Changing your identity to change the results in your art

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We act in accordance with who we think we are.

Have you ever thought about that?  To listen to my youtube video on the same topic, click here!

I wanted to talk today about your identity as an artist and a person. The results in your artistic career are coming from your actions, and your actions only happen because they are in accordance with how you think about yourself, or your identity. Your identity is constantly being shaped, but by around age 25 or 30 we have a pretty set identity, or way we think of ourselves within our mind. However, change is possible at any age because of the way that the brain is wired.

Most of us can easily identify our biggest goals an aspirations. A few sample goals I have:

  1. I’d like my work to be on the cover Beautiful Bizarre Magazine
  2. I’d like to do a residency in France
  3. I’d like to have a solo show at a great gallery in New York

Goal setting is super important, and it’s actually really vital to identify your goals you want to move towards. It’s like setting a GPS destination. It helps you find direction. When faced with choices, you can ask yourself, does this take me further towards my goal, or away from it? It helps to clarify decisions you make every day with your time and energy.

However, goals in and of themselves won’t get you where you want to go. Because what you REALLY want is to become to type of person who gets asked to show in a great gallery in New York, be on the cover of a great magazine, earns 10k a month, or does a residency in France.

If you don’t truly become the type of person who matches the goal, the goal will always remain elusive to you and far off, or when it does happen you will feel like you don’t deserve it, and will push it away energetically so that it is quickly lost, is a one time fluke, or feels hollow.

Think about this. If you won the lottery tomorrow for a billion dollars, and could pay to make a lot of your artistic goals come true, would that feel the same as winning the opportunities by your talent, hard work and determination? Of course not. When you win opportunities by your talent, hard work, vision and determination, you feel like you deserve every opportunity that comes your way because it is an authentic and sincere effort. This proves that you don’t just want the goal. Nothing against lottery winners—just trying to make a point! You are not actually in pursuit of the goal, you are in pursuit of becoming the kind of person who reaches that goal.

When you become the type of person whose life naturally leads to the goal, it will feel natural, authentic, and deserved.

So how do you become the kind of person that matches your desired goal? It is really a matter of shifting your identity. You must become a new person, one that has a life that creates the outcome of the goal coming true.

A good way to do this is to write down the goal, and find a picture that represents that goal. Look at that picture of the goal you want to experience and then close your eyes and imagine who you have to be in order to reach it. You’ll still be you, of course, but it will be a different version of you!

Let’s say a dream of yours is to make work that will make a cultural impact on the world, and inspire people and make them think for generations to come. You envision your work being collected by museums, covered in art journals, and culturally celebrated. In your vision, you feel really proud of your work, and your identity is as a painter who contributes to society.

Let’s say that right now, that is not your reality. In your current life, you are working a job you dislike, have no time to create your work, and paint maybe once a week. You make art you hope will sell, so price it cheaply and are always thinking about how to market your work. You are thinking short-term.

There is a big difference between the reality you are living in, and the dream of the life you want to live. There is no argument that there is a big difference. But really, the difference is only in identity. Once the identity shifts, things naturally change. It is like rerouting a stream. If you take the time to point it in a different direction at its source, the water will naturally flow in a different way.

So ask yourself these questions to help you shape this new version of your identity.

In your highest version of your artistic career you aspire to…

  1. Who are you?
  2. Where do you live?
  3. What does your work look like?
  4. What do you do every day in your practice?
  5. What does your schedule look like?
  6. What are you wearing?
  7. What kinds of opportunities do you participate in?
  8. What kinds of opportunities do you say no to?
  9. What are three words that describe who you are?
  10. Who are the people you surround yourself with?

When things change inside you, things change around you.

Once you’ve answered these questions and written them down, now you have a clearer picture of the identity that matches the goal have: it’s you, but 2.0!

However, your brain is going to fight this new identity: after all, you are still living in the same space and going to the same job, with the same friends—essentially, you are still the same person, even through you are telling your brain that you have a new identity. This is when you could get discouraged. Don’t be! Change takes time, and incremental changes in the way you do your day can add up to big results.

