Happy Spring! Wow - what a busy couple of months it has been!
I am so excited for my new website www.jenniferloveartwork.com
Please go check it out and tell me what you think!
Paintings 4 Parkinson's
As many of you know, my husband was diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson's Disease at age 44 (two years after we married). I am a TeamFox member and try to be proactive about raising some money for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research through donating a percentage of my annual art sales, but I wanted to do more.
In 2009, we put together a Pancakes for Parkinson's fundraising breakfast which was mildly successful, and we had intended to make this an annual event. But, since then, life has become busier, and one year has turned into another without a "second annual" breakfast.
So, for the past year or so, I have been trying to think of another way to put together a fundraiser that would incorporate what I and other artists already do (painting and selling work online) but would still have the feel of a fundraiser. That’s when I started thinking about Paintings 4 Parkinson’s
. And now...the time has come! Our inaugural Paintings 4 Parkinson's event begins on May 1st on eBay. Every artist with work up for auction will be donating a percentage of the sale to the Michael J. Fox Foundation via eBay Giving Works. Please click here
to read my blog post "Our Story" to learn more about me and Steve, how the idea developed, and the details and Call to Artists. (If you are an artist and would just like to read the Call to Artists, you can click here
I will be posting information and auction links on our Paintings 4 Parkinson's
FaceBook page here, and I will also post, pin, and tweet the auctions on my Jennifer Love Artwork FB and Twitter pages as well. We would love for you to be involved either as an artist or as a collector of artwork.
But, if you would just prefer to give a straight up donation to the cause, you can visit my TeamFox Personal Fundraising Page here
I encourage you...my collectors, friends, family, and artist colleagues to check out Paintings 4 Parkinson's May 1st - 8th
by searching P4PMJFF
to find all the listings.
Here's a sneak preview for you of some of the paintings I will be listing for Paintings 4 Parkinson's
starting May 1st
"Red Door in Scandinavia" - one of my personal favorites, based on a photo I took while visiting Denmark with my friend.
"He Dreamed of a Giant" - painted en plein air on location at Gilgal Sculpture Garden
in Salt Lake City, UT.
"Pink Flowers, Blue Bucket" - painted just this weekend at a workshop with Lester Lee
While May is our inaugural month, Paintings 4 Parkinson's
will be a continuing monthly event on eBay, beginning on the 1st of the month. I hope to grow the participation and Parkinson's awareness community as the months continue! Artists who participate will receive JPG "awards" for the most bids, most unique bidders, and highest sale amount.
I hope you'll check it out!
Still coming along a bit slower than I hoped, but the children's book illustration continues. Here is the most recent pic. :)
I have been privileged this spring to attend two watercolor workshops. The first, taking place Feb 28th - March 1st, was with the lovely and incredibly talented Joyce Baron
. This workshop focused on composing abstract paintings, but the ideas of painting composition reach across all genres. It was a great way to get my artist hat back on and get my creative juices flowing again. (Workshops are so good for getting those juices flowing!) If you would like to read more about the Joyce Baron workshop, click here
to go to my blog post.
Here are a couple of the paintings that I made during the workshop:
"An Orange Pair"
I was also lucky to be able to attend a workshop with Lester B. Lee
on April 26, 2014 in Clarkston, UT. Lester is an incredibly gifted artist and teacher, and one of the most humble men you will ever meet in your life. He is soft spoken and gentle, but sure of himself, his skill, and what he is teaching. Lester has a way to make every single student feel special. He always finds something good in every piece of work someone produces, and has a way of giving constructive suggestions along with ample amounts of positive praise.
Lester is the teacher who inspired me to pursue art - instilling the confidence that I actually had some skills and talent to develop. I greatly admire him as an artist and as a person. As an adult, he has become a good friend to me and my family, and we are always so excited when we get to see him at local art events or when I am able to take a workshop.
Lester's painting style is much more traditional "watercolor." His workshops are always such a great way for me to loosen up, observe the properties of watercolor paint, and learn to create texture with my brush.
Here are some of the paintings I completed in the workshop this weekend.
"Pink Flowers, Blue Bucket"
"Green Gas Pump"
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