I am very pleased to share that I have several pieces I’m exhibiting in a new exhibition collection with Era Contemporary, called Spring Valentine. The show will be up until April! Below are just a few of the works in the show.
The full lineup of artists includes: Lauren Woods, Nancy Bea Miller, Jessica Libor, Jason Blake, Emily Taylor Rodgers, Gelena Pavlenko, Alayne Sahar, Jenny Brown, Manuel Nunez, Kathryn Kincaid, Jess Polk, and Alexandra Levasseur.
This is a very imaginative and playful show, where you’ll see mermen, beautiful princes, pink blossoms, glistening skin, winged zephyrs romancing nymphs, gorgeous flowers, beautiful drapery and an air of languid romance.
Browse this unique collection of work in Spring Valentine by clicking the button below! All pieces are available for immediate purchase right on the gallery website.
I’m very excited to share that I will have a solo exhibition in April called WILDLOVE!
This will be an all new collection of artworks I’m currently making. It will be different in many ways than anything I’ve made before. I will be giving you glimpses into my process as I create the pieces, but the actual work will be a secret only to be unveiled during the virtual exhibition!
I invite you to register for the special virtual event and read more about it by clicking the button below! Those who register will get a hand-signed postcard of a show image signed by the artist and mailed to your address.
This week, I began a magical piece involving spiky pink cactii flowers, the palest violet shades, and a lady and her wildcat for WILDLOVE. I also finished my #21visions challenge, which was to create 21 small ink pieces during the month of January.
These new ink pieces are now photographed and you can browse and purchase them by clicking the button below!
In this episode, I chat with Philadelphia artist and educator Nancy Bea Miller about using challenges like the Strada Challenge to increase productivity, skill and efficiency within your art practice! Having completed such challenges several times Nancy gives us tips to help complete each challenge you set while using it to further your art practice. Enjoy this fun and relaxing conversation between friends.
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There’s something so special about the start of a new year. Mistakes erased, we get to start anew with fresh hope and a renewed vision for who we would like to be. But here’s the thing… this year will only be different for you if you step into the version of you that you’ve been holding back before!
Can you picture who that person is? Can you see the energy and excitement around this new version of you, stepping into belief that their artistic vision is possible? How does it feel when you imagine your most ideal situation?
Much of my coaching work for artists is centered around two teachings:
The first is that you and your artwork are already worthy. The second is that others take their cues from you as to where you belong in the art world. You are in charge of how much you sell your work for, how you present it, and what you create!
In this spirit of these two teachings, I recently released a podcast this weekend about the magical, powerful step of organizing your art career. When you do this, you tell the world, I am ready. I am serious. I am worthy. I am beginning as I would like to go on.
The different sectors I talk about are organizing your physical work, organizing your inventory system, your collector records, and your revenue and expenses! I challenge you to think of these not as administrative tasks, but as ways to show your beautiful, cherished, precious artwork HONOR. This sends a magical chain reaction from you to anyone you come into contact with that you believe your artwork is worth keeping track of, worth honoring, and worth taking seriously. If you want your work to end up in a museum…a beautiful way to have your work honored and cherished…let’s start by honoring your work and showing its value within your studio!
I’m excited to present this week’s interview with you! It’s a good one and very practical. Kerry Dunn is an award winning painter who currently works in Philadelphia and teaches at Studio Incamminati. In this video interview (you can also listen to the audio version only on the Inspired Painter podcast on Spotify and Apple Podcasts ) we talk about setting up your art practice so it is a priority in your life.
We talk about ideas for keeping overhead low, and making space energetically and time wise for your art practice to grow and thrive. I hope you enjoy this amazing interview! Share your thoughts in the artist’s Facebook group! .
I’m excited to announce that I will be teaching several classes both in person and online this winter! I am listing the links and descriptions here below, but if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at email@example.com. Any in person class will require masks for all attendees and myself. I hope to see you this new year! 🙂
“ONSITE (IN-PERSON) EXPLORING DRAWING AND MATERIALS” at the Main Line Art Center, Tuesday evenings February 23–March 23, 2021. In this class, students will explore the basics of drawing, including line, shape, proportion, and texture. We will also use different materials, such as colored pencils, inks, pastels, and charcoal, to create floral subjects and object still lifes. The goal is to get comfortable using a variety of mediums and, most importantly, have fun! To learn more and register click here.
“ONSITE (IN-PERSON) EXPLORING WATERCOLOR AND INKS” at the Main Line Art Center, Tuesday evenings January 12-February 9th 2021. In this class, students will explore water-based medias, learning to paint from delicate masterworks that exemplify brushy watercolor and ink techniques. All reference photos will be provided. Expect to come away inspired and refreshed after having fun creating beautiful and whimsical paintings. To register and learn more click here!
“ONLINE ZOOM CLASS: PASTEL PAINTING” with the Norristown Art League, Fridays 1-3pm, 2 session options 5 weeks each. Session 1: January 22, 29, February 5, 12, 19th. Session 2: March 5, 12, 19, 26 and April 2. Great for beginners!
