Wednesday, January 30, 2008

1 day Left!

Only 1 day left to get your Complimentary $10.00 Gift Certificate to my ETSY store! Purchase $10.00 or more at my store during the month of January and receive a $10.00 gift certificate for your next purchase at my store! This deal ends at midnight on January 31, PST. Many customers have already received their gift certificate! Shop now to get yours!

Monday, January 28, 2008

Road Trip!

I'm busy lining up appointments for my first ART ONLY road trip down to Oregon. I'm looking forward to this new life of traveling the Coast to various galleries/stores as I promote my art, drop of art for display, and restock cards, etc. I'm hoping by the end of summer I'll be traveling from Northern California to Northwest Washington making the rounds. I've already met so many great people and found some lovely galleries and stores in my first Art/Vacation trips from last summer and fall. This will be my first trip where the only focus is art, however, and I feel so fortunate to have this as my full-time career! So... for all of you who have supported me and my art, start looking for me in more places as you travel the beautiful Pacific Northwest! Maybe I'll even have time for a Plein Air painting! Brrr... maybe not.

Friday, January 25, 2008

H'ARTS Charity Auction

Helping the Arts! H'ARTS Charity Auction at the Arts Council of Snohomish County

I painted a triptych specifically for this event. It's part of a new line of pieces I'm making using india ink pens over (and under) acrylic paints. I love being able to combine my usual painterly style and vivid colors with a little more detail to more precisely bring out the shapes and designs of the subject matter. These three little gems are my favorite pieces right now. I hope you have a chance to get to the auction in Everett, WA this February and check them out in person!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Little Wren

My latest little drawing was created in an unlikely place. While my kids were having fun at their school "skate night" at the roller rink, I got out my pencils and made this fun little drawing. It reminded me of when my own mom would bring out her latest knitting project at every volleyball practice when I was in school. It's from her I inherited an inability to be idle - thanks, Mom! It was fun to have my son and his friend skate by every so often to watch the progress and give me a thumbs up. The little wren is a little more cartoon-like than my usual bird shapes, and I think she's going to be making some more appearances. I love her shape and can see a whole flock of them in a future painting! If you're interested in purchasing this sweet little drawing, visit my ETSY shop today!

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Pets on Parade - What a Great Show!

I went to my first opening for a show at the Arts Council of Snohomish County in Everett, WA. What a GREAT show! Anyone with a gallery space should consider doing a show like this one to help a good cause (they were raising money for the local NOAH animal shelter), make some good sales, and bring out a community of adults, kids, and pets to share in a fun art experience! For the opening night, they did the usual appetizer and wine bar kinda thing, but also had pet treats in bowls around the gallery (pets were invited to show up with or without costume) and an adorable pen of adoptable puppies. The artists who contributed to this show were amazing too! From fur-lined pet portraits, loveable stone pug sculptures, to an assortment of impressive quality artwork of all kinds (modern, abstract, expressionist, realistic). They had a great turnout from the community too, with buyers too! My kids were also quite impressed with the pony that came by for an appearance - yes, a PONY! And despite the casual fun nature of the event, the gallery space itself was beautiful - classy and contemporary all in one. The show runs through February 28th, and although you won't get all the fanfare of opening night, it's still well worth a visit... even though you WON'T see this adorable dog there - my dog Jingle!

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Check out the Storque!

ETSY is a great resource for people who like handmade! You can buy, sell, and even learn a little something there in the "Storque". This month they will be publishing a 3 part series on the color wheel written... well... by me! Here's part one: THE BASICS OF COLOR

If you're planning any redecorating, make sure you tune in to article No 2!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

I'm in L O V E

with these two little chickadees! Check out my latest Valentine version of these birds in love - a MAGNET PUZZLE - available now only on ETSY

More to come soon!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

My House is Finished!

Remember when I was grooving? GROOVE
Well, I finally finished this piece, and I love it! I hope you enjoy it too!

Monday, January 14, 2008

Thoughts on a Painting...

OK. Here's the thought: Global Warming. What do we do when we've gone past the turning point. Where will we be? What will happen to us?
OK. Here's the painting: Think people as polar bears on a polar ice-less planet.
Forgive any failures here. I'm not a political painter by nature. I just love to paint. So... it's probably less dire looking than fun, but I hope you enjoy the progression.

Step 1: Gesso my Arches Watercolor Paper and wait for it to dry (at least mostly dry).

Art by Jennifer Lommers

Step 2: Lay out the composition (simple as it is - horizon line with island)

Art by Jennifer Lommers

Step 4: Paint, paint, paint...

Art by Jennifer Lommers Art by Jennifer Lommers
Art by Jennifer Lommers Art by Jennifer Lommers

Step 5: Add the final touches... little people dots in the ocean trying to get to the island.

Art by Jennifer Lommers

That's it! I hope you enjoyed this little painting progression. I'll need to work on the "meaning" of the painting, as my son asked if it was a pepperoni pizza. Not exactly globally moving. Maybe next time.

Happy painting!

p.s. Want to see the original? It will be on display at the Blue Horse Gallery in Bellingham, WA for their January 2008 show. Check it out!

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Now Showing!

Well... almost! I just took some paintings, prints, and cards down to the Arts Council of Snohomish County (Everett, WA) for their gallery opening on January 17. Their main gallery will be having the "Pets on Parade II" benefiting the N.O.A.H. pet adoption center while 3 artists (myself included) will be featured in their gallery store. It should be a great event! If you're in the area and haven't been to downtown Everett for a while, I would highly recommend it. The revitalized downtown is lovely, friendly, and even has an amazing children's museum (for those of you with kids). The gallery store has all kinds of art including jewelry, pottery, and so much more! I'll be there with my family on the 17th from 5-8. Stop on by if you have a chance.

For more information:Arts Council

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Getting in the G R O O V E

My second project of the new year?... Make use of all those paint layers from my palette! I love to cut them up into shapes and patterns. Here's my latest project using them. It's still drying and should change as the layers curl and form into the drying Acrylic medium. It's very fun to create this way, but it is sooo long between these palette projects because I have to wait until my palette has formed a thick enough layer to peel it off and cut into shapes. I usually go through this process twice before I have enough pieces to make a new painting. This piece was also created on a recycled cabinet door to further my GOING GREEN goals and minimizing trash. I hope you enjoy!

Sunday, January 6, 2008

First drawing of the year...

OK, I'm having problems getting started with drawing and painting this year after taking 2 weeks off to spend time with the family. I am avoiding my problem by catching up on paperwork, spending way too much time on the computer looking up show information, listing and looking around on Etsy, and playing with my husband's new DS game - Brainage. (Very fun! I would highly recommend. The Sudoku puzzles are very fun too, and it's helped me get much faster at them.) So... to break the block, I finally set up a fun little still life with an orange and coffee cup and made this little drawing. I was also dreaming of being on vacation at a little European coffee shop too while I was at it. Ummm, love those French coffees! I hope you enjoy!

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