You see, our identity is shaped by what we do, just as what we do is shaped by our thoughts about who we are. So a great way to shift into your new identity is to create new habits and stick to them: habits that borrow from the new and improved life of you, 2.0.

Some examples to help you shift into your new identity would be:

      1. Getting up earlier
      2. Reading your goals every morning and evening and imagining reaching them
      3. Adopting the clothing or hairstyle of your new identity
      4. Spending time with people your new identity would be friends with
      5. Spending dedicated studio time creating your highest work every day
      6. Curating your social media presence to only reflect work that your new identity would be proud of
      7. Submitting to higher opportunities that your new identity would naturally be a part of
      8. Create a mantra! Read it every day and post it in your studio. Here are some examples: “I’m the kind of person who fulfills my sacred duty as an artist.” “I am the kind of person who makes a deep cultural impact with my artwork”. “I am the kind of person who values the work that I do” “I am the kind of person who works to create a better world through my art.” “I am the kind of person who uses my talent to the fullest of my ability for the good of myself and others”. “I am the kind of person that makes art that is truly amazing.”
      9. Go new places and switch up your routine. This will help your brain accept a new identity by creating new neural pathways.
      10. Imagine shutting the door to your past, and opening up a new door that leads to your new identity, and walking through it into the sunlight, and a new level of your life.
      11. Change the space you live and work in. This could mean moving, decluttering, or rearranging your furniture. This simple change will also help your brain to accept that you have entered a new chapter of your life.

When you become the person whose life naturally leads to the fulfillment of your goals, you will have a sense of authenticity to you and a feeling that you really do deserve your success. The energy you put out will come back to you. There will definitely be some back and forth as you adjust to living as a new identity, because you have identified as your old identity for so long. But as you build trust with yourself by creating new habits, going new places, meeting new people and participating in higher opportunities, your brain will start to accept this new identity. And like a stream falling downhill, the positive consequences of your new identity will start to flow to you. You will start to see results once the momentum gets going.

So I wanted to tell you a way to accelerate your identity change and create a new level of your artistic career. I have a course, “Discover Your Artistic Voice,” that I created using the exact same methods that I used to uplevel my own art practice and create a consistent, heartfelt and stylistically cohesive body of work, that will prepare you to create your best body of work ever. A consistent and strong body of work is vital when submitting to opportunities, whether that be a grant, a gallery, or any kind of artistic proposal. For a limited time I’m doing a free 20 minute personalized Zoom consultation with you, to find out where you are in your art career, what your goals are in your art career, and how to reach them. I will help you identify where you are in your art career and what might help you to reach them, as quickly as possible. To schedule your zoom call, click the button below or email jlibor@jessicalibor.com.

In the call, we will go over your background, your current lifestyle, your artistic career goals, your challenges, and wether “Discovering Your Artistic Voice” would be a good fit for you. If you decide to move forward with the course, you will get a seven module course, including video training, worksheets, exercises, and the bonus of a second 20 minute individual Zoom call with me to go over how to implement the tactics into your specific art career. This is so much value and coming from someone who has been where you have! I know how it feels to not have your career moving forward, to hear the discouraging voices in your head and feel like things will never change. But I also know how it feels to break free of those habits and beliefs, and see internal change, followed by massive external change. It all starts within you.

If you’d like to check out Discovering Your Artistic Voice, you can go to www.jessicalibor.com/quicklinks and follow the button there to check it out.

And I just wanted to read a recent testimonial for the course. Casey said, “Discovering Your Artistic Voice has been such a find for me! I had been struggling to realize what my unique style is so I purchased this course. It took me down paths of discovery that I’ve never been exposed to ever! I go to explore my unique preferences in the areas that would allow my inner iconic style to emerge. These lessons really allowed for me to get focused on how to breathe life into the stories and visuals I want to create with my art!”

Thanks so much Casey! You can follow Casey’s art on instagram at @caseymichelleart .

