Live painting event at The East Room

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I will be setting up my easel to paint an oil portrait at the East Room. I think I'll bring along some smaller paintings to sell too if anyone is interested. There will be Rock n' Roll, and tattoo art. Come out! The event goes till 4am. But I will only be there till' 1am.  

Wednesday July 11, 9pm-1am
Demonstration in oils - The East Room
A live painting event for Jams & Jammers
Free event

 

 

 

Painted treasures: A Still life Workshop

New workshop coming May 20!

This one is about little still lifes. I enjoyed coming back to this subject. Something very satisfying about arranging little objects into a neat and colorful composition. Have a look at the Eventbrite page for more details. And of course, get your early bird ticket sale before May 2!


Still time to register for my workshop The Portrait Simplified: Paint Like a French Impressionist vol2. Click here to register at Eventbrite. Starts tomorrow at 10am! 

Vol3 is June 3 if you can't make this one. Be sure to regularly check out my Demos and Workshops page to never miss an event.

 

Blick Demo in Milwaukee

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Always a pleasure to come up to Blick Milwaukee-Farwell. I've really grown to love what I know about this city so far. Good folks, and a great post-demo beer at Von Trier around the corner of course!

 

It's all about trees!

 

For the sake of further defining my creative developments... I started a new Instagram account supporting the progress and process of my ink tree series, Psithurism, and other side projects. So far, I've just moved some photos from my main account. But be sure to give the page a follow to see all the new developments! If you are a fan of Psithurism, this is a great way to see rich content unique to this series - sketches, concepts, project development, and exhibitions. 

 

Also excited to announce with this development, I am finally offering prints for sale online! Visit my page on Saatchi Art to view the store. I will continue putting up new work. Don't see something you love? Send me a message with an inquiry and I'll see about making it available. :)

Instagram
https://www.instagram.com/jasonmbentley_2/
@jasonmbentley_2

Saatchi Art
https://www.saatchiart.com/jasonmichaelbentley

 

AN ACCESSIBLE AESTHETIC | CLASSES, Demonstrations AND WORKSHOPS

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I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately about what it means to be an artist. My goodness, right? But more specifically, what it means to be an artist who enjoys the gathering of experience and insight. Not just for myself, but in aid of cultivating a shareable, and accessible aesthetic for others. As a foundation, I’ve been thinking about how we are shaped as human beings. What are we without the influence of others, directly or indirectly? The contributions in human history have massed into a cumulative knowledge that has erected the pillar we all stand on. I have an underlying sense of gratefulness, amusement, wonder, and at times, terror. It’s as if these feelings run just below the surface of my skin. They rest with a modest tension, warming and bubbling over as I am absorbed into the world around me by my vocational interests. I am reminded that it’s the people part that rings out with importance. We are here, with our condition, for better or for worse. Our need to recognize the relationship we have with each other, and with nature, are becoming more important by the day. 

My place is not to be isolated in the studio. Although, I often revel in it. My recent experience with teaching and conducting workshops has reinvigorated my passion for this cumulative contribution - as small a part as it may be. And not just for the sake of contribution, but the preservation of the approaches I hold dear. Focusing more on engagement and connection places more context under my instincts and guides my motivations. I advance, trip and fall, and constantly re-define. Chiseling away at the block, gradually revealing something that looks a bit more refined. Every interaction I am gifted, is the opportunity to see the larger sense of existence. 

And for a bit of news about classes, demos, and workshops...


Three Week Class - Painting With Gouache
I'm excited to announce my signing on to be an instructor at The Art Center in Highland Park! Bringing back a lost love, with an introductory class on painting with gouache. Fridays, 2-5pm. April 13-27.

Click here for more information, and to register. Receive an Early Bird discount until April 2!


New Demos and Workshops on the Calendar
Take a look at what's on the calendar for April, May, and June! Sign up for a workshop, private demonstration, or a free in-store demo.


 

The Portrait Simplified: A Success!

 Students painting and experimenting with impressionistic portrait techniques at Gallery1070.

Students painting and experimenting with impressionistic portrait techniques at Gallery1070.

Extending my heartfelt gratitude for the participants in last Sundays workshop at Gallery 1070. I could not have asked for a better inaugural event, and appreciate everyones courage, curiosity, and eagerness toward the subject of the portrait! Teaching and demonstrating has become my great joy. I learn so much in my own discipline by helping others discover techniques and develop their capacity as artists. Looking forward to continuing this program in earnest, and will very well be creating new workshop programs in the near future. Be sure to join me for the next The Portrait Simplified on April 22. Registration opens soon! Check out my Demos and Workshops page often for calendar events as they occur.

Cheers,

-JASON

 

 

JACKSON JUNGE OPENING RECEPTION

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So very happy to announce my inclusion into a group exhibition at Jackson Junge Gallery! A dream come true! Join me and the many other talented artists at the opening reception for exhibition RED. Come meet the talented artists and enjoy some refreshments. The exhibition runs from March 9 - May 6. 

Jackson Junge Gallery
Opening reception :: Friday March 9, 2018
6-10pm
1389 N. Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, IL

See it on Facebook
See it on Eventbrite

 

The Portrait Simplified - A workshop in oil painting

Save the date! My workshop in painting the portrait - Simplified! 
Gallery 1070 in Edgewater, Chicago
Sunday March 11, 10am-3pm

Event Synopsis
Paint like a French Impressionist! Discover the beauty of constructing form through color relationships and mark making in oils. In this 5 hour workshop, Jason provides clear and accessible guidance to making portrait painting approachable and expressive. All skills-levels welcome, but no experience is necessary. Let's make some marks and have fun! All painting supplies are provided. Just bring a roll of paper towels and a lunch. 

