Posts tagged ‘art’

November 17, 2011

Jenny Pope at the Mill

by Jillian Douglas

Here’s something for those of you who live in the Rochester area. The Mill Art Center and Gallery is a free art gallery in Honeoye Falls placed right above the beautiful restaurant The Rabbit Room. The whole building is rustic and artsy, and perfect for a date (wink!). It’s been a while since I have personally eaten at The Rabbit Room, but I hear it’s delicious. Also, just across the street is Enjoy cafe, great for lunch.


But the main attraction I find is the 2 floors of art gallery, art and yoga studios, and gift shop in The Mill. I just went a couple of weeks ago and saw Jenny Pope’s many woodcut prints on display. In case you don’t know, woodcut prints are really hard to make, and the process is irreversible, making each print unique and very rare. To make one, the artist carves away space on a  block, rolls paint on to it, and prints (kind of like a huge stamp). Then to get the next layer of color, they carve more away, roll more paint on, and print over the first layer. The more layers, the harder.

Needless to say, I was inspired by the amazing skill displayed in Pope’s art. It’s amazing, thinking about carving all of that detail! You’ve really got to have a good eye for negative space for this craft. Her pieces have such a sense of movement, too. Just look at this…!

And this!

So if you’re in the area, be sure to check Jenny Pope’s art out before the exhibition leaves on November 26th (a little more than a week)! You can also see her portfolio here at her website (but still go see it in person! It’s free and you have no excuse!).

The Mill also offers a lot of great art classes for people of all ages. This could make a really cool Christmas present for the artist in your family. I’ve heard great things from my friends about classes at the Mill; everyone seems to have had a positive experience. And you can always learn a little more about art!

Or how about yoga classes at the Balanced Body Massage and Yoga, also at the Mill? That could be fun!

Last but not least, visit Talulah’s Fancy and Friends, the gift shop tucked away on the second floor. I had the pleasure of meeting the owner Tamara Stopinski when I stopped by the other week… she was such an encouragement! Check out Tamara’s blog here.When you stop by you’ll find lots of lovely handcrafted items there for your home or friends.

Who knew Honeoye Falls had so much to offer? And all in one building. Pretty cool, huh?

November 16, 2011


by Jillian Douglas

I absolutely love creating.

I love dreaming up an idea, working with it in my hands, and watching it develop. That creative process has given me energy since I was (much more) little. It’s God’s gift to me; when I imagine Heaven, I picture God and I working side by side, perhaps squishing some clay in our hands, perhaps smoothing thick paint on a canvas. Creativity is something deep in my being, and when it surfaces, it bubbles with joy.

Summer Wildflower Photo Print 8x10"Pinecone Photography Print 8x10", MattedHelp Japan- origami crane photo printNYC Central Park Photography Print 8x10"

I like to think that every single one of my creations has some token of joy. Like a memory, or a connection to a favorite thing or idea. And what was joy made for except to share? That’s why I made a spot online, called 48valentine, where I can put my creations up for sale. There’s quite a range; at times there will be photography, paintings, and other goods. I also include vintage items in my shop, too; items that recall beauty from the past or remain simply timeless.

Photography Print "The Sinking Sun" 8x10", Matted

He Holds Us in His Hands- Acrylic Painting- Bird

So take a look around…! And don’t be shy! Let me know what you think. 

You can also go here to like 48valentine on Facebook (you’ll find more details about the works, my creative process, and helpful, inspiring links, like how to start a productive day). Can’t wait to see you there!

November 16, 2011


by adandelionchild

I’m really excited to share with you about this project that I found (via {*wit + delight}). It’s called The 15 Friends project. Twig Creative invited 15 artists and designers to participate in a collaboration to make two unique canvases that at the end of the project will be auctioned and the profits given to charity.

I’m excited to see what the other designers add. I’ll will probably be checking in at the Twig Creative Blog daily, but I am so interested by the little additions already completed. I think they’re already off to a great start.

