Archive for March, 2010

Mystery Revealed!

Saturday, March 27th, 2010

I finished it! Yes I did. Hopefully you can figure out what I made. Once again, a predominately photo-centric post.

Remember this?

Well, I ripped it apart.

Cut it up, glued it, nailed it…

Sliced it.

Put it in its place.

And made the coolest box ever!

I used power tools. Oh! The power tools! I used a circular saw, drills, and a jigsaw…

I couldn't help myself.

It is so satisfying to work with my hands like this. It was very relaxing and challenging at the same time. I really enjoyed learning how to do everything, and getting the chance to think in 3D. I still cant tell you what it’s all about. But I will let you know soon, I promise!

There are still a ton of leftovers and I’m trying to decide what to do with them. My mom suggested coasters, but thats a little boring for my taste. Perhaps a small box? Picture frame? I dont know, do you have any suggestions? I would love some feedback. :)

Use your hands, the outcome is rewarding!

-Jen

Evolving Mysteries Part 2

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

I have made even more progress on my mystery object. :) This post is mostly photos, ok?

Rolled up magazines and the frame I made the other day

It was so nice yesterday I just took all my supplies to the park and worked on this. It was very cathartic, and I listened to ‘The Path to Enlightenment’ by the Dalai Lama. VERY relaxing, let me tell you.

almost done!

badda bing!

trimming the edges

the view from the back

remnants

Some of the clippings would make great beads, so I think I’m going to clear coat them somehow and see what I can do. Use the whole buffalo, right?

Finished!

I clear coated the CRAP out of this. I still need to sand down the edges a bit and make sure it looks immaculate. I finished part of the mystery project, and it feels GOOD. But there is still more to come. :)

Also, I got this sweet thing in the mail today. I have no idea who its from, but it made me laugh pretty hard. Whoever it was must have known that I dislike football greatly.

Does this qualify as fan art?

More and more mysteries, all the time. I like it. I feel like Harriet the Spy of art and life. We should all feel that way at some point I guess. It keeps things interesting.

-Jen

Evolving Mysteries

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

As you may remember, in my last post I introduced you to my mystery project. Unfortunately I cant tell you what it is until later down the line, I cant even tell you it’s purpose or why I’m making it. But I can tell you, it’s juicy. It’s a good mystery that even keeps me guessing.

Today I FINALLY made some progress AND I got to learn how to use a circular saw. I feel so handy! I want to be one of those awesome ladies thats like, “pssh, I built that!” Pandoras box has been opened my friends, and the future looks to be full of handy lady craft. :)

Before

After

This was taken on my lap desk, the black thingy behind it. That has nothing to do with the project- just the wooden frame of some kind. Just to be clear, this is NOT the finished product, just part of it.

I’ll post more on my project tomorrow when I make even more progress!

Also, on a completely unrelated note, listen to this. It’s my new favorite song.

Jen

Mysteries

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

I have been up to something, dear readers! I can’t tell you what it is yet, but I can give you little tidbits.

supplies

I disapprove of flash

No, I haven’t been sitting around drinking cases of vintage Scottish Whiskey.

lace and spray paint

rolled up magazines

I got this idea from this blog.

Also, I have some announcements- I have a twitter account! I promised myself I’d never be one of those people who tweets but I figure, heck, if Conan does it I can do it.

One last thing- according to Google analytics, both Russia and Pakistan have viewed this blog at least once. But I’d like to thank those people in Australia for viewing this blog more than any other (non American) country, and a special thanks to those in the town of Adelaide. Thanks y’all!

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler.” – Henry David Thoreau

Jen

Jello Salad

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

Have you ever felt like you are spinning your wheels and you aren’t getting anywhere? Well, thats the story of my life at the moment. I have a million spinning plates and I am waiting for some of them to come crashing to the floor while the others keep spinning. I feel like a grape suspended in Jello salad- not going anywhere. Enough with the metaphors. I needed an outlet, and today I finally got a day off and some good ideas I wanted to try out. I hadn’t done a fashiony drawings in a long time, and I’m not gonna lie, this girl (particularly this entry) had something to do with it. (She’s pretty talented!) Is it creepy to tag someone’s blog in your own blog when you don’t know them? Whatever.

Here are the results

Fashion sketch

I wanted to scan it before I erased my sketch lines and colored it in. :) This was also partially inspired by this girl as well- you gotta give credit where credit is due! Plus, I just met her the other day when she came into the place where I work. :)

I wanted the colors to be a bit more muted, but oh well. I also made her legs WAAAAAAAY too long.

I feel like lately I have been doing a lot of experimentation with media and style, and as a result my art has been rather up in the air. Out of those experiments, I have completed nothing (which isn’t to say I haven’t gained anything, I’m learning. But hey! Gouache isn’t an easy medium!). I suppose I just need to feel grounded in some way, which I why I’m revisiting the old Jen.

2007

2007

A few things to notice- no backgrounds, I rarely used color… many snakes. I don’t know what my deal was, but hey, there were some pretty good results.

In the meantime, I guess I’ll just try to take it as it comes and remember that the journey is as important as the destination. My current situation isn’t just a means to an end.

-Jen

Support your artistic friends

Friday, March 5th, 2010

Do you ever take a look at who your friends are and say to yourself- man, my friends are awesome…WAY cooler than I am, but I must be pretty cool to have friends like these! Well, in a nutshell, that’s the story of my life. My friend Adam is living at home until he relocates for a new job later this month- and it’s been really cool getting to do artsy stuff with him. He is an AMAZING photographer, musician, bike repair expert- pretty much all that and a bag of chips. We always talked about collaborating and this past week, we finally got around to doing it! He is best friends with Justin- aka Har Herrar. Justin, too is all that and a bag of chips- an organic, biodegradable bag of chips. :) Har Herrar is Justins’ music project, and I gotta tell you, It’s worth a listen. He has such amazing lyrics. But thats beside the point- Adam and I teamed up to design a tee shirt for Har Herrar, which we plan on silk screening- cant wait! Here is a look at the design- albeit, the rough draft- it looks much more refined on the transparency- (we made the line width vary,the cracks in the glass and the interior of the car is a much thinner line weight.)

Har Herrar

The coyote in the back represents Justin- he asked me to draw this for him a while back but I never had the time. Finally, I got it done. :)

As if doing sweet designs with Adam wasn’t enough, he also modeled for Drink n Draw this past monday- so I got to draw him as well!

Adam

Aside from having sweet friends- I also have a kind of awesome family. Here is a picture of my grandad, Jack. He was an animal lover, probably one of the kindest souls I ever knew. He was driving through Idaho (where he was from, where this picture was taken) with some friends and he bet them that he could get a deer to come over to him, and obviously, he did.

Grandad Jack

Even in his old age when most of his vocabulary escaped him, he always would pull this photo from his wallet and talk about it in fractured sentences. Ah, so endearing.

It’s ok to be sentimental about how talented and awesome your friends and/ or family are. It’s good to reflect on this, and be thankful. Do what you can for them. :)

-J