First Impressions

First Impressions figurative oil paintings

A series of figurative oil paintings

First Impressions Jodee Clifford
4 First Impressions 10×10 oil on wood panel paintings, 2018

Since early 2018, I started painting slow oil paintings from the information from fast croquis. I’ve been exploring ideas about connection so much lately, First Impressions have been a huge part. It’s fascinating how much instinctive information can be filled in upon a brief meeting.  Only so much of that information can be quantified with language but there is so much intuitive information residing in sense and energy. 

I do a fair amount of drawing from life. The figure drawing parallel occurred to me – croquis are these fast drawings that capture gesture, shape, position, and weight in seconds. They often contain enough information to fill in the blanks to translate quick lines into solid human forms with energy and emotion.

That’s exactly how first impressions work… we flesh out  quick skeletal scribbles into emotionally concentrated human forms with very little to go on.

Each of the photographed paintings above are:
10×10″,  Oil on Wood, 2018

The gallery below was updated September, 2019

Monoprints from paper plates

abstract target monoprints

A series of monoprints using paper targets as plates.

Abstract target painting
Acrylic on paper, mono prints from paper plates (glowshot targets), 11×24″ / Sept. 2019. (J. Clifford)
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Abstract Improv Dance Paintings

Residual Paintings from Improv Dancing

This project that created paintings from improvisational dancing.

People danced in paint to create abstract secondary paintings from the momentary art of an improvisational dance



Action photos from the Dance Paint Mashup at 48 Blocks 2019

More about the dance in paint project

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Abstracted Figurative Mixed Media

Oil and Resin Abstract on Wood

Abstracted Figurative Mixed Media on wood, Seascape on Canvas
12×12″ Oil and Resin on wood
12×16 Oil and Resin on Canvas

Bridges of Cape May County, Oils on Canvas

Oil on Canvas
Disconnected, Open Beesleys Point Bridge, 36×48 Oil on Canvas, 2019
Bridge, Oil on Canvas
Disconnected, Beesleys Point Bridge under construction, 36×48 Oil on Canvas, 2019
Disconnected, Dismantled Beesleys Point Bridge, 30x40 Oil on Canvas
Disconnected, Dismantled Beesleys Point Bridge, 30×40 Oil on Canvas, 2019
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Hiding 12x16 oil/canvas, 2019, J. Clifford

Always Hiding Something

Figurative oil paintings.

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On my easel July 2019

…and every flat surface in the house

What am I working on? So glad you asked. 

Maybe my mind works better when I’m doing 45 things.

Oil on Canvas
Disconnected, Open Beesleys Point Bridge, 36×48 Oil on Canvas, 2019

This year I started working on paintings about disconnection. Set in coastal south Jersey, they’re bridges being built and demolished. There was an old bridge that was in the process of being torn down a few years ago between Beesleys Point and Somers Point near the power plant. I was inspired by its surreal appearance. I had the opportunity to kayak out and take some reference photos before it was demolished. I’ll share the others shortly. 

First Impressions, with tan lines
First Impressions, with tan lines, Oil/Panel, 2019

I usually have some figurative work going too. Now is no exception. First impressions are still in the mix. I haven’t revisited them since being spooked by that book – oh right. Maybe I never published that post. Anyway, I had one of those OMG seriously life poetry scenarios and took a break. They’re still very much in my heart.

Painting of a man taking his shirt off
WIP 12×16 oil/canvas, 2019, J. Clifford

Until recently, I haven’t played much with ideas relating to the masculine form. Right now, I’m working on a few shirtless man paintings. 

I recently wrapped up a couple oil painting commissions and a resin piece donated to a fundraiser.

As always, I’m also doing freelance design work, managing websites, social media, making shirts and outrageous plans, mapping an escape, etc…  My calendar includes escaping the beach to make shirts onsite at my favorite Vermont blueberry farm and create social content, paintings on view at The Gateway, and some dance-in-paint proposals. 

But first, coffee! And salt water. Separately. Coffee with salt water probably wouldn’t taste all that good. 

With good vibes, 
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Hope you enjoyed the update… if not, let us blame Mercury retrograde