I'll be there on 105th Street (beside Chapters) and Whyte Avenue, within the tent area waiting. Come say hi!
3 days filled to the brim with over 350 artists within a mere few city blocks. If you have never been .... GO! If you are a yearly tropper....... PLEASE COME AGAIN!
I'll be there on 105th Street (beside Chapters) and Whyte Avenue, within the tent area waiting. Come say hi!
My planned trip to Fort McMurray did not happen! Long story short, there was a miscommunication and a hefty license fee for outside residents..... thanks Municipality of Wood Buffalo. Way to be friendly to us outside folk trying to bring you some pretty things you may not have available to you. But I digress........
The circumstances still did not stop this newest owl from headed North. He barely had time to dry and he was sold. I've really grown to love painting these wise little guys. I've already got a new commission lined up for the next.
This Saturday Art Trends Magazine will be hosting a Art and Music Festival in Park Allen. The best part is it is FREE to attend. Art.... Music......Food! What more could you ask for?
I struggle with the concept of consistency constantly. I can a great chunk of world can relate to this. Life is complicated and full of the ever growing "to do" list. There are just not enough hours in the day to get it all done. I, personally, hold a full time day job, have a house to maintain (seriously who has time to keep it in show-home-clean state that I used to expect of myself?), friends, family that lives far away to keep in touch with, my wonderful boyfriend who works out of town, and then there is my art and promoting of my work. So many things and so little time and somewhere in there i need to sleep and throw in a shower. When did it all get so busy?
I have learned that sometimes the house cleaning will just have to wait. It will be there to do tomorrow. I have to remind myself of one of my favorite "lessons" you can often here me recite to friends. "You will never be on your death bed and say 'Damn. I wish I would have WORKED and/or CLEANED more!'". How true is that?!?!???
Slotting in time to rejuvenate ones self and time to do things we love is crucial to maintaining our selves. I have learned I need to paint, not only because I want to promote and share my art but because I LOVE IT! The real reason I picked up painting and have continued to do it is because it's good for my soul. It makes me feel complete. It allows me to express and release something visceral that negates away daily anxieties or stress.
What do you love to do?
What do you do that you get absolutely lost in?
Ask yourself: If money were not a factor, what would you do with your time?
Sometimes the reality is that we all don't get to do what we absolutely love to do to earn our living and some simply choose not to. I see a great benefit to having my day job. It allows me to do both right now, to have the day job to take care of my life responsibilities and allows me to devote my downtime to my art work without any extra cloud of pressure that if I don't sell I don't make my mortgage. For right now that works best for me. It provides me the privilege to paint for absolute unfiltered joy and it gives you, the viewer, the best version of my work. On the flip side of that there is still another side of me whom hates to have to stop painting because I have to go to bed due to work in the early morning. But I digress.......
" Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls."
I filled out a form a while ago (for lack of a better term). It was a start of year plan of sorts that asked you a bunch of questions about personal growth and what a person saw as goals for the year and the first question was something along the lines of (I paraphrase):
If you could think of a word to represent the year a head, what would it be?
I will be honest, it was the first question and I was stumped. I never fully completed the form but this question stuck with me. Three months into 2014 and my word has come to me.
I want this year to be the year I breath a little easier and settle into a little more of a routine between all the balls I try to juggle. I want to find a little more central balance.
What would your word be?
My painting has the chance at being the cover of this years Night of Artist magazine. This is my second year participating in this lovely group and I would be more than excited to grace the magazine cover. For this to happen I need your help!
Please join the Night of Artist Facebook page and like my painting (shown in picture). Your support would mean the world to me.
I would love nothing more than to paint every single day. There are never enough hours of my day to fill with enough creative time.
After the Night of Artists show this past weekend, I decided to hit the ground running and get painting for the next event.
I have signed up for two upcoming painting workshops. It's spring (not quite yet but I'm wishing here) and I think a great time for a few fresh ideas.
I've stocked up on some canvas and am 3 nights in to my Jennifer-will-paint-as-much-as-she-can week. Those are my favorite kind if weeks (outside those I get to spend in a hot beach)!
A few shots of the products of my studio time:
I started a new series!!!. The first was a tester to see how I felt about it but I loved it so here we go. Nudes! I've always wanted to dabble in them but have never gotten around to trying until now. Tell me what you think :)
These will both be at my show coming up next weekend with Night of Artists at the Enjoy Centre in St.Albert. March 7-9
Sometimes you hear the exact words at exactly the right time for exactly the right reason and that........ is amazing!
