Friday, October 6, 2017

Solo show announced!




I'm happy, excited, proud, and just a bit anxious to announce that I'm having my first solo show in the spring :)!

The show will open in April at the Peeler Peacock Gallery on Market St. in Corning NY. The other amazing artists listed above have set the bar very high and I have a lot of work to do. Luckily I am working with a patient and talented mentor and have a strong vision for the show. 

Stay tuned for more updates :)
Show dates are April 18 to May 11. 


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

New Items in the Shop! :)

I just uploaded new artwork to my RedBubble shop. Have a look see :) The products I've been testing have been really well made, bright and colorful, and just feel good...I can't stop petting my new pillow covers lol :)

Thanks for supporting the art! :)
I loved painting this mermaid. The original painting is still available for adoption :)

Cheers!
FJ! :)

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Ever Expanding Brain

I'm in NYC again and doing my best to take advantage of all the learning, culture, and snacks while I'm here.

A couple of days ago I attended the New York Foundation for the Arts "Artist/Entrepreneur Boot Camp" at their Brooklyn headquarters. Met some inspiring artists and soaked in as much good advice and encouragement as possible. I'm thinking about working with a marketing professional...it sounds so fancy! (And expensive?).

Last night I attended the NYC Podcast Meetup for a session intended to help newbies like me launch a new podcast. I feel like I have a better grasp on my next steps was inspired by the content creators in the room. Smart people everywhere!

Attended an opening at the Booth Gallery a few days ago. Impressive! I am loving the sculptures by Ronit Baranga. The show closes September 9th, check it out!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

3 Weeks of Learning: Week 2 update




Busy busy busy (and also restful and meditative)



I participated in an online meditative hypnosis session with Mind Valley Academy led by Marisa Peer a couple of days ago. It was pretty neat. I put in my earbuds, closed the drapes, and sat back on some comfy pillows. It was relaxing and opened up some some new portals of understanding about what makes me tick. Interesting stuff!





I'm also about half way through the Mindy Lacefield baby animals class (painting tutorials). I'm happy to report that my sketching abilities really seem to be advancing! High five!





We were *supposed* to be painting on small 6" squares...but you know me...I always feel the need to change things up...so I'm going with 16x20" canvases LOL!






I had intended for this to just be a sweet lil' puppy looking bashful, but, as you can clearly see, it looks like a sweet lil' puppy taking a poop. C'est la vie!  It makes me laugh!


Monday, April 10, 2017

3 Weeks of Learning: Week 2


I wonder if I'm making as much progress as I would have liked...or if perhaps my "to do" list has just morphed a bit from where I thought it would be.

In the last couple of days I've started a new painting (which I don't as yet love), began work on 2 online classes (hands and baby animal portraits), partially conquered a pretty major panic point (i.e. dog parks), and began to conduct artist interviews that will become a podcast series.  All while battling some wicked sinuses and artist/life glumness (and a full moon!)

Oh, and technology ...still working through some new apps and software to get things rolling. One of the projects includes migrating this here blog over to Wordpress. Light a candle for me! :)

That's a lot to report, right? Not bad for just 7 days! Here's to the next 2 weeks of learning!

Friday, April 7, 2017

3 Weeks of Learning: Day 4 recap


Yesterday I learned that sinusitis plus diphenhydramine will knock you on your ass.
Bummer. Day lost.
Plus the WiFi was down (first world problem,  I know), so I started a new sketchbook.  One of the online classes I am enrolled in is all about learning to draw hands but I am unable to connect until the tech issues are solved so I just started tracing and shading.  Welcome back to 1st grade y'all!  ;)

Thursday, April 6, 2017

3 Weeks of Learning: Day 3 recap



Hey! Did you know about the CUE Art Foundation? Me neither! But now that I do I'm going to collaborate with the fine folks running the joint as often as possible! They are a gallery, artist resource  center, and event space on 25th St. in NYC. I was just casually walking down the street and boom! There they were! I heart New York!

Yesterday I found another video editing app called FilmoraGo.  Looks pretty fabulous, but of course now I have to add "learn to use FilmoraGo" to my list for this 3 week project. Yikes!

I started researching how to create endplates for my YouTube videos (you can see my latest video, as of today, here).  I'm already doing this but would like to figure out how to put clickable links to other videos...I think that because I'm using iMovie as an app, as opposed as on a "real" computer, that my funcationality is different than the tutorials I've been watching.

I bought a new-to-me color of golden acrylic yesterday at Blick. I kinda want to eat it straight out of the tube. Iridescent Bright Gold (Fine).  It's seriously drool worthy!