New Video From Flow Magazine

Check out this really cute video from Flow Magazine that features my paper doll art, as well as tons of other great artists' work!



On the paper doll, there are stickers used to dress her in different outfits for different occasions. Different summer days include trips to the city, the beach and the farmer's market.

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Etsy Update

IMG_7967 I got a new printer that works, I started adding some items to my Etsy store, Finally. I'm very happy with the quality of the prints. If there is a piece of art you are interested in that I don't have listed please let me know and I will see if it's available as a print. Prints are available at 8.5x11" and 11x14" at this time. I'm looking into a bigger format too. Thank you!!

My sketchbook and how I do it take 2!

edges I wrote a blog post 10 months into my sketchbook project here. I am always asked so many questions about how I do this.. from discipline to supplies I think its fair time for an update. The earlier post  isn't all that different but I have changed up a few things.


The main sketchbook I now use is a Strathmore 500 series Mixed Media sketchbook. The paper is heavy and smooth but with a fine tooth. I love the texture and it handles the paint very well. I can use thick gouache or watercolor or ink and I'm happy with the results of all. I also sometimes use a black sketchbook so I can paint directly onto black paper. It is a Derwent, I am pretty sure this is the right one that I'm linking to here.. Gouache glows on this paper as well as using gold and white gel pens.



I still love my Muji book and I play around in it sometimes but not for this project anymore. The purpose of that was to be free and able to play without worrying about perfection. After a year of that one I'm able to do the same thing on better paper.

I mainly use gouache. I have lots of brands, my favorite is Winsor Newton but I'm a art supply junkie and its hard for me not to buy any color that looks beautiful. I have Holbein, Schminke, Linel, DaVinci..


I recently found this set of Shinhan poster paint that I've had for decades!! It was all dried out so I added water and reconstituted them.. They are so vibrant and gorgeous so I use these now too.


I also use a Sakura of America Watercolor travel set. I take this with me whenever I'm away. It is quite thick lustrous paint and Its perfect for travel and I also use it as an everyday paint if I'm too lazy to squeeze some paint onto the palette! I also add detail with ink, either Dr PH Martins Black Star waterproof ink or just lately some Black Walnut ink that a friend made and gave to me... That one isn't waterproof. I also use Bleed Proof White for details and layering over gouache.



I really love this little well palette, but I'm happy mixing paint on anything that is white.


For paintbrushes I started using Escoda Barroco sintetico after I picked some up on a trip to Spain last spring. They last so much longer than other brushes for me. I am rough on them!!! I use size 1 up through about 16. For big areas of color it goes fast to use a really big brush and the size 1 is great for layering details.


Discipline wise it has just become something I do. Some days are still hard and I don't love every piece. But I get more confident every day. I don't apologize for one that is ugly anymore.. Maybe I have a migraine, or I got a call that upset me or I just feel crappy. Its about doing it for me and not about the outcome. I usually find something in all of them that makes me happy, but if I don't I just move on to the next day. There is always the next day.  30 minutes is manageable, I can fit it in without feeling too stressed out. This is the only habit in my life that I have been able to keep up like this. I think because its the most rewarding in so many ways.


I still love this project, even on my 3rd year. I haven't missed a day! I love all the amazing support from everyone.. I wish I could respond to you all individually but it just takes so much time. I read and look at everything that comes through. I'm so grateful for all the press and the jobs and the encouragement that has come from this. Sometimes I just stop in my tracks and am amazed by the whole thing. I wish I could keep up this blog more consistently but I just get too busy and I need time to unwind at the end of the day. I hope this helps answer some questions and I'll update when I can. xo Jennifer






End of the Year Sketchbook Thoughts

9.3_s I'm not quite at the end of a sketchbook but it is the end of the year. The time we all reevaluate the year, think about the positive and negative things that have passed and what goals we want to achieve in the New Year. I'm about to embark of year 3 of daily painting and drawing. I'm sort of in shock that I've done this for so long.


