Before I left I took a photo in the reflection of the (above) I know that John and Jennifer have remodeled the bathroom over the years, but the actual mirror is the same one that I looked at myself in when I was in high school- well over 20 years ago.
So much has changed, but so much is the same. Still just me, with my imperfections and all the things that make me...well, ME.
When I started doing the series this month I was thinking I would branch out into other media, but I ended up sticking with the conte crayon and watercolor for the whole month.
Some pieces have a darker feel due to my heavy handed application of the black line, some are wispy and light. Each day I approached the piece different, just like each day you make the decision to wake up and accept who you are, and to be your best self.
Some folks commented that they weren't used to seeing pictures of me without a smile. I'm weird like that. I have a quiet, introverted side that is equally as important to me as my louder, more extroverted self. I need the calm to recharge. I was an only child for nine years before my sister Morgan came along, and as a kid I learned to play by myself, drawing and coloring, reading, playing with my Barbies. I have retained the independent spirit I had as a child.
I am not always the girl who smiles. I have been through so much...much more that my grin shows. When I think about all that has happened I wonder how I came out to have a somewhat normal adult life...but it is because I chose to accept my flaws, to celebrate what is good about me, and not to be diminished by the bad things that have happened to me in my life...and there has been darkness for sure.
So...here is the series. It's just me, Jenny.
An 'Army of Me
...'cause like my girl Ani said, 'I always wanted to be commander in chief of my one woman army'.
And I am.
...here's to that little corner of the painting studio I took over that one summer...to the sketches taped to the walls, all the in-progress works...the fruit bowl painting, the self portraits, the frog diptych...and to one of my hardest professors...and one of my favorite still to this day.
I learned so much that summer.
What I wouldn't give to go back, even if just for a little bit.
Not long after I posted a pic of sketch on Instagram Ken commented on it and so now...she's on her way to him in Atlanta!
There were over 30, 000 protesters at the march in lil' ol' Parkland, FL...which if you have ever been is pretty amazing.
In lieu of a protest sign I brought the piece I made on the day of the shooting...
wasn't sure why, but it just seemed right.
I came across the folks from SOSparkland.com and decided that they should have to piece...to auction off to raise money, or to pass on to someone grieving...whatever they decide.
...and of course, there were angels- 17 of 'em.
...for this batch of #AngelDropART I decided to mainly give out angels to law enforcement working the event as a thank you for helping us to exercise our first amendment right in a safe and orderly manner.
I also passed on some angels to folks with signs that caught my eye- there were so many great ones.
Thanks to the students that helped me to create this entry to represent us! I also had a couple of students enter pieces, check out the link below to see pics!
LWHS Peep Art
And of course I am talking about the new cat, Milky. (used to be Mikey...long story short, the husband and I looked through his vet info and figured out that his original name was 'Milky'...and he really likes when you call him that name!)
Well, it has been almost 2 months now but the boys are getting along. It's not his brother, Scooter- no kitty could replace ol' Scootie...but Mackie has takin' a liking to the new addition and I have seen several nap/cleaning/play sessions between them. Seems more like Milky is Mackie's therapy cat rather than our cat, I think it's helping his stay healthier, both mentally and physically :)
...just a gal trying to get this art out of my soul to share with the world on a DAILY basis...no big deal...check out my ramblings!-JLG