Monday, December 31, 2012

Thank You 2012!

It has been quite a creative year!
Here are the last completed pieces of 2012. 
 
'Contemplating Grief'
Mixed Media on Canvas
 
 
'Paradox'
Mixed Media on Canvas

'Beautiful Jo'
 Mixed Media on Canvas
 Wishing you a happy and safe New Year!!
Much Love,
Jess

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Live Like Elephants

 
"Always be fearless. Walk like lion, talk like pigeons, live like elephants and love like an elephant child."  ~ Santosh Kalwar

This is a recent commission that I completed.
'Live Like Elephants'
was created using acrylic paint, water color pencils etc. on a 36"x36" birch panel.
I hope you enjoy seeing it come to life! 





Ironing board easel will do in a pinch. ;)




Inspiration
 
 

 
 












Much love,
Jess

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Who's Looking At You?


Who's Looking At You ~2012
30x30 canvas Mixed Media
This is the painting that I began at Paint Mojo with Tracy Verdgo. 
I LOVED the class!
 
Tracy is elegantly creative.
She is also approachable, real, down to earth and FUN!
 The class was a total delight.
 
I learned many new creative techniques.
And even more importantly I learned a lot about myself.
I discovered:
 
~I am a private painter.
I paint at night, in the living room- usually my husband is doing computer work, school or occasionally he will watch a movie. I plug in my ear-pods and escape into paint. I find that a beat within me steadies me and drowns out distractions
 
At Paint Mojo I found myself in a room with close to twenty other women. The creative energy in the room was intense.
quickly overloaded.

Luckily I packed the ear-pods.
Using just one, in the ear away from Tracy I instantly calmed.
I consider it personal growth that I was able to recognize I needed that space and I did not judge myself.
 
~ I am NOT 'good' student.
I found it HARD to stick to the plan.... follow the steps... I most certainly have artistic ADD! I would be off on a tangent before I realized and would catch myself ...Paint the squares. Be Patient. BeHAVE! ;)
My struggles are totally obvious from the painting that I produced from...Paint Mojo. *shaking my head*  I was looking forward to coming home with an awesome abstract, like I saw other students of Paint Mojo sharing!! 
Try as I might, I couldn't make the owls go away.
 Once I got it home... I kept discovering more faces poking out to be noticed.
To paint them away would have been dishonor to my artist eye.
I remember being a student in an online class and so miffed with the teacher because she was saying even though she loved this part of the painting that it didn't work for the piece and would be painted out.... WHAT!?!
As the painter I would be in control!!
I am beginning to understand what she meant.
I feel like a sort of creativity medium most times I am painting.
 I just have to let it in.
And stay out of the way.

I think that the most important thing I took with me from the weekend:
~I am not alone.
 I watched in awe as the women around me sailed through the high times and frowned at the blocks they alone were dealing with. I looked at a piece and loved it, only to find  the artist was deep in thought obviously trying to find a solution to a 'problem' unseen by me... or pointing out the flaws - once again, that only she saw.

Self doubt.
The critical eye.
Fear.
These are universal feelings.
Watching a group of artists... seeing the things that triggered their 'Left-brain-tick-tock-artist-buzz-kill' side was beautiful.
Painful.
But beautiful.
Beautiful- to be able to witness how others keep a piece moving forward - past blocks.
Painful, because I know how it feels to look at your work and doubt yourself.

I am reading (again) 'The War of Art' by Steven Pressfield.
I have many favorite quotes from his book...

"Remember, as artists we don't know diddly. We're winging it everyday."

Photo By Aimee Wheaton see her work here

When we are making art, we are all winging it. And with the realization, I'm not the only one who doesn't 'know diddly'... I can relax and be fine with where I am.

Hope you are having fun with whatever
you are winging!

Much love!!
~Jess









 

Saturday, December 1, 2012

November Wrap Up

November is over- what a fabulous month!
After an insane couple of months, my husband has a break from school and took 10 days off work. 
We had a blast! 
Here is a little look-see at what we got into:

 
 Friday (Nov. 9th) afternoon my parents came over to stay with the boys - David and I headed a few hours south to St. Pete Beach for me to attend Paint Mojo with Tracy Verdugo. My FIRST art retreat/class/paint well with others experience. What an incredible time!

We stopped at 'The Nut House' for boiled peanuts on our drive down... ate a LOT of fish... sushi... smoked salmon... lox for breakfast... there were espressos late in the evening with homemade ice cream from local shops...

 And.
The beach.  

We were out and about early both mornings.
I saw wild dolphins for the first time from the beach Saturday morning.  
  

 

 We had fun. 
 He's my best friend. 
I painted. 
With Tracy and 15-16 other talented women 
such an amazing group of women!
I came away from this weekend refreshed, recharged, with new friends, new connections and just filled up..
 I felt like I had more to offer my kids. I didn't feel like I was running on empty. Just 'getting by'. 
Once we got home, David was off for another solid week.
 




 We did lots of family stuff. 
One day we went to the local teaching zoo.
The boys and David made friends with a Peacock that followed them around for a while.
We had to visit the snakes twice ... these two are such little boys..
 We had a dinosaur themed birthday party! My baby is 2 and the big guy is 4. (where has the time gone!?) Mom and I Dino-fied these simple hooded jackets. The boys flipped over them!
Add wild socks..
And these adorable feet my mom made for them...  and they go 'roaring' about the house.
Quite satisfied with their level of dinosaur-ness.
Totally adorable.
I even found some time to rummage at thrift stores. I love these plant tables... the Dino-Boys ride them like wild animals. Priceless.
I also scored a piece of furniture that a friend was looking for - $5. 
 I will be painting it up for Christmas!!

I hope your November was happy and full!
2012 is coming to a close.
Is there anything you are hoping to squeeze in before the
calendar flips?
My plan is to ring the new year in with no half completed projects... we shall see. ;)

Much Love,
jess