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

Seascape - Black & White 24x30

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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Something new is stirring……

It’s one of those seasons of life where I sense there is something happing that is just beyond my ability to comprehend or figure out.

It’s been percolating in my heart for some time now.  The best way I can describe it is there’s a ‘nudging’ that comes from deep within.

I’ve been listening to & reading some very inspiring books (all nonfiction).  I love to listen while I drive, do mundane tasks like house cleaning, etc.

Sometimes I listen while I paint, but mostly I like to paint in silence.

So all this to say, I don’t yet know what it is, but I think it’s going to be pretty incredible!  I think it has something to do with art…..with intuition……with compassion……with living a Purposeful life.

I can’t wait to share more, and I promise I will as I gain more clarity and understanding.

Christmas is coming!  and on that note, I’ve posted a few of the many Small Works I have available for sale on a new Gallery on my website.  There are many more yet to photograph & upload to the page, but in the meantime, if you have any interest in acquiring some Original Artwork for someone special this Christmas, feel free to contact me.  I have different sizes available (6×6, 8×8, 10×10, 12×12), and many different colour pallets.  Prices range from $100 to $175, depending on size.  Each piece is meticulously finished on all edges, so no framing is required.  Each one is one-of-a-kind and lovingly created with a vision of creating an affordable way of collecting Fine Art.

Here’s a link to the Small Works page on my website, if you’re interested:  Jenn’s Small Works Gallery

Small Works Collage - lots more available!

Small Works Collage – lots more available!

 

 

Creating + Connecting + Inspiring = AWESOME!

I am a creator – since I was in the ‘single digits’ (ie, 7, 8, 9 yrs. old), I have been creative.  Everything from home-made crutches, doghouses, barbie campers  to  designing & making my grad dress, fixing up vintage cars (my “Pink Bug” – a 1966 VW Beetle, is to this day one of my favourite creations).  Building homes has been a passion – building furniture – fashion design and making hand-stitched teddy bears.

When I created my first fine art painting, I felt like I had finally found my voice.  There was no turning back, and since 2007 my only creative endeavor has been painting.

36x36 Landscape

36×36 Landscape

Another very important thing for me is to connect with people …… to inspire others to capture their potential.

 

I’ve had some amazing connections with students I have taught, and I’ve been able to share some of the skills I’ve acquired over the years.  Moving ahead, I want to bring the joy of connection and the creative process together to inspire others to experience the peace that art has brought into my life.  This would allow me to live on purpose.

I’ve started shooting video in my studio.  The vision I have is that I’ll get good enough at it that I might actually have something of value to share.  It would make it easier to reach more people that way, as I do so love inspiring people to create!!

In the meantime, I have just posted a picture of one of my newest pieces.  Thanks for reading and please let me know what YOU would like to see more of on my Blog!

Have a creative & inspired day,

xo Jenn

When you can’t paint — what do you do to keep the creativity flowing??

It’s a strange feeling as an artist to take time off of creating your art.  I have most of my art materials tucked away in the garage while we are selling our home, so it seems overwhelming to dig them out and start painting.

I find myself wondering if I’ll still be able to paint when I finally get back to it ….. not a nice feeling!  Deep down I know I will, but that fear nags at me nonetheless.

Speaking of fear – I have been listening to a really good audiobook, called “Art & Fear”, by David Bayles & Ted Orland.  I highly recommend it.

While I’m taking some forced time off from creating new works, I am no less passionate about all things related to art.  I am choosing to trust that this time will lead to good things to come.  I’ve been pinning some ideas for how I’m going to set up my new studio.  It’s so exciting to have a fresh, clean slate to start with!  A room (garage) that has lighting, temperature control & ventilation specially installed for me ….. and it’s 21′ x 19′, so much bigger than the studio I’ve had before.  It makes me feel like a “real artist”! 🙂

So we move August 6th, and between now & then, I hope to paint some brilliant pieces in my little temporary studio.  Feel free to check out my ‘new studio ideas’ Pinterest board, and also send me any ideas you have that work well in your studio.  Happy painting!!   https://www.pinterest.com/jennwillart/

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My latest piece painted on unstretched canvas with palette knife….fun!!! The home stager wanted it stretched to hang in our front room over the mantle – I think she made a very good call on that!

