Friday, October 31, 2014

Meet The Enchanted Visions Artist - Joyce Jackson

It's Friday!
Today I'd like to introduce you to another Enchanted Visions artist.  She's an absolute delight and amazingly talented.  I know you'll enjoy meeting

Joyce Jackson


Enchanted Visions Artist, Joyce Jackson
Enchanted Visions Artist, Joyce Jackson

Who is, "Joyce Jackson"?  Tell us a little about yourself.

I like to be known as an artist, even though in some ways, I appreciate the idea of not attaching labels to people. I create in a variety of media. For several years, beginning in the 1970’s, I concentrated on pottery and fine clay art. But I’ve always been involved in 2-D art. I was artistic throughout my childhood. I used to spend days in my parents’ driveway in a rural, sparsely populated New York State town, building cities from the driveway dirt. I had to start over from scratch every time my Mom came home and drove over my cities with her car, but I just took it back up from where I left off before the last destruction. That’s sort of a metaphor for how my creative activities have taken shape. An amusing mixture of destruction and rebuilding.

My parents weren’t artists. All through my youth, they were under so much strain financially and health-wise that there was no room in their lives for art appreciation. My Dad never encouraged any of his 3 daughters to pursue art. My mother thought making art was a big waste of anyone’s time. I smile a bit when I think to myself that at least they were impartial in their dislike. I’m thankful that in spite of this, they allowed me the freedom to make my own choices.

Many changes came about in my later life that led to my adult artistic career/pastime. I always felt suffocated trying to work at a regular job just to get money. It was always acutely painful how joyless it was. Nothing else gave me the fulfillment that creating did.

This month marks the beginning of a venture into the world of tubes, taggers, scrapbookers, and other elements hitherto unknown to me. After several weeks of preparation work partnering with the friendly website owner, my artwork is now being offered as licensed tubes at MytubedArt.com. I’m looking forward to new experiences and the new interest in my artwork that I expect it to generate. Find me here:

How did you hear about Enchanted Visions and why did you want to become a member artist?

I can’t recall how I found out about it. I decided to follow through on the intention to join that I had held onto for a long time before acting on it. That’s because I was working on paintings very slowly. I wasn’t yet in synch with EV’s monthly deadlines.

I’ve gradually become more relaxed about some things that used to be stressful to me. Now I find myself wanting to be challenged to finish artwork faster, have it viewed by more people, and offer it for sale. It’s not only about making sales. It’s much more than just that. But by the same token, I deeply appreciate the sales when they come. I don’t want to be too pre-occupied with finances or so distracted by them that the work itself is compromised. I often find that striking the right balance can be tricky.

I’ve been enjoying being a part of EV immensely. I’m so very proud and thankful to have been voted in unanimously by the EV board. That was a significant milestone for me which offsets some of the sadder stages of my life so greatly, I can’t even express in words what it means to me. If people only knew how challenged I was during the darkest moments of my life, especially my childhood - but that’s not a subject I care to go into here.

The first month I created for EV - I think it was May, 2014 - I had to concentrate on finishing the piece to the exclusion of all else. Gradually, I’ve begun to find ways to streamline my creative process. At times, I still want to just slow it down a bit, but on the whole, I’m finding this to be a refreshing change of pace for me.

Each month, Enchanted Visions artists are challenged with creating a piece of art for that month's theme.  Please share some of the art you have created for Enchanted Visions with us.  For each piece of art, please describe how it interprets that month's theme, any story behind the art, and the theme's meaning to you.

I want to start by inviting viewers to make their own interpretations if they have ones that are more personally meaningful to them. That’s how it should be. For those looking for ideas as a starting point, here goes.

Wonder to Behold by Enchanted Visions Artist, Joyce Jackson
Wonder to Behold by Enchanted Visions Artist, Joyce Jackson

“Wonder to Behold”, Theme: Wonder
The wonder of a species (dragon) beholding its counterpart (dragonfly) as a separate species. An event that triggers innocent perception. The angelic girl as a witness to the encounter adds a human element. I read in a book by Glenda Green that artists retain the innocent perception that most people lose in their childhood. I like that idea a lot.


