jonathanday

We Are Beautiful

Oregon, United States · 129 Sales

jonathanday

We Are Beautiful

Oregon, United States 129 Sales On Etsy since 2009

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Announcement   Art by Jonathan Day -- paintings, drawings, etchings, relief prints, watercolors, art prints -- art full of the artist's joy in the beauty of human beings, and the beauty of the Earth we're so lucky to live on.

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Last updated on Jan 29, 2016

Art by Jonathan Day -- paintings, drawings, etchings, relief prints, watercolors, art prints -- art full of the artist's joy in the beauty of human beings, and the beauty of the Earth we're so lucky to live on.

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It's taken me a while -- three or four decades, or thereabouts -- to know what it is that I'm doing, when I do art. Today, it all comes down to this: I look at the human form, and I see: We Are Beautiful. We humans. Yah, sure, I know ugly we can get, in our shapes and our actions. But that's because somehow a fundamentally beautiful thing has gotten twisted. So when I do drawings and paintings and such, figurative work, I'm rejoicing in this essential beauty that I see in the human being. I'm returning to a well that's never empty, and getting a life-giving drink. And sharing it.

The landscape almost always gets in there, because that, too, is just heartbreakingly beautiful -- the Earth we're so lucky to call home.

My first love is line, which is why most of my paintings are first done in pen and ink. But those lines are usually done on watercolor paper, and then I can add watercolors, and maybe acrylics -- if needed. I usually do the initial layout in pencil, right on the final paper, without any preliminary studies. I've given years to the study of artistic anatomy, and I don't use models for my figures, and I don't consult anatomy references or photographs much, any more.

Here and there in my store you will also see linoleum block prints, etchings and oil paintings, because sometimes things have to be done like that.

My original paintings and relief prints and, more recently, my fine art prints, have sold to collectors in many, if not most, of the United States, as well as collectors in China, Sweden, Australia, the UK, and elsewhere.

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  • Jonathan Day

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    Grew up in Alaska, and learned early about the awesome. Discovered early the pleasure of drawing. Came to Oregon in 1972, learned about painting, printmaking, and of course, drawing. Love the American West, and what I do.

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