Our garden is about to be producing SO MUCH FOOD. We've been working really hard on it and have tons of veggies and melons planted. Anything from Orca Beans to Corn to Luffas!
I didn't even know a luffa grew on a vine until this Spring. I thought it was some sort of sponge from the ocean or something. We are learning a lot. This is the first time we've had the opportunity to garden like this and we really went for it.
Our neighbors have a Community Garden and I get to help out with the marketing- their brochure, logo, flyers and Facebook. It's neat to see how it works because a lot of what they are doing correlates with what I want to do when I have my own property some day. Our garden is sort of the "sister garden" to their non-profit Community Farm. We'll be feasting with them a lot once we start harvesting which is going to be SOON!
At last, a way to organize paints and materials by color that makes sense to my brain! As an experimental painter who uses 4 different mediums, I was brainstorming how I could set my paints up in a way that works for me. I felt limited by all my paints being in different boxes and stations labeled: "oils" "acrylic" "watercolor" & "encaustics."
Step 1: Gather recycled vessels of sorts (I used coffee cans)
Step 2: Prime them with spray paint- use whatever you have.
Step 3: Using cheap acrylics, paint cans the primary & secondary colors, arrange & fill!
What a beautiful season here!!! This image was taken at Brandy Creek in Whiskeytown National Park which is less than 10 minutes from Redding:)
Bob and I are about to learn a lot while creating an epic garden this spring and summer. It's already getting really warm here during the days. There's great soil on our property and I've been taking lots of pictures. I'll post those soon!
(Hi Grandmaw!) <3 <3 <3
Since coming back from the holidays, I have been in GO mode making new artworks for an exhibition in Redding's City Hall. The opening is Jan 29th from 4p-8p as part of the 'Cultural Cruise' where people cruise around town to different art venues. It's apparently one of the biggest art nights in Redding, CA.
Here is a link to all the press stuff including a brochure with a small statement summarizing my artwork currently...
Photos to come! :)
I've also been planning many classes which I just posted under my 'classes' tab on this website.
This past weekend I set up at O Street Gallery for a big Holiday sale. It was my first time setting up at this particular venue. I got to hang out with some mentors/artist friends of mine and I sold a few prints! It's such a nice feeling to see the accumulation of artwork that has been created since moving out here in March. I've been a busy girl! Lots of experiments and learning going on which excites me for the next chapter or artworks to come in 2016. My artwork is always evolving and transforming One body of work leads to the next....
My goal is to create some purchasable items to sell in the ArtsMart Boutique and on my Etsy in early 2016. Small all natural encaustic pieces, a series on trees and a series of animals. While doing this I will be conjuring up the next semi-conceptual pieces of sculpture work involving natural and recycled materials and finding a venue to show them in. Maybe I'll apply for some residencies. I really want to take advantage of the fact I'm living in California and visit the big cities for art related events. In the mean time, I'm going to take a break and enjoy the holiday season in both CO and Ohio.
I'm on my way back East, family and friends! See you soon!
Located at 244 Hartnell Ave in Redding, this boutique will be open Tuesdays-Saturdays from 10am-6pm. Here are some photos of the opening this weekend, including a photo of my booth.
A lot has happened lately and it's time for an update. What better time than in the morning over a cup of coffee at my favorite coffee shop! Where to start...
Welp, for one we have moved to a new property. It was awesome living at the Mt. Lassen Art Center for 6 months, but due to changing weather and no heat in the guest room there, it was time to move on. We are so grateful that Luke let us be his housemates for so long, and through our stay there, we met an awesome lady named Cindy who wanted to rent out her 9 acres to us! She sought us out, and we love the spot, so we moved in a few weeks ago and recruited a friend from Ohio (Tiger) to move in with us! The new property is gorgeous and sits in the foothills of Mt. Lassen, so we are pretty excited!
I went home to surprise my dad for his 60th birthday which was amazing and definitely needed, I hadn't been home in way too long! I got to hike with my family, have some cookouts, see a lot of my little cousins, get my dress for my sister's wedding, see my pregnant cousin, and see the fall leaves! I also got to surprise all my friends and see The String Cheese Incident with them, one of our favorite bands!!! A long day of traveling and I was back to CA. After a couple days I became settled back into my routine and finally unpacked all my boxes from moving.
A woman contacted me wanted a few sculptures for a "pop-up art show" last weekend, so I gladly installed 2 artworks before going camping at the McCloud River with the boys. Hot apple cider and rum by a fire, with lows in the high 40's...perfect! We made our way back Saturday so I could pop in the art show, and I'm glad I did! I met some really amazing artists from around town and got to present my sculpture work in front of a crowd.
Now I'm working on updating my website, getting my inventory up and a shop directly on this website. I'm also trying to find homeschool mom's who need an art instructor because this school job is so part time that it's hard to stay afloat! If you need commissioned paintings for Christmas, please consider asking me! I'd love to make art my 2nd means of income, and I know it is doable! Organization and time management are the main things, and start up money for prints. I'm putting my work in an art boutique in a few weeks! So excited for that too!
Last weekend was the opening at Brew Craft Coffee on Yuba and Pine in downtown Redding, CA. This sculpture is made from recycled egg crates from JJ's Cafe, where I work on the weekends. The paintings below are from my "Rhythm" series and reflect the landscapes of Northern California, the fires and the regrowth of the forests.
I will continue to explore these egg crates, right after I take a small break from everything. Between school starting, this show opening, working 7 days a week and grant writing, I'm ready for a break for a few days.
Stop in Brew if you're downtown. Their hours are from 7am to 6pm every day of the week.
Jessica R. Willis
Multipotentialite & Artist