Daisies Mixed-Media Painting


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You can now purchase my Daisies themed mixed-media painting in my etsy.com shop! I listed it yesterday here:

Original OOAK 12 x 12 Mixed-Media Painting: Daisies Theme

Please let me know if you have any questions about this piece.

Thank you for checking out my shop!

The Creation of a Mini Outdoor Studio


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It was being backed into it’s spot in this shot.

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This is pretty close to where it’s going to be placed on the property. It’s going to be set back a bit further and to the left a bit more.

My husband has planned on bringing a building on to our property ever since our move to Boothbay seventeen months ago, but schedules haven’t allowed for such a project . . . until this weekend.

IT’S HERE! IT’S HERE!

This was once his father’s workshop, and then it became my husband’s workshop, and now it’s mine. My husband is going to convert it into an art and writing studio for me over the winter so it will be ready for me to use in the spring.

The building measures 12 feet by 16 feet and the interior is completely open, so I have access right up to the pitch of the roof to store easels and whatever else. There are windows on one side, and my husband is going to install a window on the other. He’s also going to build a miniature farmer’s porch on the front so we can have two chairs out there with a screened in area.

I’M SO EXCITED!

Last year, he purchased a monitor heater and we just need to get a fuel barrel for it now. He’s already been storing all of the materials to complete the renovation he has planned. Two nights ago, we purchased the rest of what is needed for next to nothing because we were able to talk the sales associate into giving us 50% off of about half of the supplies. (*it was nice to introduce my husband to bargaining and “that” type of couponing)

HE’S ALREADY STARTED!

Yesterday, he had the day off, so he and my stepdaughter (it was absolutely adorable) had some “daddy and daughter” bonding time while they worked on demolition of some of the exterior portions of the building. I’ll take photographs of that for a future post. I’m also going to photograph some before shots of the interior so I can do a before and after montage.

Stay tuned for more!

The Progression of a Painting: Art in the Square #1


I’m working on the first in the series of four mixed media paintings for the Art in the Square show at Boothbay Region Art Foundation. Here is the progression of the first in the series I just began this morning:

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I’m collaging using the foreign books I mentioned here and here – and I love how the piece is turning out so far. I’m going to use “autumn” colors as the backdrop, and then add a quotation to the center. This piece will take on the same look as this piece, except not as bright.

I also haven’t decided if I’m going to finish all the collage work first, and then work on the paintings . . . or . . . complete each work before starting a new canvas. I’m letting this collage dry while I think it over. Sometimes I do better when I finish a complete piece but, other times, I do better when I collage several pieces and let the creative process take over with more than one work. So, I’ll have to see where this leads me.

I’ll have more to share soon!

CALL FOR QUESTIONS: Couponing for the Everyday Consumer: It’s not just about extreme couponing!


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I’m in the process of rewriting my book, “Couponing for the Everyday Consumer: It’s not just about extreme couponing!” This is where I need YOUR help:

  • Do you have questions about couponing?
  • Do you have questions about meal planning and budgeting?
  • Have you ever wondered about inventorying and freezer cooking?
  • Have you ever looked at a picture of someone’s stockpile and thought, “I want that, but I don’t know how to get that.”?
  • Do you want to start a coupon binder, box, or other organizational system for your stash and have no idea where to begin?

These are just some of the insights I’m looking for when rewriting this book. My hope is that some of you (or all of you) will consider sitting down and writing down every single question you’ve ever had about this topic and sending it to me. That way, I can have an idea about what “extreme novices” are looking for.

I’d rather not rehash what other books are already talking about.

There are already dozens of books and ebooks out there covering this topic, but so many people are coming to me saying, “my questions are still NOT answered.” Well, okay – what ARE YOUR questions?

I’ll answer them to the best of my ability in my book by using my own experience, reaching out to others for interviews, and digging through my piles of research to find you the answers. That way, a comprehensive resource is created for those who have never done this before and have absolutely no experience can have a jumping off point to begin.

If you feel comfortable posting your response in the comments below, I’m open to that kind of communication. If you would rather communicate with me through email – you can reach me at jennsblogs @ gmail . com (just remove the spaces, of course). I’ll respond to each and every one of you as notes come in.

Please pass this post around your friends lists on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, LinkedIn, in forums, and wherever else you feel like people could use help with this resource. Once the book is finished, I’ll post a call for beta readers.

I appreciate your help with this SO MUCH!

Canvases Are Still Blank, Pages are Still Empty, Mind is Still Full


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Why is it that I have so many ideas and so many plans, yet the creativity remains trapped within my mind?

I’m writing out all of these plans in colorful ink in my journal . . .

This does little for the blank canvases or the books I have planned, though. I love leafing through my journal and seeing all my brainstorming, my notes, the pieces of paper glued in, bits of this, bits of that . . .

Again, this does nothing for getting the actual work OUT THERE.

How does a creative solve this problem?

GET TO WORK:

While it’s important to dream on paper and set goals, it’s easy to get caught up in the process of planning. I’ve heard about creatives getting caught up in their own heads and it’s these types of trappings that prevent them from moving forward. We want to read more, we want to research more, we want to see more examples, we want to talk to more people, we want to . . . we need to . . . we feel we should be . . . we . . . we . . . have to get to WORK.

HOW?

  1. Take out those notes and turn them into creations. You’ve got all the plans and the platform, so transform them into something great. It sounds so simple doesn’t it? I know, I know. It takes some coaxing because your inner critic is being an ass. I get it. Mine is, too.
  2. Shut up that inner critic. Each time you hear that voice saying, “This sucks, you have no business working on this project,” turn that into something positive by shutting that voice up. “I can do this and I should be doing this . . . shut the hell up.” Or, whatever else makes you feel better about what you’re creating.
  3. Move forward and don’t stop. Moving forward means setting your intention by creating a schedule for your work because it is – after all – work. If you don’t take this creative process seriously by making a schedule for it, no one else will.
  4. Follow through. Moving forward with that schedule means FOLLOWING THROUGH. If you create a schedule in order to fill those blank canvases or write on those blank pages – DO IT. It takes effort to shut that inner critic up and it takes effort to follow through with a goal. It’s not up to anyone else but YOU.
  5. Make it happen – NOW. You can’t wait for tomorrow or the next day or the what if’s to all sort themselves out before making your goals to come to fruition. Worrying about what will happen next is not productive. Making thing happen and working through the creative process is what you have control over, so do that. Again, it sounds so simple doesn’t it? Break the process down into manageable chunks and work it out in a way that makes sense to you . . . otherwise, you are going to overwhelm yourself and junk the whole project.

I’m going to follow my own advice.

I have four canvases to work on for “Art in the Square.”

I have MANY books to start, finish, and rewrite.

These projects ARE going to be started, finished, and redone. Some of these projects have a deadline, some of them don’t, and that’s okay. The projects that have a deadline will obviously be completed first, so I have to really work on my goals with stronger determination.

I WILL DO THIS.

Are you having a difficult time filling your creative wells?