Yummy Goodies for 2011

One thing my friends and family know about me is that i looove thrift stores and hunting for second hand "stuff" And since Ebay and Craig's List hit the scene it has only fed my hunger for finding trash and turning it into treasure.

Well, i feel like i've hit the pick 3 the other day. i was on CL looking for a wheeled chair so i could more easily get around my art space and a bookcase for my son's growing collection of books and toys. Little did i know i would find a junk yard angel, in my back yard no less.

i got all of these panels and frames for a big fat ZERO! I can't believe it. y'all know how expensive supplies can be so it's a double wammy when i can save some dough and re-use old items. Oh yeah, i found the bomb executive chair on wheels for 20 buckaroos and a bookcase for $35.

They say there's nothing new under the sun. These prints mounted on woods seem like predecessors to today's mixed media. I think they are so cool. But they will be re-purposed with some 2011 prints.
and this mamma-jamma is a whoppin 35x40. My biggest canvas to date. Yippee!
this has that baroque type frame. i almost don't wanna paint over it. The title is "The Coqueta" and she is working that vase!

i've been looking everywhere for a really ornate frame to paint with a pop of color. i found it!

SHE is sooooo comfy.
So I'm really inspired about these goodies and plan on making some cool stuff in '11. Speaking of, here is my first painting of the year. I have started loosenin up more on the last few pieces. And this is the first one where i used pastels and pencils  along with my paint. I was really fun to make.

And it's really just hitting me how hard i am on myself. i hadn't acknowledged how much i've grown as an artist. I was only April of '10 that i picked my brushes up after a verrrrry long break. It was Kelly's book that just spoke to that part of me that said she was too broke and too busy to paint.

I focus so much on what i want to improve on that i have neglected to tell my inner girly how proud i am that she is doing something she loves and is so committed to it. Well, here's to you darling...and to all of us. SMOOCHES!
i like the text to....ode to all of us with weight loss plans for the new year.


  1. Dearest Jennifer,

    I too LOVE the thrill of the hunt at the thrift stores. You scored SO MANY goodies!!! Those frames are amazing!!! Good for you!

    Your painting is va va voom beautiful! I LOVE big hair and good for you for painting a woman with curves!

    Thank-you so much for the funny and thoughtful message you left on my blog yesterday. You did make me laugh and then you made me teary. You have a way with words that I've never seen before.

    I'm sending your goodies out tomorrow. Sorry it's taken so long. Happy creating my new and lovely friend. xo

  2. loving all of these beautiful things! thank you for sharing so much inspiration! i can't wait to see what you create!

    xo, juliette

  3. I love the thrill of shopping thrift stores and flea markets for goodies too! I can't wait to see what comes of your new finds. And goodness, can I say ho much I love that she is counting her blessings instead of her calories!!

    :) danette