Little Painting, Big Message

This year, I participated in The Arts Center’s annual Arts Alive! event with a chill little paint-with-me video that I was pretty into.

Grab some paints, a brush or two and set your mind to something you want to say (to yourself or, heck to the world!). Don’t worry about it being perfect, just sink into the process and chill with me.

Plus! Super cool extra thing: you can get the kit we made for this video so you (or someone you think could use some creative time) paint with the same materials I used at home! Make your own little garden of encouraging/ rebellious messages by getting your kit at my Arts & Crafts shop on Etsy: Art Kit – Little Painting/ Big Message (materials are SUPER limited!)

We’re going to the market!

This month I’m going to bring my artwork and crafts to the Autumn Fest Art Show in Newport, OR! I am SO JAZZED about this, I can’t even calm down and haven’t been able to for weeks, alternating between really enthused and totally overwhelmed on a regular cycle.

This will be my FIRST artist market/ bazaar ever as an independent artist. Sure, I’ve been to tons of fairs and markets before, as a shopper and as a tabler, and always that for organizations I’ve worked for, or as a volunteer hosting kids activities and doing outreach. But this time, I’ll be showing off my art; I’ll get to see how folks react to my artwork LIVE, which, yes is quite intimidating, but I”m excited.

I really love markets, and these past couple of years, I’ve missed them terribly! A friend of mine (Alexandra Schaefers, another Oregon artist) told me about Autum Fest and I practically jumped on the registration form. Since signing up, I’ve been working on desiging my booth and creating inventory to show off. I might have gotten a little over-excited as I’ve been discovering new crafts and arts I want to try out and possibly make to sell at the market.

In addition to the original paintings and illustrations, prints, cards, and stickers, I’ll also offer up my hand-bound sketchbooks (new covers and re-bound covers) and jewelry. This has been an awesome opportunity to explore my interests and really organize my work for my online shop and local shops, too. One of the most fun parts of this market prep has also been working on figuring out my aesthetic and desiging my table and booth display, and these days I’m going with dark-forest-planty-craft-good-witch-who-likes-to-make-pretty-necklaces. That’s a thing, right?

If you’re in the area, please come check out the Autumn Fest Art Show in Newport on November 13, 10-4 pm. If you’re not in the area, you can follow me on Instagram for pics from the fair, plus notices on updates to the Etsy shop!

Draw with me Livestream FAIL!

Well, that was a fun experiment! My livestream today for the Corvallis Arts Walk was DOA, the whole thing: frozen vid, bad audio… that’s it, I guess, but that’s still like EVERYTHING in a livestream.

But, the best thing about failures is the chance to learn! So I’ll work on my set up, figure out the bugs and the bats and then come back next month (?) with a new video or stream.

If you came here looking for my stream, thank you so much! ❤ I’m an independent artist/ educator/ designer, and that means my whole thing is all independently run. Your support in the fact you even clicked over here is amazing and so very much appreciated!

Please check out the other (working-ish) videos on my channel, and follow me on Instagram for updates. If you’re feeling REALLY into it, you could also sign up for my newsletter or even check out my Patreon.


Jen

We be Art Walkin

The Corvallis Arts Walk is back! It’s been a good amount of work and creative thinking, but I’m super proud to announce that we’re ready for ambulatory arts tomorrow (Thursday, September 16, 2021) 4:00 – 8:00 pm (check out the map and online gallery here).

The CAW was started in 2015 by local artists here in Corvallis. The walk highlights the people and places that make this community creative and it’s been a thrill to be part of the team that’s bringing it back from the brink after the global pandemic put everything on hold.

We don’t have all the answers, that’s for sure, and we know things will likely change again (and again), but we’re working on our collective agility and resiliency, starting out with this first comeback walk as a hybrid virtual and in-person event (with strong encouragement that all artists, galleries and walkers observe social distancing and wear masks to help keep folks safe and healthy.)

I’m going to be stretching my streaming legs with a Draw with Me Livestream during the event from 4-6 pm on my YouTube Channel.

This artwalk COULD NOT HAPPEN without the hardwork and perseverance of artists who are dedicated to community arts, especially Eileen Hinckle, Wanda Buck, and Jennifer Moreland from the Downtown Corvallis Association.

Check out all the artists and spaces on the CAW website at corvallisartswalk.com
If you’re in town, doing the walk, maybe I’ll see you as I go around taking pictures after my stream!

Fiesta Cultural: Celebrate & Create Craft Kits

This year I got to be part of the Eugene First Friday Artwalk by creating a take home craft kit to hand out at the Lane Arts Council table!

For a whole week, my apartment was a full-on art kit production space while I handmade paperclay scuptures, filled paint pot strips and added a few of my favorite artsy treats, too.

Check out the video below for a peak into the kit, plus some chill painting.

These art kits were made special for the event, but I’ll be putting up more kits in the Arts & Crafts shop soon!

Haulie, the Hollerin’ Crane

My friends and I made a giant puppet crane and then took it to the circus.

This is the life of an artist.

And yes, I’m serious, a GIANT crane puppet, which my friend animated by being entirely inside it, and walking around backwards. And apparently, being larger than a human might not actually be all that GIANT for a crane because ours is based on the Whooping Crane, which can grow to 5 feet tall. So our 9 foot monstrosity is still really big, but is is giant?

Why did we do this, you may be wondering… That’s a very good question!

Before Haulie grew her wings
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Summer Story Makers at The Arts Center

This summer, I set up some blankets in the park and got together with a group of young artists to create fantastical stories and explore new worlds!

Stories are at the heart of all art for me. Whenever I observe art, I’m always wondering about the stories being told: the one I imagine, the one the artist was thinking of, and what someone else, sometime and some place elese, might see. Stories hold important magic; when we share and listen to stories, we’re taking part in observing the world and ourselves, we’re sharing life.

One of the best things about teaching art is the opportunity to encourage people (of all ages) to think about the stories they like to tell and listen to; to use their imaginations and speak up and give life to their creations by sharing them. I’ve developed the curriculum over a few different iterations, including online virtual classes and in-person. This class is interdisciplinary, drawing on writing skills, drawing, and theatre arts, plus practice in presentation and embodiment.

Interested in taking the class? Check out the class page and sign up for the newsletter to find out when the next Story Makers class for kids, teens or adults (in-person and virtual) will be coming around!

In this post, I’ve included my class breakdown, with some downloadable writing prompts and story charts. For any educators out there, please feel free to adapt this class outline to your students’ needs, and let me know if you have any ideas for the class!

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