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Monday, October 5, 2015

oscar romero painting

Life's little coincidences and serendipities can be very special.  One such seredipity happened recently with the painting above. 

I created the painting about eight years ago for a mentor at my college.  The painting depicts Archbishop Oscar Romero, who was murdered in 1980 by the Salvadoran government while saying mass.  I had painted it as a thank you for helping with my Jesuit martyrs painting project, but unfortunately I forgot to take a picture.  My mentor moved to Central America, we lost contact, and I thought that was it - never seeing that painting again. 

And then a couple weeks ago someone from my college mentioned seeing a painting I had done of Oscar Romero.  I tried correcting them saying the only painting I had ever done of Romero was a gift, and there was little to no chance it was the same painting.  But amazingly it was the same painting.  My mentor had come back to the college for a visit and gifted the painting to campus ministry.  And eight years later, I have a picture of my Oscar Romero portrait.  I'm hoping to get an official picture taken so I can make prints; we'll see how that goes.  

It feels appropriate that this painting would come back to me (in a way) while I'm working at a center named after the Archbishop.  Life is funny sometimes.  

For more information about Archbishop Oscar Romero and his recent beatification, click here

Friday, February 13, 2015

a week of art


Last week I enjoyed a full week of artistic endeavors.  The week started with my artist in residence at Marquette University and finished up with an Artivist retreat for teens.  Both experiences were amazing and tiring and also super energizing. 

For my artist in residence I painted a portrait of American journalist James Foley, a Marquette graduate.  I painted the portrait in the Marquette library lobby so students, faculty, and staff could watch my progress and ask me questions as I painted.  I had a nice stool and chair, but a lot of the time I stood to paint which made this pregnant lady super tired at the end of the day!  The photos above are the photos I posted to Instagram showing how the painting progressed over the three days of painting. 

The painting will be finished at the end of this month and will be put up on permanent display at Marquette most likely sometime in April. 

A couple of things I want to remember about the experience:

- how nervous I was about capturing James Foley's face in his portrait and how happy I was when it started to look like I had done it.  It was a lot of pressure to get it just right because I was painting in front of people and because the university really wanted to honor his memory with this portrait.  Not much of an honor if the portrait doesn't resemble the subject. 

- meeting a good friend of James' and hearing him say that I had captured James in the painting.  Also finding out that he had sent a photo of the in progress painting to James' family who also liked it. 

- speaking with students about my painting process and James Foley's memory.  More students were interested in the project and what I was doing that I had anticipated. 

- being interviewed by a couple of local news stations and not tripping over all of my words while speaking with the reporters.  Luckily I had no idea they were coming so I didn't have time to get nervous. 

- Paul miraculously getting off work early so he could stop by and check out my progress and help me clean up my supplies on the last day

- all the conversations I had about art and James Foley and social justice.  They all left me feeling a little more inspired. 

- the look on the face of the person who observed the painting just before I finished my residency.  It was like he could really see James Foley and had an emotional reaction to the painting.  It's a goal I have for all the work I do, and it's amazing to see it happen in real life.


After the residence at Marquette, I worked a couple of days then helped as a small group leader at an Artivist retreat over the weekend.  Artivist is the name some artist/activists give themselves: artist + activist = artivist.  The retreat was organized for students considered "at risk" from the north and south side of Milwaukee.  It's also known as a bridge builders retreat because it helps students from the predominantly African American north side of Milwaukee and students from the predominantly Latino south side of Milwaukee come together to learn how to be retreat leaders themselves.

The goal of the retreat was to teach participants how to use art to spread a message and how to use art as a way to process through difficult things in their lives.  We started by talking about issues in their communities and then spent the next day learning about how art could share messages of hope and inspiration.  During the last half of the retreat the teens broke into small groups led by local artists where they got to create murals of their own.  (The finished murals are in the above photo on the bottom left).  A lot of the teens had experienced hard things in their lives including poverty, racism, and family issues; they were able to channel these experiences and their messages of hope into their art.

One moment particularly stood out to me from this retreat.  On the first full day, the students were asked whether they would rather experience pain in their lives or numb it with drugs and alcohol.  A few of the students said they would prefer to use drugs because it made things easier, even if just for a little while.  In the last activity of the retreat when the students were asked to name an action item they would commit to, one of those same students said that she would start trying to use art to express her pain rather than turn to drugs and alcohol.  I so, so hope she is able to stick to her commitment. 

