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Friday, December 31, 2010

2010 My Worst Best Year

I'ts early morning...my children are still sleeping and my sweetheart just left for work.

I'm sitting here reflecting on the past year as it comes to a close. The good, the bad, all of it. This year has been one of major change for me. For several years I think I was in a bit of a rut, working full time, raising two kids, etc. I had kids very young and got so focused into motherhood I kind of lost myself along the way. If someone had asked me what my favorite color was, I would've drawn a blank.

This year was different.

After reading a book by Katherine Center about a mom who sounded a lot like me, I started to follow Katherine's blog. She wrote about a women's retreat with fellow creatives and it really sparked with me. I fell in love with the beautiful art and photography, and words of these amazing women. I remembered that I use to write poetry, and paint. I bought Kelly Rae's book, spent lots of $$ at the craft store and started to feel happier than I ever imagined possible. I started my own blog, started taking classes online and in person with Judy Wise, and felt surrounded by love and friendship in this artsy community.

I found me.

This year has also been very painful...losing loved ones, losing my kitties, and a devastating issue with extended family. I won't go into details, a bit too personal. I really don't know how I would have made it through without art and all of you. Each comment and word of kindness means so much to me. I'm so thankful to call you friends and was even lucky enough to meet some of you in person.

So even though this has been the worst year ever, it's also been the best. I'm happy, more confident, a better mom, a better wife, a better friend. I feel like anything is possible! Wishing you all happiness in the New Year!

Goodbye 2010, 2011 here we come!

Much Love and Thankfullness!

♥Jenny



Tuesday, December 28, 2010

WIP

Hello friends! Hope you all had a Happy Christmas!
I was thrilled to get an easel and some big canvases from
my sweet husband!
Here's a peek at what I'm working on:
I started out with just a sketch on the canvas,
then I added some textured background
with old dryer sheets and started adding paint.
I'm trying not to think too hard and just play intuitively with it.

Happy week everyone, it's almost 2011!!!
Much Love,
Jenny

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Wishing you all well and Happy!

Wherever you are, whatever you celebrate...I'm wishing you well and very happy!
I'm thankful for all of you this holiday season. :)
I'm still busy getting ready for Christmas here, it feels like it came so early this year.
I have loved having decorations up, it's so lovely.

Here's a few pics of our Christmas:

the angel on the tree
my little nativity
our stockings hanging by the fire

snuggling in our snuggies
sittin by the tree
Merry Christmas from our house to yours!
♥jenny

Sunday, December 12, 2010

A message in the clouds...

I was heading home one evening last week when something caught my eye in the night sky.
Do you see it? It's an arrow! The photo doesn't quite do it justice, it was kind of a moment for me.
I took it as a sign that I'm the right path, headed in the right direction. So often I think to myself, "what makes you think you can paint, there are so many people that are better at it. It's meant for someone else, not you." I frequently have to kick those thoughts to the curb because I absolutely love painting and creating. It brings me so much happiness, I never want to quit.
I love art, and all my dear artsy friends.

Big Hugs to you my friends, we're on the right path. ♥
~jenny

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Giveaway winners!!!

A big "thank you" to all that signed up for my giveaway! I wish I had something for all of you. :) I felt like I was able to connect with each of you as I carefully wrote out your names, cut them into strips and placed them in the little box pictured below. I'm definitely gonna have to do another giveaway in the future, it was a lot of fun!
I shook the box several times, opened it, and pulled out two names.
The winners are: Robin Norgren
Robin, you will be getting the book, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Jennifer, you will be receiving the painting since you mentioned that it looked a bit like your grandmother.

I must apologize for posting this a little late, I was having a pity party last night.
Both of my dear kitties have gone missing. I thought it was pretty strange for both cats to have gone missing so I called the local chief of police. Apparently there has been a big coyote problem in my neighborhood and several people have reported missing cats. If you have pets, you know how I must be feeling. I'm still trying to hold out hope that maybe they will come home. I may have to send a last minute letter to Santa to bring my kitties home for Christmas.

