“Morning” piece

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Beauty and texture and life encircled and distilled within a frame…sparkles and glimmers, rough paint that feels like sand and brilliant glimmers like dewdrops.  Butterflies (humanely harvested after their natural life cycle) captured and preserved in this piece.  “Morning,” a mixed media I recently created…email me at jlibor@jessicalibor.com if you are interested in purchasing this piece.

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Treasure each moment

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Jessica in Pink Room

Treasure each moment in the stream of time, for once you pass this way, the water is always different, always moving ,always new, even if you dip your hand in the same place.  The only constant is change.  Find peace in the moving rhythm of time by soaking in each moment’s beauty and feeling its wonder or pain fully.  Then your life will be really full, extraordinary in its depth of experience, even if not what the world may deep accomplished.  There is an integrity and quiet happiness when you savor each moment, that you can take with you whenever you go.  Doing small things with great attention.  Here, a picture from the Loire Valley, France in a pink-paneled room I loved staying in earlier this month.  And today in the USA, watching the lightning for a moment out my window before painting.  What small things give you great joy in life?

My quest for the BEST organic, natural lipstick: RMS Wild With Desire verses Ilia

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I’m a big fan of organic food, organic farming, organic painting, and organic beauty.  Since I have a beauty background I thought I would do a little review on some all-natural lipsticks I’ve been wanting to try.  If you do ONE organic, natural purchase in makeup, it’s wise to make it your lipstick, because most women will ingest it during the day with normal wear.  I knew RMS is completely all natural, so I headed to Blue Mercury to try out the RMS Wild With Desire line of lipsticks.

Below is me sans-lipstick!

While I was there, I decided to try the Ilia line as well, also an all-natural, organic line.  The lady there was very helpful and I ended up trying three colors–two from RMS and one from Ilia.  The first one I tried was called “Pretty Vacant” by RMS.  You can see it below.

I liked how pigmented this pink was and how it was a soft, perfect rose without being to bright or too muted.  It went on almost like a matte lipstick and felt like it would stay on for a long time.

The second lipstick I tried was also by RMS, called “Jezebel.”  It was a darker cherry red, with the same matte feel and finish as the first.  I felt like it might be good for the fall. You can see it below.

The third lipstick I tried was from Ilia, called “Blossom Lady.”  I liked this one very much.  It was more subtle than the RMS shades, and more shiny.  I liked the way it looked very glowy, but felt it might wear off more quickly. You can see it on me below.

In the end, I went with my first pick “Pretty Vacant” from the RMS Wild with Desire line.  I felt confident it would wear well, and I loved the color!  If I were going to get a second, thought, I would go back for Ilia’s “Blossom Lady” for a more lowkey look.

I’ve found my summer shade!  If you’d like to try them out I’m listing the three lipsticks below with links.  Enjoy! xo, Jessica

RMS Wild with Desire Lipstick “Pretty Vacant”

RMS Wild with Desire Lipstick “Jezebel”

Ilia Lipstick “Blossom Lady”

Meet me at the Barnes on Sunday!

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Hello friends and supporters!  For those interested, I am leading a open group of people to view my piece (and vote if you wish!) on Sunday, May 27th at 1pm at the Barnes Foundation. I will be in front of the entrance to the Barnes waiting until 1:15pm and then head inside! IF YOU PLAN ON VOTING, PLEASE REGISTER FIRST BY CLICKING THE LINK HERE. Your visit will be free!

Here is the Facebook invitation: https://www.facebook.com/events/234609203759609/
Madame, by Jessica Libor, 2018

I have entered my painting “Madame” in an exhibition at the Barnes Foundation in downtown Philadelphia, PA. The original painting is oil on canvas with gold leaf and Swarovski crystal (her earring). It takes inspiration from the Renoir painting, “On the Grass,” and evokes a reveling in nature, depicting the glamorous beauty of a summer day being spent in the grass. She lies totally relaxed, enjoying the feeling of being one with nature. Like nature’s flowers and greenery, she displays and adorns herself to blend with the beauty that surrounds her. This exhibition is also a competition for votes from the public. The winner receives a stipend and studio residency at the Barnes Foundation.
If I won, it would be a huge leap for my career, and mean that I would have the funds, space, and audience to create bigger, better, and more powerful artworks that would specifically empower women.
This is a way to make a difference in the art world, and in my career, without spending a dime.

