Monday, August 29, 2011

Curiouser and Curiouser

This piece started as an ice cream cone. A blue moon ice cream cone to be exact. It turned into a portrait of sorts but she wanted to keep her sprinkles under the moon.

I felt like I could have kept going forever on this but today she said enough is enough. I'm happy the way I am...

Sunday, August 28, 2011


I am honored to be featured in an absolutely gorgeous treasury this week on Etsy by Genevieve Cseh, featuring paintings and prints with a mythological theme...

Here is the original piece...

Monday, August 22, 2011

Going to Sleep

"Going to Sleep" - Phase one a painting based on the memories of my childhood bedroom.

I'm having an utter blast taking part in the BIG painting workshop! And more importantly, I'm actually painting... for myself and for the need to paint, not for any end goal of "for sale" or "for show." It's quite lovely.

One of the most interesting aspects of painting this way is how the paintings evolve on their own. It is a curious process. For example, in the piece seen above, I started simply with the memory I have of a Winnie the Pooh lamp in my childhood bedroom. Other objects insisted on being included... a teddy bear instead of Pooh, a Snoopy humidifier... a closet door, a pillow cover.

After the first day of working on the painting it wanted to rest. I didn't come back to it until today. I just wasn't ready, or perhaps the right elements hadn't surfaced yet. But when I did, it took a turn...

"Going to Sleep" - Phase two. Signed "Jenny" which no one but family and friends from youth call me anymore... seemed appropriate.

Suddenly the memory wasn't just about the cheery lamp anymore. It took on the feverish, trippy feeling of drifting off to sleep as a child with the flu. Hints of happiness and comfort, hints of dark shadows and weird dreams.

I can't wait to see what comes next...

Friday, August 12, 2011

Amoeba Pods

Shapes in space. Inner space? Innerspace? 

This is the first piece that I've painted on the wall in a LONG time. It felt so amazing to move with the brush and begin to feel energy move through me to the brush to the paint to the paper again. I've been painting with small brushes on small paper in a small space in tight control for so long that the contrast feels downright scandalous! And totally natural.

For this piece I ended with chalk and oil pastels over top of the acrylic and tempera paints. I used to utilize them all the time in my large work and diving right in today reminded me of how much fun mixed media can be. It really opens up the tool set.

What I listened to...

Thursday, August 11, 2011


Taking a leap onto the large paper... 35" x 23". Love it!

I'm going deeper into exploring this whole BIG painting journey... and I must say that it's surprising what I'm uncovering. This piece was an exercise that, for me, was a bit difficult. Trying to stay relaxed and in the moment and flowing was not easy for this worked up girl! Interestingly, it was a particularly emotional and tense day (self-imposed of course!) and although the process of painting this large piece was challenging, I have to admit that I feel distinctly better after getting it out.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Beginning BIG

The scene of the crime.

This is the opening week of a painting workshop that I am taking part in called BIG. Guided by the absolutely amazing Connie Hozvicka over at Dirty Footprints Studio, this workshop is all about getting back to Creative Source, painting BIG and painting FEARLESS. All things that have been missing in my life of late.

Starting out hasn't been fearless at all... in fact, I've been anxious. Anxious to start, but also anxious about what would happen when I put paint to paper again. Can you believe it's been over a year!? Yeah, not cool at all. Maybe that's why I've been so cranky?

However, all that fear and anxiety evaporated when I just let go and the brush hit the white paper. And you know what? The first thing that happened? I spilled green paint all over the palette and paper. It was great! Like the creative muses were determined to break my perfectionism right from the get go. No neat and tidy little plans here, missy!

So how did it all end up today?

Yowsa! It was so much fun I can't wait to get back to brushes...