The Anorexic Perfectionist….

Every once in a while, I miss my ‘old self’.  The one who, in my 20’s, was an anorexic perfectionist.  Days like today – when I put on a t-shirt and see that my arms are much  less toned than I would like.  But the feeling is fleeting.  In part because my husband is making pizza for dinner 🙂   Even more because I love life now.  Not every day though.  There are many days I wonder if I made the biggest mistake ever in deciding to become a professional artist.

It’s not an easy journey.  From the outside looking in, I expect it seems magical to be an Artist.  And in many ways it is!  I wouldn’t change it for anything.  But it is definitely not easy.  I can’t speak for every artist out there, but I do have many friends/connections in the art world.  It seems that the struggle is not just mine.

So today I am being more transparent than usual, and that is because I’m bored with my blog and Facebook postings.  I haven’t done either in quite a while.

I don’t want to say anything if I’m not passionate about it.

I am passionate about art.  I’m grateful for the healing it has brought me.  I want to share that with anyone who might benefit from hearing my story.  I don’t have it all figured out – that is for sure.  But I do have a great deal of personal experience in digging deep and being vulnerable.

I am also passionate about sharing anything I can to help others in their journey.  I don’t know whether to call it a ‘creative journey’ or a ‘healing journey’…….I think the two go hand in hand.  They certainly have for me.

On the ‘business end’ of things, it’s way past time for me to create a new website.  I’m not looking forward to doing it, but my current site is not ‘responsive’ (ie, not mobile friendly), and it has reached the point that I am tired of apologising for it.

One of the things I LEAST like to do is photograph my paintings.  I am not very good at it, to begin with, and the editing part (cropping and adjusting exposure) is very tedious.  Recently when I was looking at my website gallery I was not impressed with how my paintings looked on my computer screen.  When I looked at them on my phone, they looked a bit better, but many of them didn’t display at all (due to the non-responsive website).

Ahhhhh – so many things to deal with that have very little to do with actually painting!

Part of the reason I’m inspired to improve my website is that I have sold several paintings online lately.  I always look forward to hearing from my Collectors once they receive their painting – I know if they liked it when they saw a photo, they will LOVE it so much more when they see it in person.  These two paintings recently went to a Collector in Virginia.

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Season of Reflection IV 36×48

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Seascape – Black & White 24×30

Thanks for your interest and support. I would love to hear from you!

Jenn

New York Show & Workshop … UGallery Top Artist … Recent Sales!

I am a bit of a hermit over Chrismas / New Years.  I tend to hibernate and close myself off from the outside world at this time of year.  Emails, phone calls, Facebook messages are all low priority in comparison to family time.  We had a wonderful Christmas & New Years, and I hope you did too!

I had both my boys home, and I rediscovered my love of knitting 🙂  I have created some very artistic & funky pillows that I’m pretty excited about.

Online art sales have been booming!!  I applied to be a “UGallery” artist about 6 months ago and was accepted (even though they don’t normally showcase Canadian artists).  What an honour!

Since my work was published onUGallery’s website just before Christmas, I have already had 2 sales.  If you are interested in checking out the pieces that I have for sale with UGallery, the best way to do that is to go to their website, and in the search bar at the top – right, type in my name (Jenn Williamson), or click on the link I have added here:

UGallery Jenn Williamson

It’s going to be a busy year!  I have 6 commissions to paint, and a Gallery Show and Workshop in New York (details TBA).

2016 was the best year ever, and I can’t wait to see what will come in 2017.

Thanks for joining me on this crazy journey………..you will always be near & dear as the ups and downs of being an artist require support and encouragement 🙂   You are all a huge encouragement to me – thank you!!

Pictures of my recent sales & soon to follow some pics of new works that I am going to photograph ASAP.   If you would like to come & see them in person, just let me know.  I am in my studio most days and would love to connect.

Recent Sales www.jennwilliamson.com

 

 

Much love,
Jenn xo 🙂

Have a wonderful Christmas!

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas!  This is my favourite holiday of the year, and I am looking forward to spending some time with family on the Island.

There are so many things I am grateful for, not the least of which is You!  I am honoured that you have some interest in my artwork & in my journey as a professional artist.

This was a big year for me, with my 1st New York show (I know there will be more to come!), and my big home & studio move to Abbotsford, which enables me to be more focused on my art business.

There hasn’t been as much time to paint as I would like, but is there ever?? 🙂

Wishing you and yours a very blessed Christmas!  May your heart and home be filled with love, joy & peace at this time, as well as great hope for the year ahead.

From my joyful and creative heart to yours, a big Hug and Merry Christmas!

xo Jenn

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This week’s Auction – A beautiful painting from my “Reflections” Series

This week’s “Friday Facebook” auction is one of my favourite pieces from my Reflections series.  This piece is large….40″ x 40″ x 1.5″ deep, and finished on all sides, so no framing required.   The starting bid will be $400.00 (this size of painting normally sells for $1,600.00).

Reflections 40x40To make a bid on this painting, visit my Facebook page www.facebook.com/jennwilliamsonartist/

The winner is responsible for shipping costs – or to arrange for pick-up from me.

If you have any questions or need help in making a bid or calculating shipping costs, call or text me at 604-825-7579.

Jenn

www.jennwilliamson.com

Friday….a special offer to celebrate YOU!

Friday has always been my favourite day of the week, and I’ve just come up with a way to make it even more Awesome! 🙂

I’m going to do an auction every Friday on my Facebook page.  Each week I will select a painting to post, with a starting bid that is a bit painful for me.  I have been feeling for a while now that I want to make room for the NEW & exciting things that are stirring, and in order to do that I believe the best way is to ‘give back’ to all of you who have supported me.

Artists aren’t supposed to put their work “on sale” …… ever!  I have wrestled with this idea for some time now, and I have decided that I don’t care to bow down to the “Rules”.

I am an artist who is passionate about continuing to paint, grow and expand my horizons.  Sometimes it is necessary to think outside of the box in order to accomplish great things.

I have a new Gallery opportunity that is very exciting, and the paintings I put up for Auction on my Facebook Page each Friday are not new works that I will send to the Gallery.  They are all high quality, beautiful works of art, but they are not part of an up & coming series that I will sell through a Gallery.

They are still authentic, original Jenn Williamson paintings, and I know they will be a great investment for anyone who decides to collect one or more!  (that is why I’m so excited about the Friday Facebook Auction).

Thank you for your interest & support ….. I am forever grateful to each of you who are engaged in some way with my journey.

The first auction will be this Friday – Dec. 9, 2016 – which just happens to be my son’s 21st birthday!  It is also my sister’s birthday (she is a bit older than me, but I won’t say how old) 🙂    The Rules are pretty simple, and basically I will set a starting bid (as aforementioned ‘painful for me’), and each bid needs to be posted as an individual comment on my Facebook page.  The minimum increase in bids is $10.00, and the highest bid at 11:59 pm on Friday, Dec. 9th is the winning bid.  It is up to the winning bidder to contact me within a reasonable amount of time (phone, text, email, Facebook message ….. any of these are fine).

I haven’t yet posted the starting bid for this Friday’s painting, but it will be very reasonable……..

"Flow" 28x22 Acrylic on Canvas Original painting by Jenn Williamson

“Flow” 28×22″ Acrylic on Canvas
Original painting by Jenn Williamson  www.jennwilliamson.com

Here is the link to my Facebook Page, in case you are not yet a ‘Fan’:  https://www.facebook.com/jennwilliamsonartist/

Thank you so much for your support & encouragement,

~ Jenn xo

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