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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 . . . !



May Happenings . . .

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Greetings!

Suddenly it's May 18th and I have no idea where the month has gone . . .  yikes!  Why don't we do a recap of recent activities and get you all up to date on upcoming events.Let's get started :)


Last week I participated in Inter(ART) with a super talented group of artists from a wide variety of fields.  Here's a look at the who's who and the what's what:


April Happenings

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Greetings!

Whoa, I've been busy.  (!!!)  Between figuring out what to sell in my online store and preparing for a wide variety of art shows, I've been navigating my creative tornado experimentally in and out of the studio.  No idea where April went, but she was a fun month!

Mid-month I bummed along on a business trip and made a mini visit to Savannah to scope out the SCAD scene.  I dare say, Savannah is much more than Spanish moss-covered trees, mint juleps and peach everything -- that is one ferociously charming city.  Lots of creative energy, too.  Loved it!



In other news . . . 

Coming up in a few weeks is Inter(ART) on May 13th in Minneapolis at the Target Plaza Commons.  

Painting live is a really fun experience.  
I'm finalizing plans for what I'll be painting . . .  

*** HINTS: *** it will be colorfulit will be L A R G Eno more hints If you're at the event, please stop by my space and say 'hi'!  I'll be giving away some free mini prints :) 


What else, what…

Kinetic and Interactive Art

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Greetings!

Over the weekend, I attended the opening reception of the "Bloom!" exhibition at the Tres Leches Art Gallery (more about that later!) in the Northrup King Building in Northeast Minneapolis.  There was another exhibition going on,The Body and Machine 2016: Kinetic and Interactive Art, so my friends and I decided to check it out...and...it was really unique!  I'd never explored this type of visual art before, so I wasn't quite sure what to expect, but I found it very imaginatively beautiful. 


I love learning about new forms of art because it expands my creativity for paintings, so I think I'll check out more of these kinetic art shows in the future.  I'm also intrigued by the engineering behind these creations.  My friends (most all of which are engineers, mind you) were especially interested in this spinning doozy below:



The show runs thru April 24th -- highly recommend checking it out :)


Today's musical selection is the new one by Kaleo, performed…

Multi-Orientational Landscapes

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Greetings!

This week as I was finishing up the two pieces that I did for a Taylors Falls commission (the varnishing, framing, and whatnot) -- I started to play around with their orientations just for fun...and whoa.  When I flipped the two paintings so their opposite sides were next to each other, I kinda fell in love with this look too!  

It instantly reminded me of Hidden Beach(technically Cedar Lake East Beach, but whatever) in Minneapolis that can be found along my favorite lake in the Twin Cities -- Cedar Lake.  Do you see it, too?

I am exploring a lot more of these two-piece painting pairs, because I fell in love with the process of creating these two paintings for the Taylors Falls commission.  I want to work with more florals and more abstract stylings in this way as well.  Why have one piece, when you can have two?!  

Stay tuned for more.

I figured a song by the talentedsistahs of Ibeyi was fitting.  Just discovered this a capella version.  Beauteous <3



Ibeyi "River" v…

Paranormal Art

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Greetings!

Every now and then, I create a painting that feels...off.  What's ironic, is that sometimes they actually freak me out a little, because my drip lines can appear a little ghost-like if I don't control them quite right. In the past, I would rework these paintings or throw them away if they were really bizarre, but lately (and thankfully!) I've been keeping them in hopes I could use them down the road.

Well, well, well...guess who found a Paranormal-themed art exhibition? !!!  I will be submitting three pieces that feature my signature drip lines, but they're waaay creepier than normal.  Paranormal, indeed.


I won't find out if my pieces will be part of the exhibit til the end of May (oh, the waiting...), but that's alright.  I'm still pleased with myself that I actually hung onto these paintings for this particular opportunity.  

Today's musical selection is a tribute to Dana Scully:


X-Files theme piano & strings via YouTube

Cheers!

-OJ

"Spring Showers" (20x16 on canvas)

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Greetings!

I have finished my piece for the local "Spring-inspired" gallery show!  I had full intentions to go mixed media (I even bought some fresh pens!), but alas...after the paint dried, I decided it was best to leave it as a watercolor/acrylic work.  I think I've just been itching to do some more mixed media pieces...so that will likely be my next outlet for awhile :)

Anywho, back to the painting -- It's my impression of Springtime's two most lovely aspects: gentle rain that makes the grass grow and the abundance of flowers that pop up out of nowhere.  I wanted to capture these two things, because they truly signify what Spring means to me.

For the rain and green-ing grass part I incorporated my painted drip lines and for the flowers I used flowing color orbs to create gobs of floral goodness.  I'd mentioned in my previous blog post (here) about using the J.Crew Italian cashmere sweater colors as my palette...indeed I did!  I also added coral, however, beca…

Children's Art

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Greetings!

Last week, I stumbled upon a local Craigslist ad looking for an artist/illustrator for a new children's television show.  I was intrigued!  The animals they wanted were a tiger, a snake, a giraffe and a jackrabbit.  I don't have experience with this particular type of subject matter, but I knew it could be a great opportunity to experiment and challenge myself.  Plus, who doesn't want to draw a jackrabbit?  THOSE EARS <3

3 Things I Learned:

1.) Drawing animals that don't look creepy is REALLY difficult.  I swear, the first few versions of the snake and the jackrabbit in particular were terrifying.  I couldn't figure out why!  Eventually, I realized I needed to adjust the eyes to make them look friendlier and completely remove the eyebrows, because I think those were making them look too human.  Sometimes less is definitely more.

2.) My watercolor art actually kinda...maybe(?) works for these?  I realize this is my first attempt at this type of mixed medi…