #201

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