So if you’d like to schedule your free 20 minute Zoom call, email me at jlibor@jessicalibor.com or use the calendar to book your slot below. I look forward to meeting you and helping to serve you in making your artist dreams come true!

Until next time, stay creative!

With love, light and creativity,

Jessica Libor

Artist, Reader, Writer Exhibition

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Hello friends, I am excited to let you know that my piece “Prima Donna”, is being exhibited at the Da Vinci Art Alliance for their exhibition “Artist, Reader, Writer II.”  This is a very unique exhibition that pairs the artwork of many different artists with a passage from literature of the artist’s choosing.  As for “Prima Donna”, I chose a passage from The Phantom of the Opera, as it reminded me of a scene from the story.

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Prima Donna, oil and gold leaf on panel, by Jessica Libor

 

If you are interested in collecting this piece please send me an email at jlibor@jessicalibor.com.

Artist, Reader, Writer II is a DVAA Members-only exhibition that explores the relationship between the written word and visual art through an exercise of comparison. Each artist submitted two items: an original artwork of their own creation, and a short accompanying text displayed next to their work of art that is not of their own creation. The union formed between the two objects creates a new conceptual relationship, altering the experience of viewing artwork with the addition of written language. The relationships formed through these pairings offer context, juxtapose, balance, obscure, and generate new meaning.

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The opening for the exhibition is on Wednesday, January 28th from 6 to 8pm at the Da Vinci Art Alliance, at 704 Catharine Street, Philadelphia.  The show is up until February 16th, so it’s a perfect art happening for Valentine’s day!  To learn more about the show and gallery, visit here.

The participating artists are as follows: Alessandra Stradella, Angelo Benedetto, Annie Stone, Arlene Solomon, Barbara B. Rosin, Barbara Dirnbach, Catherine Bancroft, David Deakin, Deirdre Doyle, Don Gordon, Eddy Rhenals, Edward W Keer, Eleanor Levie, Ellen Rosenberg, Erika Kuciw, Florence Weisz, Floyd Kelley, Gary Grissom, Gillian Cavoto, Gloria Klaiman, Harriet Hill, Irving Sears, Jennifer Brinton Robkin, Jessica Libor, Jill Cucci Smith, Jim Strickler, Joellyn Ross, Juli Snyder, Kenneth Veith, Kit Donnelly, Lauren J. Sweeney, Leslie K. Brill, Linda Dubin Garfield, Linnie Greenberg, Marilyn Stubblebine, Mario Nascati, Maryanne Buschini, Nancy E Cooke, Ona Kalstein, Patricia Mancini, Penelope Tsaltas Lisk, Phyllis Anderson, Polly Kooperman, Rachael Switalski, Reyna Howkins, Robert Zurer, Rosalind Bloom, Sally K. Eisenberg, Sam Koren, Sandi Neiman Lovitz, Sarah R. Bloom, Selene Nunez Cruz, Susan Cantor-Uccelletti, Susan M. Gordon, Ted Warchal, Tony Anthony, Vicente Ortiz Cortez, Willard Johnson, and William Timmins.


Podcast launch: The Inspired Painter with Jessica Libor

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I’m very excited to announce the launch of a podcast, “The Inspired Painter with Jessica Libor”.

If you’re an artist who wants to create an amazing and fulfilling career and life, this podcast is for you! I’ll be sharing inspiration that has worked for me and art-world insights and tips. My goal for this podcast is to help you feel in control of your art career and empowered to be the best artist you can be.

The podcast will be available on Podbean, Apple and Spotify.  I hope it brings you value!

With love, light and creativity,

 

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Visioncasting: How to plan your best year yet as an artist

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Hello my beautiful fellow creatives! I am so excited for this year. Are you excited? Isn’t it amazing that the future is in your hands, ready to be written?

I recently saw a post that said, “Your future lays before you like fresh fallen snow, take care the steps you take, for every step will show.” It’s SO true—every little thing we do in our life eventually compounds, and eventually the invisible will show itself, even if it is not obvious at first. The invisible work is so important, especially for us artists!