Will you help me by VOTING for my piece?
Here’s what you can do:
1. Register to VOTE by CLICKING HERE.
2. Go to the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, PA in person. If you can’t come on Sunday with Jessica, you can go vote between May 21 and June 4 for FREE and VOTE for my piece! All votes must be made in person. You can go Wednesday through Sunday 11am to 5pm, and visit the museum and vote for FREE. However, you must register online first!

Thank you in advance for your efforts! This truly does mean so much to me, and it is my hope that together we can change the system of the art world to reflect more value for women.
With gratefulness,
Jessica Libor

Your VOTE can make a difference: Jessica Libor at the Barnes Foundation

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Jessica Libor at the Barnes Foundation with her piece, “Madame”, oil on canvas, 8″ x 10″

May I share something with you? Recently I read several articles about studies done in the art world.  These studies gave details and statistics that are upsetting for women artists.

  • There are zero female artists selling in the very top slice of the art market (the top .03 %) as of 2017.  This accounts for more than 41 percent of the overall profits in the auction art world.
  • In the secondary (less expensive) rung of artwork sold at auction, women make up only 2.6% of the sales of artwork.
  • Art by women at this level sells on average of 8% less than a man’s.

These statistics are taken from the artnet Analytics and Maastricht University study joint conducted in November 2017.  This study has been described as the largest empiracal study ever conducted on gender discrimination in the cultural sector.

As a female artist entrenched in the art world, it was deeply frustrating and upsetting to read this.  It can feel like you are fighting an uphill battle.

Post-war artist Georg Baselitz, whose paintings have sold at auction for 3.2 million pounds, went as far to say on record recently that “Women don’t paint very well.  It’s a fact.”

At the Saatchi Gallery, right before Jenny Saville’s first exhibit, art critic David Sylvester said he “Always thought women couldn’t be painters,” because “that’s the way it has always been.”

In 1937, when speaking of Lee Krasner’s paintings, artist Hans Hofmann said her artwork was “So good, you would not know it was painted by a woman.”
(source, Independent Newspaper)

It has been assumed that attitudes towards women in the arts have changed since 1937, but the numbers still show a great discrepancy.  Why is this? And more importantly, what can we do about it?
If you’re anything like me, this attitude makes me want to prove them wrong.  My recent work has been focusing more and more on empowering women to be leading ladies and heroines of their own lives.  It is important to me that women can recognize their power to change the world, lead by example, achieve incredible things, and care for the world around us, our natural habitat–in ALL avenues of life, the arts included.  It is time we see women embrace their power.

YOU CAN HELP ME.

I have entered my painting “Madame” in an exhibition at the Barnes Foundation in downtown Philadelphia, PA.   The original painting is oil on canvas with gold leaf and Swarovski crystal (her earring). It takes inspiration from the Renoir painting, “On the Grass,” and evokes a reveling in nature, depicting the glamorous beauty of a summer day being spent in the grass. She lies totally relaxed, enjoying the feeling of being one with nature. Like nature’s flowers and greenery, she displays and adorns herself to blend with the beauty that surrounds her. This exhibition is also a competition for votes from the public.  The winner receives a stipend and studio residency at the Barnes Foundation.

If I won, it would be a huge leap for my career, and mean that I would have the funds, space, and audience to create bigger, better, and more powerful artworks that would specifically empower women.
This is a way to make a difference in the art world, and in my career, without spending a dime.

Will you help me by VOTING for my piece?
Here’s what you can do:
1. Register to VOTE by following the link below.  Registration opens May 10!
2. Go to the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, PA in person between May 21 and June 4 for FREE and VOTE for my piece! All votes must be made in person.  You can go Wednesday through Sunday 11am to 5pm, and visit the museum and vote for FREE.  However, you must register online first!

