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My Oil Paintings

Updated on December 3, 2019
Big City Dreams
Big City Dreams
Somewhere in Prague
Somewhere in Prague
My home is my sanctuary
My home is my sanctuary
Lost at sea
Lost at sea
The Marsh
The Marsh

My personal Art Gallery.

Monet, Van Gogh, Picasso, and the many other artists are embedded in our history with their works immortalized in cathedrals and museums around the world. Posters and reprints hang proudly in businesses and homes, reminders of the wonders of time.

Many artists have become famous over the years and have made their mark in the art world with magnificent pieces created from extensive training and/or some God given talent.

Pablo Picasso once said:


“The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place; from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web.”


Although my early childhood was filled with classical music, art was not a priority to an immigrant household. I was lucky to have had the opportunity to visit many museums in my lifetime, and I hold a special place in my heart for those coveted unattainable relics.

I started painting a few years ago when I purchased a child’s water color set for my nephew, and found it a challenge to create something unique and colorful. Soon I progressed to oils and canvas, and off I went. Never having formal training, I don’t presume to know what I’m doing, but enjoy it, it is the only place I can get lost from the everyday chaos.

Painting scenery is the easiest because I am not confined to strict guidelines, and I also enjoy floras because, to me, they are a challenge and a study in colors. I still do not understand abstract, although I have thrown away many a canvas that would be considered abstract by some, after getting angry and running my brush through all the colors.

My family and friends have been very gracious with their compliments, and I have given away a few and sold some at garage sales and art walks, and the walls of my home are covered with my works of art. When the world gets too much to bear I retreat to my fantasy world of canvas and paint always striving to paint the next one better.

23x46 Painted for my son's bedroom.
23x46 Painted for my son's bedroom.
Here I was in a Red mood.
Here I was in a Red mood.
This is a huge painting for Mom's Birthday
This is a huge painting for Mom's Birthday
I love Paris in the Springtime.
I love Paris in the Springtime.
Tropical retreat.
Tropical retreat.

Paint

I use Gamblin and Winsor & Newton Paints because they have less lead than other paints, and rumor has it that the side affects of lead are delusion, maybe Van Gogh’s paintings are reflective of that.

I'm too old to worry about lead causing me to be delusional because some say I already reached that years ago.

I had a very hard time learning about the rules of painting, like what is fat over lean, slow drying over fast drying etc. Some of my earlier painting were such a mess, they were muddy and cracked, I kept painting over and over them, then finally ended up throwing them out. I suggest watching a few videos before you spend a lot of money on supplies you may never use.

Are you looking at me?
Are you looking at me?

How to price your artwork

There are several interesting articles on the internet about how to price your own art.

I have read that multiplying the size of the canvas and then multiplying it by a factor, then multiply by $6, then add the cost of the canvas times two, etc.This sounds too complicated for me. Although I have sold a few, mostly I have given them to family and friends.

I have many hanging on my own walls, these are the ones I have a hard time letting go. I'm not sure why I favor some over others, I guess it was the mood I was in when I painted them, or an event which triggered me to paint. For example the first picture of the woman laying down dreaming about the big city, this was inspired by my daughter always talking about moving to the big city.

Some of my paintings were inspired by memories of places I have been to or visited in Europe, while some were inspired by a color or a mood. The brighter the picture, the happier I was at that moment, but I still have a hard time painting during a somber mood.

I have a blank 36 x 36 canvas waiting for me to decide what to paint...something will inspire me soon....

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    • jiberish profile imageAUTHOR

      jiberish 

      9 years ago from florida

      Thanks for visiting Rick...I'll check those out!

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      Rick Zimmerman 

      9 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Me again — I forgot to flag the painting I'm most proud of: my watercolor of alligators that heads my hub: Sustainability 49: Rachel Carson.

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      Rick Zimmerman 

      9 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      jiberish: I had to come back to check out your art again. Very good pieces! (You might check out my paintings, atop my hubs Sustainability #1, #65 and #66. Or you can just sample my weird cartoons of The Cactoose, The Whopper Spaniel, The Dreaded Trapezium and Polly the Dow Cow! Regards, RickZ

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      nikki1 

      10 years ago

      great hub/art

    • jiberish profile imageAUTHOR

      jiberish 

      10 years ago from florida

      Cindy, thank you! I painted the top one for my daughter. Thank you for visiting.