This was such an amazing retreat to be part of.  It was my first time teaching people about art and painting, and my first time seeing a group of teens work together on an art project.  I was super inspired by their courage and teamwork as they put their murals together.    

Thanks for reading about my fun art experiences!  I'll share more updates on the James Foley painting as I have time to actually update it :)

Monday, February 2, 2015

my portrait painting process

Today marked the beginning of my artist in residence at Marquette University.  Eight hours down, sixteen to go!!  Check out Instagram for daily painting updates.  

Part of Marquette's request for my artist in residence was to document my portrait painting process.  This is a summary of my background work that goes into painting a portrait.  

Pick subject
I paint portraits of people I admire, people I feel have a message to share.  I like to learn something through my paintings and hopefully teach others at the same time.   The more inspired or curious I feel about a subject the more energy and work I’ll be able to put into the portrait. 

James Foley, the subject of this painting was proposed by Marquette University.  I didn’t know much about James before starting this painting, and I was glad for the opportunity to research and study him, especially because of his passion for journalism and the relevance of his story to current politics.  

Research subject
I like to have a good understanding of the person I’m painting to capture their spirit in their portrait.  I read and study available photos, articles, books, and videos to get a sense of the person, their work, and their legacy. 

For James, I read articles written by and about him. I also watched video of the speech given by James at Marquette University.  Finally, I read and reread James’ last letter to his family dictated by his fellow prisoners. 

Pick picture to represent subject
My portraits are typically done of people I don’t have the ability to paint in person so my portraits are painted from photographs of the person.  In my research I come across various photos of my subject and usually one will stand out from the others.  It will usually be “head on,” give a full view of the person’s face, and give a glimpse into the person’s personality.  Much can usually be sensed by very subtle facial expressions. 

For James Foley, Marquette asked that I paint a certain picture of him: James giving a speech in front of the Marquette seal.  I liked this photo because it included all the things I usually look for in a subject photograph: a head on shot, a full view of his face, and a glimpse into his personality.  Additionally it told something about his story and his connection to Marquette University. 

Begin practice sketches, gradually put more time into sketches
After my picture is chosen, I practice sketching the person before drawing on canvas.  Without a good base sketch, the person will not be recognizable no matter how well the paint colors come together in the final painting.  One line in the person’s face being off – even one to two millimeters – can throw off the whole portrait.  For this reason, I’ll invest a good deal of time on practice sketches before I even begin drawing on canvas. 
For the portrait of James I did three practice sketches that took me anywhere from thirty minutes to two hours.  They helped give me an idea of the parts of the portrait that would be challenging for me and what I needed to practice before painting.

Painting sketches – pick colors, pick style
Some of the portraits I paint stay very realistic, true to life colors.  Others, like the portraits of the Salvadoran martyrs, are painted in symbolic colors to capture the energy of the person.  Doing a paint sketch prior to painting on canvas helps me decide how I want to approach the portrait.

Because the portrait of James Foley would be on display at Marquette I decided to use true to life colors.  The painting sketch helped me practice the style of painting in each of the sections.  The painting styles won’t be completely finalized until I’m actually doing the painting.  A lot of painting is experimenting, trying different things to see what looks best and feels right for the painting.  Some things work while other things may have to be revised even on the final canvas. 

Finalize composition
Finalizing the composition includes deciding how large the subject will be in the painting, whether the subject will be centered, how the background will be painted, and what quote will be included on the portrait.  I like to combine quotes written by or about the subject of a portrait because it gives the viewer a better idea of who the person was.  Many portraits can end up having an anonymous feel, but quotes give another glimpse into whom the subject is or was. 

I had a challenge picking the quote to include in James Foley’s portrait.  James’ letter to his family was the last thing he wrote and encapsulated so much of who he was and what and who he loved.  But James Foley’s legacy to the world was his work as a journalist and his passion for what he did.  His letter captured his humanity but other quotes captured why he was killed for his work as a journalist.  For this reason, I chose a quote from James taken from an interview with Marquette students. 

Begin sketching on canvas
This is one of the last and most important stages of the painting process.  It’s tempting to rush the work of the final sketch to get to the fun painting part, but every time I’ve done this it’s been a mistake.  Spending time on this final step before painting is worth every minute to ensure the final portrait is as close to “right” as I can get it. 

I spent hours on this final sketch working and reworking James’ face.  I’d sketch the portrait upright, then flip it upside down, then stand back, then take a day off to look at it with fresh perspective the next day.  The process took a week, and I think it was valuable for the end result.   

