Welcome to Jana Parkes' Online Art Gallery
Blessings, and thank you for visiting my online gallery of art!
I feel that art nurtures and feeds our souls, and painting is what I feel passionate about doing. I also feel that it is a part of my purpose in life.
With most of the paintings on the website I have descriptions of how I experience them, but each person will have their own experience of them. Also, for some of the paintings I have blogged the story of their creation.
Whether you're just viewing or buying, I hope that you enjoy them! I certainly feel blessed by them, both in creating them and while they are here, before they to go to a new home.
I would hope that for the paintings that go to a new home that it would be like the woman on an Antiques Roadshow said when she told the host that she'd had the painting that she had with her for 20 years, and that she hadn't "finished looking at it yet".
If you would like to be informed of my latest news including paintings, shows and new blogs, then click here to subscribe to the newsletter, which is sent out about once a month.
To see the latest additions in paintings and blogs scroll further down this page to the "What's New?" section on this page.
I feel within me a deep, inner drive, and need, to express through painting. When I paint, I never know what is going to come through. Before I paint I ask, with an open heart, for whatever is for the highest good for all. To me, what most often seems to come through are depictions and energies of Love, Light and Joy. Other times it's about the fullness of life including celebration, grieving, and passion.
Some of the paintings are cosmic looking with stars and nebula, reminding us of a bigger picture of life, and some are what I call "energy expressions". Expressions of what is there, but not visible to our human eyes.
As the scientists tell us, nothing is really solid, it is all varying vibrations of energy. This includes both things we see with our physical eyes, and also things that we can't see, like love, passion and other emotions.
I really like how Madelaine L'Engle put it in "A Wrinkle in Time" when she said, "What is visible is temporary, what is invisible is eternal."
There is a fascinating video of a talk that Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, a neuroanatomist and brain researcher, gave to a TED conference describing how, when she had a stroke, she discovered how the right brain connects with the larger world of energy and oneness, and how the left brain perceives and manages the world of physicality and separation. Click here to see this 18 minute video.
Perhaps a good way to describe the paintings is to share what a friend wrote in an e-mail after the holidays, after she had received the fourth painting that she has bought from me over the years: "Your painting was so enjoyed by many and it has truly been an inspiration for me! I cannot really explain the radiance that comes from it, but I know that you were definitely inspired when creating it. Again, I am so blessed to have one of your special creations here to enjoy. I really cannot say that they are merely paintings hanging on my wall. Each one has a special message for me and it seems that every one brings more depth and unexplained love than the prior one."
To learn more about how I paint, or more about my background click here.
So, feel free to peruse the paintings, blogs, etc., and even come back for more. Enjoy, and thanks again for visiting! Blessings!
"The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection" - Michelangelo
August 1st, 2014
A new newsletter has been sent out with the latest news on paintings, prints and shows, etc. Click here to sign up for the newsletter, or contact me to get a copy of the newsletter emailed to you.
July 31st, 2014
Now available are giclee prints of the painting "Here and Now".
July 17th, 2014
This is one of the paintings that was started in Arizona and finished after returning to Oregon.
"Gratitude, Life Is" (22" x 28")
May 17, 2014
Posting the first three of the paintings that were finished while I was in Prescott, AZ for the winter.
"Celestial Choirs, Sing Your Praises" (22" x 28")
Giclee prints of this painting are available here.
"Possibilities" (5" x 7", sold)
"Happy, Dance With Me" (11" x 14")
January 11th, 2014
A new newsletter has been sent out to those who subscribe to the newsletter. Click here to read this newsletter. You can sign up to receive the newsletter in the top left corner if you wish.
January 7th, 2014
Two new comfort blankets have been added to the blanket collection, along with two that were posted a couple weeks ago.
"Reminder to Play", 60" x 72" comfort blanket
"Transformation of the Heart", 60" x 72" comfort blanket
"Fairies in the Garden of My Dreams", 60" x 72" comfort blanket
"A Gathering of Goddesses", 60" x 72" comfort blanket
January 3rd, 2014
A new blog post of all of the artwork showings (with photos) of the last year and a half. Click here to read the blog.
November 22, 2013
A new blog has been posted. It shows and explains a bit about the process of working on the floor and spatter painting that was done on the paintings of "Star Cluster" and "Liquid Light". Click here and scroll down to read the blog.
October 1st, 2013
Two new Giclee prints have been added to the available prints collection.
"The Divinity Within", Giclee prints
"Fairies in the Garden of My Dreams", Giclee prints
June 6th, 2013
"Dancing Among the Stars" is also now available in professionally made Museum quality Giclee prints.
February 26th, 2013
Professionally made Museum quality Giclee prints are now available of the painting "A Gathering of Goddesses" and also of the painting"Reminder to Play" (see July 24th posting below for photo of painting).
July 24th, 2012
A new painting has been posted:
"Reminder to Play" (11" x 14", Sold)
July 14th, 2012
A new newsletter has been sent out to the newsletter subscribers. Click here to read it. : )
July 11th, 2012
Another new painting has been finished and posted:
"Liquid Light", (20" x 24")
July 10th, 2012
A new painting has been posted.
"Starry, Starry Life" (20" x 24", Sold)
June 30th, 2012
Announcing, along with other artists, a showing and discussion of my artwork as part of the Ashland based Dancing People Company's July Salon Showcase. Time is 7 p.m., Sunday, July 8th at their space at 310 Oak St. in Ashland, OR. Other artists showcased will be a dance troupe, a dancer, a pianist and a short film. Click here for more details.