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      Cindy Vine 

      10 years ago from Cape Town

      very impressive, I like the top ones!

    • jiberish profile imageAUTHOR

      jiberish 

      10 years ago from florida

      Thank you Vr!

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      vrajavala 

      10 years ago from Port St. Lucie

      these are awesome paintings.

    • jiberish profile imageAUTHOR

      jiberish 

      10 years ago from florida

      Zsuzsy, I'll make you a deal on it. :)

    • jiberish profile imageAUTHOR

      jiberish 

      10 years ago from florida

      Thanks. :)

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      heller 

      10 years ago from Europe

      Like WOW.

    • jiberish profile imageAUTHOR

      jiberish 

      10 years ago from florida

      Rawlus, thanks, don't forget they make great Christmas gifts. :)

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      ralwus 

      10 years ago

      Well now, another side of you. Very nice stuff indeed. You're quite the folk artist then. Kudos. CC

    • jiberish profile imageAUTHOR

      jiberish 

      10 years ago from florida

      Tony. :)

    • jiberish profile imageAUTHOR

      jiberish 

      10 years ago from florida

      Shalini, I'm honored that you visited, thank you for your kind words.

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      Shalini Kagal 

      10 years ago from India

      Absolutely mindblowing! You're really fantastic! Oh, those colours! They're all great but I especially love After the Rain and autumn2. Also The old church, path forgotten and la rue from your site.

      jiberish - you rock!!

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      tony0724 

      10 years ago from san diego calif

      jiberish feel free to just call me Tony ! :D

    • jiberish profile imageAUTHOR

      jiberish 

      10 years ago from florida

      Thank you Tony0724, I should paint more water since I live in Florida.

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      tony0724 

      10 years ago from san diego calif

      HOLY COW Jibberish ! You are really good .I like Tropical Retreat and the other one with the boat too , I guess because I like the ocean . Good job Jibberish .

    • jiberish profile imageAUTHOR

      jiberish 

      10 years ago from florida

      Thank you James, I'm honored as usual.

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      James A Watkins 

      10 years ago from Chicago

      You are an excellent artist! I love them all. The colors are exquisite. I think the 4th one from the top is my favorite. You painted that water magically. 1,2,6,8, & 10 are great, too. I am impressed!

    • jiberish profile imageAUTHOR

      jiberish 

      10 years ago from florida

      Mizink, my children scoop them up even before they're dry. Thank you for visiting, and your kind comments.

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      mizink 

      10 years ago from Missouri

      Love your paintings. I posted a sec ago, or thought I did, must not have hit the post comment. I was chuckling over what tantrum said about "big city dreams" he was almost slobbering. I can see why. It is very speaking, and beautiful. Wouldn't you know it isn't for sale. Oh well...all the others.

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      mizink 

      10 years ago from Missouri

      Wonderful, jiberish. Before I read on...I'm thinking you have good taste in art - and then I read on and found they were yours. Beautiful beautiful.

    • jiberish profile imageAUTHOR

      jiberish 

      10 years ago from florida

      Myownworld, thank you so much for visiting. You are very talented, I 'm a big fan.

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      myownworld 

      10 years ago from uk

      An absolute delight to look at your work. You are remarkably talent! Keep painting such beauty....

    • jiberish profile imageAUTHOR

      jiberish 

      10 years ago from florida

      MadamX, I'm speechless at your kind words, thank you.

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      Madame X 

      10 years ago

      Jiberish - your work is excellent! I especially like your sense of composition and the way you use highlighting to create a certain aura. There is a story in each painting, one that I don't really know, but if I let myself I will come to see the heart behind the canvas.

      I would buy one of your paintings if I saw them in a gallery. You are one amazing lady :)

    • jiberish profile imageAUTHOR

      jiberish 

      10 years ago from florida

      Thank you Wanderlust!