Thursday, January 29, 2015

ignatian family teach in talk

Here is a video of the talk I gave at the Ignatian Family Teach-In this past November.  I spoke about the paintings of the six Jesuit martyrs and Elba and Celina Ramos I did my junior year of college.  It was such an honor to speak at this Teach-In where I first learned the stories about the Jesuits. 

Also -- I was about 10 weeks pregnant in this picture and feeling sick as a dog!  I got a nice surge of adrenaline that helped me get through it.  Though I did have to take a few minutes in the bathroom to pull myself together and make sure I wasn't going to sick on stage in front of 1,500 people. 

Also, also -- I haven't actually watched the video because it makes me too nervous, but I'm pretty sure it's a good talk :)

Thursday, January 15, 2015

artist in residence

I mentioned a few weeks ago that I was invited to be an artist in residence at Marquette University the first week of February to paint a portrait of James Foley.  Agreeing to do this felt a bit like jumping into the deep in with no water wings.  I knew I could do it - and was pretty sure I wouldn't drown while doing it - but it still feels unnerving.  Now the residence is just a few weeks away, and it's time to really get going on my prep work.  

I thought it would be interesting to blog about the process, both to share with others and because I have to document my process for the actually residency.  

The picture above is a photo of James Foley speaking at Marquette in front of the school's crest.  I've been asked to use this photo as inspiration for the painting.  I've taken this to mean they would like a portrait of James done in front of the Marquette crest.  So I'll most likely end up using that picture of him (but using others for help since his eyes are really dark) and will paint the crest different so you can actually see what it is.  

I'm going to write the rest of this post in question and answer form for simplicity sake.  Full disclosure: no one asked me these questions, but they would be the ones I would ask if someone told me they were doing an artist in residence!  

What lead to this invitation?  A campus minister found these paintings I did through my blog.  Well technically he had searched the names of the Jesuits online and my blog came up in his search.  Through that contact, I was invited to speak at Marquette about my paintings and the idea came up for me to paint a portrait during the university's mission week.  The theme of the week will be Who Cares?  Charity, Justice, and the Quest for the Common Good, and they would chose a person who fit that theme for me to paint.  

Who is James Foley?  James Foley was an American reporter who was kidnapped in Syria and beheaded by ISIS last fall after working as a freelance reporter for GlobalPost.  He was also a graduate of Marquette University and had worked for Teach for America before becoming a reporter.  

The more I learn about James the more I like him.  I didn't know much about him before I heard about his death last year.  

Did his family give permission for this?  Yes.  I'm not sure of the full details, but I know someone at the university (probably in mission and values) contacted the family and they consented to having a portrait done.  

What will the artist in residence thing be like?  I'll be painting the portrait of James Foley on campus in a public viewing area during Marquette's mission week.  I'll have a mini studio (with no walls) where people can watch me complete the portrait of James Foley over a three day period.  People will have the opportunity to ask me questions about my painting process and will be able to read more about James Foley in materials that will be on a nearby table.   

Do you get paid? Yes.  I will get paid a flat fee for all the prep work and actual painting I do.  Marquette University will also officially own the painting once I finish.   

What are your ideas for the painting? I've been looking at my old portraits to get ideas for this painting.  The portraits I did of the Jesuits were done with non-life like colors and with very watered down backgrounds.  Another portrait I did of Wangari Maathai (below) was done with watercolors and featured more life like colors.  I think I'll use life like colors for this but in a style closer to the Jesuits.  I've decided on acrylics rather than watercolors for this portrait because 1) they are more forgiving and 2) I've done a lot more work with acrylics recently and I want to go with what's familiar when painting in front of lots of people.  An audience = pressure.  

I really love doing portraits like this.  I love highlighting the humanity and the stories of ordinary people who do extraordinary things.  It is such a neat journey to learn about a person I admire and help bring them to life in a new way.  As with all the portraits I do, I hope that the end result will be something that the subject - in this case James Foley  - would be happy with.  More information on the residence to come as things progress!

Monday, November 24, 2014

what i've been up to

It's been a very slow few weeks on the blog but a very busy few weeks in real life.  I've really missed writing here, and it felt strange not to have "blog" own my daily to do list.  Sometimes something just has to give, and I gave myself permission to take a short break from something I really enjoy -- but just didn't have time or energy for.  BUT NOW I'M BACK!!  At least for a few posts this week.

So what has kept me from blogging?

