Black Fairy Godmother

Next month, I will be traveling south to deliver my painting of Maya Angelou to Simone Gordon. Who is Simone? She is an amazing woman who spends all of her time helping other people. I found out about Simone through Elizabeth Gilbert’s (author of Eat,Pray, Love) Instagram feed. Simone goes by the name, @blackfairygodmother on Instagram, and that’s exactly what she is.

Simone is a connector, and a facilitator, and a helper. She connects women in need with safe havens in cases of domestic violence, single mom’s like herself with school tuition, Mom’s with emergency groceries, shelter and support. Her Instagram feed is a hive of charitable giving. While handling everyone else’s needs, she is managing to raise her son with special needs by herself while also attending Nursing school.

Next month she is putting together a charity event to benefit (and I am quoting directly from Elizabeth Gilbert’s post here, so I get it right) 1) Two LGBT centers (because she knows that LGBT kids are the biggest risk for homelessness) 2) The special needs school where her son goes, so they can buy communication devices for the classroom; 3) Scholarships so that 10 women in Louisiana can take their GED’s.

So that’s where my painting comes in. I will be donating my painting to be auctioned off in hope of raising money at the event.

I am asking you to do something for me:

follow @blackfairygodmother on Instagram so that she can continue to do what she does so well. She is daily posting about people who need help and connecting them with those who can contribute: sometimes five dollars or one pack of diapers at a time. She is actually making a difference in this world and can use our support.

Thanks!

-Jen

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Day 2 Meet The Maker Challenge- How I Started


Because I am a multi-discipline artist, this question could be answered in so many ways. However, since I am going through a fairly significant life change right now ( see my previous post) , my mind has been consumed with a lot of deep thoughts about my childhood, and past. Perhaps thats also just a side-effect of hitting menopause, who knows. I certainly seem to have a significant number of friends going through similar self-examination. 

Anyway, I think I'd like to approach this question of beginnings in terms of when I began to know I was going to be an artist. And the answer to that question is... Always. 

I have very strong memories of painting rocks, and making little pom-pom creatures with my neighborhood friends. We would set up little tables with all of our creations displayed on them and put up signs to get drivers to pull over and buy our stuff. Pretty much what I'm doing now, but I'm selling online instead. Maybe this summer I'll try standing out in the road with a sign instead. Do you think it would work? 

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Day 1 - March Meet The Maker Challenge

Day 1 - # Meet The Maker Challenge


This is the yearly instagram challenge from Joanne Hawker to get to know  artists and makers. I thought it might also be a good way to jumpstart my daily blog practice. 

The prompt for the first day was  "Favorite to Make".  

For me, that's a super hard question to answer. I am a painter, illustrator, mixed media artist, and glass artist. I have a LOT of favorite things to make. The easiest answer, I suppose, is that my favorite thing to make, is whatever I am currently working on. 

Is that too easy a way out? Today, I made Earrings using my 3D Glowforge laser printer; abstract  acrylic painting on canvas which is then attached to a cherry wood veneer, and then sent through the laser printer to cut out shapes I designed in illustrator. Then, I put the shapes together into fun lightweight earrings. They are a pleasure to make every step of the way. 

Is it my favorite thing to make? Today it is.

Tomorrow, I'll be spending the morning in my glass studio, at the torch, making beads. Tomorrow, glass beads will be my favorite thing to make. 

You can find out more about my earring line up there in my site menu. 

And you can find out more about March Meet The Maker HERE.

Problem Child Earrings

Problem Child Earrings

A New Year

I suppose the best way to begin is to just blurt it out.

My husband and I , after almost 37 years of sharing our lives, have decided to separate.

I don’t want to get into the reasons, and drama of our decision here on my blog, but I wanted to let you know about it, so that the future posts here make sense.

What I am interested in discussing, are the next steps.

The next year will be a time of enormous change for me.

I will be feathering a new nest, and sewing together a colorful quilt of a career.

Previously, I have been insanely blessed with the freedom of making art in my own time without the stress of having to support a household with my art.

That will change.

I will be taking on some teaching gigs, in drawing, painting, flamework and whatever else I can think of. I am going to ramp up my design business, and my newest project; Problem Child Jewelry. And I will also be doing some craft shows again.

My tribe of friends and fellow artists are my lifeline, and are so important to keep me uplifted and inspired daily. It’s going to be an amazing journey. I hope you’ll follow along and share your own stories and adventures.

For those who are upset by my news, please know that John and I are still the best of friends, and we still love each other, but we are doing what we feel is the best thing for both of us. There are no sides to take here. Support and Love for both of us is welcome.

I read this wonderful quote by Elizabeth Gilbert this morning:

“People think a soul mate is your perfect fit, and that's what everyone wants. But a true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that is holding you back, the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life. 

A true soul mate is probably the most important person you'll ever meet, because they tear down your walls and smack you awake. But to live with a soul mate forever? Nah. Too painful. Soul mates, they come into your life just to reveal another layer of yourself to you, and then leave. 

A soul mates purpose is to shake you up, tear apart your ego a little bit, show you your obstacles and addictions, break your heart open so new light can get in, make you so desperate and out of control that you have to transform your life, then introduce you to your spiritual master...” 

Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love



Peace,

-Jenny


Pink Gremlins and Lovestruck Monsters

I’ve been working on more altered photo stuff, and adding to my Imaginary Beastiary menagerie. The first is a new pink gremlin, and the second is an older piece that I decided to rework and refine.

And the gremlin snuck into the clockworks, unscrewed the screws, unseated the gears, and ate the tiny springs to satisfy her desire for disorder. Gleefully giggling in her pink tin voice.

And the gremlin snuck into the clockworks, unscrewed the screws, unseated the gears, and ate the tiny springs to satisfy her desire for disorder. Gleefully giggling in her pink tin voice.

You’re So Pretty

You’re So Pretty

Princess Addie of the Clouds

This is a portrait of my friend Addie; a whimsical  and talented soul. It's also the first portrait I've done experimenting with more imaginary imagery. Fun stuff, and a chance to play with puffy paints and plastic gems, because "Of course I did". I'm not sure why I feel the need to try and make "Serious" work. It's not really my style. 

 

Princess Addie of The Clouds by Jennifer Geldard

Princess Addie of The Clouds by Jennifer Geldard