I am so grateful for everything that I was able to accomplish this year. I had a solo show which was very successful, in a beautiful gallery I was super proud of! I launched my first online course, began teaching as a college art professor, was featured in Beautiful Bizarre and other art publications, had my highest revenue year from my art so far, and fulfilled a lifelong dream of hiking in the redwoods! I made a painting about it too, as you can see below 🙂

 

“Solace,” oil and metal leaf on panel, by Jessica Libor (me!)

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Although these things only take one sentence to write, they actually took months, and really years of action, to come to fruition.

For instance, my solo art exhibition took hundreds of hours to prepare. In the very un-glamorous privacy of my studio, I spent many late nights working away at details.

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Each decision to work on my painting instead of go out with friends or watch Netflix, compounded the results of my exhibition. This is just one example of how I got the results I did this year.

The online course took months of writing, filming and preparation before it launched. Likewise, I would not have been able to get a job as a college art professor had I not gone through years of schooling and getting my Master of Fine Arts at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

Although the hard work can seem grueling while you’re in it, eventually you WILL see the results of your efforts (or non-efforts!).  And I don’t want you to think that I am bragging when I tell you this: it’s always an uphill battle for me to continually challenge myself and work on my long-term goals.

 

One book that really changed that this year was the book Deep Work by James Clear. This was actually a suggestion of Alessandra Maria, an artist I really respect who I actually interviewed on the blog earlier in the year. In Deep Work, the author talks about how distracted we are as a society, and generally as humans. He talks about the value of committing deeply to a task for a set amount of time, and entering the state of flow. When we get into deep work, that is when the really inspired artwork comes to fruition.

Below, one of my pieces from this year, “Fields of Gold,” oil and gold leaf on panel.

Fields of Gold, oil and silver leaf on panel, 11x14, by Jessica Libor 2019

This year I initiated methods of working that were blocks of time dedicated only to my artmaking. I wasn’t allowed to look at my phone or computer, get a cup of tea, or call or text anyone.

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I simply blocked off two hour sections of time and created intensely. And you know what? It was HARD. I struggled with it! Just like when you’re running an extra mile and your body protests because it isn’t used to it, my brain wasn’t used to such dedication (I know, it’s kind of embarrassing!)

I had the urge to go for a walk, check my email, text a friend, or otherwise distract myself from the pain of focus. Just like doing a math problem, my brain has to work extra hard when creating a realistic piece of art—getting the right values, colors and proportions. I could feel my brain stretching as I focused for these chunks of time.

Below, a brain-stretching artwork I finished, “The Butterflies,” oil and 23 karat gold leaf on panel.

(sm) The Butterflies, oil, gold leaf and paper on panel, 16x20, by Jessica Libor 2019

Even though it was hard, the results I got this year were far and away beyond what I had gotten in previous years. I created some of my favorite pieces. I remember one particular day, I blocked off a few hours to create. I got into such a state of flow that I did not realize that 6 hours had passed. I did not stop until the piece was complete. I was shocked that I was able to finish a large, technically detailed piece in just 6 hours. It’s probably my favorite piece this year! And it’s a physical piece of evidence of what you can do when you compress time and get into that focused state of flow. You are able to accomplish far more than you could imagine!

Below, “Darling,” the piece I finished in 6 hours of super intense focus!

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So as we step into the new year, ask yourself what you want to experience in your art career in the next 360 days, and even in the next decade, which is 3,600 days! Here are a few ideas with how to break that down. I have three steps for you that I believe will be helpful in casting your vision as you move into a new era of your artistic career.