Remember those paintings I posted about a while ago?  In 2006 -- my junior year of college -- I painted portraits of the Salvoradan Jesuit martyrs and their two companions.  I had an art show on my college campus after I finished the paintings and did a few presentations to church and student groups, but other than that the paintings didn't get much press.  Fast forward to a year and a half ago when the Ignatian Solidarity Network asked me permission to use the painting images for a poster fundraiser.  I agreed, we put together a contract, and poster sales began in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the Jesuits' deaths earlier this year.  The sale of the poster caught the attention of various schools and churches around the country, and it recently lead to a few speaking engagements for me.

Over the past few weeks, I gave two presentations in Milwaukee and also travelled to Kansas City, Syracuse, and Washington D.C. to speak about the paintings and the story of the Jesuit martyrs.  It's been such an honor and such a cool opportunity to revisit the work I did and to push myself out of my comfort zone.  This whole time I've had a feeling of "who me?"  You want me to fly me somewhere and pay me to speak about my painting work?  Well...I'm not sure you've got the right person, but sure, why now?  I trusted that I could step up to the challenge and said yes to all the requests that came in -- even though I knew it would end up being a crazy few weeks for me.

The prep work - on top of working my two current part time jobs - on top of the actual traveling lead to a crazy month.  But I wouldn't trade it for anything.  It's reminded me of my love of painting - and speaking (surprisingly) - and it has me inspired to make more time for art.

AND VERY EXCITINGLY -- the press around my work has lead to an invitation to be an artist in residence at Marquette University!!!  In February I'll (hopefully) be spending a few days doing a painting (in the library!) and talking about my work.  We've yet to finalize the contract, but it looks like we're on track for me saying to yes to another opportunity that has me asking "who me?"

More details, more artwork, and more blogging to come.    

Monday, October 6, 2014

october four simple goals

Each month I'll be sharing four simple goals on the blog.  You can join along by making your own four simple goals for the month - things that you might not do if you didn't commit to it, but not anything that feels overwhelming or that can't get done in a 28/30/31 day period.  You can also use my monthly image (below) on your own blog if you'd like, just link back to here and share a link to your blog below in the comments section so I can check it out! 

This month feels like it's going to be one of my favorites of the year.  Fall is in full swing, the colors are beautiful, and things feel cozy.  We've been listening to more music around our apartment, a lot of First Aid Kit and .  We've got some fun simple things planned for the month like having a Great Pumpkin night, a canning workshop, and a concert in Chicago. 

It's also the calm before the storm.  Next month I'll be travelling to five cities to do presentations on paintings I did a few years ago.  I am super excited, but I know that November will be crazy.  And then we'll go right into Christmas season.  So I'm looking forward to soaking things up this month and making extra time to relax before the craziness begins. 

1. Start the painting: Because my talks next month are about paintings I did seven years ago, one question I inevitably will be asked is "what have you been painting lately?"  I've painted little things in the past few years, but I haven't undertaken anything as big as the painting project I'll be speaking about.  I've had an idea for another large portrait, and I'd like to start it this month so I can answer honestly that I have something cool in the works. 

2. Prepare the talks: this is not actually a simple goal.  But it's going to occupy so much of my time this month that I wanted to "get credit" for it.  I'll be giving about eight talks in five cities about these paintings I completed in college.  And this is the month I put everything together.  No small task, but I think it will be enjoyable. 

3. Find joy in Autumn: I have been loving this theme for my Instagram challenge.  There's already 80 photos on the feed!!  I love the photos that have been posted, and they've been really inspiring to me.  I want to keep this great feeling going and take time to enjoy all the little things I love about this season. 

4. Journal often: Journaling helps me be present, slow down, and recognize little gifts and joys in my life that I otherwise might miss.  This is actually a simple goal :)

What's on your goal list for this month? 

Friday, March 7, 2014

cherry painting

A few weeks ago I went to an art bar for the first time - the kind of place where you paint and drink at the same time.  It seems like a hazardous combination, but it was actually wonderful.  Being in such a fun environment helped my perfectionist inclinations chill out, and I was able to enjoy doing a simple painting. 

I still decided what I wanted to paint before I arrived.  Since going to Bailey's Range in St. Louis over Christmas (see above), I've been wanting to do a similar style painting for our kitchen.  I decided on a cherry, because every kitchen needs something cherry themed.  My mom engrained this in me at a very early age.  Though thinking back to out cherry kitchen growing up, I'm remembering that the tiny cherry wallpaper was actually hung upside down (the wallpaper man hadn't realized what he was doing until after he had finished the entire kitchen).  So I guess that means that every kitchen needs something cherry - and a cook with a sense of humor.

