Thursday, December 30, 2010

Where sunflowers shine

A recent Christmas gift commission for a friend in the neighborhood. The recipient loves sunflowers and my friend wanted to give the gift of art this year. I really like having these kind of friends! :)

I'm off to Lake Oconee tonight for one glorious, relaxing evening away with my husband. Sort of a pre-New Year's Eve celebration since we'll be at home with the kids tomorrow night.

Happy New Year and peace to you all.

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Lillibands Studio Sale

One last show for this season! I'll be at Lillibands Studio in Avondale Estates this Thursday, December 9 and 10 along with 6 other very talented artisans. There are a few ornaments left (one shown above, front/back) as well as lots of prints in 6x6" and 10x10" formats. I even cranked out a few more 5x5 blocks today and another caravan watercolor, so come on out and see me and get those last minute holiday gifts out of the way (even if it's for for you!)

But no worries, if you miss this one, just contact me at jennifer(at) for a studio visit through December 23!

Thursday, December 02, 2010

A pair of leaves

Getting ready for the Little Tree Gallery Holiday Art Show and Sale this weekend so not much time to post much right now! Hope you come by to see me and some other fabulous artists and artisans. Saturday, Dec. 4, 10-6 and Sunday, Dec. 5, Noon-5.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010


A mixed media collage painted on a 5x5 wood block, this little terrarium is just full of miniature happiness! I received an order of new paints from Dick Blick last week and after the holiday weekend, I was finally able to really break in some of these colors. One of my faves is a turquoise green mixed with pthalo blue-so vivid and lovely. Can't you see how magical it is inside there? hehe

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

keeping place

As a kid, it always fascinated me out to put insects, toads, etc. in a jar, yet after awhile, it became a little creepy watching them bat around and eventually sit lethargic at the bottom of the jar. We would eventually let them go, with me left feeling sort of guilty for doing it in the first place. Yet when I was at one of my favorite antique markets awhile ago, I found butterflies mounted behind glass and was again intrigued to see these little creatures up close and in detail. I almost bought it, but somehow couldn't bring myself to do it! So instead I did this little painting on wood. It should suffice for now.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Holiday time

Feeling relatively normal today after an insane last couple of weeks. This rain is certainly helping (as well as slipping in a yoga class this morning!) But as I unpack artwork and return emails and phone calls, I'm finding that there is plenty to do around the corner. Next up is the Little Tree Gallery Holiday Show on Dec. 3 & 4. I've got to get cracking on some new work for sure, esp. some larger pieces. Along with a couple commissions, I'm sure my holidays will go by pretty quickly around here.

So I had finished 8 ornaments and sold 5 at my last two shows. Here is a peek at the first five stars, I didn't even get a chance to photograph my other 3 yet and one got out the door before I could even remember what it looked like! Sheesh, no worries though, I'll crank out a few more for the Little Tree show!

Monday, November 08, 2010

New Work

This week, two shows that I'm furiously working on getting some inventory for. "oh, Hello" (above) and "Frog Royale" -a piece you may
recognize (but new and improved!) . I'll have ornaments, more wood blocks and finally, some notecards! I'll show you pics of those as soon as they get photographed.
So here are details about the shows. The first one is called Two Birds, One Heart and is a home show in Druid Hills benefiting the Decatur Cooperative Ministry and CURE. Check out the invitation for times and directions.

And my friend Heather Pyles is having her annual holiday show in Avondale on Sunday, Nov. 14 5 pm-9 pm, 107 Dartmouth Ave., Avondale Estates.

Hope you can come to one of the shows to see new work and as well as some other fabulous creatives displaying their wares-it's officially holiday shopping season people, so come check it out!

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Museum School Second grade auction projects

The last couple weeks have absolutely been insane, with classroom auction projects, auction committee duties and getting ready for three shows, I can barely keep my eyes open! Yet, it all will come quickly to an end after next weekend. The Museum School auction is on Friday, November 12th at 6 pm at Bart Webb Studios (more info at

Ok, so I had to make a little plug there, only because if you can come to the auction just to see all the classroom art projects, it would be worth it! They are simply "museum" worthy and anyone would be excited to hang one of their works in their home.

