Come see the amazing Jess live and in person as she takes on kickstarter, convention, moving and commissions all in one fun filled weekend.
We've just found out we have thirty days to pack up and move out. I need help. I have a go fund me running here: www.gofundme.com/h9mwf4p8 …; ANYthing will help. Even a dollar will help. Please, share as much as possible, pass the word, please any help.
Hey all. Lots going on over here, right now I have a kickstarter going for prints of the Empress AND the Peacock dragon. So hop on over there if you'd like to get in on the prints: www.kickstarter.com/projects/4…
There's sixteen days left on the kickstarter, and it's fully funded, so I'm pretty excited!
The Queen of Pentacles is still on display in Seattle, and that's the only thing I can formally announce at this moment. I have some exciting things happening in the future.
I'm working on quite a few pieces that I can't share just yet, so there will be a lull for a while before I upload new art.
The Empress is finished! But I can't show you the finished painting until March. However if you are in Utah, she is currently on display at the Springville Museum of Fine Art until mid January. You can find more info at smofa.org
The queen of pentacles is also on display at the Eight and Sand gallery, and then later to another gallery in washington until late febuary. You can find that information here: www.facebook.com/events/151648…
I am still around! Art will be coming soon!
First: The meditation deck's kickstarter will launch on September 1st, so stay tuned!
Second: I have been invited back to the 78 tarot group, for their carnival themed deck. This time I am doing the empress card and they are allowing the sharing of my works in progress so check it out:
Last, and most definitely not least, i have been hired to do some work for the upcoming reprint of the Last Unicorn graphic novel, and they also are allowing me to share my work so... expect last unicorn work from me soon!
I'll update you all as soon as I am back online <3
I am going in for a very small surgical procedure tomorrow. I tend to react very heavily to sedation, so I’m not expecting to be up and about until Monday. If I am up earlier, awesome! But please know that if I don’t reply to anything… it’s just till I am back awake and about!
Update: out of surgery, it went well, still woozy doozy so I won't be available, but doing great.
So much art is happening. The kickstarter funded successfully, printed without a hitch, and I am now cutting the mats to send the art out. The great news is... I overfunded, and so was able to finance a print run of my wisteria dragon! I'll be offering those prints for sale once I am through taking care of my kickstarter friends.
The DD came as a HUGE surprise for me, and a welcome one while I'm sitting here boxing up the kickstarter the DD painting was for. Thank you so much everyone!
I have some new art that I cannot post till after this weekend, due to special 'someone has to see it first' requirements, but it's very different for me and I hope you all like it.
The meditation deck is about a quarter of the way done. I'm hoping to have it all finished by august, so that I can start the kickstarter on it. This deck is a collaboration with my beautiful daughter who is an incredible poet, in the hopes of helping those who suffer from anxiety and stress to find a way to calm themselves and bring themselves to a more stable state of mind. I am not a psychiatrist, nor a psychologist, but I am applying all the meditation and healing techniques my doctors have taught me, to create a deck that is as soothing as possible. I can't wait to share it with you all.
There is more art coming but I am under some NDA's right now, so just know.. big, amazing things coming.
Friend and family art
You might notice I have uploaded the art of my daughter and my stepmom. I'm on a mission to help them see their dreams come true, and so am collaborating with my family members, as well as doing all I can to show off their skills. I am so proud of them, and they have been there for me through so much. I want to share them with you all as well.
Well on a health front, I am getting better. For the first time my doctor has not raised nor changed my medications, so I'm fairly stable now. I do have my down days, but they are few and far between, and generally have to be triggered by something to cause them.. rather than just happening randomly. My artistic drive is back and I am painting every single day.
