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

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

Sneak Peek ….. great book ….. Forever Friends

Today I set up my show at the Deer Lake Gallery in Burnaby.  The opening reception is on Saturday May 14th from 2-4pm.  The exhibit will hang until June 4th.  Here’s the link for directions, gallery hours, etc…. “Capturing the Essence” Jenn Williamson & Irma Soltonovich

PicMonkey Collage

I have to share the greatest book I’ve listened to lately. I subscribe to audible.com, and I listen to all kinds of inspiring books.  Chris Guillebeau’s “Born for This” book came across my radar a few weeks ago while I was listening to “The Ziglar Show” (one of my favourite podcasts).  I would highly recommend this book to anyone that wants to live a purposeful life.

Last but not least, Forever Friends…….. I have a few of them.  They are the most precious gift.  Yesterday I touched base with one of them, and I was reminded of the fact that there is nothing as precious as a the people we love – family, friends and, as an artist, my fans & supporters (all of you!).  I am humbled and honoured to be so encouraged on this journey.  Thank you to all of you who make it so rewarding & precious.

Gratitude & Year End Reflections

I am filled with gratitude today as I reflect on how blessed I am to have such a loving family & amazing friends.  As 2015 comes to a close, I am reflecting on the highs & lows of the year…..there are many of both.  I have grown this year – a lot – mostly from the ‘lows’, as that’s how it seems to work!

Leading up the start of a New Year, I can’t help but hope it will be a year full of ‘highs’ (ie, successes, good health, prosperity, etc…..), and I hope for this not just for myself & those close to me, but for everyone!  Of course that is not realistic, and ultimately what I need to hope for is grace to accept what comes in the year ahead.  I love to hear stories of victory – where a seemingly insurmountable obstacle is overcome & strength, growth & confidence have been increased.  We can’t celebrate the victories without the inevitable battles – the struggles.  These are the things that make our story real & inspirational.  So perhaps I will rethink my wishes for the year ahead …… I won’t be asking for hardship & challenges, but I want to be willing to embrace them when the come (and we all know they will!).

I close with a heart full of joy & expectation …. a bit of fear & a total commitment to being genuine & persistent in 2016.   I can’t wait to create my first painting of the year!  Will it be totally abstract? a bit abstract? bold & bright or soft & serene?  I have no idea!  But I promise it will be a genuine expression of my intuitive painting journey.

Here is my last painting of 2015…….

A Place of Reflection 36x36

A Place of Reflection 36×36

 

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 …

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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

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

After the Storm 24x18 Naramata1web800

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

 

 

Summer Reflections…..

It’s been an adventurous Summer with a camping trip to Jasper, Alberta (tenting in the rain is not something I recommend),  a 4-night get-away for Russ & I to Sechelt where we stayed at a fabulous Vacation Rental by Owner property (Sea Stone), and plenty of family gatherings, birthday celebrations, etc.   There’s been lots of mountain biking, lazy days, opportunities to bond over challenging experiences —— and not a lot of time to paint!

Here are some photos of the creatures that have enhanced our Summer Vacation (including wildlife, birthday cake characters made by my sister-in-law, and a photo of the card that I gave to my Mom for her birthday)……

Summer Collage

Summer Collage

I’m learning to embrace the moment each day – regardless of whether I paint or not. Family time is priceless, and with my eldest having moved to New Zealand a few months ago, I am very aware of how quickly the years pass by. With Levi we still have the opportunity to spend the summer months getting bored together 🙂

I hope your Summer has been full of family, friends, adventures and some time to reflect on the things that really matter. ~ Jenn

Remembering Alice….

Reflections II (20x24)

Reflections II (20×24)

I have given much thought over the past week to those that have inspired me in my journey as an artist, and it is very hard to know who to acknowledge first.

It seems to me that the most sensible way to proceed is in chronological order, which leads me to reflect upon my childhood friend, Alice Pearson.

It was not the ‘typical’ friendship, by any means.  I met Alice when I was 6 years old……she was at least 76 at the time.  I never did determine exactly how old Alice was, but she was young at heart, and had a pink & purple house (exterior!), so for all intents & purposes, she was quite a Fantastic Gal.

I don’t recall exactly what brought about my first meeting with Alice, but I expect it had to do with my entrepreneurial spirit – a lemonade stand, or perhaps Girl Guide cookie sales – possibly I was seeking dogs who required grooming in the neighbourhood.  (Alice was not a dog, but she did have rocks that were painted like cats at her front door, so it would have been reasonable to assume I might find a prospective client behind that Purple Door).

My 2-3 times per week visits with Alice included jelly-filled, Peek Frean cookies, sewing lessons, and many years later, the occasional cigarette on her back porch.

I sewed my first dress at the age of 7 with Alice.  It was orange & white, with gathered (big) sleeves.

Future projects included “Jeremy“, the purple lion, with a real fur mane & belly button; “Edward” the mouse……..most unfortunately, I don’t recall the names or species of the rest of the creatures I created with Alice.

Another poignant memory is when I arrived at Alice’s Purple Door and sang “Alice the Camel has 1o humps”, etc., etc., etc.  right down to “Alice the Camel has no humps – Alice is a horse”.  My dear friend listened to the entire song, and never asked if she could sit for a while.

If Alice could see my paintings now, I am quite certain she would be very proud.  She was a loving & faithful friend throughout my childhood, and an inspiration to me.  Although we never painted together, she helped to nurture the creative soul I am today, and I will be forever grateful to her for that.

Thank you Alice…..your spirit will always inspire me!

 

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