Sunday, June 26, 2016

"American Dreams" at Old City Jewish Art Center

"Orlando Eagle" (c) 2016 Jeanne Guerin-Daley

Artwork by members of ARTsisters will be exhibited for the month of July at the Old City Jewish Art Center, located at 119 N 3rd Street in Philadelphia PA. 19106. OCJAC is between Arch and Cherry Streets.
To read an article about the exhibition, click here:

I have had numerous reasons why my art productivity has slowed lately, (am being pulled in many directions) but I stepped it up a notch in order to create something for this exhibit. Each ARTsister was to create artwork relating what the "American Dream" means to her. No doubt many images will be positive ones, especially with the Democratic Convention happening in Philadelphia very soon.

My painting's message is not so positive, since I chose to paint a reaction to the recent murders in Orlando, Florida and what it has done to our country. (I tried to insert a photo of the painting here, but am having tech problems. For some reason, Blogger wants to place it in sideways! Apologies. I guess you'll just have to come see the exhibit to see my painting.) Fixed it!

There will be two receptions for this show:
First Friday: July 1 from 5 until 9pm
Sunday afternoon: July 24 from 2 until 4 pm.
Reception is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, February 03, 2016


Pictured here is a recent pencil portrait of Sammy, a friend's dog.

Something about his face says "Paint me!"
So, I haven't yet painted him but I did draw him.
maybe will paint him next....

Send me your dog pix! Keep me painting! (/drawing!)

You can email them to

Jeanne [AT]
Put "Dog Portrait" in the Subject line.
Tell me the breed too, if you know it.

Friday, January 01, 2016

Next pet portrait Chosen

I have just selected a reference photo which will be the subject of my next portrait.

New Year; New Face!

Tune in next time....

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

A Christmas Wish

I posted the poem below a couple years ago, it still fits to the season,.....
(picture is new though... )
"Poinsettia" 4x6.5" watercolor (c) 2015 Jeanne Guerin-Daley

A Wish for You
I wanted to send you a holiday card
To wish you glad tidings and a great New Year's start.
But alas! there's no time! with the hustle and bustle
of Christmas preparedness. Oh such a fussle!
There's shopping and wrapping and baking and kissing
Folks under the mistletoe. Now what am I missing?
Oh yeah, there's the tree to be bought and set up,
And the lights to be strung, then hot cocoa in cup.
There's hardly a minute to spare to go paint
Inside me a voice yells, "C'mon, I can't wait!
To pick up that brush and create some nice art!
Then frame it and show it with all of my heart."
Oh, one day I do hope that things will slow down
So I can paint more and do more for the town.
A mural perhaps, at the Little League park,
Or a faux for the day care, a light tan on dark!
Until then I wish from the depths of my soul
That everyone gets what they wished for, not coal,
But joy, love and peace in this world that we live
And a magical Christmas with spirit to give!
                -Jeanne Guerin-Daley

Monday, December 14, 2015

New Medium

I have been playing around with a new medium.

Here is one example...
and another.
Then I learned how to mix more muted colors...


Still investigating, experimenting, playing.

More to come...

Please feel free,... I invite you to share your impressions in the comments section.

Saturday, August 08, 2015

Portrait of Mystic: Finished!

I had been working on a pet portrait commission and now that it is finished, I can share it with you.

My previous portraits had been in acrylic on canvas. This one is watercolor on hot pressed 140 lb watercolor paper. I haven't packed away forever my acrylic brushes; I'm just taking a break for a bit in order to play on paper! I am thoroughly enjoying my current watercolor adventures.

Now that this is done, I am available to take on my next project. Do you have a favorite pet of your or of a friend or loved one? Portraits make unique gifts!

Email me with your idea!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Orchid Fun!

The Last Orchid

'Tis a chilly, rainy, dreary kinda day here in my part of Pennsylvania. I should be tackling my usual chores at the house, but that muse in my head just would not leave me alone. I just had to paint today!

So I listened to that voice in my head. I opened my watercolor palette, squirted out some new color, broke out the brushes and pulled out a little mini sheet of paper, (I had previously torn a few full sheets down into - roughly - 5x7"s.)

The image you see here is the result. It is a little 6 x 3.5-inch painting on Arches hot press watercolor paper. Ever since I had been given a gift of this little orchid plant several weeks ago, I had been itching to paint it, but never seemed to manage grabbing the time.

Last weekend my sister Liz and I attended a wonderful Gestural Florals watercolor workshop in Alexandria, Virginia, (thank you, sisters!) and this little painting shows the influence I gleaned from Jacqueline Saunders, the instructor.. (Or, I should say I soaked it up.) Like a sponge I was, chomping at the bit to soak in what she had to offer, then to jump in and see what my brush could do.

I came away from that workshop with several fun little studies, some not as successful as others, which is how it goes with many of us. But I feel like there are many yet-to-be-painted watercolors trapped inside me, just waiting to emerge, using the tips I learned from Jacqueline.

Although I have been focusing on acrylic painting for several years now, lately I have been taking a break form them in order to play around with watercolors more. I am lovin' it! So, I thought I would try for a painting a week. What do you think? Would you like to see more?

Let me know by leaving a comment below.

Image: (C) 2015 Jeanne Guerin-Daley All Rights Reserved