June 28th, 2012
A new painting has been finished and posted.
"A Gathering of Goddesses" (20" x 24", sold)
June 6th, 2012
A new painting has been finished and posted.
"Fairies in the Garden of My Dreams" (24" x 30", Sold)
May 18th, 2012
A new painting has been finished and posted.
"The Divinity Within" (24" x 30")
April 27th, 2012
A new newsletter has been sent out to newsletter subscribers. Click here here to read it. If you'd like to subscribe to the newsletter, which is sent out about once a month, then click the link on the upper left of the page.
April 26th, 2012
Prints are now available of "Transformation of the Heart":
"Transformation of the Heart" Giclee Prints
April 20th, 2012
Two new paintings have been posted:
"Guardian Angel" No. 3 (11"w x 14"h)
"Dancing Among the Stars" (20"w x 24"h)
March 30th, 2012
A new newsletter has been sent out to newsletter subscribers. To read it click here.
March 29th, 2012
Giclee prints of "Love is All There Is" (below) and "Guardian Angel" and "Goddess of Fire, Passion of Mother Earth" (further below) are now available. They come in various sizes, both canvas wrapped, ready to hang prints and also printed on Somerset watercolor paper that can be matted and framed with glass.
March 22nd, 2012
The second in the series of Guardian Angel paintings.
"Radiant Guardian Angel" (10" x 10", now sold)
March 9, 2012
The painting "The Sun's Blessings" has evolved a bit, into what is shown in the photograph below. I added more to this painting that was originally finished in 2007.
"The Sun's Blessings" (30"w x 24"h)
March 3, 2012
There is a new newsletter out, and a new painting. The newsletter can be seen by clicking here.
And, the new painting is, "Weeping Heart, Angelic Comfort":
"Weeping Heart, Angelic Comfort" (11"w x 14"h)
February 25th, 2012
A new painting has been posted:
"Guardian Angel" (16" x 23", Sold)
Added Note (March 29th): this painting is now available in a giclee print. Click here to see details.
February 16th, 2012
Three new paintings, as follows:
"And I, In the Center of My World, Am Not Alone" (16" x 20")
"Star Cluster" (16" x 20")
February 2nd, 2012
The first of the new paintings that I've done since moving here to southern Oregon. Three more coming as soon as I get them photographed.
"Transformation of the Heart" (16" x 20")
November 25th, 2011
Three new paintings have been posted. They are:
"Galactic Ball" (20" x 30")
"Expectant Transformation" (11" x 14", sold)
"Come Join the Party" (14" x 18")
November 10th, 2011
Fine Art Views selected "Life Celebrating" (shown below on Oct. 29th), as one of their top favorite 15% for the month of October BoldBrush contest. Click here to see the announcement and all of the top favorite 15%.
October 19th, 2011
A new painting:
"Space", (24" x 30", Sold)
October 8th, 2011
A third blanket made from one of the paintings has been added! A great way to hands-on, physically experience artwork - wrap up in it! : )
"Resurrection" comfort blanket, 60" x 72"
September 18th, 2011
A new blanket is now available! It is 100% cotton and woven into a tapestry-like blanket/throw with the image of the painting "Here and Now".
"Here and Now" Blanket, 60" x 72", on queen-size bed.
August 26th, 2011
The painting "Untitled" has been awarded the honor of "Outstanding Acrlic" by FineArtStudioOnline's BoldBrush contest for the month of July. Click here to see the announcement and all of the winners! (This painting is also now available in a print.)
August 8th, 2011
- A new painting:
"Fountain of Love", (24" x 30")
July 23rd, 2011
- A new blog has been posted. It is about the evolution of the "Trust" blanket (see June 19th below) from a flat canvas painting to a blanket. Click here to read the blog.
- A new newsletter has been sent out. Click here to read the newsletter or here to sign up for future newsletters!
July 16th, 2011
A new painting which is untitled, so far.
"Untitled", (24" x 30")
June 26th, 2011
A large new painting, titled "Grand Light" (or "Gran Luz").
"Grand Light", (34" x 41")
June 19th, 2011
The "Trust" blanket, a 100% woven tapestry-like cotton blanket is now available! It is 60" x 72" and the image of the "Trust" painting is woven into it (not printed). Go to "Trust" banket to see more.
June 8th, 2011
- A new blog has been published in the blog section. It is about the painting process for "Pleasant Boundaries". Go to Blog to read.
Highlights from past "What's New?"
May 8th, 2010
- If you have any interest in a particular painting, but would like to see more of it, I can take a video of it and e-mail you a link to the video. Paintings are also available on approval, and can also be purchased on a payment plan.
- Both watercolor paper and canvas Giclee Prints are now available of "Light" and "Cosmic Joy". During the studio tour many people said that they could hardly tell the difference between the original and the print.
The original "Light" painting on the wall, and a canvas-wrapped Giclee print on the easel on the piano bench.
- Also, there is a page with information on the Giclee printing process and on available print options. Go to the "About Giclee Prints" page to learn more.
- Also new: Downloading photos of the paintings: I am allowing people to download the images of the paintings for their personal use (the images of the paintings are copyrighted, it is illegal to download them for any sales or distribution purposes). So, please enjoy them if you would like to! Most of the photos will print nicely up to about a 4" x 6" size (anything bigger gets fuzzy and grainy).