Studio Scenes of August

Wow. I'm not so sure how August went by so quickly, but somehow we're into September already. Sigh. I was hoping to hold onto summer a bit longer but it appears Fall has decided to come to the west coast without much warning. So many things happened this summer, especially in August, so I would like to share some of those with you! I'm finding it difficult to update the blog regularly with how busy I am, so you can expect small updates here and there, as I continue about my busyness. Here are a few things going on in my life: 

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Studio Work: I don't have a picture for this one, but this summer, I started working in the studio of Grace Lee of Eikcam Ceramics as a studio assistant! I've been wanting to work as a studio assistant for a while and this job just kind of happened upon me (God was working behind the scenes on that one!). I have never done ANYTHING with ceramics, so being hired was kind of a miracle and I feel so grateful for the opportunity to learn a new skill (all while being paid!). So far, it's definitely been a real learning curve- my hands are learning to work in ways they haven't before and I've made quite a few mistakes, but I'm confident it will become more natural the more I do. If you're interested in seeing some of Grace's beautiful pieces visit her website or follow along on instagram!

Illustration: I haven't been working as much illustration this summer while I've been focusing more on acrylic canvas paintings, but there have been a few projects on the go. I submitted a piece for Maker's Movement magazine which will be coming out in January. It feels really exciting to know that I will be seeing a illustration of mine in print for the first time. I have also been working on a submission for another print publication. At this point, it's just a possibility, but even the possibility feels pretty darn good. I have also received a few requests for commissions, but my calendar is still open, so if you would like to have a custom house portrait done or if you have another idea for commission, I'm all ears! Throw me your ideas and get on on the bandwagon. Hint: Christmas is a-comin'....

Paintings: I've been moving in a new (or old?) direction and working on a ton of paintings over the past while. I'm finding a whole lot of freedom in my painting days. After starting my 100 Day Project, I began to realize that I have missed expressing emotion through paint. I'm thankful that I felt nudged to start again. I've been experimenting a bit with combining watercolour and acrylic and I'm loving the effects that are forming. All of the current canvas pieces I'm working on are for sale and I'll be posting them in my shop as I get around to it. If you are interested in anything you see here or on my instagram, shoot me a line at jenni.haikonen8@gmail.com and I can give you the details. 

100 Day Project: Speaking of my 100 day project...I've currently got some prints on order for the above paintings! They've been selling like hotcakes (and I'm not even sure what that phrase means). I've been taking pre-orders on these ones, but the listings should be going up in about a week in my shop. These are limited edition 5x7 prints which means that there will only be 10 prints made and once they are all sold, they will not be re-printed. They will be printed on 310gsm watercolour acid-free paper to have the same quality of the original painting. Each will be signed and numbered on the front. Please contact me if you would like to place a hold on one of these prints before they are listed in the shop!

Etsy: Other things selling around the Bottomley Cottage shop- these 5x7 Morning Glory prints and I just sent off another 8x10 Sailboat Print last week! One of my favourite things of the whole online shop process is packaging each print off to send. I'm always looking for new ways to make my packaging prettier - it makes it so fun to send out mail. Let me send you some mail- I'd love to do it! :)

Other Studio Scenes:

Etsy Update: The Language of Flowers

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In case you missed it on my Instagram, I just added a few 5x7 and 8x10 prints to the shop! These are two of them but so far there are a total of 4 different flowers. The series I've been working on is based on the Victorian tradition that every flower has a meaning. In that era, flowers were often chosen very carefully when given to others. I think there's something so very beautiful about that idea- it becomes more than a thoughtful gift of flowers and turns into something extremely specific and meaningful! I'll hopefully be making more as time goes on but to start I've focused on these four:

Lilac- meaning "joy of youth"
Goldenrod- meaning "encouragement"
Lavender- meaning "devotion"
Morning Glory- meaning "affection"

Send them to someone special or keep them as a reminder to yourself, but I hope that these bring some sort of heartfelt message to those that receive them. I'm also developing some other flower themed products from these same paintings which will be added to the shop in the coming weeks. 

Now onto more designing for me before a busy weekend of 1 year old birthday and wedding celebrations! What does your weekend entail? 

p.s. did you notice the slight change in my site logo? I'd love feedback on it!

A Note On Worth (and Mother's Day)

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I'm just going to dive right into feelings and say that I've been going through some emotional waves today in regards to my value and what I'm creating. One of my downfalls is to get so caught up in analyzing numbers and practical things that I forget to just put the work in and create. And then it becomes a blame game on myself, the voice of not being good enough as I compare my work to others... A horrible game to play, I know. 

But then there are days, such as the day I got these recipe cards printed. When I received them from the printers, I felt so ecstatic that they turned out exactly as I wanted! I felt proud of the work that  I had done. I need to remember moments like those as I keep on putting the work in and let that motivate me rather than the opposing voices in my head that want to tell me I'm worthless. 

When I think of mother's day, I can't help but hear the thoughts of a thousand moms who may have had those same thoughts and feelings of worthlessness, as their job is so often a thankless job. Why not remind your mother of her worthful-ness this year? Send her something pretty. Something to remind her that she is valued, loved and appreciated for how much work she puts in without personal reward. There are some items in my shop perfect for that, such as:

recipe cards - for all those homestyle meals she spent hours making to nourish you. 

art prints - so she can be reminded of your love every time she walks by. 

greeting cards - because a note of encouragement will always make mom's day. 

But no matter how you do it, remember to love on your mom this mother's day (and any other day of the year) because she is worth it.  

Flower Cluster Painting and a Giveaway

I've been a bit of a busybody this week, but feel that I have nothing to show for it! So far, it's been a lot of behind the scenes work and I've been struggling to find things to share. And sometimes when I have nothing to share, it can feel like I'm not accomplishing anything... anyone else have those same feelings??

But despite that, I did find one little tidbit to share with you today. Although you may have seen this painting on my home page, my instagram and this previous blog post, I don't think I ever announced it's entrance into my etsy shop in this space! So here's the official announcement: You can now find this painting for sale in my shop! I'm selling the prints in the usual 8x10 inch size, but also offering a smaller 5x7 inch print. Perfect for that gallery wall you've been meaning to put up ;). 

But wait! There's more. If you really love this piece but are just not feeling like the funds are there to purchase a print right now, you could win this 5x7 inch print for FREE! I will be taking part in a loop giveaway on instagram starting at 12pm PDT. If you enter, you'll have the chance to win this print and 15 other amazing prizes from makers around the world! Head on over to my instagram profile and follow the instructions on the contest post to enter. Good luck!

Spring Sale

If you follow me on Instagram, you'll have seen that I'm having a spring sale (no April Fool's joke!). I'm so excited that it's spring and with the sun shining and the birds singing, I'm in a good mood. So bunny-hop on over to my shop, (or just click the link) put your items in your cart, and enter the code, HAPPYAPRIL when you checkout for a fun 15% off your entire order! Easy peasy.  But you might want to hurry- this sale is 2 days only and ends Friday! Happy Spring, everyone!