3 of my paintings that are up at Purcellville Art Gallery were on a local NBC News segment.
I’ve been exploring some text art. Much of it can be seen in a few ways. “Do you hear you?” Originally came to me after hearing someone saying some fu[ked thing. I was taken aback. Clearly the country/world is divided on many topics. No magical being is coming to put things right, so we have to each try a little bit harder.
It seems that not everyone has a moral compass. I feel like I’m living in the twilight zone sometimes, for real.
I was looking at the painting again today & was reflecting on myself. Do I hear me when I talk to my kids? In my art?
Am I sending the right messages?
Am I being genuine? Kind? My best self?
Ultimately anyone reading this painting would take a moment to consider their conscience.
Do you hear you in your every decision?
Are you following the right path? Ethically? Are you satisfied with your career? Are you holding onto toxic relationships?
What is holding you back from being your best, true self?
For me, I feel as though I’ve gotten a bit complacent. I do a lot of the same things. I have all of these grand goals, but am dealing with a lot of overwhelm.
I want to take life on more purposefully.
I want to model more kindness to my children & to be more physically active. I want to be more political with my art, to share my passions. I’ve been too safe in a lot of ways. I’d like to step up out of my comfort zone & be more bold as my paintings can be, to ROAR!
Feel free to hold me accountable, repeat it back at me “Do you hear you?”
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.”
“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.
Today I went to my friend Karmin & her twin Anie’s birthday party. I had a set of abstract paintings that were mostly done & needed a little something extra. They’re what I call “sister” paintings, meaning I made them using the same color palette at the same time. I wanted to further connect them, so on each of the four sides of the panels, there are elements that cross the edge & correspond with the sister painting. You can either consciously hang them the same direction in your separate rooms or homes, consciously hang them oppositionally, or just hang them however you prefer just knowing that however you hang this painting has no effect on your bond.
I just thought it was a cool idea & will definitely be doing more in the future.
Similar to my last post, I’m trying to figure how I most want to present myself to the world/ figure out who my client is. SunRays Through Algae is one of the first abstract works I was truly proud of after Calvin was born in 2016. I couldn’t seem to get excited about painting animals, which is what I was doing previous to him being born. I made about dozens of paintings, just trying to get out emotions, focusing more on the process over product.
Mood boards are a fun way for people to see my work in the context of a space & similar color scheme. Obviously I don’t expect the buyer of my work to have dark blue walls, yellow accent rugs, & purple lipstick, but I think it would be really cool if I intuitively made this piece for that person.
There’s a lot that I didn’t include in the image. To see more of the mood board, please visit my Pinterest www.pinterest.com/junejewelldesigns/mood-algae/
Pinterest is my jam. When it first came on the scene, I spent hours upon hours planning Nick & my future wedding, closet, babies & home…& most importantly my art studio.
I have upwards of 48k pins. 0.0 I am an extremely visual person, but jeez, that’s a lot of time spent planning & not doing. Turns out all that pinning really helped me figure out more about who I am as a person, what my aesthetic is & what I want in life. The past week or so I’ve been trying to organize my boards, deleting pins that don’t “spark joy.” It’s a work in progress.
While going through one of my boards, I thought it would fun to make a mood board for one of my paintings, taking items from my existing pins within the color scheme. I went into my Pinterest analytics to see which of my paintings was most popular. Unfortunately, I have not been very good at promoting my own work. In my top 25 (or however many) pins, there’s only 3 of my own pieces. What’s my top pin? A cement planter made with old brooches. It’s a really cool project but it doesn’t have anything to do with me. Second top pin is a pair of shoes.
My third top pin is a picture of two of my paintings I did last year for Tryst Gallery’s LAX show. The pigeon was the first animal that popped in my head when I thought about from my time in LA. & the painting on the right was done using colors I was vibing from baby Daisy in utero. I’ve decided to keep that one as it still screams Daisy to me.
If this was a (Pinterest) fan favorite, I wanted to amplify it. I had to post in my shop first as it is available…most of them are. [:/ There’s still about a hundred pieces I need to list, but that’s a job for another day.] I posted it in my shop, made a post for my FB & IG with a taggable product linking to the item on my website, I also changed the link on the pin to go to my website. I’m not sure if that was the best choice, though.
Past me had already done so much of the work. I just glanced over a few of my favorite boards & put in a few keywords & made a board on Pinterest, then picked out some of my favorite images from the board & brought them in photoshop. I moved them around for about 10 minutes until I was satisfied with the layout.
I want to get better at visualizing my work in other people’s homes, to imagine an ideal client for each work.
Is this something I’m going to do for each artwork? Definitely not. It’s way too time consuming. The only reason I was able to paint these paintings, pin the pins, & write this blog is because I kept taking breaks from them to feed, change, & play with my kiddos . I’d much rather spend time with them, but I’m trying to show my children that I need to focus my attention elsewhere sometimes.
I’m trying to get better about doing work during the day & better utilizing my time. Here’s to hoping.
I keep hearing on podcasts & seeing that phrase, “art is not precious” I have so many pieces that I’d be super bummed if they got one more spot on them, but I probably have just as many that I want to keep exploring. Below is two paintings that I’ve further explored. They were pretty & all & some people have preferred them in the ‘before’ stage, but since they’re not buying I get to finish them how I please. They were both hanging out in our spare room, propped up against the wall for about a year. I tried to place them around the house, bring them out for open studios, & at different venues, but they were just too bold for this area.
Part of my #100daysofjj challenge is to go outside my comfort zone. Is there a piece that just isn’t working for you that you could dive back into?
Both paintings are still available. Contact me for more information.
One of my favorite things about having so much inventory is planning out different gallery wall setups. I’ve got to get better about staging my work so that everyone can see my process.
I don’t usually have the luxury of picking a few pieces to display in my own home, because I don’t have many places to store my work, so I try to hang up as much as I can & I do love having it all up too.
I was asked to bring 3 pieces into a local shop. 3? Just three? How can I possibly pick? I have over a hundred works available. Hard. I knew that I wanted at least 1 mama & child portrait & I made one a few days ago that I was especially keen on using in that space, so what to do with it?
Editing is fun, but not always my strong suit. I narrowed it down to 10…which is progress from my bigger pile. One things that helps me figure out is to lay them out on the out one the floor in different scenarios. This morning I stole a blanket from the couch to use as a neutral background. It makes me wish I could paint one wall a bit of a dark gray. It makes my colorful work pop.
I like to mix things up & have a variety of subjects within a similar color palette. I’ve been told a few times that people can tell my art by my colors, which is funny to me, because I use so many, but rarely many warmer tones.
I’m still not 100% which I’ll bring, but at least I have some visuals to help me figure it out.
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)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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