You know how I like a car studio on long road trips. Keeps my mind off my husband's driving! This summer on our way to the beach I made a lovely pile of clay birds using a tiny handmade rubber mold. I used a paper clay so the little birds are very light weight. After finally getting them painted last week I put the birds together with a few beads and chain turning the birds into these lovely necklaces.
I guess it was last week that Erin contacted me through my Etsy shop. It was a funny message...basically she said a friend had given she and her husband a tandem bike painting as a gift. The name on the back of the painting was mine and wondered it she'd found the right Jenni. I said yes it was! Which reminds me to tell you I had these awesome stickers made since then which I put on the back of all my paintings that have my email and website for this very reason!! You never know when a gift will become a client. Woohoo!! She wanted one made as a wedding gift for a couple and wanted it done by October. No problemo. Literally.
Saturday afternoon after a fun day of projects around the house our family headed to the annual Coweta County Fair. We love the fair. The smells, the lights, the food, the rides, the exhibits....there's something about the fair that just makes us all giddy. Usually we start in the 4H exhibits. We have a wonderful 4H program in our county and the fair is their time to SHINE! I am always most impressed with the chicken assortment. I totally forgot to take photos of them...sorry! There were goats, ducks, cows, bulls, bunnies, guinea pigs, chicks, horses, and more in the arena waiting to be judged. In the exhibit hall there was an amazing display of art by local children and adults as well as produce and baked goods. We submit the kids art every year and this year Mailey won 4 blue ribbons and one best in show blue ribbon!! Go Mailey!
An addition to the exhibits this year was this:
A Bike Museum!! How cool is that? They had about 20 different kinds of bikes on display in the arena. I had a little happy fit! Boy I'd wished I'd had my real camera and could have posed these a bit for a future painting or two. So now I am going to have to google hunt some of these babies! Look at the brass tandem bike below! It totally looks like someone took a brass bed and soldered it together to make a bike. Oh...and that's my sweet family in the background. They are looking at all the baby chicks the 4H chicken club raised in incubators. Super cool. And cute.
I really have to paint one of these. I totally see men in top hats when I see this type of bike. And yo-yo's...why yo-yo's I just don't know.
I was most intrigued by this one though, especially the name! Boneshaker...gotta laugh at that! I guess it shook you to the bone with joy when you rode it? I love that it was the 1st bike manufactured in the USA in 1869. It looks alot like our bikes today.
The fair had so much to offer this year other than gut turning rides. There were several live shows on the midway, more food than one should ever eat, 4H exhibits, art exhibits, live music and more. We had a lovely time (despite my sudden onset of a stomach bug...yeah. I know. And it had nothing to do with rides or food believe you me. I did however manage to get down a bag of cotton candy!)
If you are in the area I highly recommend going. If you go early it's not that crowded with tweens and their peeps. Although that is super fun to watch! Hope you had a fun filled weekend as well on the first of FALL!! My favorite tim of year by far. Oh boy....fall.
I had intended to post this last Sunday...but was super excited about my jewelry (you know that I am not making anymore but really I am), then the Guest Curator post came....so it's now the next weekend, but I did want to post this. You know how I like to talk feelings and life in regards to my creative journey. It's cheap therapy honestly. That and running.
Last Saturday was just one of those days where I found myself recharging. It was an amazing day weather wise. One can only be happy on days like that in the south. When the humidity and the heat finally break and you see the fall light at the end of the tunnel. We savor fall here. It doesn't last nearly long enough. So onto Saturday. It actually started for me at 6am. I ran a 10K right here in this blissful part of Coweta County:
When a friend called and asked if I'd paint 2 paintings for her 3 little girl's rooms I said yes! Of course! I've mentioned before here in my journal that I'm not always timely with custom paintings. It's like a mental block. But this time the little paintings just came effortlessly and timely. I enjoyed painting old subjects in my old softer style. It was a nice change. And a wonderful way to get me into a lovely little groove.
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Something really cool happened to me in the spring. And yes, I've kept it a secret THAT long. It's not been easy I tell ya. Jenny Doh of CRESCENDoh contacted me and asked if I'd be willing to be the Guest Curator on her amazing site. Holy cheese cracker! Me??? (I mean, have you ever been to her site? She has a studio she has workshops in with all the big names. She blogs, teaches, written books, kick boxes, shoots arrows...This lady does it all!) Of course I would love to be the guest curator on her site. So I had months to gather favorite blogs and posts from you guys. It was hard I tell ya. To find 16 perfect ones. To highlight some of my personal favorite artsy people and not leave anyone out. But I did it. So head on over and check it out. As a part of the series I wrote a pretty cool essay about blogging and its' role in my art. At least I think its' pretty cool.
Ooooo...wee....I just get all giggly inside seeing my picture on the site. I am truly blessed in so many ways to have this creative journey to share. Thanks so much for stopping by! If you are knew to the blog be sure to poke around. I love to share my artsy self right here. Oh...and over here....and here too!!
Ok. I take it back everything I said about no longer making jewelry. Not really. But I did get a little jewelry carried away this weekend. Here's what happened.....I cleaned the studio out on Saturday. For like 3 hours. Cray...cray since I spend less than 3 hours a week right now in the room. I don't want to talk about that right now. It's too painful. I'll just say this. I hate homework.