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      Wanderlust 

      10 years ago from New York City

      Darling, you are actually very very good! Considering you haven't had any formal education, you are really have a talent! I am very much into art and spend a lot times surrounded by people in art business and some artists as well. I saw a lot of people with zero talent called themselves "artists", and usually people who actually have a talent are very modest about their work. Keep painting!

    • jiberish profile imageAUTHOR

      jiberish 

      10 years ago from florida

      WildEyes, thank you for visiting.

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      WildEyes 

      10 years ago

      Very impressive work... It takes a special person to record the beautiful things in life. :)

    • jiberish profile imageAUTHOR

      jiberish 

      10 years ago from florida

      Fast, I have not. I'm just not sure I'm good enough yet. Thanks for stopping in.

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      Alfreta Sailor 

      10 years ago from Southern California

      These are beautiful jiberish. You didn't need formal training, you are a natural. Have you ever had a show to showcase your art?

    • jiberish profile imageAUTHOR

      jiberish 

      10 years ago from florida

      Thank you, Tantrum!

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      tantrum 

      10 years ago from Tropic of Capricorn

      I like 'Big City Dreams'That one is very,very ,very good !

    • jiberish profile imageAUTHOR

      jiberish 

      10 years ago from florida

      Joyce, the third painting is one of the earliest, there is a funny story behind it. 3 years ago, I went to work that morning to find that the company I was working for had closed their doors, and i needed surgery. I came home upset and feeling sorry for myself, I hated the world and thought that the only comfort in life was the security of being home. It was a horrible month, and I painted most of it crying my eyes out. It is one of my favorites, it reminds me that bad situations are only temperary. Thank you for stopping in.

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      jiberish 

      10 years ago from florida

      Thank you Pam, sometimes I surprise myself. :)

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      jiberish 

      10 years ago from florida

      Brian, since I never took one lesson, I would say that I've been blessed. At first I was frustrated because in my head I knew what I wanted to paint, but my hands were doing something different. 3 years later, I'm getting more coordinated. Thank you for visiting.

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      Just Joyce 

      10 years ago

      I particularly like the third painting, the house. It has some of Cezanne's weighty geometry and that appeals to me. Nicely done.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      10 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Jiberish, You are a surprise! I love your art. Thanks for sharing.

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      Brian Stephens 

      10 years ago from Castelnaudary, France

      Its not until you try your hand at painting that you find out just how difficult it is and whether you are one of those naturally gifted people or have to labour at it. Looks to me as though you might just be one of the naturally gifted.

    • jiberish profile imageAUTHOR

      jiberish 

      10 years ago from florida

      DeBorrah, thank you for stopping in!

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 

      10 years ago

      jiberish,

      Wonderful art! I really like the luminous light that

      glows from each piece. Beautiful!

      Blessings

    • jiberish profile imageAUTHOR

      jiberish 

      10 years ago from florida

      Tom, thank you.

    • jiberish profile imageAUTHOR

      jiberish 

      10 years ago from florida

      Island, thank you for your kind comments, I enjoy your Hubs and your talent as well.

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      Tom Whitworth 

      10 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      Your art is outstanding jib. It expresses the true beauty you see through your minds eye. It is an eloquent expression of both the beaty of your fine art and your own artistic talent

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      Sylvia Van Velzer 

      10 years ago from Hawaii

      Fabulous work Jib! I applaud you for your talent, your use of actual brush and oils. YOU ARE AN ARTIST!

    • jiberish profile imageAUTHOR

      jiberish 

      10 years ago from florida

      Lisa, Thank you for stopping in, fellow Ohio-an. :)

      POP, Thank you for the kind comments, I'm just a beginner, and you would retract the beautiful part if you saw me first thing in the morning. :) Thanks!

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      breakfastpop 

      10 years ago

      Dear jiberish,

      I am completely blown away. Not only are you a gifted writer and researcher you are a beautiful and talented artist. I love your paintings, I really do. I dabbled for a while myself. I used acrylics and yes they were all abstract, but I must say nothing I ever did compared to what I see here.

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      lisakprice 

      10 years ago from Ohio

      Very nice collection! Thanks for sharing!

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