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

First Impressions: Tamara

First Impression: Tamara, Oil painting on canvas First impressions.

This one was different in the sense that I showed up for one of the life drawing groups I draw with and the model was a woman I know and dance with! Tamara. She’s wonderful.

These first impression paintings are somewhat about how much information we fill in on our own from an initial meeting, exchange of energy, first impression. Overthinking.

In writing this post, I  found a raw and personal draft about this project from a year ago when these were just forming. I still haven’t gotten to the place where it feels appropriate to share it though. Maybe someday.

Anyway, I’ve been making slow paintings from quick croquis.  I worked from a 30 second gesture drawing here. There are some process shots in the gallery below too. If it’s not done, it’s close.

It was difficult to find a stopping point with this one, I know her and what she looks like. I suppose it’s kind of parallel to the sense of meeting some who has strong and familiar energy pull.

It doesn’t look like her.

Tamara is a fantastically creative woman. See what I’m talking about in her blog.

First Impressions, Tamara. 12×12″ oil on canvas, 2019

Figurative paintings on clothes

Figures on Clothes, Oil / Mixed Media / Jodee Clifford

Figures on Clothes, Oil / Mixed Media / Jodee Clifford
Four pieces from Figures on Clothes series, Oil / Mixed Media. 2003-2004. (L-R White shirt, Plaid dress, Nightshirt, Blue suede pants) 

Figures on Clothes

Figures on Clothes was one of my first series of paintings around 2003. I painted them with relationship ideas between clothing and the human form explored between subject matter and material. I painted nude female figures directly onto the surface of stretched and prepared clothing as I would on primed canvas.

In 2003, I started painting nude women onto the surface of stretched and prepared clothing as though it were canvas.

In revisiting the series, I’m bringing in some intimate and emotional elements. I plan to continue these.

Unzipped Linen Dress

Unzipped Linen Dress, 2018 oil / mixed media 16x24" jodee clifford

Unzipped Linen Dress, 2018 oil / mixed media 16x24"
Unzipped Linen Dress, 2018
oil / mixed media
16×24″

Completed in March of 2018, this personal painting is the first of some of my new work exploring relationships.

Figures on Clothes

Figures on Clothes was my first series of paintings starting c. 2003. To me, they began with the relationship between clothing and nudity using the human form explored between subject matter and material. I painted these nude female figures directly onto the surface of stretched and prepared clothing as I would on primed canvas.

Artist Statement

Jodee Clifford, 2004, Oil Painting: Green Sweater, Mixed Media

Exploring relationships through human form, body language, and connection.

Connection

Connection is a recent body of work that began painting dancers. Started in 2016, it’s a series of oil paintings, watercolor paintings, drawings, and ink drawings exploring human connection with body language, touch, and gesture; communicating and connecting without words through improvisational lead and follow social dancers. As a dancer and former media employee, this body of work is a reflection of communication in contrast to verbal or written language with undertones of honesty, transparency, and authenticity.

I’ve been working on bridge paintings that relate connection from another perspective. This subject matter allows me to more easily play with ideas of both connection and disconnect, building bridges, demolition, new vs. old, past vs. present, change, etc..

Relationship

Everything in this world relates. Across all my projects, I’m pretty fascinated with relationship, connection, language, instincts and intuition. 

Figures on Clothes

Figures on Clothes was one of my first series of paintings around 2003. I painted them with relationship ideas between clothing and the human form explored between subject matter and material. I painted nude female figures directly onto the surface of stretched and prepared clothing as I would on primed canvas.

First Impressions

In 2018, I started doing these oil paintings called “First Impressions”. They’re paintings from croquis flushed out in oil paint much the way we fill in unknown  character traits based on little more than instincts after meeting someone.


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