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 Expression

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This past year has been a year of exploration for me. I dove into the world of illustration and watercolour, attempting to develop my skills and style. I've loved so much of it and have found a deep passion for watercolour painting. But there's something about it that sometimes feels more thought out- it takes so much effort and planning to execute a piece. Sometimes that planning excites me. The thought of what could be thrills me. And then there are times where I have felt this twinge, a stirring in my soul. This stirring is for something that once consumed my thoughts. Last year I left a love behind to learn about a new love, but the expressionistic acrylic paintings that I once spent time creating will always be the first love that I hold dear. It comes so natural for me...the act of painting becomes an expression of a feeling, rather than a thought. 

Yesterday, I felt a sudden urge to return to that love. I pulled out my paints from the depths of the closet (I could probably use new ones by now) and found an unfinished painting to mask over. Taking out my old brushes felt like being reunited with a familiar friend. Old habits and rituals came flooding back- water jar being filled, the choosing of colours to squeeze out of their tubes, dabbing a newly moistened brush on a designated rag. And I began to paint to the sound of the music in my ears, to the feeling of the sun shining through the window, to the emotions of the day. It felt so very right. Yes, this paint, this style, is a part of me. 

Vintage Inspired // Work in Progress

Today, the sun is streaming into my window, the sounds of Louis Armstrong and the Hot Five in the air and I'm dreaming of lazy summer days. Most often, when I start dreaming, I'm inspired to paint so this is what sits on my desk today. A simple floral design that's almost done being painted and then it'll be scanned for some post-painting production. Any guesses as to what it'll be? Hint: We had Louis Armstrong and other 30's jazz playing at our backyard wedding reception :)

I've also been updating my site lately and have done a bunch of work on my portfolio page! Just trying to simplify things a little Check it out under the "work" tab or follow the link here! Hope you all are having a cheerful and sunny Thursday. 

Commission: Food Clipart

A couple of months ago, I was approached by Brita of B.Britnell food blog, asking if I ever would create detail paintings for a blog. I was more than thrilled because this is exactly the type of thing I would love to be able to do more of! Brita has a lovely blog with some delicious looking recipes and it was SO fun to make these details for her. I would even go so far as to say it may be one of my favourite commissions yet. So keep this in mind all you readers with a blog...I'm looking to do more! Brita wanted simple designs and to keep in line with the feel of her blog, I decided to paint them quite colourful and bright. If you're feeling adventurous, head on over to her site and see if you can find them- it's like a game of Where's Waldo! But while you're there, be sure to also take a look at her tasty treats- I know my mouth was drooling over a few. And below you'll find a process shot along with the finished products:

If you are looking for a way to spruce up your internet space by adding small details or a new header, I would love, love, LOVE to create something for you. Especially to expand my skills in that area. If this interests you, please do send me a line at jenni.haikonen8@gmail.com! 

Spring Cleaning

I am so pleased to finally be writing you from here, my new blog platform. This has been a looooong time coming. And to be honest, it's been kind of a transition for me. Entering into a new blog space can be kind of scary when change is something you fear. I've grown quite attached to Tales from Bottomley Cottage. It's been with me since the beginning of my artistic journey. But I've been needing to make the transition to everything being in one place for a while, so it means leaving the old platform behind. And to be honest, not much will be changing, but you will see some design changes and a more simplified layout. Oh, and please be patient with me as I get everything updated and tweaked. There's still a lot of figuring out to do as I'm transitioning space. But please, feel free to have a look around and explore! I'm excited to hear your feedback.

And since we're talking about new things...a new illustration! I'm actually kind of in love with this one. It's the beginning of a few like it and inspired by the small sea towns and coastal fisherman from around the world. There's a line from a poem I came across that I think fits it quite perfectly: "each [fisher]man is a master of his craft, its gleaming sails out-blown. and far behind him on the shore a home he calls his own..." I'm still trying to decide what format this will take in the end, but it'll be coming soon to a shop near you ;)