Night of Artists XVII
ARTISTS OF ALBERTA
the Enjoy Centre
101 Riel Drive St. Albert, AB
This upcoming weekend some of work
will be displayed for sale at:
The Boyle Street Makers Fair
Boyle Street Plaza
9538 103 A Avenue
Feb 8 & 9, 2014
from 10am - 4pm daily
I will have 6 of my pieces up for grabs.
Sabrina & Robin will be there promoting the art for the day.
Take some time to support the Boyle Street area and local art!
I'm preparing for 2 upcoming shows (details to be announced shortly) and trying to kick off the new year productively.
I finished this rose those week. 2013 was a transitional year for me to try some new things. To step into new areas of art and revisiting some old ones. Not to be completely focused (or obsessed) strictly with abstract. I have to admit I've been loving the results. Flowers and animals and new brushes and techniques. There is so much to try and learn and there are never enough hours in my day!
I am not sure I mentioned this before but I LOVE etsy.com. I discovered the site quite a few years ago when I was sewing/designing handbags (a past obsessive hobby I ventured in for a while). For the sake of those whom are not acquainted with etsy the basic idea of it is:
Anyhow, I recently was ordering a birthday gift for a friend and stumbled upon this little shop: Mary’s Antiques and Art. I had done a search for repurposed materials and found these great leather cuffs for an AMAZING price.
I quickly ordered myself one. This one to be exact (see pic below). Fun….. Modern….. and made of reused leather. PERFECT!
Receiving my item so quickly was very impressive. I opened it excitedly (Does anyone else out there still get excited to receive mail/packages? There is just something about it that feels like Christmas even though you are expecting it and more likely purchased it for yourself).
I’m a sucker for the details and Mary did not disappoint in this department. The cuff was packaged professionally and personally and even came with a wee handwritten note. In this day and age this may not mean much to the average joe but …….it certainly impresses this girl!
I undid the clasp to immediately try on my new treasure and was heartbroken. It was TOO BIG! I went to the listing and sure enough…… it clearly listed the size and I had missed it. BUMMER!
A few weeks after purchase Mary messaged me to follow up with my purchase (AGAIN SHE GAINS MORE BROWNIE POINTS). I shared with her my love for the item but also (at no fault of hers) my heartbreaking news. This not being her fault at all I expected nothing. It was my own error for not having read, carefully, the full description.
Instead of dismissing my issue Mary insisted that I send the item back, even after I initially refused, taking full blame for the misreading. Mary continued to insist and that she would accept nothing less than my full satisfaction. Seriously? How often do you receive this kind of customer service for an item under $20 that was custom made? I don’t know about you but I want to say never but now Mary has gone and proved me wrong. I packaged up my too large cuff today and will be sending it back to Mary for trimming to my size. My interaction with her has been nothing less than outstanding and she deserves a kudos for maintaining this level of intergrity in her work which is not something most business can say currently.
Please visit Mary’s shop HERE!
Etsy is an incredible place to find unique gifts or specialty items. Mary is certainly doing her part to contribute to this markert place.
Thank you, Mary Frances. Commendations on a job well done!
P.S. I also sell my work on etsy in addition to my own shop on my website. Visit my etsy page here.
As 2013 quickly comes to an end I take a cumulative look at my year, what I have created and lessons learned, looking forward the the year to come.
I wish all my supporters, near and far, a warm holiday season and a happy new year. May 2014 be filled with memories to be made and endless possibilities.
"For last year's words belong to last year's language
Saturday night I attended the 5th Annual Timeraiser event held in Edmonton. This is my second year participating as one of the artists.
My painting got full volunteer hours (yay!) and I did get the chance to quickly meet the winner of my piece (double yay!).
Lovely evening for a great cause.
Thanks again to Timeraiser for putting on this event and to all the Edmontonians who made it out!
This painting was made for my mother to give to a friend as a present in September of 2012. I will always love the drama of a stark dark background with a simple focal image. Plumeria hangs in a home in my hometown of Stephenville, Newfoundland.
This commission series of fur babies is complete. I have been working on these for a little over a year (for a wonderfully patient client). Siblings from the same family, their proud pet parents happily hang them in their home office. Joey will be the last delivered tomorrow. I'm excited to be finished!
With the upcoming show in Edmonton, I am obsessively revisiting my love affair with Matthew Good. Heart be still! See you November 14th, Mr. Good!
Last week I read an blog post by David duChemin(a photography I adore) about being a "chronic starter". Oh did this ever ring true for me. I am GUILTY of this!
I spoke about this a few posts prior to this and I say guilty with no negative context. I start lots and do eventually get to them. I decided to take a tally of all of the projects I have started right now ...... 16 TOTAL! I've got my work a head of me.
I completed the owl I've been working on forever. What do you think?
Thanks for visiting my blog. Welcome to my creative journey.