I liked how this turned out so much that I'm thinking of doing another painting for our kitchen.  This one will be bigger and may include a series of drinks, fruits, vegetables, or a combination of all three.  We still have lots of empty wall space in our kitchen.  And it obviously needs to be covered with art and paintings of food.  

What kind of images of food would you include on your walls?

P.S.  Daylight savings time starts this weekend!  You better believe I'll be celebrating it!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

artistic inspiration: oana befort

Today I'm featuring another artist I find incredibly inspiring.  This is part of an ongoing feature where I share the work of artists who inspire me.  There is much joy to be found in beautiful artwork. 

Oana Befort is a Romanian illustrator whose work I have fallen in love with recently.  Her illustrations are whimsical and colorful and often feature animals, fruit, and flowers in bright bold designs.  She is a freelance artist who makes her living painting and doing graphic design.  Dreamy huh?  Adding to her alure is how she uses phrases like "I am using any kind of watercolor paper" and that she met her husband Christmas caroling.

Oana's prints and watercolor originals are available through her Etsy shop, and she also features various products with her designs in her Society6 shop.  I haven't purchased anything yet, but I think some Oana Befort artwork would go really well in our apartment (hint, hint Paul). 

I follow Oana on her blog (which is so calming to read) and on her Instagram account (oanabefort) where she often features work in progress.  She also shares glimpses into her life which includes a 52 week project, where she takes a photo a week of her son for one year.  She recently announced she's expecting her second child, so the 52 week project also includes adorable photos of her growing baby bump.  One of my favorite things about the blogging world and social media is getting "to know" my favorite artists and get a look into their creative process.  It feels like a great privilege and is incredibly inspiring for my own work. 

One of my favorite things Oana shared was a video of her completing a water color.  It helped a lot of things click in my mind and gave me ideas for taking my own watercolors to the next level. 

Finally, Oana offers a free download of a monthly calendar on her blog.  I download it each month for my work desktop.  I love how it brightens my work on a daily basis. 

Thanks for the inspiration Oana!  I love finding artists that give me the desire to keep pushing myself to develop as an artist.  I highly recommend checking out her work - and when you do, let me know if you have a favorite work by her!  I'd love to hear it. 

Who's inspiring you lately?

Friday, February 14, 2014

happy valentine's day

Nothing is more practical than finding God,
that is than falling in love
in a quite absolute, final way.

What you are in love with,
what seizes your imagination, will affect everything.
It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning,
what you do with your evenings,
how you spend your weekends,
what you read, whom you know,
what breaks your heart,
and what amazes you with joy and gratitude.
Fall in Love, stay in love,
and it will decide everything.
This poem, attributed to Pedro Arrupe, captures my feelings for Valentine's Day so well. i decided a long time ago that this holiday meant much more to me than whatever romantic feelings I had or didn't have.  Valentine's day for me is all about celebrating love, in all its various forms.  

The love of a newly married couple -- the love of an old married couple -- the complex love one feels for a family member with mental illness who won't seek treatment -- the love of a pet for its owner -- the love a parent feels for her brand new baby -- the love between two old friends -- the love we have for all the people we've lost -- the love felt for the first flower of spring -- the loving kindness one feels for humanity -- radical self love - the love I feel for ice cream -- the love a teacher feels for her students -- the love that leads people to dedicate their lives to making the world a better place -- love for nature and creation -- the love Martin Luther King talked about feeling for your enemies -- love for a favorite place (like Paris) -- love of chocolate and desserts -- the love a grandparent feels for a grandchild -- love of what you do...

Love is so complex and profound and beautiful.
I've been in love with so many people, places, and things.  There have been so many things that have seized my imagination, that have gotten me out of bed in the morning, that I've spent my evenings with, that I've read about, that's broken my heart, that's amazed me with joy and gratitude.  My heart is full of gratitude for all these things.  

Happy Valentine's Day!   Hope your day is filled with so much love.

What are you in love with today?  I have to give a special shout out to my hunky husband who planned an overnight trip for us and to our great friend who offered to keep our pups company for us.  

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

even more lyric paintings!

