A Year in Review – Original Paintings of 2020

In this post, I share images of my original paintings completed in 2020. 

I painted 37 original oil paintings in 2020. That’s more than usual for me, probably because the pandemic changed my life's rhythm, giving me more time behind the easel. One month ago, I sent out a newsletter with images of almost all of last year’s paintings, and everyone seemed to really enjoy seeing everything in one place.

Images of these paintings are scattered across Facebook and Instagram, and I thought that a blog would be even better than a newsletter because it will always be there if you want to look again.  

So here they are! A record of a year growing and learning with oil paint. I made sure to put them in chronological order too.

I have one kind favor to ask of you…

 

Would you be willing to take a minute and let me know which painting is your favorite in the comments section at the end of the post? Your feedback is gold.


 

Winter Break


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Along the Way - Original Paintings

Along the Way


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Contemplating Yellow


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Sunflowers and Accompanists


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Inheritance


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Winter's Gold


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Golden Afternoon

 

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The Visitor


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His and Hers

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Mums


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Tom's River


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Cardinal Couple


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Walking In


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Between Seasons


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Chickens and Tractor

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Night Shift


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November Pair


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Together


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Congregation


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Separate Branches


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Huddled


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June Rows


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In the Glistening


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The Meeting Place


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Third Wheel


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Pause


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In the Tall Grass


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Winter's Melody


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Coming In


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Chickadee


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Redwing's Song


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Near the Nest

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Thanks for scrolling all the way to the bottom of this long post! Most of these paintings were only in my studio for a little while before being shipped off to their new homes. It's nice for me to see them all together too...

 

Now, tell me, which one is your favorite? Comment below.

9 comments

TJ,
I love your work! My favorite of your 2020 works is the Sunflowers and Accompanists. The reason is two-fold. I grew up in western Kansas and the state flower is the sunflower. I think everyone needs an accompanist in life.

Your work reminds me deeply of my mother. My mother was an artist and loved barns. Any barns, any where. She would pull over the side of the road, dig her camera out and take photos so that she could paint them later.

I am in love with Maximilian’s Table! Again, it reminds me of my mother. The hardwood floors, faint yellow walls, and most especially the round table in front of the window. This is where we would talk and sip our tea together. Thank you for giving her back to me for just a few moments. I miss her so!

Sherry March 23, 2021

My favorite would be either Winter’s Gold or Redwing Song. But I really like all of your work and you have inspired me to try and paint one of the many birds that visit my feeder. Thank you for sharing your wonderful works and thoughts.

Jeff Boring March 09, 2021

My favorite would have to be The Meeting Place. It brings back memories of happy childhood days of fishing for little native brook trout on the Vermont farm where I grew up. The splash and gurgle of water on rocks, sunlight dappling through a canopy of young leaves in early summer, the delicate melody of the hermit thrush…. all return as I contemplate this beautiful painting.

Brian Blaine February 28, 2021

Hi, Your work is just beautiful. I have a yard full of cardinals so I love all of yours but my favorites are1.- Along the Way – the beautiful golden light on the silo next to the warm red barns and bright patch of grass all against the cold snow and sky. 2.-Golden Afternoon -Such pretty golden tints in the water with touches of light aqua. The water is moving!!

Gailyn Thornton February 25, 2021

My favorite is Night Shift followed closely by Winters Gold. Both paintings create a sense of recognition and emotional response.

Judy Smith February 25, 2021

Hi Jane,

So cool that you heard of me on Carl’s show! I really appreciate your feedback.

Best,
Tim

TJ Cunningham February 18, 2021

Thank you, Maryclare!

TJ Cunningham February 18, 2021

Hi TJ,
Beautiful site. I found your interview on Artful Painter and listened to it this morning. Wonderful thoughts, insight and sharing of ideas. Thank you. I really loved hearing about your process and the role of plein air, or observation from life. And on the business side of it, I really liked your talk about self representation which is something I am pursuing more.
Oh, and my favorite. “Winter Break,” by far. I love the intrigue and the mystery of what’s inside and beyond. That passageway of light is just so beautiful.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the interview. Best wishes for a new year!

Jane D Ramsey February 09, 2021

Really love the emotional impact of your work. I particularly like your cardinal and chickadee paintings…love and paint these creatures too. But my favorite in this collection is “Winters Gold”. The surprising warmth in a Vt. winter scene is thrilling and simply beautiful!

Maryclare

Maryclare Heffernan February 09, 2021

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