Monday, July 9, 2012

playing with paint



Hey guys! 
I'm happy to report that it was a bit cooler here on the NJ Shore today! A big hooray! Thanks to those who sent me some virtual cooler weather. ;)

And thanks bunches for the excitement about our little wall painting project. I'm really excited to show it to you guys! We have a few things to finish up tonight and I'll be sharing the tutorial tomorrow.  I'm really happy with it! I think you guys will like it too. :)



Thanks to the not so awful temp I was able to sit down to do some painting today. If you've been following my blog for a while you may know that my "personal" style of painting is far more abstract than what we do for our "business".  I really love the freedom of it. No rules, no set outcome. Just color, and vibe, and fun. I refer to these paintings of mine as "day dreams". And they really really are. I know they may look like blobs and streaks and blurs, and splotches...but to me...they are the temperature of the motel room in Wildwood, or the scent of a Pina Colada, or the feeling of sand between my toes.  I really try not to judge these pieces. It's such a different part of my brain and soul. When Aaron and I sit down to design things for our shop, we are thinking of a target market...of the homes or business they will hang in, or if the colors are marketable. These on the other hand are just for me. :) It is so important for self supporting artists and crafters to find artsy ways to make themselves happy...with no pressure. Painting and Art Journaling are my little escapes.

How about you? Do you create just for YOU? I'd love to hear/see!

Okie doke...I'll be back tomorrow! Thanks for visiting!
xo Jenny

25 comments:

  1. so cute Jenny! You should come out here to oceanside, ca and teach a painting class! it is much cooler here and we have pina coladas too!!

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  2. I paint portraits for other people and cute girls for myself. I have the same motivation: portrait commissions are all business and mermaids are fun whimsical bits of artsy relaxation.

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  3. Ohhhhh i love Wildwood!! We went there a few years back for a family reunion! :) I love love love your paintings!! And I love to create just for me! :)

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  4. I like the colors you are using! Very sweet.

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  5. Can't wait to see the finished product!I love all that you do.

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  6. i love your abstract art jenny, i was never good at doing anything abstract in art school lol
    i wish i got to do more cookies that were my style but i need to target my audience so its rare that i get to do that lol

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  7. I do the same however with sewing :) Sometimes I just get so tired of making clothing to be sold that I have to go get some pretty fabric just for me, and then everything gets pushed aside so that I can sit here until 3 o'clock in the morning if necessary just to be able to finish it so I can wear it the next day! (crazy I know!) Lately I've also been craving to pick up a pencil again though...

    xo
    Alex
    http://louise-amabilis.blogspot.com/

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  8. Hi, Jenny! I love your abstract art! - WOW! Color scheme is so juicy and dreamy. Love it!! I do create for me. I think if you create for 'someone else' or for anything other than you, it becomes a chore and shows in the work. xoxo

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  9. Your personal art looks just like you! What does Aarons personal art look like? Im sure its not cupcakes and glitter. would love to see sometime!
    happy Tuesday!
    xoxo
    vivian

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  10. Your work is adorable! They are abstract, fun and cute at the same time. And the colors are lovley!

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  11. love the color scheme! always love your artwork.

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  12. Ooo... I absolutely love your daydream art! What a way to put it. =)

    I have always enjoyed making projects, but I almost always make them for someone else. The project creation is the fun, rewarding, and soothing part for me, but I usually don't know what to do with it afterward.

    I think this may change when I buy a house! Then I'll feel like I truly have a place that is "mine" to cherish... and decorate! And then the games will begin. =)

    But one thing I am really loving about having a blog is being able to share those projects, and see what kinds of things others come up with. And YOU! You are so inspiring and prolific! I am constantly amazed by what you and Aaron come up with!

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  13. @gina g...Thank you so much!! Oh my goodness..that would be incredible!! First..I ADORE Cali! When Aaron and I taught at Artistic Affaire last year we fell in love with it!! I would just be in heaven I think! Ohhh gotta make that happen! :)

    Happy Summer!
    xo

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  14. @katcanpaint A girl after my own heart! :)
    xo

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  15. @Julie Tucker-Wolek Thank you SO very much!! :) Oh gosh..Wildwood really is my happy place. Of course there are parts that have become incredibly seedy...but The Caribbean motel...I left a piece of my heart there! :)

    Thank you so much for visiting!
    xo

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  16. @Missy Hi! Thanks so much for popping in and for your kind words! :)


    xo

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  17. @Bernadette Thank you so much! I'll be hanging them in the studio..and I have a studio tour planned for you guys! Stay tuned!

    Thanks for visiting!!
    xo

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  18. @The Fancy Lady Thank you so much doll! Ohh I'd LOVE to see what you'd create if you didn't have to think of your audience....your work is fantastic already! I can only imagine it with no boundaries! :)

    XO

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  19. @Louise.Amabilis Ohhh my gosh....I so so know what you mean! Totally on the same page! I wish wish wish I could sew! Totally a dream of mine. I just don't think I have patience. A dear friend bought me a machine for my bday like 8 yrs ago...I tried it out like 3x...and failed...haha. I'm crazy..trust me. I over think everything! I took sewing in high school and actually made some great stuff! I think I need someone standing over me! haha! Can you move next door? ;)

    Thanks so much for popping in! :)

    xo

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  20. @Alisa Steady Thanks so so much!

    Yeah...my doodles and abstract stuff..and art journaling are really my escape. It helps me to not feel burned out. :)

    Thanks for popping in!! :)
    xo

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  21. @vivian Thank you SO SO much! :)

    Oh gosh it's so funny you ask... Well "our" art is the cupcakes, and vintage scenes and all that stuff... my personal art tends to be shape, color, vibe....and Aaron LOVES black, grey, bits of red...things like water towers, and industrial building! :) Those are the types of things he paints. Also people... :)

    Thanks for asking!

    LOVE ya!
    xo

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  22. @Zima Oh thank you so much!! So kind of you! Thank you so much for visiting and for your sweet words. :)

    xo

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  23. @Valerie Thank you very much! :) I so appreciate it! Happy to share! And I always loving seeing the work of my blogland friends! feel free to leave me a link to your current projects! :)
    xo

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  24. @Kelsea @ Pink Wonderland Ohh gosh!! Squish squish!! You are just such a sweetheart! Thank you so much for the kindness and support! It means so much! :)

    Do you guys plan to get a house soon? We rented for YEARS....and then this whole crazy scenario came about and here we are in a house! :) My childhood home! It's weird..but fun making it ours. and yes..having your own space brings out creativity! :)

    Thanks bunches for visiting me!: )

    xo

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  25. " Can you move next door? ;)"
    I would....but I don't think I could take the heat ;)

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