I have also become a minister. What does this mean? Not a whole hell of a lot seeing as I am an atheist as far as religion goes, but what it DOES mean is that I am licensed and registered to perform marriages. I did this so that my friends and family members who are gay will be able to have a *wedding* and not just a courthouse ceremony. I had the courthouse thing and it's something that I have regretted my whole life. I don't want my loved ones to feel that same regret, so I made it so that they don't have to worry about finding a minister who will accept them. I will. It is legal, and if you are wishing me to perform your wedding ceremony I *will* need at least three weeks notice to register my ordination with your county clerk (as that's part of the legal paperwork to make the wedding legal) and we will need to go over exactly how the county requires your paperwork filed, as I do NOT want to have anyone's wedding ruined with poor management of red tape. I am eclectic and non denominational (being an atheist), but I have no problem with using ceremonies that the couple desires.
All in all, things are going well. I hope they are going well with you all too.
As of yesterday, my daughter became a world record holder in the guiness book of world records for the largest swim lesson ever given. She says it was terrifying, so many small children, and it was just an excrutiating length of time of neverending saving kids from drowning. But she did it, and she and her colleagues are now in the record books!
First off, there is only six hours left on the kickstarter! So hop in while you can my friends! I’m excited!
Secondly, I am proud to announce that “Once Upon A Time” is now available for purchase through Amazon! I am one of the illustrators for the anthology this time around.
This charity is very close to my heart. They provide assistance and education on rape and abuse, and also run the military’s hotline for those who need to report such things and need help. They are incredible. www.rainn.org/ If you need help or a place to start looking for information if you have been harmed, they have a plethora of resources.
Come check out the interview with me on One Fantastic Week! www.onefantasticweek.com/jessi…
So if you're in Utah, we'll be having a one day event to benefit the Christmas Box International charity. It will feature live musicians, local artists, and great drinks at Sunset Coffee! THIS IS TONIGHT COME VISIT ME.
Here's a link to the event page, with the address and more details. It will be hosted April 30th, and I'm really excited to be there. I'll have a lot of new art that no one's seen, and some crazy fun things to share. So do please come down if you can.
So. My work was submitted to a museum at the end of last month, in the hopes of joining their longest running exhibit. On April 2nd, I found out that I had failed, and I was not accepted into the exhibit.
I went through the full flood of emotions, crushing failure, hopelessness, certainty that my work is just a hack and I really shouldn't do art anymore. Failure always seems to bring out the worst in me, the certainty that I will always fail because I am not good enough. I didn't write a post immediately on finding out, because I wanted to really experience the full range of emotions I feel, not just the initial sting of depression. I gave myself that first day to mourn the failure, and to acknowledge that I felt sad, rejected, and generally not great about things.
The following day, I picked myself up and decided to really look at the failure and see what went wrong. Was it truly that I was a shitty artist? Or was there another reason. Why exactly did I not succeed and what could I do in the future TO succeed? I took that moment say that I am not a failure in and of myself, that I can change my future, and I will.
As I analyzed the show and what was going on, it was super easy to say 'well they were just jerks' or 'pft they couldn't recognize fine art if it bit them in the ass'. The usual cheer you up talk that your friends will often say. The reason those fall flat on my ears is that it feels too much like excusing a failure, rather than acknowledging what went wrong. Every time I found myself saying something like that, I stopped my train of thought and continued on to the next.
I sat down and really looked at the show first. Not what was in the show, but *who the show was catered to*. This is something that I had not done before I submitted, and I truly should have. My pride in my work is pretty considerable, so at times I forget that it is not always everyone's cup of tea. In this case, the target audience for the show was a group of older, wealthy benefactors who have a taste for midwest art. Lots of scenic landscapes of waving wheat and paintings of deer, etc. That right there told me where I made my first mistake. I simply do not match the target audience in the least. So for future shows, I will make a point to be aware of the target audience and know if my work will be a good fit.
That thought in mind, I took a step back to compare the quality of my work to that accepted at shows that have a target audience compatible with what I do, and reached the conclusion that I am well within the pack of contenders for fine art. Had my work honestly not been of a fine enough quality, then I would reconsider sending that piece at ALL. But stepping out of myself to look at it, I do stand a good chance of being accepted in shows, they just have to be the RIGHT shows.