Wishing you all well and happy!
Much Love,
Jenny



Sunday, December 5, 2010

Creative Color Challenge...

I just wanted to quickly share what I made for Louise Gale's
Creative Color Challenge Ornament Exchange.
I wasn't sure about taking on another task when I'm
already so busy but I couldn't resist.
I embroidered the ornaments on muslin, then
tea dyed them with cinnamon tea.
Then I used my handy glue gun to adhere them to
a mini canvas. Finally I added a lovely red ribbon around the border
with room left at the top to tie them around the branches of the
Christmas tree.
These ornaments will be shipped off tomorrow to Texas, Scotland, and New Jersey.
It felt good to sit and quietly stitch. I've had so much
focus on painting that I've neglected my needle n thread.
I'm thankful to the lovely Louise for this fun opportunity. If you haven't
heard, Louise is having an amazing online class called
Big Dreams, small wonders. You can find out more

Thank you to all that signed up for my Giveaway and a
Big Thank you to my new followers! :)
If you're interested in putting your name in there's still time,
just leave a comment here.

Wishing you all a Happy Happy Day!
♥Jenny




Sunday, November 28, 2010

It's a Giveaway and my Blogging Birthday!!!

I'm so excited to be celebrating a whole year of blogging and art making!
This past year, discovering the joy of creating art and making new friends has
been one of the best I've had. Even though I've had some hard times, art has really helped me push through and kept me smiling.

I'm gonna get a little mushy here:
I love you as dearly as my real life friends. Your comments
and words of kindness and encouragement are an everyday reminder that I'm not
alone and that so many of us are kindred spirits. Thank you so much for you friendship.♥

In honor of my blog anniversary I'm giving away this advance readers edition of one of
my favorite books: Everyone is Beautiful, by Katherine Center.
I love this story and it really has a lot to do with my desire to make art. I know you'll love it!

I'm also giving away this little painting I made
on muslin stretched over a 4x5 canvas. She's really sweet,
I just love her.

To enter the giveaway, please leave a comment on this post.

Followers of my blog with have their name entered twice.

To have your name entered 3 times: follow my blog, leave a comment, and post about this giveaway on your blog. Be sure to let me know if you've done this. :)

I will be drawing names on December 10th, one winner will
receive the book and one will receive the painting.

♥Jenny


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Waxy studio weekend...

I have been in such a good mood thanks to my totally amazing waxy weekend!
After spending two art filled days with these lovely ladies it was hard to go back to reality.
Everyone got along so well and we all genuinely enjoyed each others company.
Judy is so kind and made us all feel so welcome in her home. We didn't want to leave.
Pictured top row from left to right: Barbara, Melinda, and me.
Bottom row left to right: Judy and Ruth.
Melinda and I were too giggly here to get a clear shot. :)
Judy taught us to paint a portrait made entirely of wax. Mine is pictured below.

This one is Ruth's(my table buddy)
She is a really talented artist and super fun too!
This one is Barbara's. We all decided to name her
Cindy. I love her.
This last one was done by Melinda, I think we all
did amazing especially considering it was something
we've never done before.
This a collage made by Ruth, sorry it's sideways.
It turned out beautiful.
Some waxy collages by Melinda.
I made this little collage. I was thinking of my husband when I
picked out the words. ♥
Imagine spending two wonderful days surrounded by Judy's
amazing paintings and her adorable little sculpey dolls.
The next few pics are all Judy's art.




Here's Judy nudging and encouraging us.

Ruth my table buddy working on a collage.
Me working on my portrait. I was cold working so close to the door
so Judy kindly covered my shoulders with a really soft jacket.
She totally took care of us. I just love her.

Happy Happy to have new art friends!

Judy and I.

I feel like I'm bursting with love, I'm on cloud 9! I feel so incredibly inspired by Judy
and these dear ladies and I learned so much!
Much Love,
Jenny

Friday, November 19, 2010

It's Friday and it's gonna be an awesome weekend!!!