Sahasrara Silence by Enchanted Visions Artist, Joyce Jackson
Sahasrara Silence by Enchanted Visions Artist, Joyce Jackson

“Sahasrara Silence”, Theme: Silence
I chose this even though it might not be the most popular by some standards. It has special meaning to me. This is about the power of silence behind everything the ego mind covers up. The place described by many different bodies of spiritual knowledge which try to express in words a thing that can’t be verbalized, only experienced. The Sahasrara, I learned when I was in India for spiritual reasons in 2013, is the crown chakra. I was told that when it’s fully activated, we reach one of the levels of God realization.

A native woman and her power animals in natural surroundings is something I gravitate to easily. The beauty of her being connects us to our origins, our oneness with the forces of nature. I also drew upon a sense of the way the forces of nature invoke a peaceful stillness in us like nothing else can.


Hidden Treasure by Enchanted Visions Artist, Joyce Jackson
Hidden Treasure by Enchanted Visions Artist, Joyce Jackson

“Hidden Treasure”
Ever since I became interested in them, I’ve enjoyed the fact that I was born in the city after which Herkimer quartz crystals were named, Herkimer, NY. This celebrates the way crystals are a special treasure gifted to me at birth. Their mysterious qualities are hidden. They will only be revealed if we know how to find them. Maybe the crystals in the painting are more like beryl crystals than the Herkimer quartz variety. It doesn’t make any difference to me. I just chose those colors because I like them very much. The image for this painting that first came to me before I started on it “strongly wished” that its colors be blue-greens and burnt sienna. The elfish woman in Victorian era garb was a nod to a Steampunk theme EV’s auction partner set for that month.

EV has a monthly auction of the work created.  Do you sell your work there?

Yes, I just started recently this year. Thanks to everyone who participates at all levels, and especially the admin(s). I enjoy the exposure and the opportunity to sell my artwork to an appreciative audience. I get many additional visits to my website and Facebook page due to its existence.

Are there challenges knowing you are one of many artists creating art for the same EV theme?  Does this knowledge hinder you or give you momentum when creating for the monthly theme?

Honestly, the artists I’ve interacted with in the short time I’ve been with this group have the kind of humility that is special to great individuals. They are kind and supportive. I feel so fortunate to be considered one of their colleagues and am very thankful. Their artwork energizes and inspires me. It takes a certain degree of maturity, personal integrity, and security to carry on the way everyone does. All of the EV artists I’ve been meeting up with definitely have the stuff it takes to face and accept this type of challenge with flair. They’ve been great role models for me.

Is your art hanging or displayed in your home.  If so, where and how?  If not, why not?  What type of art (besides your own) hangs on your walls?


Crystal Kingdom by Enchanted Visions Artist, Joyce Jackson
Crystal Kingdom by Enchanted Visions Artist, Joyce Jackson

I have Crystal Kingdom on a wall in my sacred room. The white, blue, blue-green, and purple colors in it are very healing for me. Every once in a while, I just stop to rest my mind, doing nothing else but dreamily gazing at anything that inspires me. It could be this painting, but also crystals, trees, other objects of nature, my cats, artwork, or even anything normally considered mundane. I believe that it somehow recharges my creative drive.

Describe (and provide a photograph if you like) of your studio/work space.   What would you change about it, if anything, for it to become your dream work space?

Joyce Jackson's studio
Joyce Jackson's studio

I have a nice sun room that gives me great light. It’s not energy efficient. My hubby and I want to work on making use of the sun’s energy for heating it in winter. We want to create a Do-It-Yourself solar collector with air ducts and a fan that will blow the heat into the room, possibly other rooms in the house.

"Paint" a picture of yourself for us using 10 colorful words to describe you, the total picture.

OK, but some are made up because I couldn’t come up with one word. 

Imaginative
Dreamer
“Humorophile”
Intelligent
Homeopath
“Animalitarian”
Mystical
Homebody
Inquisitive
Intuitive

Thank you so much Joyce for this wonderful look into your creative process, your art and you.

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Please visit ENCHANTED VISIONS to see more of  Joyce's art and what she has created for the latest theme.