  1. IDENTIFY WHAT YOUR DREAM CAREER LOOKS LIKE: The first step is to identify your wildest dreams: this is the WHAT. If anything WERE possible within your art career, what would that look like for you? Let go mentally of any circumstances holding you back as you imagine this. You may have a limiting thought that you are too old or too young for success, you don’t have enough time, you don’t live in the right place, you don’t have the funds to make the art…it could be anything negative that you have holding you back. Just temporarily suspend that limiting circumstance and imagine that it was not holding you back, but in fact, was an asset! Imagine how your art career would look like in its most ideal form. Where do you show your work? What artists do you show with? What kind of work do you make? How do you feel about the work that you make? How often do you work on your art? What kind of awards have you won? Are you teaching, or traveling anywhere? Where are you doing residencies? What kind of people support your art? How do you make money? (Although a topic for another post, selling your artwork is not the only way to make money as an artist: there is also teaching art, gaining a fan base on Patreon, selling lisences of your art, winning grants, doing commissions, doing public artworks, doing live events, and much more!) Write down the answers to the prompts, in vivid detail.
  2. IDENTIFY WHO YOU WANT TO BE: The next step is to identify WHO you are when you are the artist you described above. If all of your wildest dreams come true in your art career, who are you as that version of yourself? Does she get up at 6am and paint until noon? Or is she in the studio every day 9 to 5, like a regular job? Does she visit museums regularly, or go to exhibitions where she might meet people who could help her in her career? How does she think about the contribution that she is making through her art? Write it all down.
  3. IDENTIFY YOUR TOP THREE: The third step is to look at your dreams that you just wrote down and take within it your top 3 artistic goals that you would like to accomplish this year. EVEN if you think the goals would be IMPOSSIBLE to achieve within one year, I still want you to write them down. Why? Because when you identify a long term goal, even if it feels very lofty, you will strive to align yourself with that goal. You see, your brain is like a missile—when you put a destination in front of it, your amazing brain will look for ways to reach the goal. It works like magic! Eventually, even if it doesn’t happen within the first year, you will be aligned with your goal. Each day you’ll get a little closer if you keep it at the forefront of your consciousness. So take your top 3 goals, and write them very large somewhere you can see them in your studio. Look at them every day and be inspired!
  4. MAKE MINI GOALS: Once you have your top 3 goals, I want you to work on them one at a time. Take each goal and break it down into twelve mini-goals, one for each month. For instance, if one goal is to have a body of work you a really proud of within 2020, you can have a goal of making 3 amazing pieces per month that you are really proud of. This could overlap with a goal of applying to 100 shows or opportunities this year, which breaks down to only 12 applications per month, or 3 applications per week.
  5. BLOCK OUT TIME: Once you’ve made mini-goals for each month that support your top 5 goals, take out your calendar and block out the time you need each day to make it happen. Schedule out three months in advance, so you can build momentum. And then, be sure to show up and keep the promise to yourself to work on your goal. Remember it’s your invisible work or showing up that will create the reality of having your dreams come true!

I realize that when you’re trying to achieve new goals, old habits can be hard to overcome. That is because the brain is wired to seek pleasure, avoid pain, and be as efficient as possible. This is great when we are in the wilderness, avoiding wild animals and the cold (pain), looking for fruits and berries and somewhere soft and safe to lie down (seeking pleasure), and looking for the shortest way to get there (being as efficient as possible).

These hardwired instincts are actually really good because they have kept us alive as the human race for centuries. However, in the modern world, we have to be aware of our instincts and how they can hold us back. You see, in the modern world, and more particularly as a modern artist, avoiding pain could look like procrastinating on a project because of the effort it takes.

Seeking pleasure could look like watching Netflix to escape your reality or snacking on things that aren’t optimal for our health because of the short term pleasure.

And, seeking the most efficient way possible could look like trying to get success before you’ve put in the work and made artwork you’re actually proud of. You see, we are no longer running from bears and foraging for berries to survive (well, most of us, anyway!) but those instincts are still there.

And if we plan from our pre-frontal cortex, which is the smart part of our brain that allows us to plan, rationalize, and create, then we can overcome these basic instincts while still appreciating them and thanking them for keeping us alive! We can transcend our most basic state by identifying our goals and dreams and working to achieve them.