 

 

 

Big Changes – little me

Yes, it’s been a while since I’ve written (again)!  We’re selling our home – our big, beautiful home in Langley.  We’re making a “lifestyle change”, and it’s not an easy process.  One day I’m excited & positive – then the next I’m sad and wishing I could change my mind. I feel small, and a bit scared!

I guess this is totally normal.  Change isn’t easy.

I used to have a beautiful art studio in what would be our formal ‘dining room & front living room’.  Now I am squished into a little den and forced to be tidy until our house sells.

Most people would appreciate the beautiful dining room & front room we now have.  I look at them with different eyes…..they aren’t nearly as inviting now that there are no easels, paint, brushes, rags & ther ‘artist touches’ in them 🙂 Of course they have artist touches….my paintings!

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Formal Front Room Staged

Dining Room Staged

Dining Room Staged

Staged Studio

Would love to hear how you feel about changes in your life. Do you feel inspired by change – or threatened by change, or a bit of both?

The Best in Show…..

I am so blessed to have such amazing collectors (and friends / family) to support me!  The Deer Lake Gallery Opening Reception was a HUGE success, and really it had very little to do with the artwork 🙂  (And even less to do with me).  I had some very special people SHOW UP and bless me.

The BEST IN SHOW….that is all of you!  I am humbled and grateful 🙂      And I should have posted this a few weeks ago, but what can I say……I am an artist! xo

Jenn in motion....

Jenn in motion….

Jenn & Irma at Opening Reception

Jenn & Irma at Opening Reception

Rising Strong (borrowed from Brene Brown)

It’s a ‘rising strong’ kind of day.  Those of you who have read Brene Brown’s book know what I mean.

I was so optimistic that my painting would be selected in the top 10 of over 500 entries submitted for the “New York Artexpo 2016 Official Poster“.

The theme for the poster challenge was “Chroma”.  I mediated on and researched the word at length before going to the easel to create my interpretation of it.

This is what I created, and I have to say I am very much in love with it!  I just wish the judges could see what an amazing poster it would make 🙂

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On a positive note, I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of painting something very different. I used palette knives, glorious colours, gel medium for some luscious texture, and it truly was a full-body experience painting a piece that is taller than me (not saying much, I know!).

I’m grateful for the experience, and I expect I will explore this style a little more over time.

In the meantime, it is back to the drawing board – focusing on getting ready for New York in April!

Thanks for sharing in my Rising Strong day.

xo Jenn

Last week’s Artist residency & mentorship in Naramata

I had the privilege of spending 5 days with 11 other artists and our instructor, Suzanne Northcott, at the Sandy Beach resort in Naramata last week.  It was an incredibly inspiring, challenging & fun week of hard work (painting & soul-stuff), as well as times to reflect, relax and party just a bit 🙂

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The Mist 24×18 on canvas

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After the Storm 24×18 on canvas

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Seascape 24×36 on wood cradle panel

This experience has been very refreshing, as well as s-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g  for me.  I’m excited to get back into my studio and explore on a deeper level some of the things that were unveiled for me.

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Landscape 16×16 on wood cradle panel

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Landscape 16×20 on wood cradle panel

I went with a very open heart – ready to push myself to new levels in my creative expression.  My expectations were big, but very open ended …… they were not only met, but exceeded.  How awesome is that?!  Thanks to Suzanne for her gift of bringing out the ‘deep stuff’ onto canvas.  Through your gentle guidance, I was able to find words to articulate some of the things I was stuck on expressing.  You are the kind of mentor & instructor I strive to be, and spending a week with you was such a gift!  Also thanks to the other amazing artists that shared in this journey with me – I love you all and have so much respect for each of you.

Until we meet again…….

Your friend and sister in art,

~ Jenn xo

 

 

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