If you would like to see more of Joyce's art, you can find her at the following links:


Friday, October 24, 2014

Meet The Enchanted Visions Artist - Jenny Heidewald

This week went by so quickly!  I can't believe it's Friday already, but, I'm happy it is because, now, I get to introduce you to another fabulous Enchanted Visions Artist.  This week, meet the delightful

Jenny Heidewald


Enchanted Visions Artist Jenny Heidewald as a child
Enchanted Visions Artist Jenny Heidewald as a child with her beloved father.

Who is "Jenny Heidewald"?  Tell us a little about yourself.

I am one of those "self-taught from when I was little" artists.  When I was a youngster of four or five, I saw my Mom drawing the hand of God reaching to his people.  I distinctly recall thinking to myself, "I want to do THAT!"  As in drawing, not reaching down through the clouds to “my people. “  I guess you could say God had a hand in it...

In elementary school years, I usually drew on my math scrap paper; there were a lot of princesses, and horses.  A big influence was Mary Blair's 1950 "Walt Disney's Cinderella" Big Golden Book, wow, that dress!  It’s how I learned to draw the swirly bottoms of dresses.  I preferred that book version to the animated Disney version of Cinderella, and severely disagreed with their Snow White, "Princesses should have LONG hair!"  I didn't actually see those movies until a couple years ago; just saw the illustrations of the character.  In my teen years, Mom bought me a book "Draw Real People" and I wandered into the world of graphite shading.  From graphite, my next step was colored pencil, to watercolor pencils, and micron pens.  I will be forever grateful to the wonderful artist, and sister-in-law via my husband, Charon Henning for introducing me to those, and suggesting that I start using colored pencils.  I graduated to using just watercolor with multi colored micron pen lines.  I never thought I would like watercolor so much, I’d formed a low opinion of watercolor when I was little due to those sets with the silly plastic brush; also, when one is little one over uses water, so wrinkly messes result.  While they are my favorite, I don't restrict myself to watercolor and micron pen; I've tried many different mediums, as it is fun to play.

I joined Elfwood in 1999, and from there met Ellen Million (of Ellen Million Graphics); through her awesome projects I've come far as an artist, and gained number of friends, Ellen included.  EMG’s Portrait Adoption in particular is great; when we frequented the message boards, I received many fabulous tips from fellow artists.  I've been involved with several coloring books Ellen has produced; it really works my inking and layout skills, and trying to think of clever, offbeat takes on subjects.  I also enjoy participating in EMG’s Sketchfest, which is like Enchanted Visions, except, instead of one theme a month; it is a 48-hour online event.  Participants post prompts and artists draw inspiration from them; everyone is welcome and it is free to participate.  I discovered ACEO size cards; I started out drawing small because I thought the cover artists for books I read really did paint that tiny, and now I draw little because it is fast and fun.  Sketchfest--it's addictive!  I also participated in EMG-Zine, writing articles and drawing how-tutorials about the themes.  I usually ran a bit late because I am meticulous with my research, I want to be the most accurate I can be!  I learned a lot of interesting things that I wouldn't have otherwise, and am obsessed with a couple things that I wasn't before, like owls.  In other writing projects, I have participated in Na-No-Wri-Mo a few years, but I am still not done with that novel.  I am a little afraid to reread it, there were a lot of half-asleep writing jags getting to my word goal.

I admire too many artists to list, but would be remiss if I didn’t mention how Larry Elmore’s work has inspired me over the years; his inking and details are fabulous.  Wendy Pini's “Elfquest” influenced me, until I rebelled and decided to draw characters that would NOT look like hers; I want my art recognized for its own merit, not, "looks like ‘Elfquest‘."  It took several years, but I feel I have matured into my own style, though I still draw elf ears the Elfquest style, if smaller--they make sense!  I like to try new styles, just to see if I can.  I get frustrated when I feel like my style still comes out when I am trying to be completely different.  I wish I could do those awesome realistic type drawings and paintings fast, but I rather lack the patience I had in my teen years; back then I would sit for hours working on filling a whole page with a totally graphite shaded scene.  Not that I couldn't do one eventually, just in my striving for perfectionism it would take me so long.  In the meantime I look at awesome, galvanizing art, and do my own thing; after all, I am the only one with my style, and someone has to let it come to life!

