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Making a vertical pin

I have been struggling with finding a good way to display more of my posts vertically for my Pinterest crowd. More people visit my Pinterest than my FB & IG combined, but my Pinterest has nearly 50,000 pins across my account & maybe only a few dozen lead to my own work. I’m trying to boost that number a bit & also make my work better presented to prospective (visually minded) clients who want to see my work in the context of a room. I was very inspired by another pin I saw that was presented in a similar manner. I made this image in PicsArt App I picked a canvas, dropped images on their own layer, & then cropped it. The top image was just a photo of “Faucet” 30”x40” (which is available btw :) taken with my phone & the bottom was done using the ArtRooms app.

I’m trying to figure out how to sell my art online (which is no easy task) & help out other artists in the process. So these are my resources, let me know if this helps you.

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I woke up this morning, less than 24 hours later & I already had 5 saves. It’s by no means viral, but more than I would typically get in a one day period. Vertical pins are where it’s at. If you clicked on the pin, which led you here, “hi!”

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Using art rooms

You guys! I took the leap & finally got the ArtRooms app. I’m obsessed. You input your images & their dimensions, it plops them in a room, and evens adds an adjustable frames & shadows.

This is not a paid advertisement. ArtRooms has only an inkling I exist because I’ve only just got the app today & have literally just started using it, but I Dawn the benefits & instead of just posting the picture with no back story, I decided to write a little blurb about it as I’m sure others would gain from this artist tool.

It is a subscription based app that is $7.99/month, which may not be for everyone. Heck, I can barely afford it, but if I can sell one painting that’s been hanging around for a while, it’ll be worth it.

I wanted to get you guys some visuals of what sizes my works are. Ideally, in a perfect world, I’d style every painting in a space with knick knacks, photographs, other paintings, furniture. I would make mood boards like this (& this one) for every single one of my paintings if I had the time. I like thinking up stories of the clients that are going to buy each piece, what they’re like, what they wear, what secrets they keep.

But this is going to show how my wild paintings can work in even the most neutral of spaces. This is going to really give the buyer (& myself) a sense of size, what art could look like in their home, as well as giving them ideas as to where the can hang the art once they decide “this must be mine.”

Three paintings with mustard by June Jewell. Abstracts, Pet Portraits, People Portraits by commission. Contact for more info.

Three paintings with mustard by June Jewell. Abstracts, Pet Portraits, People Portraits by commission. Contact for more info.

End of the Day” is only 8”x10” which many would consider small, but placed in the right spot, it will make everything around it pop. I’ve had a few people voicing their need to have more context to my images. You might not know what size things are based off of my posts of the whole painting. If you mix the smaller ones with larger pieces, or all grouped together, even the smaller pieces can play an important role in making a gallery wall tie together with the rest of your decor.

This Blue Jay painting (by June Jewell) is already sold, but I thought I’d give another sample of more to come with app…& if you’re interested in a painting of a blue jay, I do commissions. ;)

This Blue Jay painting (by June Jewell) is already sold, but I thought I’d give another sample of more to come with app…& if you’re interested in a painting of a blue jay, I do commissions. ;)

June Jewell spreads the word about her new favorite artist resource.

June Jewell spreads the word about her new favorite artist resource.

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Letting go

I had my open studio today & it was pretty successful in that I think I’ve got some commissions coming my way, but I didn’t sell much of the huge inventory of art I already have. I need to figure out a next step. I’m thinking I need to start posting on saatchi.

Even though I have SO MUCH ART, I always feel like I need to do more before a show. What’s that about? Anyway, while I was supposed to be cleaning last night, I painted this over an older work.

“River Reflections” 20”x20”x1.5” acrylic on stretched canvas by June Jewell. $550+ shipping

“River Reflections” 20”x20”x1.5” acrylic on stretched canvas by June Jewell. $550+ shipping

I let go. I let go in a way I haven’t done with my art in a long time. I gave myself permission to go over favorite parts & in the process made new faves. It’s got a pretty ugliness about it that I want to fix, but know I shouldn’t.

I posted this on insta & while typing this, I got a comment “I love this, June!”

A few years back, a friend of mine was diagnosed with cancer (she’s cancer free now!) & I didn’t have money to contribute to the mounting costs, so I thought about how I could raise funds. I started doing these kind of meditative paintings. I contemplated mortality, stressors, what’s really important to me & I did these therapeutic (though not very aesthetically pleasing) abstract works. They weren’t the type of thing I thought anyone would like.