And what is art all about if not a transcendence beyond ourselves?

Another thing I like to think about as an artist is your duty. If you have decided to be an artist, then you have a duty to express your vision to the world. The world needs to see your creations and will be a better place because of it. It is your sacred duty to fulfill that job that only you can do.

One last thought is to create a vision board that includes images of your top 3 artistic goals for the year. That may include an image of the gallery you hope to show at, the kind of artwork you’d like to make, places you’d like to visit, and images and words that reflect who you’d like to be as you accomplish your top 5 goals. This can be helpful to keep motivation going as you do the hard work of the day to day grind of working on your goals! Especially as visual artists, we can be stimulated by visuals, and this can help us get in the mood to focus and remember why we are doing it in the first place.

Ok, I hope that this has been super helpful to you as you turn over the next decade and choose how you’d like to spend your next year! It’s my heart for you that you achieve your wildest dreams as an artist, and live a happy and fulfilled life along the way. I know that this is going to be your best year yet!

Lastly, I have a gift for you that I think will be extremely useful to you as you plan out your year. I’ve created a free Artistic Visioncasting worksheet, and mini-course, with everything you need to plan out your goals and dreams. There’s questions to prompt you, so you can break down your goals in an organized way. I created it specifically for this blog post so that you can get the most out of it! Just click the link below to download it.

ARTISTIC VISIONCASTING: CLICK HERE TO GET THE WORKSHEET AND MINI COURSE

Now go forth and create!

With light, love, and creativity,

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Jessica Libor

Visual Artist

www.jessicalibor.com

 

Lady of the Manor Fashion Story at the Rodin Museum

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Rodin is my favorite sculptor.  Ever since I saw his work at his home museum in Paris, I was in love with his work.  In Philadelphia, we have a small but gorgeous museum of his work, that I love!  In a collaboration with Ms. Malena’s Vintage Boutique and Kerasan Lamar Photography, who photographed all the images with me in them, we decided on this location to tell the story of the amazingly detailed turn of the century jacket and robe.  I loved the combination of these pieces and the backdrop of the beautiful and elegant sculptures and architecture.  To see more of Malena’s Vintage Boutique, check it out here!  I am such a fan of this shop, and have many of my dresses in my personal collection from her.  I highly recommend! And now, to feel this elegant every day…

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December Exhibition at Gristle Gallery in New York

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I am thrilled to announce that three small pieces of mine are showing at Gristle Gallery in New York.

Forbidden Love, oil and 23 karat gold leaf on paper, 2.5 x 3.5, by Jessica Libor 2019

Forbidden Love, by Jessica Libor

Forest Royalty, oil and 23 karat gold on paper, 2.5 x 3.5, by Jessica Libor 2019

Forest Royalty, by Jessica Libor

Odette, oil and 23 karat gold leaf on paper, 2.5 x 3.5, by Jessica Libor 2019

Odette, by Jessica Libor

These pieces are all inspired by myths and fairy tales.  Each scene is 2.5″ x 3.5″ and is oil on arches paper mounted on cardboard, with accents of real 23 karat gold leaf.  The first is “Forbidden Love,” a romantic interlude between a mermaid and fisherman.

The second is “Odette,” a stylized painting of the story made famous by the ballet, “Swan Lake.”  Each day Odette turns into a swan.

The third is “Forest Royalty,” inspired by the rulers of the forest in some alternate universe.

Each piece is $100 and can be acquired by contacting Gristle Gallery at gallery@gristletattoo.com .

Victorian Gothic Dreaming: Collab with 521 Gemini Vintage

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I am absolutely thrilled to get the chance to work with the vintage shop 521 Gemini Vintage, an absolute treasure trove of delightful relics of another era.  From their amazing store I plucked this violet dream of a dress.  It is dreamy and feminine, reminiscent of the Victorian era of which I am so fond!

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I worked with photographer Kerasan Lamar to create the mood of a turn of the century gothic novel.