This is an affordable way to discover oil painting if you've never tried it! See the full list of demos and workshops currently on the calendar.

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For more details and registration, visit the Eventbrite page here.

 

DEMO FEATURING WINSOR & NEWTON AT BLICK EVANSTON

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Pleased to announce that I will be progressing a new stream of demonstrations for the new year at select Blick art stores featuring
Winsor & Newton oil paints and mediums! I'll be gaining momentum at Blick Evanston (1755 Maple Ave) this Friday December 22 from
5-7pm. Come by and watch or participate in this FREE demo and experience the expressive and technical capabilities of the Winsor & Newton pigments, brushes, and mediums while painting the portrait.

Event Synopsis and engagement
In the study of work-flow efficiency in fine art portraiture, spectators will learn palette preparation, roles of Winsor & Newton colour and mediums, and establish construction elements in a four step process. The two hour workshop/demonstration will be divided by four 25 minute pose/paint sessions with 5 minute question and answer in between. Individual attention will be provided if desired.


I hope to see you there! Be sure to follow me on the various social media channels - links at the bottom of this page.

Also be sure to follow Blick Evanston at www.instagram.com/blick_evanston/ and https://www.facebook.com/BlickStoreEvanston2228/

 

-JASON

 

Pisthurism #17

Tried a new surface for this series the other day. Painted this little ink tree on gesso board - 5x5 inches. Setting up an Etsy shop soon, all of my prints and some of my originals will be for sale, and just in time for the holiday season! But in the meantime, this guy needs a home. $150. Interested? Send me a message and it's yours for 30% off. I'll even ship it to ya for free.

Happy Holidays Everyone!

JASON

 

Blick Grande Opening Demonstration

Here are some pics from the Blick Grande Opening in Schaumburg this last weekend. I had a great time. To be totally honest, I was quite nervous at first. I don't do this sort of thing often, painting in front of people that is... Painting a live model is quite different than painting from a reference photo, but as I've had plenty of experience doing so, I usually don't have people watching my every move! Well, almost. They were occupied by their own creations too, and I was happy to be a part of their guidance.

Thanks to Colart, Winsor & Newton, my wonderful model, Elizabeth, and the eager participants!

Photo cred: Lyndsey MacGregor

JASON

 

WARMING UP

It's coming up quick! I am representing the esteemed brand Winsor & Newton at the Blick grand opening in Schaumburg this Saturday the 19th at 4-6pm. See the opening and activity information here. My part will be a two hour portrait demo of my friend Elizabeth. My many thanks to her for sitting for me this time around. There will be stations set up for interaction and practice with the products under my guidance. Come and enjoy!

I've had a wonderful time painting and playing around with some new products by Winsor & Newton's Liquin line of mediums. My paints flow effortlessly over the oil paper, and retain a lovely, unifying sheen. I'll be posting more of these portrait sketches, featuring the Winsor & Newton product line. So be sure to check back at my website, or my official YouTube channel for more, and subscribe for continued updates. See you there!

JASON

 

INSPIRATION FROM ASHEVILLE

My girlfriend and I went for a long drive to visit Asheville NC and the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains a couple of weeks ago. It was a beautiful excursion with many visual delights! Perfect to further inspire my latest collection, Psithurism.

I found myself wanting to stay and fix my gaze at the distant rising and falling of the earth. And it was such a joy to hike through the thicks of rhododendrons, and enter into a world of sweet smelling fantasy. A recommended visit to the famous Biltmore Estate got me up close and personal to a John Singer Sargent painting! What more could a guy ask for??

 

PRIVATE EXHIBITION AND RECEPTION

I was invited to install an exhibition for a private Chicago wine cellar in Roscoe Village for the month of July. This is a members only, BYO space featuring a temperature controlled cellar, a fully equipped bar with glasses, cocktail making sets and mixers. Perfect for enjoying your own drinks/cocktails by yourself, or in the company of friends in an attractive, casual space. It's pretty cool! 

This exhibition is special, as it features the first selections from my ink tree collection, now titled Psithurism, along with another small collection from my earlier series, The Caves of My Mind

I am sending out a special invitation for YOU and your friends to join me and the other members at a private reception for this exhibition on Thursday, July 27th, 6 - 9 p.m.! It's so hush hush, you will have to RSVP to get information about it's location. And I will be your personal liaison.

Here are the need to know's:

  1. YOU and your friends are invited to this private reception, Thursday, July 27th, 6 - 9 p.m. 
  2. Please RSVP to me by Tuesday, July 25th, to be added to the guest list, and to be provided with instructions for arrival. This is the only way to see the space! 
  3. Light refreshments will be served, but BYO is highly encouraged!
  4. No dress restrictions, although business casual will be appreciated.

This is a FREE 21+ event! Looking forward to seeing you,

-JASON

 

PAINTING DEMO

I'm painting the portrait from a live model this evening at Rogers Park Social. From 7pm-10pm. Come out if you can. Questions encouraged!

See the original FB invite here! 

Contributions to our community

The Franciscan Outreach program in Chicago will be holding a Gala this evening to raise funds and celebrate outstanding contributions to underserved communities throughout Chicago and neighboring areas. I am pleased to donate this painting for the event's silent auction!

 

More information here: https://www.franoutreach.org/gala/