Does it still sting to not be accepted? Yes. Picking up my rejected piece will make my pride weep and twitch horribly. Do I think the museum didn't know what they were doing? No, the fault was mine in not researching their demographic first and submitting something more appropriate. Does it devalue that piece of art at all? Absolutely not. But that piece will be sent to a show that's more in line with my demographic, and I believe that success will come more easily.
It always hurts to be rejected from a show, a publisher, etc. Let yourself feel that hurt, but don't let it control you. If it means you need to take a step back and do something entirely different to break the train of sadness, then do it. If it means you need a friend to help you objectively look at why you didn't get in, by all means do. But remember... you'll win some, and you'll lose some, but you're never a failure. You just keep going and learn from every experience.
Edit: OMG TWO HOURS LEFT! I AM POSITIVELY HUMMING WITH EXCITEMENT!
This is it guys. We have three days left on the kickstarter. Three days. It WILL fund, as we’re way past funding amount at this point, but this is your last chance to get a print of the jellyfish dreaming tree as it is ONLY with this kickstarter, for backers at the $25 mark or higher.
I am so overwhelmed. So overwhelmed and so completely excited. I wanted to do a big huge update but everything at the house is basically just stacks of mat board waiting to be cut! So the three bottom pictures are me experimenting with one of the test prints (done to make sure that the paper is actually good quality and the prints look nice), where I was gilding the gold parts of the dragon’s mane to mimic the original painting. No, the prints won’t come gilded, it takes about three hours to do ONE print, but this was fun to play around with.
I am so excited everyone. New art will be coming as soon as I make it through this kickstarter, but right now I am just FLAILING with delight! Dream come true right now, right here.
I love you guys.
This is a question that plagues me every time I work on something new, and is one of the reasons I was so hesitant to even DO kickstarter. What if I fail? What if I post up this project and you all watch me crash and burn? There is nothing I hate more than public humiliation and failing in public would be emotionally devastating. So it took me weeks and weeks to do a simple kickstarter and build up the nerve to post it.
It occurs to me, that part of why I feel this way, is that myth that if you are a 'real' artist, then everything you do must be a success. Everything you touch turns to gold, every sketch, every doodle is priceless. You cannot fail, for you are a master at your craft and even the worst of your work is more incredible than the average layman could dream of making.
This is a mythology that I think a lot of us buy into. Too many of us count the successes, only speak of the triumphs, and pretend the box of failures does not exist. We do not talk about submissions to publishers and our piles of rejection letters, until someone is on the verge of giving up art entirely. Only then do we mention it casually, a little 'oh yeah I've failed in the past, don't worry, you'll get there.'
Get where? To a magical point where failure simply does not happen? Where 'no' is no longer in our career's vocabulary? I feel like this is crippling, and maybe it is time to embrace the possibility of failure as real as the possibility of success. And that failure is not a bad thing. As the song goes, it's time to win some or learn some. Failure is just another learning experience and we gain from it regardless.
So today I share that I am nervous. I may fail, I have been rejected before. But tomorrow morning I drop off my art at the Springville Museum of Art, to undergo the jury process once more and see if I make the grade for display. I may, and I may not. But I am giving it a try. And if I fail, I will share that with you as well, and what I've learned from the experience.
Maybe now I can learn to get over my fear of failure, and take the big risks and the chances I wouldn't otherwise, because that is the only way to grow into all that I can possibly be.
Hey all! So I have some news regarding the kickstarter and I thought I’d update it here.
I said when I started that if it hit $1,000 I was going to do something special, and so I am! For all backers at the $25 or higher level (so you’re getting one of the dragon prints), I am including a limited edition print of my Jellyfish Dreaming Tree. I felt it was an appropriate thank you for helping me make one of my dreams come true, by sharing my favorite dreaming tree with you all.
This edition is special because I am specifically limiting it to THIS kickstarter. That means this is the only time you will be able to get this particular print, and once it is gone, it is gone!
There’s a bit over two weeks left on the kickstarter and I am just.. so overjoyed and happy about it, I can’t babble enough. If you’re just hearing about it now, you can find it here:
And it is for the Out of the Ashes, beaded dragon that you’ve all seen on my blog. But here’s a little reminder: