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Creative Business Q&A

It's happened again. I've gone months without even thinking about my blog. :|

So much has happened. I am taking part in a number of projects right now. I have started a drop-in play toddler program at the local roller skating rink, I've created & sold a bunch of paintings, taken part in 8 exhibits, I'm taking part in #100dayproject in which I'm trying to make & market my first collection....maybe 2, taking 2 courses on creative business, as well as being mom & wife. 

I will hopefully loop back around to the other projects, but today I want to share some of the questions that were asked of one of the courses I'm taking. I don't give much thought to the past. Sometimes when I paint, I feel like I just paint, but I get a sense it's more than that & answering these questions really made me reflect on my 'Why?' 

Q: What is the first memory you have connected to your creating art?

A: Apparently I was quite creative very early on, but my earliest art memory is from around age 9(?). I did a chalk pastel drawing of Edvard Munch’s ‘The Scream’ My mom placed it over the photo on the calendar in our kitchen. She turned many months over, always replacing the drawing over the calendar’s picture. The next year it was a different painting. Before that, I felt like the thing to aspire to was to get on the fridge, but this was different. This was seeing that someone, even if it was my mom saw a place for my art in the world. 

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Q: What is the most profound experience you’ve had as an artist in your life (if you had to pick just one, in this moment)?

A:When a friend got cancer, I didn’t have any money to give her, so I thought of the next best thing, I would raise funds by selling paintings & giving her the proceeds. The paintings weren’t really selling as I had hoped. This news along with other life dramas, I began to sink myself into my work, doing a lot of meditative painting & a lot of visualization which lead to some (not very beautiful, but very cathartic) abstract works. 

I decided to hold a class to teach one particular method I had developed for my own “art therapy.” It was pretty successful & I ended up doing a few more of these classes, but soon got a little burnt out as I was bringing up a lot of my own junk along with my students. I would like to return to doing these classes as I feel it benefited a lot of people. 

Q: How are the two connected?

A: At first glance the 2 might not have much in common, but I think more about all that was going on in my life around age 9 & about how I likely suppressed a fair amount, which in turn lead me to seek an outlet in my work later on. 

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Day 18/30 of 30 in 30

Today (technically yeserday as it's passed midnight) is day 18 of the passion color joy 30 paintings in 30 days art challenge. I've started 71 pieces since Sept. 1! Whoa. 

Of those 71,  20 are finished. Many others are close. 

The first night I think I started 12 paintings & I think most of those were scrapped (though definitely not thrown away, I will come back to them. I hate throwing art away/wasting) I've been so super inspired & have spent basically every spare moment I can get my grubby little hands on painting like a wild woman. I started doing these watercolor with acrylic background paintings that I had never done.

I have painted on a wide variety of sizes of canvas & paper. I had originally cut out 20 pieces of paper, prepped 30 canvases & was going to focus on working on just those with a strict color pallet. That did not happen. I started the month only really painting an hour each night, but some days was able to get as many as 3-4 hours, which I hope to make a more regular thing. I didn't have one moment where I was like, dang what am I going to paint tonight?

I just sat down & painted & I am honestly so proud of myself. I tried out some new color combinations I wouldn't have ordinarily chosen, some forms I wasn't quite sure if I liked, but I stuck with it. I obviously have some pieces that need some tweaking, but even to say that I've done 20 pieces in 18 days is such an accomplishment for me. Honestly there's only 1 or 2 pieces that I really truly enjoy & want to hang up. &(!) they're both pink, which I would not have expected myself to like. I'm a big time green & blue with a subtle yellow, orange, maybe pink kind of girl. 

This challenge only further proves that I have to make sure to carve out time for art. I've spent many of the nights listening to the Jealous Curator podcast from the beginning while painting. It's so inspirational, there's so much great advice. 

One of my favorite bits was "make piles of crap. " Not everything is going to be mind blowing, I've come to terms that my work is very experimental & that a lot of my work is going to be more of a lesson on how to get to where I want to be. Actually, it's more of a lesson on letting go of where I want to be & just going where the inspiration takes me. 

Let art happen.  

If on August 31st, you would've asked me what I wanted to do with these 30 days & shown me this collection of work that I've done in the past 18 days, I don't know that I would've believed you. Some of this work is so not the typical work that I would do, but I'm still pleased with it. 

I have a trip coming up in a few days to NM to see my mom with my 15 month old son. I hope I'll be able to get some painting done there, but since I don't get back until Oct. 4th, this might just be all I have to show for this month. I'm ok with that. It's more than I can say I've done in one month in probably years. 

I will definitely be pushing myself more in the future. 

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Fabric Line

gamma-quilt

june jewell

fabric designer?

Hello all!

In my many years of creating art, I have done things that I occasionally forget about. I sometimes even forget to mention that I'm an artist at all these days now that MOM is so much a part of my identity. As much as I absolutely adore being a mother, I am feeling more & more of a pull to my art as Cal grows older. 

When I was very heavily into vector artwork, I started to submit my designs to Spoonflower & Zazzle as a (very) passive bit of income. I get notifications that I've sold a yard or two or a postcard once every couple of months. It's such a nice surprise. Aww, yay! They like it. 

I wish sometimes that I had more of a drive to create something with the fabric, to start really sewing bags, shirts, dresses, whatever. Goodness knows my wardrobe could use a little color! So much black & gray...ugh. But I can never seem to find something that I like that isn't an arm & a leg for this SAHM wardrobe budget.

Anyway!  I am not especially talented behind a sewing machine. I've made a few bags & pillow cases, but nothing that I was just so proud of that it drove me to work harder & get better. My mama, however, is a crafty sewist. She makes quilts, stuffed animals, & her dolls (which I posted about a little while back). She made Calvin this quilt for my baby shower with pieces of my fabric designs. I see it all of the time & think, I wonder how many of my friends & family even know about this aspect of my practice... 

My Cali Boo cuddling under his Gamma's quilt. 

My Cali Boo cuddling under his Gamma's quilt. 

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Robin
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In order to post a fabric design for sale on Spoonflower, you have to buy at least a swatch of the fabric to test the colors. So I have over a hundred swatches sitting in a box. Wth am I supposed to do with them? I had planned on shopping them around to different upholstery & interior design shops. I contacted a few with no response I don't know maybe 6 years ago & kind of put it in the back of my mind. This quilt is now such a reminder that I need to not only try to market this avenue, but also get back into designing for it, because even if it's not especially profitable, it is such a good feeling when someone buys a yard to make a dress or a pillowcase because they just love squirrels & had to have it.   

The possibilities are endless with fabric. I want to do DIY dolls, pet portraits, custom prints, turn some of my more recent abstract works into fabric. 

So much fun stuff to think about creating, so little time to actually do it. 

Much love,

jj 

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30 in 30

For some reason, this month, I've decided to take part of Passion Color Joy's 30 paintings in 30 days challenge. Earlier this week, we took a trip to the beach & later in the month, I'm taking Cali to NM solo, so this should be interesting. The first night I went crazy. I must've started 10. 

Today is day 9 & my brain is absolute mush. I have tapped into some new methods I will be continuing with in the future, but I have not started 9 paintings, or even 30, but have at least started somewhere around 40 paintings, most smaller pieces, some on canvas, some on paper. All of them are abstracts. I had started with the intent on doing a limited color scheme & wanting to do a certain amount of each size, & a certain amount paper vs. canvas. Well, that went out the window fast. It doesn't look as cohesive as I'd like, but I've already learned a lot about my process. It needs improvement. I'm too easily distracted, too impulsive. Who knows? It may pay off in the end. 

I only have from around 10:10 PM - about 11 to work on my art each night. Some nights I work on watercolors in bed, but mainly that's my window. Nick had time off this last week, so I was able to focus on it a little more & tomorrow's Sunday, so I hope to get a little more in then, too.

So? Where am I? Do I have 9 finished pieces? Honestly? I don't know if I even have 1 that I'm completely satisfied with. I have quite a few that are finished...as in I'm not touching them anymore. Ok, there are a few that I like, but not really my usual taste. They're growing on me.

I will post the complete 30 when I return from NM in early Oct., but until then, you can see them on my instagram, www.instagram.com/junejewell 

This one reminds me of Matisse's The Dance.

This one reminds me of Matisse's The Dance.

This is watercolor & acrylic. Not the best picture as it's a much bigger photo, but this is what I had on my phone, so we'll go with it. 

This is watercolor & acrylic. Not the best picture as it's a much bigger photo, but this is what I had on my phone, so we'll go with it.