“Enchanted Woodlands” Art show December 7

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“A Winter’s Eve” by Erik Koeppel, oil on panel. Am over the moon to be exhibiting with Erik and a dozen or so more talented and diverse artists in “Enchanted Woodlands” exhibition presented by Era Contemporary gallery in a ONE NIGHT SHOW on Friday, December 7, 2018 from 6 to 9pm. It will be held at the Mill Studios in Philadelphia ( 123 Leverington Avenue) central gallery, and everyone who collects a piece at this show will be gifted a small live evergreen tree to plant to support forestry. Light bites and refreshments for all, FREE admission, and free plentiful parking in the adjacent parking lot specifically for the event. Click the link below for the event page and to RSVP! Please share and bring your friends. Hope to see you there!

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Creativity takes courage

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Creativity takes COURAGE. It is terrifying to put all you are into a work, and let the world see it. That is why art makes an impact; really good art lingers long after you have seen or heard it because the artist has had the courage to express something real. May all of us who call ourselves artists have that same courage. This view from the Berthe Morisot exhibition at the Barnes Foundation.

All of Life’s a Stage

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“All of life’s a stage, and we are merely players.” —Shakespeare. Decide who you want to be today, and be her. This helped me today while giving a talk to students at Rowan College about art, curating and structuring your life as a creative. It was my first time giving a full length lecture to students and I was a little nervous! What helped was actually thinking about the things I really wanted these students to know. I tried to put myself in their shoes as soon to graduate artists, and impart every useful tip I could about the artist life. Although I certainly don’t know it all and learn more every day, I’m hopeful what I did have to say was helpful to someone. One point in the talk was about loving your work. You really gotta love each piece. Put your heart and soul into it, and truly believe it’s something you’re proud of. When you do, other people will recognize the value you put on your own work and respond to it. A big thanks to Michelle Haberll who organized this talk and is a fabulous teacher and artist in her own right! Photo is from the mysterious interior of Philadelphia’s City Hall, dress from Free People.

“Being” goals rather than “having” goals

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Snapped this photo on my run on Thanksgiving morning! I love where I live because of it’s close proximity to both nature and the city. I feel so lucky to get a taste of both.

As we only have one more month left in the year, I’ve been thinking about the goals I set last year and how it worked out for me. Many of the lofty goals I set for myself I did not accomplish. But then, many great things happened that I had no way of predicting! The goals that didn’t work for me this year included such things as: show at such and such gallery, sell my work for x amount, be written about in this magazine, win this contest, etc. What I’ve noticed is that these kinds of goals are counterproductive because they can make you feel helpless if you don’t achieve them–and much of achieving them depends on things or people outside of your control. Also, these are HAVING goals, not BEING goals. Really, we are happy when we are BEING a person we are proud of and excited to be, rather than HAVING a certain accomplishment or milestone. So this year’s goals will be all about BEING. Being the kind of artist who works for several hours a day in her studio, making the best work she can. Visiting galleries and museums. Thoughtfully curating exhibitions. A work ethic that is not dependent on the outcome, but on who I think of myself to be. These are the kinds of goals, I believe, that are more worthwhile long term, and will produce integrity in an art practice. What do you think, what kinds of goals do you have for the upcoming New Year?

Support Artists and Makers this Weekend

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As we begin the search for holiday gifts, please consider special items handmade by artists and makers with love. In honor of Black Friday, I am running a sale for my artwork that goes for 48 hours starting today (Friday!). You may take 25% off anything in my online shop with the checkout code FRIDAY. This includes several new winter studies and the “Wildflower Duet” above made with vintage frames, oil painting and 23 karat gold leaf. To see what’s available, go to www.jessicalibor.com and click on “Available Works”. Have a happy holiday weekend!

Thankful

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THANKFUL. There are many things to be thankful for every day of our lives, but on this Thanksgiving day My heart is full as I think about all the ways I am blessed. This year I am thankful for: my eyes, ears and senses to take I the beautiful world around me, and a healthy body to move in. A close family who is all healthy and flourishing. A home to live in that I love. Being near nature. The creative gifts of other artists that I enjoy: painting, music, books, film, everything that makes life rich and interesting. I am thankful for free will and the ability to choose what to do every day; I am thankful we live in a free country, I am thankful that I do what I love. I could go on forever but I really am so happy today thinking about all these things. How about you? What are you thankful for today? ❤️

Love letters

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Love letters. Setting up my installation at the Bazemore Gallery for my 2016 show, “Tender Missives”. This piece included hundreds of historically accurate and researched love letters from figures in history throughout the centuries. As part of the installation visitors were asked to write their own and add it. This was a really challenging project for me, getting outside my comfort zone of 2 dimensional painting into something interactive. Hose letters took forever to create, but it truly is amazing how things come together when you put your mind to an end result.

A quiet moment in France

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A moment of stolen reflection during last summer’s trip to France. The French value beauty in everything they do and build; it is an integral part of their culture and history, which makes visiting the country a dream and such an inspiration for an artist. I love the preserved old world architecture, the attention to detail and artistry everywhere I looked. Where are your favorite spots to travel to for inspiration?

Transforming the Studio

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When I got this studio, it was white rough walls, exposed beams and was quite literally a blank canvas…anything has within it the choice for renewal, and can be made new and beautiful!  Art is an outer song of the inner mind…an artist turns their mind inside out when making each piece.  What do you want to make beautiful in your life today?  Every corner, when tended with attention, can be transformed, in our spaces as well as in our lives.

See my new work at www.jessicalibor.com.