Friday, April 20, 2012

Days 209, 209 and 210 Do What You Love

This project's subject matter is the reflection of everything that makes me laugh, that makes me smile. Everything that makes me happy.

So how can I not feature the project itself.

Being able to do this with the generous support of my family, friends and and you who come and check out the blog  has been such an incredible experience. I get to do something I love (my index finger and thumb might argue this) and share it with the world every day.

I started embroidery after my father had passed away.  My father was a very cultured man. He loved music, literature and the visual arts. My love of the arts I owe to him. He always told me that I was wasting my talents by not trying to pursue being an artist. I thought he was being a biased dad. I didn't go to art school, when I looked at what other artist were making my work seemed so.. for lack of a better word...lame.

But this project has taught me not to judge your work. Just make what you love making. I know my art doesn't make any huge statements, but I hope the project does. To do what makes you happy. 

I wish he was alive to see this project. I know he would have got a real kick out of this.

So I present  portraits of myself doing what I love. The first portrait features one of my Dad's bed linens that I always loved. So much so that it is now featured as my favorite tattoo my right arm.

Thank you all again for being so supportive. It means so much to me.



ThePaintedPisces said...

Thanks for sharing something that makes you so happy. These are the things are most inspirational, when one can see how happy the creator/artist is through making them. Your dad would be extremely proud, I'm sure.

DaisyJulz said...

Oh Lucky, you know I love your work, but your self portraits are amazingly awesome!

Melissa Bothwell-Inglis said...

wow Jen! You managed to even capture your 'sultry minx' look! hehe.. glad you're still loving what you do, my goodness my ADHD side would have spazzed 5 days into that project - you're an inspiration friend!

Rae - Say It Ain't So said...

beautiful! i love the first one especially! and the back shot at the end is really cool!
you should check out this documentary if you get a chance:
wayne white is a really cool artist and in the film he talks about how art doesn't have to be so serious all the time, and how you should just do what you love and are passionate about and opportunities will come from it. (i saw it last night at a film festival and found it incredibly inspiring!)

Lucky Jackson said...

Thank you all so much! I felt a bit awkward about stitching my own image.

Wayne White is one of my heroes. I can't wait to see the documentary Rae!
I looking up "sultry minx". It sounds a bit risque!

jorjiapeach said...

awesome. you're so inspiring.

Sinai Mejias said...

you inspire me so damn much

Carrie Rosalind said...

You are such an inspiration to me! Thanks for sharing your story and your artwork - you are awesome!

PS: Loved seeing the backside of your stitching too.

miss teacups. said...

That is such a lovely story, I had no idea that there was so much meaning behind your work...lovely!

You are a total babe Jen! Can't wait to see you next Saturday :)

Kate B said...

Thanks for sharing your story and your artwork is amazing. You're blog is one of my faves.

Anonymous said...

Natural talent and passion is the most powerful of combinations when creating art. Your work speaks to so many people in so many places. Thank you for producing such quality pieces that continually inspire. Melanie

Petunia Mae said...

I love love love these so much! Your work is so beautiful and inspirational.

Tricia said...

Your dad was right! You are a beautiful artist. I always see your pieces on other people's blogs and go "wow, these are so cool." So I finally clicked over here and have been scrolling through the archives. I love this project! And I love that there's such a beautiful story behind it.