Boothbay Region Art Foundation to Release Coloring Book


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“In celebration of our 50th anniversary we are proud to offer this “regional coloring book”, fun for all ages. It will be available soon at the gallery, proceeds to benefit our numerous community projects!”Boothbay Region Art Foundation

You’d have to be living under a rock not to hear how popular coloring books for adults are becoming. This phenomenon is becoming all the rage with adults of all walks of life, not just artists and creative individuals. So, when I saw that Boothbay Region Art Foundation was jumping on the bandwagon my first thought was, “I wonder why they didn’t do this sooner?” Here is their original call for artists back in May:

When I read additional posts on their Facebook page, I realized exactly why they hadn’t done this sooner – the release of the coloring book was set to happen in conjunction with their 50th anniversary celebration. Not only would there be a sneak peek of the coloring book at this event, but they also had art (of course!), food, and live music! (This event was held on July 3rd.)

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“Come join us tonight from 5-7 for our 50th Anniversary kickoff celebration, with live music by The Narrow Gauge String Band, great food, fabulous Art, and a peek at our new “regional” coloring book.”Boothbay Region Art Foundation.

For more information about when you can receive a copy of your coloring book, visit Boothbay Region Art Foundation online or in person:

Boothbay Region Art Foundation on Facebook
Boothbay Art Foundation’s Website

1 Townsend Ave
Boothbay Harbor, Maine
(207) 633-2703
E-mail

I was going to contribute pages to this coloring book, but decided against doing so at the last minute. I’ve been toying with the idea of creating my own line of coloring books for adults for about two or three years now, but I can’t quite bring myself to just DO THIS. I don’t know why.

I’ll get over this hump of self-doubt and inner-critic’ness and get over myself . . . and get these coloring books for adults released! In the meantime, I hope you’ll check out this compilation from the artists at Boothbay Region Art Foundation!

Experimenting with GIMP


I have photo editing software but, even though we’ve been living here for two years, it’s still packed away in storage. Once my studio (we call it “the building”) is finished being renovated, I’ll be able to figure out which box it is packed away in. the bulk of my office, art, and craft supplies were packed away into my father-in-law’s garage attic space when we first moved here when we discovered it wouldn’t fit in with our Christmas and other storage in the teeny-tiny attic we have here.

ANYWAY!

I found GIMP.org, which contained *all* the features I needed and then posed a question to all of my peeps on Facebook about whether or not it was a trusted download and workable tool or not. Three people I trust very much responded in the affirmative, and two of those people took it a step further and sent me VERY helpful information. Yee-haw! Let the experiment begin!

I’ve opened the program twice.

So far, I’ve only needed to use the program for extremely basic photo manipulations. Therefore, the experiment has gone smoothly. I haven’t needed any of the information sent to me yet because what I’ve needed to do is elementary and I could get through the learning curve with about two minutes of self-teaching. Convert, scale, add text, select a font, position the text, save, export the image, and done. Very basic stuff.

As mentioned in my previous post, this experiment includes two other elements:

  1. Experimenting with photography.
  2. Experimenting with society6.

With that in mind, I went on another walk with my doggy and took a bunch more pics. Each of these are loaded to my Instagram account because . . . well . . . it’s fun and it’s a secondary source for cloud storage if google flakes and my phone bites the big one. One of these days in the near future, I’ll be using my “big girl” camera and the photos will no longer appear in my Instagram account (that camera doesn’t connect to Wi-Fi).

As I progress through the learning curve with GIMP, I’ll share my experiences (all of them – the good, the bad, the ugly, and the awesome). In the meantime, I like what is happening and it’s working well in place of what I have . . . until it comes out of the storage box . . . if ever . . . *sigh*

I’ll leave you with some of the pics I tossed on to Instagram:






New Shop: Society6


For those who are frequent followers of this blog, I’m constantly experimenting with new selling platforms. So, now in comes Society6. I’ve been playing around with photography, and I decided to see how it would sell on this site. Here are the first two images I posted:

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I took both of these photographs in the cemetery in my backyard on June 27th while walking my dog, Sophie. It was a spontaneous moment and I thought, “why not?” It’s these types of, “why not?” moments that often spur me toward more and more creative moments.

Here is my profile: Jenn on society6.

I wanted to add more photographs but, when my schedule allowed for more picture taking, rain decided to fall. DRAT. (Like today, for example.) So, I’m going to attempt more photographs tomorrow. We’ll see what the weather brings!

Thank you for checking out my work!

[COMPLETE] Giveaway! Win a Copy of One of My Books!


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There is ONE copy of my book, 50 Quick and Easy Art Projects & Explanations: A Beginner’s Guide To Mixed-Media Art, left. Out of ALL OF MY BOOKS, this is also the last of ALL OF THEM. I’ve decided to retire my entire non-fiction collection of books (yes, every single title) to rethink what I would like to do with them (Rewrite? Rerelease? Focus on fiction?). In the meantime, while every single other title is out of print, one copy of 50 Quick and Easy Art Projects & Explanations: A Beginner’s Guide To Mixed-Media Art remains.

What to do . . . what to do?

I have doubts it will sell, so the day before yesterday I decided to set up a giveaway through Amazon. I didn’t know this option existed until I started doing some surfing around. It went live yesterday, which leads me to today’s post! Here is the link:

Win the last copy of my book!

Obviously there will be only one winner selected because there is only one book. As the terms on the bottom of the link’s page outline, all the fees and charges are covered and no purchase is required to enter this giveaway. All you have to do is follow me on twitter to enter. So simple. If you are already following me on twitter, all you have to do is confirm that using the link shown. If it isn’t working for whatever reason, just post a comment here and I’ll make sure your entry is counted.

This giveaway ends on June 26th, and then the book is shipped directly from Amazon to the winner. So, winners and other participants do not have to worry about me collecting any personal information during this giveaway – that isn’t the purpose here. It’s merely a means to an end . . . the elimination of my very LAST book!

Okay, who wants to play?

Fear NOT!


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I haven’t forgotten about this website!
I have updates planned!
They’re coming!
I know it’s been a LONG time!
I’M SORRY!

To make it up to you, I took an updated pic of myself with my webcam on June 18th because every other profile pic I have is really out-dated. This is me with no make-up, no earrings, and no fancy hair-do . . . in fact, I had just gotten in from walking the dog. *smiles* You can’t get much more natural than that!

(Well, you probably can . . . but . . . that won’t be showing up on my website. Heh!)

For those of you who follow me around all over the place, you may have noticed I’ve been slowly updating this new pic as my profile picture on all my social networks. I’m tired of all the outdated pictures. That black and white picture I had been using everywhere is from 2005, I think. The other one of me that’s in color is more recent (either last year or the year before), but I still wanted an update.

Okay, that’s all for now. *waves* I’ll be back with something more interesting than a new profile pic next time I update. I promise! In the meantime, I’d love to hear about what you have been up to in my absence. New projects? New adventures? New jobs?