Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Fourth of July Inspiration: Howard Pyle





Howard Pyle (1853 - 1911) The Nation Makers, 1903, Oil on canvas, 40 1/4 × 26 in.


Howard Pyle was a Golden Age Illustrator, painter and author.


Today, Howard Pyle is not nearly as well-known as his images. However, he was one of America’s most popular illustrators and storytellers at a time when top illustrators were celebrities. Pyle was also heavily immersed in documenting the history of America. Pyle considered The Nation Makers among his most important works and, between 1903 and 1908, he sent it on tour to New York, Chicago, Detroit, and Green Bay. People stood in line to see the work on display.



Happy 4th of July !






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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Small Works / Color Studies – June





It is like watching a parade of giants floating above the lake. I am small again.

Cloud Parade, oil on panel, 5 x 7 inches, Jim Serrett








Lately the storms have been both dangerous and beautiful.
Nature is full of contradictions.

Sometimes the rain can be sad and happy.


What’s That - Big Rain, oil on panel, 5 x 7 inches, Jim Serrett








I painted this from my imagination, it is play... but also, memory and design training.

Everyone should learn to dream trees.


I Dream Trees, oil on panel, 5 x 7 inches, Jim Serrett









Glass can be the most fun thing to paint, so many abstract passages, reflections and transparencies...  I will never bore of painting glass.


Blue and Clear Bottle, oil on panel, 5 x 7 inches, Jim Serrett






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Monday, April 22, 2019

Small Works / Color Studies – Spring





I love watching the rain on the horizon it is an endless abstraction of form, light and color.
Fast-moving storm crossing the Mississippi into Illinois.


Fast Storm, oil on panel, 5 x 7 inches, Jim Serrett






Really interesting formations, I’m guessing Nimbostratus clouds and some front meeting?


Spring Convergence, oil on panel, 5 x 7 inches, Jim Serrett






There is incredible subtle energy in nature, if you take a moment to observe.
These clouds moved along the with the flow of the Mississippi river almost in synchronized harmony.


River of Clouds, oil on panel, 5 x 7 inches, Jim Serrett








These trees are just off my deck, I have probably drawn them or painted them a dozen times.
I will probably draw them or paint them a dozen times more.  😊


Trees Outback, oil on panel, 5 x 7 inches, Jim Serrett









I will never tire of the beauty and transformation of a sunset.


Sunset Over the Lake, oil on panel, 5 x 7 inches, Jim Serrett








In early spring there is this amazing transformation of color, it is my favorite time of year, when the earth tones of Winter and the greening of Spring collide.



The Greening, oil on panel, 5 x 7 inches, Jim Serrett




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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Small Works / Color Studies – Mexico






I must admit that I am not much of a morning person, my wife Linda finds it so funny that when we are in Mexico, I get up early and go to the beach for every sunrise. I am drawn to those amazing skies at dawn on the Caribbean Sea.  In Cancún, on the Yucatán Peninsula bordering the Caribbean Sea, you find some of the best beaches in the world and endless stunning sunrises for inspiration.

And I know I have probably said this a million times, but the color of the water here is hypnotic, just pure natural beauty. It was a great trip, and we had some of the best snorkeling adventures this year. Also, we got a chance to do a little island hopping along the Yucatan coast to explore Isla Contoy (National Park) and Isla Mujeres (Isle of Women). But mostly we spent two long weeks enjoying the beautiful beach.

I did a bit of sketching. And this year I took along a little compact pochade box to do oil studies in, which turned out to be just a perfect beach kit. My goal was to capture the color, value, atmosphere, of this unique location. So here are a few of the sketches from Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico.

Enjoy 







Such beautiful sunrises in Cancun. I got up early enough to catch several, I am drawn to those amazing skies at dawn on the Caribbean Sea with the sun exploding up over the morning clouds.

Cancun Sunrise, oil on panel, 5 x 7 inches, Jim Serrett © jimserrettstudio








I love the watching the colors change at sunrise on the beach. 
Small sketches and studies are great exercises and I learn so much from them.

Caribbean Morning, oil on panel, 5 x 7 inches, Jim Serrett ©








Early morning light with a storm on the horizon. The energy of a wave is hard to capture. You must look for the simple elements such as design, shapes, values, color and edges. You could do hundreds of studies and none would look the same.

Yucatan Sunrise, oil on panel, 5 x 7 inches, Jim Serrett ©







Straight out from this lifeguard tower we were able to walk over 100 yards in waist deep turquoise water. And let the rolling waves wash over us.


Lifeguard Tower Mexico, oil on panel, 5 x 7 inches, Jim Serrett ©







Watching clouds build up on the horizon. The sea along the Yucatan Peninsula is one of the most beautiful in the world, just amazing. I could paint it forever, exploring and studying the colors, all the deep violets and endless cerulean blues. Chillax :)


Cloud Study on the Yucatan Peninsula, oil on panel, 5 x 7 inches, Jim Serrett ©







There is no image of Cancun as iconic as Palapas on the white sand against the cerulean blue sea with clouds bellowing overhead. Probably because of the memories it conjures and the story it can tell.

Caribbean Palapas, oil on panel, 5 x 7 inches, Jim Serrett ©








Kinich Ahau (K'inich Ajaw) was the Sun God of the Mayans and was believed to turn into a jaguar as he went through the underworld (Xibalbá) each night. You can almost see him in the sun battling the dark clouds.