Pictured above are three upcycled windows the second grade kids painted on for their project. They are currently studying oceans, and specifically the three layers of the ocean. So since we had three old windows, we divided the kids into groups to create the sunlight, twilight and midnight layers of the ocean. They really LOVED this project and I think they did a fabulous job! (top to bottom, Midnight (this one has glow in the dark paint!), Twilight, and Sunlight.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Sugar Skulls

Countdown to Halloween over here in Avondale Estates where it is one of the most anticipated holidays of the year! All the lawn decorations, ghosted signs, spirit awards, and then on hallow's eve, some of the greatest scary houses you can find! So inspired by sugar skulls, I created these 3"x 3" blocks that can be hung or just displayed on a shelf. They are very shimmery with the use of bronze acrylics and finished with a triple thick gloss finish. BOO!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

for keeps-mixed media on wood

With only 2 days to go before AutumnFest, there were a few more pieces I wanted to crank out beforehand. This being one example that is a recurring theme in my pieces, combining woodland themes and fairytale-like stories. I was thinking of doing more abstract imagery for this show, but the illustrator in me keeps wanting to have a story to paint about! Well, for now I've got a few of these small works on wood to get that out of my system. And now off to organize and get my display ready for setup tomorrow!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Finally feeling it

That long, hot summer is finally behind us, phew! Who thought I'd be saying that in October? And since we've had a few weeks of cooler weather, it's easy to quickly forget how hot it was just a short time ago. This little 4x6 watercolor piece is part of a season series and is a reminder of those long summer days I don't miss right now, but will surely long for come January.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Rag Ribbon Rainbow

Finally finished with all the inventory for the Rag, Ribbon Rainbow show coming up this weekend in Buckhead. There are over a 100 of my items catalogued for this show! Now, for the first time, there will be a series of 4" x 6" original watercolors available at this event. I've scanned almost all of them for reproductions and will be available on my Etsy site after the show, but the originals will be on sale at this event only!

The meet the artist gala event will be Friday, October 15 at 7 pm at 696 Mountain Dr., NE Atlanta GA, 30342. (just off Wieuca Rd not far from Peachtree Rd.) The show is October 14-16. Check out the link above for hours and directions!

And, the final two watercolors, Virtue and Desire, finished just tonight for drop-off tomorrow-the paint is still wet and leaving marks on my scanner glass!

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

lil' camper

I've been working on a series of 4"x6" watercolors that will be sold at Rag, Ribbon, Rainbow the weekend of October 16th. The theme is loosely based on my "woodland dreams" concept, basically anything that has to do with nature, forests, small wildlife and wonders or those nostalgic memories of camping as a kid, campfires, etc. I need to deliver my work on Oct. 11, so I'll try to scan as many as I can before they get sent off! Here's a recent one, titled "lil' camper".

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Just playing

I haven't done any wood blocks in awhile, so I started 5 simultaneously using a couple out-of-the-box ground colors for me. Usually, I've got the vivid blues, reds and magentas going on, but this week I wanted to create some moody pieces that have more subtle undercoats of colors. I found some pressed rose petals in a heavy book that I forgot about, and I was experimenting with stamps and abstract shapes. I like how the petals kind of look like wings. Any thoughts for titles? I'm drawing a blank for some reason!

Sunday, September 12, 2010


Tiny works (4"x6") studying negative space, minimalist composition and a little whimsy, of course.

Friday, September 10, 2010

a little study

Just doing some 4" x 6" quick studies using cut paper and watercolor. I'll be starting a "woodland dreams" series based on a painting a did awhile back with the same name. These little pieces will use simple compositions while investigating some color theories and will also act as prelimaries to some larger works.

