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

Parksville Show – New Works – September, 2016

It’s been a busy Summer with our move to Abbotsford taking front & centre stage. Finally, we are getting a bit settled in our new home, but it’s been quite a huge endeavour.  I don’t want to move again for a very long time!

In the midst of everything going on, I managed to paint a new series that I’m very excited to exhibit this month in Parksville.  I am installing my show at the McMillan Arts Centre on Sunday, Sept. 5th, and it will be on exhibit until October 3rd.  Here is a sneak peek of my new series “Seasons of Reflection”……

Season of Reflection 1 36x48 cel phone pic

Season of Reflection 1 36×48

Season of Reflection II 24x48 cel phone pic

Season of Reflection II 24×48

Season of Reflecion III 24x48 cel phone pic

Season of Reflection III 24×48

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Season of Reflection IV 36×48

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I will also be teaching a 2-day Intuitive Painting workshop at the McMillan Arts Centre on Sept. 11 & 12 from 10am to 4pm each day. You can find out more on my website, or feel free to contact me directly.
www.jennwilliamson.com/workshops-lessons/

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

Merry Christmas!! (?)

For starters, I’d like to wish you a very Merry Christmas —– the best of the season – love, joy, peace, family & friends.

It is truly a sacred time of year, and here is one of my new landscapes from my “Sacred Contemplation” Series …

Sacred Contemplation II 24x24

Sacred Contemplation II 24×24

Preparing for Christmas this year is a bit harder than usual.  I’m excited to have almost all of our family coming for dinner on the 25th!  I’m sad that my son, Jasper won’t be here with us. He is still in New Zealand and will likely be there until Summer – we miss him!!!

Dec. 4th was a very sad day – our sweet dog, Samson was put to sleep in my arms. Russ & I have known him since he was 6 days old! I made ‘baby blankets’ for him when he was still at the breeders. We picked him up as an early 6th birthday present for Jasper, in November 2001.

This will be our first Christmas since that he is not with us to celebrate.

While Christmas is a very joyous occasion, it can also be a painful one for many. My heart & prayers go out to all those who struggle at this time of year.

Love and best wishes to you & yours, from me & mine.   xoxo Jenn

Falling down & Rising above

Yesterday I took a very bad fall while mountain biking……it was a drop-bridge that I had done before, but this time I didn’t land it well.  I ended up in emergency, with a torn ligament in my left hand.

So now I am struggling to do the most basic of things, and appreciating the fact that my injuries could have been much worse.  Imagine if it was my right hand –    I don’t even want to think about it.

Today I worked on a painting that has been a work in progress for a long time.  It’s not even a very big one (only 16 x 20), but it has had me stumped after many a painting session.  Today I had a breakthrough, and I’m pleased to say that it was the best part of my day and I’m glad I got out of bed after all 🙂

“A Day to Remember”

A Day to Remember 16x20

A Day to Remember 16×20   Acrylic on panel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I can still paint!……

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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 🙂

The Mist 24x18 on canvas Naramata1 web800

The Mist 24×18 on canvas

After the Storm 24x18 Naramata1web800

After the Storm 24×18 on canvas

Seascape 24x36 Naramata1 web800

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.

Landscape 16x16 Naramata1 web800

Landscape 16×16 on wood cradle panel

Landscape 16x20 on wood Naramata1 web800

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

 

 

Authentic Living takes guts……

We are all on a journey, and lately mine has not exactly been a comfortable one.  I am taking a course that I can’t say I really wanted to take, but I knew it would make me a better wife, mother, teacher, coach, daugher, friend, artist – person.  The “Freedom Session” is an 8 month version of Choices (for those of you who aren’t familiar with the program, if you’ve ever seen Dr. Phil’s ‘Get Real’ episodes – that’s basically what Choices is like).

As an artist who strives to be authentic and genuine, I feel very strongly about living this way myself ….. and painting this way.

So, without further ado, here are a few pieces I have on the go:

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Grey-Yellow-Red Crop 1 web 800      Yellow-Red-Black Square Crop 1 web 800

I haven’t abandoned my ‘landscapes’ (here are a few I’ve been working on this week as well along with the palette knife abstracts above):

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Art without Colour?

My studio exercise regime continues……last week I forced myself to do a painting using primarily black & white. This was a brand new experience for me! What do you think of the results?

Seascape - Black & White 24x30

Seascape – Black & White 24×30

Rest (on Labour Day)…..

If I could pick somewhere soft to land…..somewhere dreamy and stress free, it would look like this:

Tommorow's Song 24x30 www.jennwilliamson.com

Tommorow’s Song 24×30 www.jennwilliamson.com

Today I laboured over this painting. It was an exercise in using a new colour palette with my ‘traditional’ impressionist landscapes.
Wishing you all a “Labour Day” full of rest and peace! xo Jenn

A new series of Landscapes

I’ve been experiencing a flow of inspiration lately that I can’t quite contain.  Here are a few of my newest paintings which just seem to be coming one after the other.  This season is a gift and I am so grateful for it!

Landscape 24x48 www.jennwilliamson.com

Landscape 24×48

Landscape 48x72 www.jennwilliamson.com

Landscape 48×72

Landscape 24x36

Landscape 24×36

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