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.

Season of Reflection IV Brighter_web

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 🙂

A Genius & An Airhead ….. New York highlights

Almost a year of preparations for my Show in New York City ….. I can’t believe it’s come & gone!  The response to my artwork was more profound than I could ever have imagined. I am humbled & exhausted – grateful and inspired.

In addition to painting every day, I feel inspired to write about my ‘genius & airhead’ moments (hence the title of this blog post).

If I only shared the highlights, you might mistakenly believe that I have it all together.  Trust me —– I don’t!  I can be such an airhead.  Finding my way around NYC was very difficult without my hubby (he is always the trip planner).  I have ZERO sense of direction and can get lost in Langley, so NYC was a force to be reckoned with!  I survived though, and can’t wait to tell the stories 🙂

Sold at Artexpo New York 2016:

Sold at Artexpo New York

Sold at Artexpo New York

Thanks to my Collectors……

You have officially sent me to New York, and I am overwhelmed with gratitude. After launching my New York Sale (promotion), I have been inundated with emails, phone calls, appointments to show & sell paintings to the people that make my ability to paint possible……YOU!

Here are some of the pieces that have sold in the past few weeks:

New York Promotion Sales

New York Promotion Sales

If you don’t see your painting here, please know that it was very challenging to ‘curate’ this collage. There were some pieces that flowed better than others 🙂
Thank you so much to all who have supported me in so many ways – I am honoured and blessed.   Warmest regards, Jenn

What’s around the next corner……

Life is full of surprises – some much nicer than others!  It’s been a month of great ones for me, and I am delighted to be able to share such encouraging news.

–  2 sales this month – and a commission too!

Daybreak 48x72 www.jennwilliamson.com

SOLD – Daybreak 48×72 www.jennwilliamson.com

 

SOLD - Heavens Declare 34x68

SOLD – Heavens Declare 34×68

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

–  My workshop which starts next Saturday is SOLD  OUT.

– I have been accepted to have a solo show at a wonderful Gallery on Vancouver Island (details will be forthcoming).

–  I’m slowly improving my mountain biking skills (still lots of bruises though).

In our family we have a saying ……. “As Miss Mangi says – Never Give Up!”.  Miss Mangi was my son’s kindergarten teacher, and her words had such an impact on him that we have adopted them as a family.  Sometimes it’s harder than others to live by those words, but perseverance pays off.

 

Sold – Daybreak 48×72

Yesterday I experience the joy of taking one of my favourite paintings to it’s new home.  It’s always bitter sweet to say goodbye to one of my creations, yet it feels so fulfilling to see a piece arrive.  This is truly like the final brush stroke…….

Daybreak 48x72 www.jennwilliamson.com

Daybreak 48×72 www.jennwilliamson.com

 

Seascape Triptych – Sold!

I just delivered a commission painting to a very special couple in West Vancouver.  What an honour it was to create this beautiful triptych for them.  We met at Harmony Arts Festival last summer, and they fell in love with a painting I had sold called “Windswept”.  They asked me to create a similar painting for them, and this is what transpired……

Seascape Triptych - Sold

Seascape Triptych – Sold

The painting will hang over the sofa and it couldn’t be more perfect for the room. Thank you to my newest collectors for the opportunity to create this piece for you & your family.

“Sheltered” – such an nice place to be!

Voila!  Here she is, the newest creation from my studio, a very special painting created for a very special couple!  This was a ground-breaking commission for me, launching me into a new season of works that I know will be richer & more masterful than ever.  I can’t explain it, other than to say I have experienced a surge of ‘connecting’ to my inner voice as an artist through the process of painting this piece.

Sheltered 28x42

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SOLD, Sold, sold……

I love to paint, and I love to meet the people that I paint for!  My sales at Harmony Arts Festival have been fantastic! Thank you West Vancouver for another very successful year.

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SOLD last weekend! Harmony Arts Festival, West Van

Last weekend was the 1st of 2 weekends……I’ll be back Friday Aug. 9th  at 2pm to 9pm, Saturday & Sunday 11am to 9pm,.  Best of all, I met some AMAZING people!!

SOLD ……  Essence Series 12×12   (I still have a few left of this series, but they are going fast…..)

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