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

The Museum School Mission Statement Project

In the past few weeks, I've been busy finding and organizing artists to participate in a community art project for The Museum School. Katherine Kelbaugh, the principal, had the idea to have artists come up with creative interpretations of The Museum School's mission statement. The vision is to have an original work of art that would hang in each classroom. There are a total of 7 classrooms at the school and the artists that have agreed to participate range in style from polymer clay artisans, photographers to mixed media artists. The deadline is October 5, just before The Museum School's first exhibition night on October 7.
I've created a series of 3 mixed media works on canvas that basically illustrate the words in a whimsical style (of course!) It's going to be really exciting to see all the artist's final pieces. I let them have free reign in that I didn't require to see sketches or see anything in progress.

One of the photographers, Sara Speert, will be documenting the progress of her piece, so check it out and see her journey!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Cusp of Leo mural

Saturday's show was really fun, and a little bizarre, but in a good way! Everything from the art that was created for art's sake to the music and spoken word performances definitely made the experience truly unique. Sylvia's space at Sycamore Gallery is kind of like going on a treasure hunt. You walk in the purple door and pass several working artist's studios down a long corridor that takes you to her gallery and outdoor courtyard where art is always introduced in a creative and spontaneous way. A couple of us painted murals on the wall and used it as a backdrop for our work. Asian effigy papers were strung from the ceiling and creative video imagery was shown on the outdoor wall behind the band. And Holle Black's amazing cranes and Chinese women (below) were absolutely stunning! There will be another short afternoon reception the second weekend in September, date and time TBA.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Cusp of Leo show this weekend

Sylvia Cross, owner of Sycamore Gallery and studios will be hosting an opening this Saturday themed the Cusp of Leo. All the artists exhibiting are Leos (and so is Sylvia!) She traditionally has an art party on her birthday which was the beginning of this month, but the 1st annual Citywide Art Walk is going on and she decided to move the show to coincide with the tour. A few of the artist (including myself) have created painted backdrops in the gallery to showcase their work. The show will be like a temporary installation-the experience of the works of art against the murals will be doubly fun to see! Sylvia has lined up storytellers, musicians and even Johnny Coffee's Female Weightlifters, I have no idea who they are, but can't wait to find out! Hope you can stop be and support us, there's a $10 suggested donation at the door. Ya'll come!

Here is a detail of one of my new pieces.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The new studio

I'm moved in and getting settled in to my new studio space-yay!! Everything has a spot and I finally have everything in one place! It's amazing, actually, I don't have too much space to spare. But summer is winding down and I've got some projects that will be getting into gear, so it will quickly become a messy space, but in good way, of course! Here are a few pics to give you an idea, it's a quirky space, with a pole here, and a soffit there...but it all works! I can't wait to really get grooving and working on some large scale pieces, it's going to be so fun! Enjoy the tour.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Observe under your feet

It's very hot today. The kind of hot that sears bare feet on concrete. So these were taken very quickly late this afternoon.

3 studies illustrate violet undertones against white hot and mottled grays, moss and rust.

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Spur of the moment project

Trying to organize tubs of stuff and randomness all over this house, and remembered that I've been meaning to recover this very traditional chair with some fabric I found just over a year ago. Really, can it be that long? I was scrolling through some blogs and saw some amazing before and afters on Design Sponge today and was inspired to run down into storage and search for this piece of decorative mod fabric that is kind of a cool juxtaposition on a queen anne styled chair. (And yes, those are Zsu Zsu pets on the desk.)

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Studio renovation

For the last few weeks, the renovation of our basement has finally come together! After many trips to IKEA, agonizing over carpet swatches and waiting patiently for electricians, plumbers, sheetrockers and painters to finish-we are on the edge of being finished! The carpet goes in the end of this week and the final punch list will knock out those last hanging details. But one of the most exciting parts of all this is getting to finally see the finished stained floor in my studio. I chose a color called marina blue and hoped that the 50+ years of accumulated stains, paint, rust and whatever else that took place on the floor would come through in a most amazing spontaneous finish. The sealer went on this morning, which creates depth of color and shine, and it looks so AMAZING! I've included photos, but they really don't do justice to seeing the real thing in person. Every inch of this floor is so beautiful!