Thank you in advance for your efforts!  This truly does mean so much to me, and it is my hope that together we can change the system of the art world to reflect more value for women.
With gratefulness,
–Jessica Libor, Visual Artist

VOTE BY CLICKING HERE

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Cherry Blossom Painting Time

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Ohh April! My very favorite time of the year is when the cherry blossoms are out in full bloom, and the great long stretch of summer is out before us in glorious, warm possibility. I spent some time this week painting the cherry blossoms and happily reveling in their heavenly beauty… I was in the park almost every day! Check out my time lapse of the painting done and a few of my other pieces. Send me a message at jlibor@jessicalibor.com if you are interested in collecting any of these oil sketches.

White top and pink skirt: Forever 21. Lavender dress: true vintage. Blue dress: Urban Outfitters. Floral dress: true vintage. Striped top: Lucy Paris. Hats: Forever 21. Sunglasses: Green Street Consignment.

Which is your favorite look? What about favorite cherry blossom painting?

I can’t leave without posting the most epic floral painting ever. “The Roses is Heliogabalus” by Sir Lawrence Alma Tadema. Enjoy! Until next time,

Jessica Libor

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Beginning my “Let’s Connect Philly” painting for the Barnes Foundation

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This month I am lucky enough to be living in a Philadelphia zip code, so am eligible to participate in the Barnes Foundation and Mural Arts competition and exhibition at the Barnes Foundation, called “Let’s Connect Philly.” It’s a really cool idea– artists are to pick one piece that inspires them (I picked Renoir) and do a small piece inspired by it! During the exhibition (in May–June) the public can go and vote on their favorite pieces, with the winning artists getting a residency and stipend at the Barnes! Needless to say I’m very excited to enter! Above is a time lapse for the first 7 hours of painting I’ve done on my piece. It’s not done yet, but when it is, I’ll post a side by side of the piece by Renoir that inspired me and my own.

Jessica Libor

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Spring Exhibition with St. John Knits

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I’m very excited to invite you to a very special exhibition this Saturday, April 21 from 1 to 6pm at St. John Boutique at 160 North Gulph Rd. in King of Prussia, PA.  This exhibition is made possible by a collaboration between St. John and Era Contemporary Gallery.  I will be exhibiting 7 new paintings along with Nathan Durnin, also with 7 of his new gorgeous paintings, interspersed among the Spring collection of fashion designs for women by St. John.  I will be there and excited to meet visitors!  Light refreshments will be provided as well.  I hope to see you there!  Scroll down to see a selection of the work that will be on display.  If  you’re interested in a piece, simply email eracontemporary@gmail.com!

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Beginning a new painting: Magical Creatures

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It’s always the first day that it goes the quickest. After that, it is all about refining the details. Here is a unicorn painting inspired by my visit to the Met Cloisters and seeing “The Hunt of the Unicorn”. Click the video to see the time lapse!

You could spend forever on a painting, but it’s all about the quality and focus of the time you spend on it. Blocking out all other distractions and focusing all your mind and skill on the painting is like a meditation practice. I am always surprised by how much more quickly and better quality work comes out of a painting session when I’m in this state! I read a book once that described this state as “flow.” Perhaps it deserves a post of its own!

This painting I’m currently working on, “Magical Creatures,” is not completed, so be on the lookout for another post about the finished painting.

In the meantime, my recent painting after Fragonard, ” The Chase,” is completed, with a limited edition print run available in my shop. The prints turned out beautifully…every little brushstroke is captured in detail, and each one is on acid free archival quality paper that is velvety and smooth. Hand signed by me! To grab yours, click here.

Spring in the Studio

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It’s my favorite time of year! For a brief window of time during the Spring, the heavenly cherry blossoms visit and can be seen all over the landscape. This painting here, “Discovery,” was inspired by the cherry blossom trees around Fairmount Park, as a setting for the famed equestrian Terese Renz, who was the first female to own her own circus.  Read her full story here…you must see the amazing original photos from her time period with her horses.  Original and prints available on my website! Click here to browse.  Enjoy the Spring… April showers bring May flowers, my dears… ❤️

Get a similar look to my outfit with this skirt and top, or with this adorable dress.

Tell me, where is your favorite place to see cherry blossoms in the Spring?

xo, Jessica

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