Happy Friday! How's everybody doing? Anyone going to see the new Harry Potter? I have a brother coming to town next week so I am waiting to see it with him. I really wanted to go to the midnight premiere last night but I was just too tired. Things are so busy lately it all seems to be rushing past in a blur. I did squeeze in a little time to paint though. The picture below is a view of my very messy art table. You can see why my husband is very happy that the kitchen table has been reclaimed for dinner time.
This weekend I'm taking part in a mini art retreat with Judy Wise and a couple other artists
at Judy's studio!!! I'm so excited! I hope to soak in some amazing creative mojo.
Details on my upcoming giveaway will be coming soon...Stay tuned!
Wishing you all well and happy!
Much Love,
Jenny


Thursday, November 4, 2010

Finally some painting progress...

i was finally able to get back into my studio to play with my painting. i'm not sure if she's done yet. i'm really interested in faces at the moment. i have faces doodled on scraps of paper all over the house. i think i've definitely improved since my early attempts.
i'm still planning to do a giveaway here on my blog, i've just got a lot going on at the moment.
on top of the busyness of the everday family stuff, two dear friends of mine are having some serious health issues. it's got me really stressed out and feeling a bit helpless. i wish i could wave a wand and make them better. if you're the praying kind please say a prayer on their behalf. :)
i'm a bit behind on my blog hopping too, i'll be catching up in the next few days.

HAPPY FRIDAY TOMORROW MY FRIENDS!

♥jenny

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Here's a little piece of our rainy day at the pumpkin patch.


Tonight the kids were in serious concentration mode as they carved away at their pumpkins.
I think they turned out awesome.
Wishing you and yours a safe and Happy Halloween!
♥Jenny

Thursday, October 21, 2010

WIP

I was able to get out to my studio(aka: the garage) tonight to play with my paints!
I've noticed that I start to get cranky if too much time goes by without getting paint on my hands. I so wish I had more time to be creative. I'm workin on it.
Here's my current work in progress. My kids think she looks a bit scary without her eyes painted in. I really like seeing the progression of a painting so I thought I'd share what I've finished so far.
I'm thinking about doing a giveaway here on my blog in the next few weeks.
I feel really lucky to have been the recipient of some fabulous goodies and I wanna give back.
To those of you that have signed on to follow my blog: Thank you! I'm glad to have you here!
I'm so thankful for this blog community!
♥Jenny

Monday, October 18, 2010

A little more Art & Soul...

Okay friends, here's a little more goodness from Art & Soul. I meant to post this earlier but life got pretty busy last week, sorry. The lovely lady in the picture with me is Teresa of
tickledpinkpaperink. She was one of my table buddies in class. When she sat down I introduced myself and she said, "I know you, you have a blog." Turns out Teresa was a fellow flyer in Kelly Rae's ecourse! I was so relieved to have a friend in class. Teresa is so easy to get along with and really talented too. She makes personalized stamps for her etsy shop. You can check out her shop Here.
Teresa made this darling owl in class, I just love it. I told her she should make prints and add them to her etsy shop.

Here's another lovely piece made by another classmate, don't know her name though.

Here's a shot of my painting in progress.

These next two were made by the talented and very kind Nellie. She traveled all the way from Michigan!


I was also fortunate to meet Lynn, and I'm so happy to call her a friend. She's one of those dear people that after just a brief meeting you just know is a kindred spirit. Click on her name to go to her blog and see her fabulous class pictures. Lynn also has an etsy shop full of her amazing textile art. Check it out Here!

For even more class pictures be sure to visit Judy's blog too.

Thank you so much for all your comments on my last post!

Much Love,
Jenny

Monday, October 11, 2010

Art and Soul♥♥♥

Hello Friends!
I had such a wonderful time at Art & Soul this weekend and I got to meet
Judy Wise!!! She is a favorite artist of mine and it was so special to
meet her.
Here's a closer view of my piece. I drew her on heavy paper with graphite
and then painted her with acrylics, caran d'ache water crayons, and water color pencils.
Then I collaged her onto a wood board.
I'm really happy with how she turned out. I'm so thankful to have had
the opportunity to learn from Judy.
I'll be back later in the week with pictures of some of my classmates work!
Happy Monday!
♥Jenny