Thursday, June 24, 2010


I took this pic a few weeks ago, right when my hydrangea started to bloom. Right now, with 90 degree plus days and no rain, it's not looking as lovely, but hanging in there none the less. When I planted it, we had just put in the retaining wall, so there was quite a bit of masonry grout and some crumbled stone mixed in the soil. I had meant to clean it up more, but ended up amending with some good soil and just threw in a transplanted hydrangea and gardenia. Now these two shrubs are huge and thriving and are my favorite things to see when I walk past them each morning on the way to the car. A little tidbit, I found out that we don't normally grow pink hydrangeas in the south because of our very acidic soil, depending on the acidity is how you get blue or pink hydrangeas. The soil in my retaining wall is very alkaline because of the stone and cement that was mixed in years ago. So now I know why I get pink hydrangeas!

Saturday, June 05, 2010

Michelle Armas-Art in the Afternoon feature

I'm off and running in sec, but wanted to post one last artist for you to preview before today's Art in the Afternoon event (3-7 pm) I discovered Michelle from Sarah Watts blog, and discover that Jessica Swift, Sarah and Michelle all know each other! I decided to have them exhibit together over at the Blanchard residence, 70 Lakeshore Dr., Avondale Estates, GA 30002. They all have distinctive styles, but compliment each other really well. I'm super excited to see how it all looks once they're set up.

I was drawn to Michelle's sense of color and detail. Her works are abstract, and you can also see how her work stems from deep love of design, and as a matter of fact, she is a designer too! I could stand in front of her works for a very. long. time. They are really distinctively different than anything I've seen in a while! Make sure you check out her blog too.

Trained as a graphic designer, Armas began painting as an antidote to the rigid, strategic work of a corporate branding environment. Drawing on instinct and fantasy, she creates another world as it might have been imagined by early scientists discovering microbes and bacteria and the environments they thrived in. Armas lives in Atlanta and works in graphic and textile design as well as fine art.

Friday, June 04, 2010

Pat Berryhill-Art in the Afternoon feature

Pat Berryhill is back! She exhibited her altered jewelry at the first Art in the Afternoon in April and was wildly popular! Now she's back showing us her beautiful altered vintage clothing. She will be showing at the Blanchard residence, 70 Lakeshore. And yes, you can can try on her creations and see for yourself her amazing and unique work.

Pat Berryhill,
She is an unapologetic collector of crap...a junk junky...a human magpie. Berryhill uses recycled junk, which is environmentally friendly, to create beautiful clothes and jewelry. Her work comes from life experiences, good or bad. Every piece tells a different story.

Shawn Brasfield-Art in the Afternoon feature

A former Avondale Estates resident, Shawn Brasfield, returns for a visit to exhibit at Art in the Afternoon, June 5, 3-7 pm at the Lass & Zimny residence, 803 Stratford Rd. His work is distinctively whimsical, with a graphic design and illustration background, you can certainly see the lighthearted stories emerging from his work. He paints with oils and acrylics to create spontaneous, translucent backgrounds. Using sandpaper and his grandfather's ice pick to get just the right texture, he then adds his whimsical characters. I bet you can't wait to see his work in person, right?

Shawn Brasfield,
Conceived in the decade of flower power, moon dust, and the Polaroid camera, Shawn Brasfield's art might seem to be inspired from the age of experimentation. Born in 1968 in a small southern town, Shawn began drawing at age two and has never stopped. Upon graduating Auburn University in 1992, he moved to Atlanta, Georgia to pursue a career in graphic design. After ten years of moving pixels around a screen, Shawn felt the need to channel his drawings into a more lively and tactile medium - painting. Bold, fun, and filled with color, his art is inspired by today's contemporary culture, interpreting common themes into a unique and whimsical vision. Shawn's work lives in the homes of numerous collectors who are addicted to art that makes them feel good.In Shawn's own words- "The collectors of my paintings have told me they are drawn to my work because it reflects a lighthearted and whimsical view of life. This is my whole purpose in what I do - to paint a creative smile in the mind and warm feeling in the belly."

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Eva Magill-Art in the Afternoon feature

Yes, I am doubling up so I can get as many artists featured before Saturday as I can! I got a little behind over the holiday weekend along with several deadlines this week, blah, blah, blah.

