If your sound is on, you might have heard a catchy tune on my site today. This is thanks to the AMAZING MIKE at Tiny Anthems, who wrote a theme song for me: "Jen, Deftly Summoning Unknown Birds Like It Ain't No Thang (But It Is A Thang)" Am I the only artist with a theme song?
Unusual things of unusual feather,
Are brought together.
Sounds like the lyrics of collaboration! Want to listen again? Click here and find the anthem on my landing page!
It is a rare and wonderful instructor who can hold space for many people for a long period of time. And even more so when done over the internet. But Pauline has that special magic. You can bet I'll return for more in the future.
This piece was inspired by a long, rocky beach in Ireland, where we stood as the sun was setting - the end of a halcyon day. We watched the sun drop behind the horizon and I felt a longing to start the day all over again. A perfect tribute painting for endings and beginnings..
But there is still a swirling magic here in misty PDX, where a little birdie told me a big announcement will be coming soon. Oooooooooh I can hardly wait!
And the sometimes surreal mental exercise which painting can be (6th dimension anyone?) and clouds. Just sitting in a cloud, oh wow. So if you'd like to tap your feet and groove a little to this upbeat and odd little number, click on the link below.
The piece finally came together in a big, wonderful way. Whew! A little rest is in order.
Note: no bears were harmed in the making of this piece of art. Unless you count mental bears. Several of those are now hog-tied in the studio. :)
Which means the seascapes have overflowed onto the life drawings, and further confirms my belief that life is like a Family Circus cartoon, where one glance in another direction leads us on a meandering, adventure-filled trail leading exactly where we need to be.
"Petunia" and "Peter"- mixed media on board, each 11" x 11". Can be framed or leaned against a wall upon a shelf. Available here and at Artfinder.
Fiona and I scored some amazing boards at a reclaimed materials shop last month. These little gems are porous even after a coat of gesso, so I experimented with a ton of layers leading to this patchwork effect.
Unlike all the other creatures in the studio, rabbits are fairly silent by nature, so these two have been playing quietly while the monkeys swing from the lights and make paint footprints on the walls in a cacophony of shrieks and hoots. Remind me to only paint quiet critters in the future. :)
This month I am LEAPING into an online course with Irish painter Pauline Agnew. This course runs through the month of February, and is already making me stretch after just two days! Don't let the lilting Irish accent lull you into thinking Pauline is an easy instructor....oh no! But she does provide excellent tutorials and understands that most of don't want to buy an entire art store of materials to take a class.
First up we learned to capture the energy and emotion of the sea with loose charcoal (and chalk, in my case) sketches on large sheets of paper. Next up was mastering an app (NOTAN) which allows you to slide the grey scale around on your photos and sketches to create a blueprint for value in your work. Then small watercolor scenes, trying not to lose the looseness.
Already my brain is humming and the monkeys are running amok with ideas. No time to type! Back to the paint I go!
Easier said than done, I know
But there is a creative freedom in not giving a rat's bottom what others say. You are free to follow your muse, wherever she goes. And sometimes, that trail leads to something spectacular, and the road less traveled was the ONLY way to get there.
The author of the blog post leaves us with three important points to remember:
Different can be good.
The work of your heart is the work only you can bring into the world.
Respect your process.
Now go out there and let your wild heart play any way it wants to. Because M. Night Shyamalan says so. :)
Jen Walls and her imaJENation