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A Year-End Reflection

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Greetings!  It's time to pop some champagne and sweep the gold leaf off my studio floor, because this year was one for the books.  I sincerely feel like it's time to celebrate my art-iversary, AKA re-starting my artistic pursuits after a mini hiatus (I had two kids under two, and my life changed A LOT).  What a year...or, more like year and a half.  They say having #2under2 (yep, there's a hashtag) doesn't get easier til your second child turns 18 months.  "Ha!", I thought.  Actually, that was incredibly accurate.  Every time I thought I had things ready to rumble with sustaining my art business, something would inevitably make it too challenging to maintain.  Case in point: I haven't blogged since September 2018!  Ho hum.  Live and learn.  Better luck next time.  Or....here's a concept that I learned is 100% ok to embrace: simply slow down.  I opted to slow down a bit til I found a method of creating art that was sustainable for my routine and respon…

Workspaces, Dreams, and A Whole Lotta Diapers

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You guys.  I haven't blogged in over a year.  "WHAT HAPPENED?!", you may ask.  Well, I'll tell you exactly what happened.  I had a small bumper crop of children.  :P Just typing this post feels foreign.  I can barely remember how to format this crap.  What font did I normally use?  Oh my stars.  Here goes nothing.

As a new mother to two tiny humans, my life is so, so different from the way it was when I started this blog.  If you recall, I started this whole spiel back in 2015 as a means to figure out what I wanted to do creatively with my art, etc. and it all just sorta...came together organically somehow.  I blogged pretty religiously, too.  It was cathartic.  I look back at my old posts about my artistic meanderings and cringe/smile/cry/rock out (I had some badass musical jams in there!), but mostly I reflect on what a wild ride its been and how grateful I am for all the experiences and the people I've met along the way.

My artistic journey began when my hu…

A June Update

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Hello!

My, my, time flies...somehow the wee babe is already 2 months old!  As I slowly emerge from the newborn phase (the sleep deprivation is REAL, people.), I'm so excited to launch my artwork again!  I've just started squeezing in art time during his naptime or after baby bedtime, and it feels fantastic to be back at it. Yes, there are typically lots of interruptions, but this is my new normal and I love it :)  If anything, the frequent but shorter creative sessions have been helping me create smarter -- I've found that I dawdle a lot less.  I still dawdle, of course!  That's how I come up with most of my art ideas, but the dawdle quality has improved.  Does that make sense?  I suppose it's more purposeful dawdling :)  I digress.

After relocating from my old studio space last September, I've encountered a bit of a down-scaling challenge.  I was pretty spoiled in my last studio -- there was so much storage space that I could squirrel away lots of things.  In or…

OJD: Life & Style

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Greetings!

Well, I've been majorly off the grid since August -- you could say that life just happened, I suppose.  We moved homes, I started a new job on the side, and then on top of that . . . we discovered I was in the *family way* :)  So excited!!  Due in March.  Oh boy oh boy oh boy  <3

Anywho, I wanted to share with you one of the projects I was just wrapping up at the end of the Summer before things got nutz around here at Olivia J Designs.  I'd chatted with a few awesome people about expanding my work into the homewares branch of design, and after collaborating with some buddies who were willing to share their lovely home, original music, and photography talents with me (thanks Jen, John, and Paul!), I created a video to showcase some of my "paintings-turned-homewares" designs.  I'm calling it my "Life + Style" Collection.  Take a peek at OJD Summer 2016:


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 Cheers!
-OJ

Pop-Up Shop & Closing Reception at Black: Coffee and Waffle Bar

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Hello there!

I'm excited to announce that Black: Coffee and Waffle Bar is hosting my Pop-Up Shop and Closing Reception next week!  

I'll have lots of original paintings for sale -- *all different sizes* on both canvas and paper.  Swing by for some tasty waffle creations, Dogwood Coffee, and the local jazz/funk sensation The Very Trio :) 


See you Wednesday, August 31st from 5:30 PM-8:00 PM!


Cheers!
-OJ

"The Best" Group Exhibition at Artists on Bailey Park

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Greetings!

I wanted to share some photos from the June 10th grand opening reception of "The Best" at Artists on Bailey Park gallery in Baldwin, WI.  

This was my first show in Wisconsin and technically my first new art gallery opening.  A wide variety of work was on display: mixed media, photography, oil on canvas, textiles/garments, screen prints, and more.   

Check it out . . .  (!)

There was a lot to see.  Here is a sampling of the art from the group exhibition:




"Community" Group Exhibition at Sen Yai Sen Lek in Northeast Minneapolis

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Greetings!

Before the exhibition closes on July 15th (still time to check it out!), I wanted to share with you photos from May when Sen Yai Sen Lek hosted a lovely opening reception for their group exhibition, "Community" . . . 



The exhibition artists include Melissa Reuter, Nicole Pappas Stanoch, Dylan Shepard, Witt Siasoco, Alison Yager, and myself.  A truly wide range of styles and expressions of community -- ink on paper, oil/acrylic on canvas, acrylic on cardboard, photography, graphic design/illustration, and assorted mixed media.  
Take a look . . . !