ANYHOW, on to the good stuff. Eva Magill's work has this wonderful, ethereal quality in her work that I was drawn to right away, it may also have been that she had just returned from living in France which made me dream about how she may have come up with these collage compositions using wonderful lines and subtle color. The works she will be showing at the Pyles residence, 107 Dartmouth Ave., Avondale Estates, GA 30002 for Art in the Afternoon on Saturday, June 5 3-7 pm, are small original works that would be lovely paired in groups. I'm truly enchanted by her work and I hope you come by to have a glass of wine and enjoy the show!

Magill’s current work is a literal and metaphysical documentation of her past two years living in France. Through the use of photographs, sketches and mental imagery she recaptures the essence and charm of her vision of France. In conjuction with her factual recordings, she has created more conceptual works—drawings and collages based on emotions, her mental struggles, and triumphs involved with learning a new language and assimulating to a new culture.

Rachel Herzog-Art in the Afternoon feature

Rachel lives in the Avondale "hood" and we are very proud to have her participate as one of the featured artists in the Art in the Afternoon event this Saturday, June 5, 3-7 pm! She makes one-of-a-kind felted pouches, both upcycled and new, using cute, vintage buttons to adorn her pieces. She's also expanded her line by collaborating with Lillibands, another locally owned business, to create adorable appliqu├ęs on fun and colorful headbands for girls and women. Look for them to be unveiled this fall, but for now here's a sneak peek, as well as sample of one her snazzy pouches. She will be exhibiting at the Blanchard residence, 70 Lakeshore Dr., Avondale Estates, GA 30002, so come on out and check out some of her newest creations!

Tickleworm by Rachel Herzog,
I scour thrift stores for vintage buttons, wool and cashmere sweaters, I then felt the sweaters in my home. I LOVE to reuse and repurpose fabrics and buttons and, well, a lot of other items too. the items get turned into coffee cozies, cell phone pouches, checkbook covers, among other items. Tickleworm has only one of a kind items!

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Jessica Swift-Art in the Afternoon feature

I just had the pleasure of finally meeting Jessica Swift at the Art in the Afternoon orientation last weekend, and I'm telling you folks, you will just die when you see her amazing most beautiful work. First off, she is one of these super talented people that wears many hats; she's an illustrator, surface designer, painter, graphic designer, ok now my fingers are getting tired. Really, people, you have go to check out her work, and then come to the Blanchard Residence at 70 Lakeshore Drive, Avondale Estates, GA 30002 and buy something on Saturday, June 5, 3-7 pm. And by the way, she has super cool new website too! Pluggity-plug

AND she has an Etsy shop too if you can't make it to the event, buy something there!

Jessica Swift,
Swift is interested in color and the way images speak and capture truths and feelings that words simply can't. She is interested in connecting our eyes to our hearts through images. A full-time artist and graphic/surface pattern designer, Swift is truly living a life she loves.

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Flora Rosefsky-Art in the Afternoon feature

A long time friend of mine, Flora Rosefsky, is one of these artists that is so very humble about her work, and of course she is phenomenally talented! She creates wonderful cut-paper collages, but is also an art quilter and a stained glass artist! Her work is so colorful and folksy, yet has beautiful emotional connections. She is going to show samples of cut paper portraits she has been doing as well as selling some matted prints of her work. She will be taking commissions at the Pyles residence, 107 Dartmouth Ave. for Art in the Afternoon this Saturday, June 7, 3-7 pm

Flora Rosefsky,
Rosefsky loves to cut. She directs her favorite long-pointed scissors as they glide through painted paper, fabric, or ephemera. With an intuitive sense of color and composition, like Henri Matisse, she thrives on the freedom to “draw with scissors,” in a spirit of spontaneity that is so much a part of each new work. Her collages reflect a personal and eloquent spirituality, with a common thread—her work is irrepressibly joyful. Rosefsky began her career as a self-taught folk artist while living in Upstate New York and later studied art in a Syracuse University graduate extension program and at Binghamton University. Her work can be found in several public collections as well as private collections in New York and Georgia.

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