The process, though, was something I thought others could benefit from, so I taught classes. Anyway, I’ll get back to teaching one day. The point I was making was that I haven’t given myself that much freedom to just make in years. It’s almost always about the process for me, but I often abandon art, because I get stuck & want to start fresh.

I challenge you to try something right now. Take any marking tool you can find be it pencil, pen, highlighter, crayons, paints. Just draw. Make lines. Feel what it feels like. I hear this ALL THE TIME “I can barely draw a straight line (or stick figure or circle)”

Don’t worry about that. Let go for a moment. Get messy with your thoughts & on paper & report back.

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June Russett

Growing up, I (almost) always loved my name. June Jewell. “Is that your real name?” “Let me guess. Were you born in June?” “Ooh, I like your name. You sound like a rockstar!” “Oh, that’s original!”

Turns Out it’s not, unfortunately. It is still an awesome name, but not original. I wasn’t even the only June Jewell living in Virginia. There’s a CPA & author living in Alexandria, I think. I’ve gotten her evites & eBay notifications to my email. There are others in the country, 8 total, I think. You have to scroll down a bit to find my website, a domain I’ve had for 15? years.

I’m not technically…legally June Jewell anymore. I’ll be married 4 years in June. I thought I’d keep the June Jewell for my art, but I’m June Russett now. What comes up when you google June Russett? A comment I wrote on a Chik-fil-a Facebook page about how they shouldn’t use styrofoam…to which they responded something about a lot of people liking them or some other nonsense. There’s not much else.

I’m hoping this blog post will show up, too.

Oh, & if you found this blog post trying to find money tips from a professional, you’ve come to the wrong place. While you’re here, though, take a look at my art. It’s pretty good. :)

I had to go back a little ways for a picture of me on my phone.

I had to go back a little ways for a picture of me on my phone.

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Portrait of sabrina 9/100

I forgot to finish this post, so let’s revisit.

Today is day 9 of my #100daysofjj challenge & I’ve finished my fourth painting. I’m maybe 1/3 of the way finished with another self portrait.

…& now she’s done. Here’s a peek at my process.

I started April 1st with the sketch & finished on April 9th, working on it here & there, occasionally skipping a day.

Please contact me if you’re interested in a portrait, lock in the Mother’s Day Special pricing now-May-12th.

Mother’s Day Special

Gouache (black & white)

5”x5”/5”x7” $45 (-$5)

8”x10” $50 (-$10)

Acrylic (color)

8”x10” $125 (-$25)

9”x12” $140 (-$30)

11”x14” $180 (-$30)

16”x20” $370 (-$30)

I will also be offering gift certificates to give as gifts to go toward the portrait (or other available artwork) of choice.

If you would like to here more about these offers, different sizes, shipping costs, etc., please email me at june.jewell@gmail.com

If you’re a NOVA local,

I will be hosting an open house Sunday, May 5th.

I will have all of my current Mother & Child portraits on display & available for sale as well as my other abstract & animal works.

Please come & see them all in person as pictures do not do the works justice.

https://www.facebook.com/events/2230589070491228/?ti=ia

A quick sketch on the canvas.

A quick sketch on the canvas.

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Getting close, just need some details.

Getting close, just need some details.

She’s complete.

She’s complete.

I love to match up my representational work with my abstract work. If I don’t have a piece that matches, I sometimes make a new one to match.

I love to match up my representational work with my abstract work. If I don’t have a piece that matches, I sometimes make a new one to match.

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Mama model call

This blog post started out as a response to an email I received asking about a post I did on FB. Two days ago, on a whim, I decided to put a post asking for local WOC mamas that might be interested in having me paint them.

Over 50 women responded, some sent photos, some did not, some are white, most are not, all are beautiful.

I’m having a hard time deciding who to choose. I wish I would’ve had everyone send me photos beforehand, but was met with such overwhelming response that I have more than enough info to pick a few mamas. I am loving the outreach. I don’t usually get that big of a response from my posts, but love that this is the one that stood out to others.