The first and only (so far!) collaborative art project I’ve been a part of was The Sketchbook Project, which is organized by the Art House Co-op. The guys and gals over at the Art House Co-op are passionate about getting everyone involved in art, especially people who think their artistic abilities are limited to stick figures and crayons. They are trying to accomplish by presenting pre-made projects that don’t limit creativity and are open to everyone without any pressure. They put on different projects every couple of months and it’s easy to get involved. Check out The Sketchbook Project, A Million Little Pictures, and The Fiction Project.

I participated in The Sketchbook Project in 2010 and did one sketchbook as a collaboration between JJ, our amazing high school art teacher (Mama D), and myself. We thought it would be fun to do a piece of artwork together and JJ and I thought it would serve as good motivation to continue with our artwork during our first months of college. We made the mistake of also trying to tackle an additional sketchbook each. On top of school and work demands (and my time management *cough*…or lack thereof) we struggled to do our share of the collaborative work. Luckily Mama D undertook finishing the second half of the sketchbook so we could send it in on time. She did a wonderful job, and we were happy that we had been able to do at least a little collaborative work. If you’d like to, check out JJ’s sketchbook here.

While things with The Sketchbook Project didn’t pan out exactly how we imagined it was still a fun piece to work on and I was very proud of what we did accomplish. Plus, I’ve always loved working in groups, whether it was on Homecoming or making up a skit for chapel. Being able to use the same kind of teamwork and feed off each other in a piece of artwork was so inspiring. If you haven’t tried doing a collaboration, I highly recommend it. It is one of the easiest ways to find inspiration. I found especially that it made me more flexible in my artwork; I would get a couple ideas or have a strict plan in my head then decide on something completely different when I saw what my friends had done.

Now I feel excited to start my own collaboration!  What should we do next, JJ?!

October 15, 2011

A Wonderful Land

by Jillian Douglas

there is a wonderful land i have come to know on the interweb. it’s where little handmade bunnies made of felted wool come and play, frolicking among beautifully crafted, smooth ceramic dishes and vintage pearl necklaces. it’s where ideas blossom, gifts sprouts, and creative hope sparks. it’s called… etsy.

formally, etsy is a website where artists and antique curators sell their goods in their own little shops. there is no end to the awesomeness available on etsy. seriously. i have looked for it. in vain.

somehow, i wind up spending a lot of time on this website. it’s become a daily habit for me. check email… check facebook… check etsy. not really doing anything productive. just… ogling. i ogle. i ogle etsy stuff. it’s true. when i find something delightful, lovely, crazy, or crazy-cute, i favorite it. in fact, i’ve collected quite a few favorites over these past few years. here’s a few:

8x10 illustration print: Fishing in Oregon (fisherman with umbrella in boat on the ocean in the rain) Beaker and Test Tube Cookies-  2 Dozen Trapeze Artists Sterling Silver Necklace by Markhed Falling, original sewn painting

etsy shops, from left to right: AlexWijnen, acookiejar, MarKhed, tastesorangey

one thing i love about etsy as a community is that the company itself really takes the time to help sellers succeed. if you’re contemplating starting an etsy shop, there’s loads of resources.

but if you’re like me, who simply enjoys window shopping for a few hours (hee hee), there’s a myriad of helpful goodies to help you find tangible joy. you can sign up for daily emails featuring all kinds of gorgeousness. if you’re looking for a gift, try this thingymajiggie that finds gifts for your friends depending on what they have liked on facebook (it’s 50/50… but it does get the old noggin going). if your color-crazy, try this thingeh, which i find is actually just plain fun to play with.

more pretty stuff:

Wire Wrapped Pendant Necklace, Mint Green Glass Teardrop Oxidized Sterling Silver Necklace - Leaf Art Print of Original Watercolor Painting--Artichokes--Food Kitchen Decor  Cameo Blue Boy Felt Nursery Wall Art The Feather Bracelet - Sterling Silver

etsy shops, from left to right: GlitzGlitter, workingwoman, RWscissors, verabel

so don’t be surprised to hear more about etsy on this turf. i just really can’t help it.

until next time,