In this class, students will learn the basics of using pastels to create a beautiful pastel artwork of a landscape (image provided). Topics covered will include composition, color usage, blending the medium, and special effects unique to pastels. Suitable for beginning to intermediate artists with no experience necessary with pastels. It is recommended you have a laptop or tablet to virtually attend the class. To register and find out more, click here!
“IN-PERSON, ONSITE: WATER MEDIAS” at the Norristown Art League. Max 8 students and masks required. Monday • 5-weeks • 2 to 4 pm. 2 Session options! Session 1: January 18, 25, Feb 1, 8, 15. Break: February 22 Session 2: March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
In this class, students explore a unique way to use watercolor and ink mediums! Using techniques from the Rococo time period in France, we will layer ink and watercolor to create lush, delicate paintings of landscapes inspired by the artists Boucher and Fragonard (reference images provided). To learn more and register click here.
“ONLINE SELF-PACED: DISCOVERING YOUR ARTISTIC VOICE” with Jessica Libor Studio and the Visionary Artist’s Salon. A guided pre-recorded video course hosted by Jessica for artists to discover their unique style, based on their preferences, personality, values and spirit. Discovering Your Artistic Voice is made up of 7 Modules with 3 lessons within each module. These include video and slideshow lectures, pdf downloadable worksheets, and surveys–all designed to help you spring forward and focus your creativity quickly! Best of all, it’s yours to replay and come back to whenever you like. To learn more or register, click here!
The leaves are falling and turning gorgeous colors, but the cold weather has begun to settle in. The air is crisp and at night you may smell bonfires drifting on the air under the stars. We are in the heart of autumn! This has always been for me a time to turn inward, and take stock of how my creativity and artistic goals for the year are going. This year has obviously been very different and challenging, but I take comfort in the fact that we can control our own little corner of the world…for me, my home and studio.
By making my time at home and in the studio as comforting and pleasurable as I can, I create a little oasis of respite from the world. The warmth of lit candles adds a pretty glow, pretty rocks I pick up on my daily walks are arranged artfully, and incense fills the air. I listen to lilting music to put me in a good mood (current fave playlist is French Cafe on Spotify!).
I’ve been taking rambling walks near my studio and marveling at the golden leaves falling against the blue sky. So much beauty in every phase of the year! In my studio, I’ve begun working on a series of paintings for a solo show in April called Wildlove. More details to come as we get closer to the date!
I’ve also been focusing on something quite different, abstract pieces for a pre-holiday collection along with a line of wearable clothing. More details to come this month!
In other news, The Mythical Sea collection of available work on my website will be retiring soon. There are still a few pieces available, so take a look and see if you would like to snatch anything before it’s gone! Click here to shop.
Until next week, wishing you gentle and peaceful days,
In this virtual event, attendees will get a first look at the newest collection of art by Jessica Libor, inspired by the ocean and its stories and fairy tale lore.
This ticket is your reservation to attend the LIVE, VIRTUAL event held over Zoom, and using 3D technology to bring you the experience of actually being in a gallery room with the new artwork! All work will be inspired by the ocean, incorporating both the natural power of the ocean, and also gem-like pieces filled with silver leaf and cool tones evoking the mythical tales of mermaids and sirens.
10% of the sale of all tickets will be donated to Ocean Conservancy, a wonderful nonprofit that works to create science-based solutions for a healthy ocean and the wildlife and communities that depend on it.
Attendees will receive a hand-signed by the artist postcard of the show image, as well as a generous discount on the artwork featured.
Wear your mermaid or beach inspired outfit and join us for this live interactive event in the arts!
I’m excited to share that two pieces from my recent pastel collection from my show “Enchanted Portals” has been featured on The Art Blog, on their series “Artists in the Time of Coronavirus”.
Several pieces from this collection are still available through my shop here.
The article includes my statements on the work:
Each portrait revealed is a different woman, and these drawings are inspired by the idea of the selfie as a self portrait. The enchanted portal today is technology, and through technology we can curate the way that we are seen, in the same way that artists in other centuries flattered their subjects or imagined a different surrounding for them. I was particularly inspired to do this series because of the impact on millions of quarantined individuals. With nowhere to go socially, how wdo we as individuals still express our creative personalities through our styling? Does it still matter to get dressed up if no one will see you? How does creating a selfie with your cellphone mimic the process of creating a work of art? Many things are the same: choosing the elements, composition, lighting, colors, and subject matter. In many ways, the selfie and the self-portrait are the same thing: the artist’s version of themselves that they want to reveal to the world. Through blending fantasy and reality, they can be perceived as who they aspire to be. How does creating an idealized fantasy world surrounding you create relief psychologically? Is it escapism, or creativity?
It is my belief that the self-portrait of today is the selfie—a way for any individual with a digital device to record their own existence in whatever way feels good to them. It is a way of asserting their presence in the world and reflects the human’s timeless desire to make a mark on society and the world: it is a way to be seen.