Hello lovelies!!  Happy Tuesday evening!! I could not get my life together enough to share these photos with you any earlier today, so I'm posting them tonight - sweaty and tired and happy from another roller derby practice.  What is it about February that just makes me so sluggish?  Listen up February: I will show you!  (Show it what, I don't know.  But it will be shown!)

Here are a few more lyric paintings I wanted to share with you.  I've been slowly starting to advertise selling them to my Facebook friends, and they seem to be catching on.  People are becoming very creative with their colors and lyrics, and I just love doing them.  I can come home from work, lay on the couch with Paul, watch Star Trek and Buffy, eat ice cream, and paint away!  It's pretty much the best arrangement in the world. 

That top painting is a Rilke poem requested by an old friend.  I liked playing around with the square shape and with having less words on the canvas.  Directly above is a painting of the song lyrics for a friend's fall wedding.  I feel so honored that my work will be a reminder of their special day. 

And here is my absolute favorite lyric painting to date.  I LOVE light teal blue with red right now, and the song makes my heart go pitter pat (Make You Feel My Love - did you know Bob Dylan originally sang it?  I didn't.)  It's going to be a Valentine's Day present, so I'm not sharing a link to my post on Facebook, just in case.  

Doing these paintings has been giving me such great energy.  Now that I'm back into the swing of painting, I've been feeling inspired (and brave enough) to try more complex subjects.  It's been fun, but I don't have any samples to share yet.  But you can bet I will when I do.  

Hope your week has been off to a great start!  And as always, thanks so much for reading.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

i belong with you

Here's yet another version of the lyric painting I've been so enjoying doing lately.  This one is the "I Belong with You" song by the Lumineers, painted for my sister-in-law who cannot get enough of teal blue and white.  I think she liked it, and it was super fun to be able to give her something meaningful and homemade for Christmas.  

I'm cold and tired today (was 1 degree when I woke up this morning at 5:45 am...ugh), so I'm keeping this short and simple.  Hope everyone is having a wonderful hump day.  Thanks so much for spending part of your day reading my musings.  

Thursday, December 5, 2013

a simple holiday painting

I had a burst of inspiration the week before Thanksgiving and decided to paint my mom and sister some simple Christmas paintings to help decorate their houses for the holidays.  I had recently seen a chalkboard style piece with these lyrics - and then a flashbulb went off - and I remembered these paintings I did last winter inspired by Elsie's paintings on A Beautiful Mess.  A couple of hours spent watching some old Buffy episodes, and I had a two colorful gifts for two of my favorite ladies.  See below for how my sister used it for decorating at her house warming party.  And you can visit A Beautiful Mess if you want some guidance in how to make your own. 

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

fall paintings

One of my 101 goals was to make a painting every month for a year.  I've done ok, but I fell behind a bit during the summer.  So I'm making an effort close to the end of 2013 to catch up.  Here's my latest creations: a couple of fall paintings to decorate our apartment.  Paul and I both love the Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young song, so it seemed like a good fit for these simple paintings - though I don't think they will be on display too much longer with the Christmas season right around the corner.  Poor fall always gets gipped with the Christmas season starting 21 days before fall really comes to an end.  I think Christmas should start in January when everything is cold and depressing and spring is still a few months away.  Right?    

You can see more of my paintings here.  And please try to ignore the ugly background.  Still trying to figure out set up spots with good lighting in this apartment.

Friday, November 22, 2013

artistic inspiration: jane heinrichs

I've caught the painting bug again recently and wanted to share more of my inspiration with you.  I'll be sharing the work of artists who inspire me semi regularly with you.  There is so much joy to be found in beautiful artwork!

I chose Jane Heinrichs as the first artist to share here.  I found her work after she commented on one of my posts (hello blogging highlight!).  Her illustrations have such a lovely touch of whimsy and all would look perfect included in my favorite childhood stories.  Jane also writes an inspired blog where she reflects on life, dreams and goals, her career as an artist, and travelling.  I find it fascinating that she's lived all over - Swaziland, Canada, South Africa, and England to be exact.  Makes moving around the states seem a little calmer :)

My favorite work of Jane's is her illustrated children's book Magic at the Museum.  Seeing it for the first time felt like seeing a dream come to life.  Her book tells the story of a little girl who visits the Courtauld Gallery at night and sees paintings like Cezanne's come to life!  Amazing!  Can I be that girl?  Please?  (This was even cooler since Paul and I visited the museum during our trip to London over the summer.) 

You can see more of Jane's work here and order prints of her work from her Etsy shop here.  Order before November 29th to have your print arrive by Christmas!