Currently I reside in Maryland, USA with my dear husband of ten years, Alexander D. Mitchell IV.  He is a writer, photographer, and editor, who has suffered through many, many EMG-Zine articles of mine, for which I am eternally grateful.

How did you hear about Enchanted Visions and why did you want to become a member artist?

I came across Enchanted Visions through Coriander Shea when she was first running it, then I was following on Facebook.  I hung around so much I kind of got "absorbed".  "Wait, you mean ME?"  I was honored by the invitation;  I hadn't thought that most of my art, compared to other EV artists‘, would be considered “completed”.

Each month, Enchanted Visions artists are challenged with creating a piece of art for that month's theme.  Please share some of the art you have created for Enchanted Visions with us.  For each piece of art, please describe how it interprets that month's theme, any story behind the art, and the theme's meaning to you.


Crimson Wings by Enchanted Visions Artits Jenny Heidewald
Crimson Wings by Enchanted Visions Artits Jenny Heidewald

"Crimson Wings"  I try to combine projects if I can, this was for a brother's birthday card.  I associate him with cats and red, so I ended up with a steampunk hang gliding cat!  I think this is my most clever take on a theme to date, and it makes me smile when I look at it.


Forgotten Summer by Enchanted Visions Artist Jenny Heidewald
Forgotten Summer by Enchanted Visions Artist Jenny Heidewald

"Forgotten Summer"  This is one of my favorite pieces, and that is even after the braving the evils of perspective!  I was working on an article for EMG-zine, “Towers”; when I think of towers, I think of Rapunzel, my favorite princess even before “Tangled”.  I got the picture in my head quite quickly, but she needed a back-story.  I started pondering, "Ok, this summer she got to go on a vacation, but no one remembers she'd gone; they are obsessed with the scandalous drama part of her life, thus ‘forgotten summer‘."  I decided to make the tower a lighthouse because my husband has taken many beautiful photos of lighthouses.


Darkness Falls by Enchanted Visions Artist Jenny Heidewald
Darkness Falls by Enchanted Visions Artist Jenny Heidewald

"Darkness Falls"  Beware, when darkness falls, the dragons rise!  This was a 2013 birthday card for my Dad.  I had a bunch of watercolor paper that had print on the back, so I got the idea of doing silhouettes, painting it with a gradient wash, and then gluing the paper to black cards.  I really loved working with the gradient colors, and the dirigible ship was a challenge; my Dad loved tall ships, so I wanted some sort of ship.  Sadly, this was his last birthday celebrated here on earth, he passed away this past December.  Rest in peace, John D. Heidewald, we love and miss you and your quiet ways.

EV has a monthly auction of the work created.  Do you sell your work there?

I haven't yet, mainly due to not finishing pieces in time.  I did sell one online last year through a different outlet, "Circe", whom I drew for an ACEO a day challenge.

Are there challenges knowing you are one of many artists creating art for the same EV theme?  Does this knowledge hinder you or give you momentum when creating for the monthly theme?

Yes!  One thing I have challenged myself with is trying to think of things completely off the wall and unexpected for the themes.  It helps to see what lovely art my fellow artists made, gets the creative juices going.  Unfortunately, the research and thinking required for “off the wall” tends to take a long time for me; My muse is slow, which is one reason why I am so behind.  Recipe for muse's soup “Let it Stew”: throw all the little bits of inspiration in there, think and think and think, and hope what comes out is good!  I will admit that there are times where I just drew what I wanted for the theme, and to heck with the unexpected.  My mindset of "It has to be just right and COOL, too” gets exhausting, so it is nice to let loose now and again, art should be fun.

Is your art hanging or displayed in your home.  If so, where and how?  If not, why not?  What type of art (besides your own) hangs on your walls?

There are ACEOs scattered about the apartment, some are mine that my husband prompted through Sketchfest that he liked, some are pieces I couldn't bear to part with.  I don't have too much wall space because there are many bookshelves, does a chicken calendar count?  Other than that, I have some Mucha art taped to the side of a bookcase.  My work "Forgotten Summer" is by my bed, along with “Footprints in the Sand” poem/art, a photo of Dad, a rose drawn by one of my brothers in remembrance of our Dad, and lots of numbats, mine and pieces I have purchased.