Mayan Sun, oil on panel, 5 x 7 inches, Jim Serrett © jimserrettstudio








Every morning is different on the Caribbean Sea, the light is never the same.
It is in flux, shifting atmospheric conditions—light flickering on water, moving clouds, a burst of rain. You can get lost in the moment painting the appearance of quickly changing light.


Beach Morning, oil on panel, 5 x 7 inches, Jim Serrett ©








Painting surf is like trying to hit a moving target. It’s a fascinating exercise to get better at painting all types of subjects on location. But its also just so much fun.


Caribbean Surf, oil on panel, 5 x 7 inches, Jim Serrett ©








I love the deep blue of the vaulting sky, watching clouds float and dance.
An oil study looking down the beach from the Royal Islander Resort towards Punta Nizuc in Cancun, Mexico.
Dos cervezas más, por favor señor


Looking Towards Punta Nizuc, oil on panel, 5 x 7 inches, Jim Serrett ©






When I sit in front of the Caribbean Sea and try to match the colors with little piles of paint, shifting around the hue, value and chroma. My goal is to make as close as I can, the color I see -- that blue, blue-green or blue-violet –  and then realize how beautiful, sublime and imaginative nature is.

Colors of the Caribbean Sea, oil on panel, 5 x 7 inches, Jim Serrett ©









Sketches from the Caribbean Sea are available through my online store. 
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Getting up early to paint the Caribbean sunrise. Chillax




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Sunday, January 6, 2019

It’s My 10 Year Blogiversary!





Wow. This blog is ten years, 4 months old now. Wow, time flies when you are having fun.

Just seems like yesterday I was learning basic programming and language to create a blog. Today there are templates that make creating a blog very simple. That happened through the creativity and commitment of many bloggers to this platform over the years. To them we owe a great a debt of gratitude.







Through this blog I found an amazing community of artist who were willing to share their knowledge, insights and passion about art. This anniversary is not really about my blog, but the network and community around it.







Through you I have gained in ways I cannot articulate, I am because of this blog and community a better artist and person. And if you’re reading this, you’re one of the reasons it exists. Thank you for letting me share my passion with you. Here’s to another ten years!

Thank you.






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Monday, December 31, 2018

Thanks for Listening 2018









As this year closes, I would like to take a moment to express my gratitude and appreciation to all of you who have made this such a great year. I appreciate your, kindness, support, and generosity.
Hope you have a great 2019. 

Thank you!


The Sun will not rise or set without my notice and thanks. (Winslow Homer)






For my loving wife, no words can express my appreciation for you.
The source of my greatest happiness. I am extremely lucky, and extremely thankful… for you.

All my love, Happy Anniversary



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Friday, December 14, 2018

Small Works / Color Studies - Memories of Summer.




Summer’s End, oil on panel, 5 x 7 inches, Jim Serrett


Summer’s End is always just a bit melancholy.
The mood of this sunset seemed to say it all.
There seems to be a longing for the sun in each of us.
It may be why we respond so emotionally to sunsets.








Comes the Rain, oil on panel, 5 x 7 inches, Jim Serrett

Rain showers moving across the horizon are just fascinating to watch.
Pretty challenging to paint from life, this one is more memory than actual.
They leave a lasting impression.









Pine Hills Bluff, oil on panel, 5 x7 inches, Jim Serrett


LaRue-Pine Hills a 150-foot limestone bluff that rises out of the Mississippi floodplain, the massive bluffs extend roughly 5 miles along Highway 3. The vistas from it are amazing, however this view is of the park access road looking towards the bluffs from Hwy3.









Fading Light, oil on panel, 5 x 7 inches, Jim Serrett

Best time to be on the lake.
Kayaking, wandering, exploring
and just slowing down and being.








Rain Over There, oil on panel, 5 x 7 inches, Jim Serrett

The late summer rain,
paint it with all the colors of the wind.









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Friday, November 30, 2018

Holiday Sale - "Support living artists, the dead ones don't need the money."






For the Holiday Season and in appreciation of you,
I will be offering a 25% discount on all work in my Etsy store.
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Original art is a unique, lasting gift that can give joy for years to come.
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Sunday, September 30, 2018

Small Works / Color Studies - September








That touch of gold in the Western skies, right at the end of day.

Midas Touch, oil on panel, 5 x 7 inches, Jim Serrett






Nothing is more peaceful than a slow drive on a country road with summer clouds forming overhead.

HWY 127 Cloud Study IV, oil on panel, 5 x 7 inches, Jim Serrett




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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Small Gems - Pochade Box Paintings






Small Gems by Jim Serrett

An exhibit of my Original Pochade Box Paintings will be at the Visual Arts Cooperative. These 5 x 7-inch oil studies and sketches are on 3/8 hardwood panel ready to hang. Come on by this FIRST FRIDAY...

Opening, August 3, 5 - 9 pm

Visual Arts Cooperative Committee (VACC)
16C North Spanish Street
Cape Girardeau, MO








Pochade Box Paintings

A Pochade Box is a small box used for painting on location. The word pochade is derived from the French word "pocher", meaning to sketch. The box is great tool for exploring composition, making color studies, gathering references and knowledge, basically creating a visual library of information. These sketches are exercises in capturing what I see in front of me and about the simple pleasure of painting. In that, they are small gems to treasure.

"A sketch has charm because of its truth - not because it is unfinished."

                                                                                                                    ---Charles W. Hawthorne






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