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Jane Eyre comes to mind: always one of my favorite classics to read growing up, I must have re-read it a dozen times!  I suppose the gothic drama of it appealed to me, the melodrama that was so sincere.  And the setting of the moors, in a beautiful castle-like manor, was appealing.  A favorite passage, as she addresses Mr. Rochester:

“Do you think I am an automaton? — a machine without feelings? and can bear to have my morsel of bread snatched from my lips, and my drop of living water dashed from my cup? Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain, and little, I am soulless and heartless? You think wrong! — I have as much soul as you — and full as much heart! And if God had gifted me with some beauty and much wealth, I should have made it as hard for you to leave me, as it is now for me to leave you. I am not talking to you now through the medium of custom, conventionalities, nor even of mortal flesh: it is my spirit that addresses your spirit; just as if both had passed through the grave, and we stood at God’s feet, equal — as we are!”
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And, of course, this early feminist sentiment:

“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.”
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As I walked over the hills and dales near the Art Museum in Philadelphia, I felt just like Jane Eyre traversing the moors.  I’m hoping this photo shoot captures some of the feeling!

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To find your own magical outfit to transport you into another time and place, visit 521 Gemini Vintage.

The Winter Starlight Art Collection

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Just finished up a calming session of candlelit yoga before heading back to the studio.  Art can be so mental; you’re in your head so much thinking of compositions and colors and textures and ideas…once can’t forget you need a body to do the creative work, so yoga breaks are an essential!  That being said, I’ve been working nonstop on a little mini holiday collection!  It’s very inspired by night time and starlight on snow, winter pines and crescent moons.  I will be releasing it on Black Friday with a timed discount to my email subscribers first before releasing it on social media.  If you’d like to get the first look, click here and you’ll be on the list to get the special discount.

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The  picture above is what my complimentary gift wrapping looks like for the holidays!  All orders that are handmade will arrive looking similar to this package 🙂  I’m obsessed with these wrappings…silver purples and icy blue satins, and shimmering tulle!

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And now a little preview of my handmade ornaments…snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes…silver white winters that melt into springs, these are a few of my favorite things!  The picture above is a sample as well as the video below (it’s fun to see it sparkle!)  It’s been such a delight creating these unique ornaments, each one hand signed and painted by me.  These are part of the Winter Starlight collection!  Join my email list by clicking here to get access when they are released.

 

More from the Winter Starlight collection.  Original one of a kind handmade paintings with accents of 23 karat gold.  Drops exclusively to my email list on Black Friday with a sweet little deal…click here to be included.

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And another gem below, from the Winter Starlight collection…”Blue Pines.”  It was such fun sourcing these vintage frames and dreaming up scenes to fill them with!

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This one is under glass, as it’s watercolor and pastel on paper.  The Winter Starlight collection will be released on Black Friday to my email list and 10% of the sales will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, one of the leading research hospitals in developing life saving cures for children with serious diseases.  If you’d like to see the collection when it drops, click here to be included!

 

Florence Memories

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“Everything about Florence seems to be colored with a mild violet, like diluted wine.” —Henry James, 1869 • I was fortunate enough to spend a summer in Florence a few years ago, studying painting with the @florenceacademyofart . It was the first time I experienced a step by step process of building a painting, and was amazed at the results that could be achieved—paintings that looked like old master works—by following the same steps they used carefully. I was instantly hooked in this ultimate fantasyland of classical painting. That summer seems golden and beautiful, in part because of the overwhelming art that filled the city. This photo is from Florence, Italy, at the Villa Medicea de Lillian… I couldn’t find the photographer, but it is representative of the beautiful structures and paintings that are around every corner in the beautiful city. What is a city that has influenced your art?

Into the coppery halls: the end of autumn

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Into the coppery halls; of beech and intricate oak; to be close to the trees; as they whisper together; let fall their leaves!

—Whim Wood, by Katherine Towers ✨. The first frost has come and winter is almost upon us. Each season brings its own aesthetic I enjoy for its own reasons. The end of autumn feels very mysterious and elusive to me.