While cleaning everything I found the 52 metal numbers below I bought at a cute shop in Senoia over the summer. My plan was to make a bracelet with them to memorialize my 52 Canvases in my 40th year project. Yeah....months later I found them in a random bag in a random spot stuffed in the "jewelry" cabinet in the studio. Can we say "outta sight, outta mind?" I like to organize things, but sometimes I stuff stuff in places and forget about them. I do. However you should see the 6ft table in the studio I set up with project piles Saturday during the 3 hour clean up (is there a badge for this you think?). It's good to see what needs to be done and what NEEDS to be done. Keeps me focused on the prize.(that would be money folks)
Fast forward in the story....I have to make bridesmaid gifts for an upcoming family wedding. They are going to be the most beautiful little bracelets. So I was gathering the materials for those when I thought why not go ahead and make my bracelet? Let's see.....hmmm.....what beads......oh gotta use these new black pearls and the faceted turquoise....OOOOO....I can make an ombre affect!!! And then it started. The ideas. And why sometimes on occasion I really don't like my crazy overload creative thinking brain. Yeah. It's totally annoying.
Fast forward again....today was a one day baseball tournament. All day, marathon baseball type thingy. In Fayetteville. And since I am Momma bear extraordinaire these days I took William and Nicholas to the game at the bright and bushy hour so Kristi could do her thing, Billy do his thing and Mailey do her thing. And knew, just knew I needed a hand craft to keep me occupied before, and between the games. I mean I can only socialize so much. That's sarcasm people. I started talking to the other Momma bear I'd never met the second I sat down and think we talked throughout the entire 1.5 hours we waited for the game to start. Yeah. I'm one of those people you avoid at games if you want to really watch the game.
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Oh and BTW, this little original is for sale right here!
You know, sometimes I get real excited about the stuff I make. Sometimes I don't get so excited about the stuff I make. This is one of those sometimes when I am over the frikin' moon tickled at myself! I know, she's just a bunny. And she's coming from left field. You are like what? But deep down folks....I am a whimsical painter. My sketchbooks are chopped FULL of silly little drawings. Animals of all sorts appear in and out of my sketches. But Clementine, man she appeared in like seconds and BAM...is just making me so very, very happy. I literally have drawn her 20 times over. So get ready. 'Cause you are going to see a bunch of her. Happy art is contagious though. It's okay to like her too. And if you really, really like her. You can buy her here! Yipppeee!!!
Monday this week I posted on facebook that I was feeling most anxious for some reason. Those of you that follow my blog know I tend to "burn the candle at both ends". Yep. That's just how I roll. But inevitably at some point I do crash burn and need some aloe. Since I recognized the symptoms I knew to get ready. You see, this anxious I was feeling was that of ideas.....ideas literally waiting to get out and onto the paper. It's my routine. So I cleared my head of the "other" stuff that needed to get done. New blog banner, my 1st email newsletter was sent (did you sign up yet?? over in the side bar...you gotta sign up!! I am excited about this addition to the studio!!), school lesson plans ready to go, laundry done....etc...yes.... Laundry has to be done for me to make art.
And yesterday it happened. I sat down at lunch and started to doodle. And this wee one appeared:
Yep. It was time to clean up the old blog banner. Hard to believe that my first banner looked like this:
And I looked like this:
As I was saying in previous posts here and on the 52 canvases blog there has been a deep nudging in my heart to make some changes. To admit where I need to go on this career path of mine. And here's the final decision. I am skilled at many things artsy wise. I LOVE to sew and make jewelry. And I love to teach. And paint. But one can not do it all. And by having a blog banner that said....scattering joy through paint.fabric.metal, well it was making me feel over extended to the max. I felt I HAD to make things in all those sections or else I was a big fat failure. So guess what? I removed those labels. Whew. I feel better now. hahaha...seems pretty silly perhaps that I was letting a few words hold me back. Right? But words are important players in our lives and you know it. I am sure you've said, "I can't...." at some point in your life. Words different yes from what was in my blog banner. But words that have indeed held you back from discovering something amazing about yourself. I have a deep love for painting and sharing this love with others. So plain and simple. It is now my focus. Will I sew some?...yes. Will I make jewelry?...yes. But it will not define me as an artist. It will not be something I spend what tiny studio time I have on. I will not let my bank account be affected by it. (Although ironically enough I made a huge order from China last week to make jewelry for the upcoming Micro love show...I look forward to putting it all together then telling Vero it's my last jewelry show.)
I had a wise person tell me one time in my booth that if you have too many focuses in your work, something will ALWAYS loose out. And so true. At my last Dunwoody show I had a tiny amount of jewelry compared to years before. And in return, I sold like 50 paintings! Because my clients weren't getting bogged down in the $40 jewelry aisle. I'll still make fun stuff from my art like I-phone cases and framed tiles. But right now I need to focus on my painting. And teaching painting. Because it is something I love more than anything. I intend to scatter my joy one brush stroke at a time......just as my new header says. I like the new banner....it may need a little more tweaking. I learn something new in photoshop every time I try a new banner. I'm pretty tickled with this one though! Funny thing, my last banner didn't even have a painting sample in it! What? I know!
So there it is....oh and the whole site is a little cleaner now. And hopefully you can navigate it easier. It feels good to get this done. Now I think I'll go paint something in the yellow studio. It's a perfect Sunday afternoon for it, no?
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