Friday, April 30, 2010

Calculated Movements -- Daily Painting for April 30, 2010

"Calculated Movements"
10" x 10"
Mixed media on paper

Updated web site for Coming Abstractions

After a year or so of not wanting to "deal with it" I have finally changed my website.  I deliberately removed the fused glass and bead sections and attempted to show a more cohesive body of work using only selected paintings. 

Here's the new version which I'm not entirely pleased with but need to learn more about the design tools offered by the host before I go in and change it again.  Comments and suggestions welcome -- particularly regarding the slideshow format.  I'm not convinced it's a feature I want to keep but would love some input:

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Homeward Bound -- Daily Painting for April 28, 2010

"Homeward Bound"
22" x 30"
Acrylic on paper

Blogger Blues

Well -- I owe you all a photo of "Homeward Bound" and because of some genius at Blogger they have changed the way photos are able to be uploaded.  So....I have posted my complaint on their forum and found that I'm among many other unsatisfied people who want this changed back to the way it was.  In the meantime Blogger is FORCING us to either use Picassa for our photo editing/uploading choices or use another URL which I personally do not have. 

I'm looking into this and will post a photo as soon as I figure out a way to get around this. 

Homeward Bound

On April 6, 2010 the husband of a dear friend took his life, leaving behind a beautiful wife, daughter and son.  Three days later a former co-worker of mine took herself out, forsaking a wonderful husband and two sons.   I don't profess to know the reasons why -- they're private and personal matters that may not even be known to those closest to the deceased.  But the memories of their presence on earth will be with all of those who knew these two people.  I pray they are in a better place and their emotional pain is dissolved.  Both will be missed and I hope to God they know that they each planted many good and loving memories in so many lives.  "Homeward Bound" was painted in their memory, in hopes they have found the peace they so desperately sought.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

New Artist Statement for JJ

It's been a busy week for this girl and I've been managing to keep up with the daily painting posts on by listing some of my older works that you've already seen here so I didn't want to post them again on this site.  If you want to see what I listed last week just press the link above and type in "JJ Jacobs" in the search box at the top right of the page.

I'm trying to put together a marketing package for my art that I can use at a moment's notice instead of slamming something together at the last minute like I generally do (read--MAJOR procrastinator!).  There is so much information out there on what an artist NEEDS to have and what they should have and what is a nice thing to have but isn't absolutely necessary.....all of these "things" that are supposed to help market you right into the big galleries and guarantee your successful launch into artistic stardom seem to either cost a lot of $$ or take a ton of time -- all of which (in my opinion) are making someone else rich and not necessarily making me any more successful. 

One item that the experts seem to agree on is the need for an Artist Statement.  Many of them read like a bio but generally include the purpose behind one's art and why/how they make what they do.  Some of the AS's that I've read are so pretentious it affects my feeling about their art (ie "how can a pompous airbag really manufacture so many beautiful works called "Untitled #....." that I don't even want to bookmark their site because they're so freaking cool and surely since I'm not ubercool like them then I'm unworthy to look at their work?) 

After reading so many different good and bad statements I opted to write my own AS which you can see on my website if you're so inclined to do so:  In the meantime I did manage to find a FREE website that  helps artists write an AS and thought you might enjoy what they came up with for's the website address in case you want to write an AS for yourself:

JJ's Artist Statement

"Through my work I attempt to examine the phenomenon of Bugs Bunny as a methaphorical interpretation of both Vincent Van Gogh and painting. What began as a personal journey of crapism has translated into images of watermelon and hands that resonate with American people to question their own beigeness.

My mixed media cup embody an idiosyncratic view of Buddha, yet the familiar imagery allows for a connection between John Lennon, telephones and lobsters.  My work is in the private collection of Gavin MacLeod who said 'Holy Smokes!!, that's some real spectacular Art.'

I am a recipient of a grant from Folsom Prison where I served time for stealing mugs and tie clips from the gift shop of The MOMA. I have exhibited in group shows at In & Out Burger and Doiron, though not at the same time. I currently spend my time between my Studio and Berlin"

Have a  nice day,
JJ :-)

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Corporate painting -- currently hanging at Sun City Lincoln Del Webb!

 Last year I was commissioned to paint two large paintings for the remodel of the Sun City Lincoln Del Webb's former administration building. The designer had originally had a blue and green palette for the finishes but had run into problems getting the carpeting on schedule so had to do an emergency design redo at the last minute based on what carpeting was readily available. After lengthy consideration the developer chose warmer tones with rich browns, ochres and reds and added bright red leather furniture. Since I happen to have bright red leather furniture in my own living room I figured I'd paint something that would fit into my own house should the developer not like my work! Here's the first of the two paintings that can be seen at 985 Sun City Lane, Lincoln, CA. It's called "Rings of Fire" and is acrylic on a 30" x 40" gallery wrapped canvas.

I'd like to do more corporate painting aka "lobby art" and need to start networking with designers and developers.  Another item to add to my wish/to-do list!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010