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Jan Schmuckal Oil Paintings

Jan Schmuckal is an American artist that is really getting a name for herself in today's Arts and Crafts community. Inspired by the Arts & Crafts movement, Jan's oil paintings are all one of a kinds, and none of her paintings will ever be reproduced.  The changing light of day and the moods it evokes are the foundation of all her oil paintings. Each piece usually starts with a powerful, simple composition, which then evolves into a theme where strong light and shadow and deep color are within the primary subject.   Strength, mood and simplicity are her primary intentions, moreso than depicting a particular place or time.   Jan Schmuckal's painting style is derived from the Tonalist Movement, which was started in the US and practiced by American artists while the Impressionists were painting in France, in the decades surrounding 1900.   Many of Jan's paintings are done Alla Prima, also known as direct painting, which means; A style of painting where, instead of building colors up with layers, the painting is done in one session on a toned canvas while the paint is still wet. From the Italian word which literally means at once.