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Joan McCracken Thomas / Uncategorized

Affirmation Feels Good!

It was a great feeling to have sold this painting, “Stormy Sunset,” at a New Jersey Art Assoc. show at Chilton Medical Ctr, in Pompton Plains! I experienced several “happy accidents” as I painted this, which made the final version more unique.  My goal was to...

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Feel the Cold

I just finished this oil painting of Perito Moreno glacier, based on a recent trip with my husband to Patagonia. I wanted to capture the ivy crevices, the light bouncing off the ice, the vivid blues, & the windswept feel of the backdrop!  This trip...

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Summer in my Backyard

I love summer in this area & the vivid colors, shimmering heat, & intense light, and shadows! This is my latest oil painting, “Summer in my Backyard,” 20x24 inches. There’s so much beauty everywhere I look, & sometimes you don’t need to look farther than...

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It was exciting & affirming to sell this oil painting, “Verona Park Bridge,” to a buyer who saw it recently in a show. I wanted to play up the reflections & shadows in the water, & the texture of the stone bridge & make the...

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Ocean Sunset

I’m almost finished with this oil painting & waiting for it to tell me what it still needs. I wanted to recreate the feel & taste of the salty breeze, the rhythm of the waves & the technicolor sunset! It’s based on memories of living...

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The Gift

I’m looking back on this pastel painting I completed in December as a gift for my daughter & son-in-law.  They had a very memorable destination/beach wedding & I created the painting so they’d smile every time they glance at the wall. In reality, it was...

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Abandoned Giant

I like old, abandoned structures & this one really touched me & so I painted it! It's in the middle of nowhere (yes, a very rural area of NJ!) & you hear birds chirping & cows mooing & see the wild vegetation taking over. This is the...

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