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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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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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Twin Art

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.

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Pigeon Painting Mood Board

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.

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/91760911144227307/

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/91760911144227307/

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.

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“Pigeon Squared” by June Jewell  20”x20”x1.5” acrylic on canvas. $500

“Pigeon Squared” by June Jewell  20”x20”x1.5” acrylic on canvas. $500

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.

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Grouping & editing art

Honestly I added the flowers to these two to go with this one, but I don’t know that it’s my favorite use of my three options.

Honestly I added the flowers to these two to go with this one, but I don’t know that it’s my favorite use of my three options.

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 like the idea of using this piece on wood. I want to do more similar to it, so I want to test it in the real world.

I like the idea of using this piece on wood. I want to do more similar to it, so I want to test it in the real world.

I definitely love this framed piece. It’s not an obvious choice, but it really makes the blues in the mama portrait pop.

I definitely love this framed piece. It’s not an obvious choice, but it really makes the blues in the mama portrait pop.

If I wanted to do two mama portraits.

If I wanted to do two mama portraits.

Getting a little carried away. Is 5 ok?

Getting a little carried away. Is 5 ok?

Nope. I don’t like how it’s bigger in the middle, nor do I like how loud that light blue space is on the middle bottom piece. Maybe if these were all part of a bigger display…

Nope. I don’t like how it’s bigger in the middle, nor do I like how loud that light blue space is on the middle bottom piece. Maybe if these were all part of a bigger display…

Oooh, I like the framed piece, but the pink in it is maybe too loud.

Oooh, I like the framed piece, but the pink in it is maybe too loud.

nope.

nope.

closer, but still no.

closer, but still no.

Probably too big for the space, but I love that chartreuse color popping out all over.

Probably too big for the space, but I love that chartreuse color popping out all over.

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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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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.