Numbats are a severely endangered Australian marsupial, and look like a cross between a squirrel and a zebra.  They are just SO charmingly cute, and I am obsessed with them.  One piece of art dear to my husband and I is a sweet felted numbat made by his sister, Betsy Mitchell-Henning.  She made it from alpaca fleece from my AZ family's herd.  Our family was devasted again when Betsy passed away suddenly this January; a loving and inspiring person, she is greatly missed.  It had been a hard year for me to make art.

Describe (and provide a photograph if you like) of your studio/work space.  What would you change about it, if anything, for it to become your dream work space?




Currently my main workspace is my half of the bedroom, not the Ladew Gardens pictured with this interview, pens travel nicely!  My home space consists of a wooden stool, a small narrow table with a shelf under the top that holds my painting supplies, the bed, and lots of bookshelves for my reference materials.  When I am actually working on art it looks like an explosion happened, I end up with books and art supplies all over my work area.  I also use the living room computer for research, and Photoshop dealies.

When I first moved to Baltimore I lived in a house rather than an apartment, and I had my own room for my stuff.  That was such a luxury, I really miss being able to leave stuff out so I won't have to unpack it when I want to work, and, conversely, having to pack it up when I want to go to bed!

My dream workspace would be having my own room again so I can move and leave things out, and have lots more bookshelves.  I would love to live in the mountains, or countryside; I love being in the relative quiet of nature (unless it involves mosquitoes or ticks), and being able to look out over the beauty of it.

"Paint" a picture of yourself for us using 10 colorful words to describe you, the total picture.

1. Whimsical
2. Honest
3. Escapist (not like Harry Houdini!)
4. Humorous
5. Conscientious
6. Sentimental
7. Melancholic
8. Sensitive
9. Apprehensive
10. Winsome

Thank you so much Jenny for this wonderful look into your creative process, your art and you.

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Please visit ENCHANTED VISIONS to see more of  Jenny's art and what she has created for the latest theme.

If you would like to see more of Jenny's art, you can find her at the following links:


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Can You, Journal Page Spread

Earlier this week, someone in a Facebook group I'm a member of, shared an art journal exercise/prompt, to flip through magazines and cut out words that spoke to you.  Then you were to use the words in your journal.  Her journal pages were inspiring.  They were filled with words that were characteristics of the person she wanted to be.

I liked the idea and decided to give it a try.


Can You Journal Page - Right


Most of my time was spent looking for words or phrases.  I wasn't looking for any words in particular, but waiting for the words to choose me.


Can You Journal Page - Left

I was actually surprised by the words I chose...

Can You Journal Page Spread by Tori Beveridge 2014

...but I love their message.

Faber Castell Gel Sticks, collaged papers, Pitt Artist Pens, gel medium, gesso


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Shabby Wren Collage

It's not very often that I do collage.  Wait.  That's not exactly the truth.  


Shabby Wren Close Up 1


Let me clarify.
It's not very often that I do collage and don't do any painting or sketching or doodling along with it.


Shabby Wren Close Up 2


When I got the opportunity to take part in a "Shabby Chic" ATC Swap, I jumped in with both feet. 


Shabby Wren Close Up 3


I made a decision not to paint or doodle or draw.  I would only use papers and textural elements.


Shabby Wren ATC by Tori Beveridge 2014
Shabby Wren ATC by Tori Beveridge

And so... this sweet little atc was made only with layers of paper glued down, lace, thread, a button and feathers from my chickens, who are molting right now.  (There are feathers everywhere!!! I'm saving the prettiest to use in my crafting)  I did use a little distress ink on the lace and the edges.

I am really pleased with the way it turned out.



Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Lives Entwined - Mixed Media

We all have those people that our lives are forever entwined with.  You always connect with them.  It doesn't matter how much time has passed since you last spoke or last saw each other. 

Lives Entwined Close Up 1

They make you feel like everything will be right with the world.    

Lives Entwined Close Up 2

They make you smile.

Lives Entwined Close Up 3

They might be a mother, a daughter, a sister, a friend.  There is always that part of you and them, that remains connected, entwined and grounded with each other.

Lives Entwined by Tori Beveridge 2014 Photo
Photo of Lives Entwined by Tori Beveridge

I loved doing this piece.  It makes me smile every time I look at it.





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