There are days that I feel like I just can't do it.. I make a mess, I'm not satisfied, I'm unhappy and stressed. But every single day I get it done. Whatever happens, whatever it "looks" like is really ok with me. Sometimes just the process of putting aside any other work or commitment puts me in a happier place. Those 30 minutes become relaxing and rejuvenating. There are also times when I suffer through it. The brush isn't comfortable in my hand, I feel edgy and wrong... In a practice that is every single day there are bound to be good and bad days. You can't get around that. But as a whole, when I look back at 6 full sketchbooks and 2 in progress it's an amazing feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment.


I'm thinking about what changes I want to make in my project for 2016. I'm not the type to keep doing the same thing for the rest of my life. What I do know is that I want to keep painting daily for the rest of my life or for as long as I can. I never could have imagined the positive things that have happened for me because of it. I'm not even talking about jobs, or collaborations, or number of followers. Its the personal joy of setting my mind to doing something and really doing it. I'm more confident, I'm happier, I'm busy in the way I want to be.


In the next 2 weeks before January 1 I'm deciding if I want to keep on painting in a sketchbook or move onto flat paper. There are pros and cons. I love having a book I can hold with all my work in it. It feels like a diary, a tangible thing that starts and ends. On the other hand I'm not taking them apart so I can't have a exhibit which I'd like to have. I guess I could say I'd do another project where once a week I do a stand alone painting, I'd still have 52 by the end of the year. I'd like to be able to sell my originals, I'm going to run out of room for all of the sketchbooks at some point.. I'd also like the art to be in loving homes. I'd love to hear your thoughts on what I should do... Whatever it is, I do say to myself, it's my project, I can do what I want, I can switch around. The main point is that I show up every day.


Now to do the same in other areas of my life!!



Reflections on a Year of Daily Painting

SBfinal2014 I am looking at 2 sketchbooks with 365 paintings in them. Last January I set the goal of a 30 minute painting a day in these particular books. You can read about my process here.



I have never filled a whole sketchbook before but choosing to do this felt right and I knew it would happen. I enjoyed watched the girth of the book grow everyday.
It took amazing discipline and energy to do this, I had some migraines, I traveled, I was busy with other projects and some days I just didn't have the will to get up and do this. But I did it anyway, every day. And I loved it, even the hard times.There were only 2 exceptions where I painted the night before. I was beyond busy and didn't want to forfeit the day.
The project is a little insight on my life, I paint what I see, what I'm feeling, who I spent time with, myself and my thoughts. I tried out color combinations and ways to work my paintbrush. I got lazy sometimes and didn't put my all into it, but those days I learned things too.
Some days I just couldn't think about color and I just drew with gel pens on a color background, some days I started over 4 times before I realized my 30 minutes was almost up, then I just mushed paint around. But I found my style and my joy. I truly love to paint, I love color, I love creating something on a blank piece of paper.
I learned that I have discipline, I wasn't so sure of that! I learned that it's really ok to make mistakes, to hate the piece I did that day, to find a little magic in the hated piece and move on and paint something I love.
I love my community of friends and followers on my social media pages. The encouragement and comments and "likes" all kept me motivated to get up every morning to paint more. Thank you so much to Janine Vangool of Uppercase Magazine who featured my sketchbook way back in Issue 21 in the spring, And Lisa Congdon. who encouraged me and gave me so much exposure on her blog, and Laura Tarrish who interviewed me for theDesign Observer blog. And so many others. (Now I sound like I'm accepting an Oscar) but I'm truly grateful!
I learned that I love to inspire others and I hope everyone will start a daily practice that fits their passion and lifestyle.
I never really felt like an artist until this year, even though I've been painting and drawing since I was a child and spent many years working in the textile industry as a designer and stylist.
This year I found what I love and what I am seeking. It's a great feeling.
In 2015 I plan to continue 30 minutes a day.. But I want to branch out from only painting in the sketchbook. I want to see what happens when I paint for 30 minutes but the paper is much bigger? What if I use the same paper 5 days in a row and build up layers.  What if I use more mixed media? What about using black or a different colored paper? I might draw more in the paintings. I haven't quite decided how to proceed with the details but I'm not going away, it's changed my life. The constant will be 30 minutes a day.
I'm taking off January 1st and can't wait to start a new chapter on the 2nd, Happy New Year!!
xo Jennifer