Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Hopes and Dreams take Flight!

I finally mailed my artwork to Cloth Paper Scissors magazine.   I stressed myself out wondering and worrying…should I decorate the box? what if it gets lost in the mail? what if it doesn't get there in time? what if they don't like it? Finally, I just packaged it up with love and care and said a little prayer. It was then that I realized, I wasn't simply holding a piece of cardboard.  This small box had become more to me.  This little box was not just holding my artwork, it was carrying my hopes and dreams.  I decided to give my box wings, set it free and let my hopes and dreams take flight!

Thank you Kelly Rae, Autumn Rose and fellow flyers for helping me find my wings.  Wish me luck!

Monday, January 21, 2013

More Good News...check out the 2013 CREATE-NJ website!

I was just browsing online for info on the different mixed media art retreats I hope to attend this year.  When I got to the 2013 CREATE-NJ website, I was shocked and pleasantly surprised that it featured a photo of me and my artwork from last year's retreat! Thanks CREATE!  Here is the link:

2013 CREATE mixed media retreat NJ

Thursday, January 17, 2013

YAY--I'm a finalist!!!

Just got the news today that I was selected as a finalist in the Cloth Paper Scissors "make mine mini" challenge!  I am soooo excited! Cloth Paper Scissors is my favorite magazine and I feel like I won the lottery!  Thank you to everyone who "viewed/liked" my pieces!  The next step is to send in the original and hope it's one of the pieces chosen for publication!  Keep your fingers crossed!  It would definitely be another dream come true!  The piece of mine that was selected is "be a star."  This was my personal favorite of the group I submitted.  The first layer of this mixed media piece is full of messages that have special meaning to me including a page torn from the Cloth Paper Scissors magazine and a newspaper headline that says "don't defer the dream."  Thanks to Cloth Paper Scissors and congrats to all the other finalists!



Thursday, January 10, 2013

Cloth Paper Scissors Challenge!

Started the new year by creating 5 new mini canvases to enter into the Cloth Paper Scissors Reader Challenge!  Each piece has a different inspirational message.  You can view my pieces and leave comments on their website http://www.clothpaperscissors.com/media/9/default.aspx?PageIndex=2.
My minis are on page two.  I also entered one of my mini 3-d cupcakes.

The finalists will be posted tomorrow.  Really hope to be one of them--wish me luck!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year 2013!

2012 was definitely an Artful year for me!  I started with a blank canvas--having no idea where my creative journey would take me.  I joined the Del Ray Artisans gallery and participated in 3 shows there.  I even had my first gallery sale!  I also participated in a group show at Herndon Artspace.  I went to my first Art Retreat (CREATE) in NJ where I learned all kinds of new mixed media techniques and met lots of great people (thanks Jodi and Cindy)!  I also had an awesome time taking an online art business class--Flying Lessons (thanks Kelly Rae and fellow flyers)!  I am happy to say that I created over 20 fun new pieces of art in 2012!  In addition to realizing some of my ART dreams, I was able to realize one of my lifetime dreams of seeing the Northern Lights!  They were truly amazing!  I am so grateful for my wonderful year of ART and ADVENTURE and for my family who put up with all my crazy ideas!

Once again, I am starting the year with a blank canvas.  I am not sure what Artful opportunities await me in 2013.  I am open to possibility and hope to fill this year with creativity, celebration, and inspiration!  I am wishing these things for YOU too!  Where are you headed on YOUR creative journey?  Keep me posted...  Happy New Year! oxox jackie