All of the portrait paintings that I’ve done so far have been either of friends or women that I’ve found & asked permission from online. So many of the women that I’ve reached out to in the past were white, because that’s what seems to be the easiest to find. Instagram is where I have found most of my previous references when typing in relevant hashtags, such as #pregnantmama or #motherandchild I was seeing that a majority of the posts were white women. Fine, but I want to show more diversity in my work. So I started typing in more specific hashtags, such as #blackwomenbreastfeed or #latinamamas or #asianmother & was met with a bunch of memes or women that didn’t speak English or women that wouldn’t respond to my messages.

I live in a majority white community in Purcellville. Whenever we venture East, my son becomes curious about people’s skin tones, food, & culture. I want him to know more about the people of the world...people that don’t look like him.

My favorite subject right now to paint is mothers with their children in all their beauty. Painting strong women is one of the many ways I hope to expose my children to how I love & accept others. Historically , our society has portrayed women as the weaker sex & men in power in this country are often white. While everything has “worked out just fine” for many, I tend to think there’s a lot of improvement to be done.

I want to give “ordinary moms” an opportunity to feel special, while loving on their children. Some of my favorite captured moments are breastfeeding, baby wearing, pregnancy, & snuggles. I love when the image takes up the whole canvas, showing the closeness of the bond.

I wish I could paint everyone that reached out & might just do that over time. I posted in two groups & got over 50 responses, so that would take about a year, but would be a fun project.

Right now though I’m taking a few moms that are interested in purchasing, which will become priority & a few that have not suggested whether or not they would purchase, but that I feel will add to my portfolio in one way or another.

Ideally I’ll get to take pictures of a few moms on the same day, art direct them a bit & have some pictures to paint from. I am also interested in learning more about the women I choose & hope that they share a bit of their story to post along with the final piece.

One of the main reasons I’m doing this so that my art can be my own. I’m not using some stranger from the internet’s photo, potentially taken by another artist (photographer). I don’t want the images to be overly staged, just casual, candid images capturing the love between family. I feel like I’m finally at a place to take another step with my art, I’m excited that my community wants to support me in my climb.

Thank you to all who reached out. I will be contacting my choices on/by Sunday.

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#100daysofjj

#100daysofjj starts tomorrow. This means 100 days of unapologetic creativity. 100 days of stepping out of my comfort zone to create art that I otherwise would not. 100 days of june jewell.

I will be slowing down my process, reevaluating previous works, diving back into mediums I have not touched in ages.

I would like to explore different aspects of my creativity as well as ways to make my practice more eco friendly.

My theme is vague. I want to give myself wiggle room. I also know that I need to be firm about some things. I need to get better about so much in my practice, such as documenting my work on my website (but hopefully that’ll be easier with the new Squarespace app), organizing supplies & products, keeping up with administrative duties, utilizing supplies I already have, etc.

I also have to remember that I am a mom of a nearly 3 year old & nearly 3 month old babe & to act accordingly. No ones life is dependent on this challenge. It’s a fun thing.

Here’s a list of things I would like to do within the next 100 days. I don’t expect to do them all. In fact, I know I’ll be doing a lot of “safe” work as I already have a few paintings lined up. With these, I just hope to be more mindful & patient I’m giving myself options, though.

⭕️Paint over an unloved work

⭕️Make a wood burned piece on reclaimed wood

⭕️Make a collage-preferably over a painting on paper

⭕️Step back into embroidery

⭕️Visibly mend a beloved garment

⭕️Explore painting on an upcycled 3D substrate (looking forward to this)

⭕️Carve my lino block that’s been staring at me for months

⭕️Document an adventure with my children

⭕️Collaborations, with Calvin, with friends

⭕️Create a sculpture out of recycled parts

I have a habit of starting things & not finishing. Last year’s #jj100daystocomplete was a journey into completing finished works I had piled in the studio. The hashtag has 25 pictures. Oi, so much for completing the task, which was the whole theme in the first place. I actually got a lot of work that I’m proud of during that time, but very little of it was completing old work, I mostly made new work & did a not so great job of documenting it. I was rushing through it all & some of it is quite obvious.

This year’s challenge starts with me painting over a work that I did during last year’s challenge. It’s a large piece that I’m going to give myself the whole 100 days to work on. I will work on it in between projects. I have a bit of it taped off & will be keeping parts of it until the end.

This Is the piece I didn’t in last year’s challenge. I will be painting over most of it within the next 100 days. 

This Is the piece I didn’t in last year’s challenge. I will be painting over most of it within the next 100 days. 

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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.