Tuesday, October 11, 2016


I haven't been able to post in a while.  I just moved back to Conway from Terra Studios where I was an artist in residence.  It was a great opportunity but I ended up coming home due to depression from being away from my friends and family for the 5 months I was there.  Anyhow, I am back and in a new place to live with a new studio.

This weekend I have two workshops.  First, there is a figure drawing class at the new art supply shop that recently opened in Conway.  I have never had live models to draw from so this will be a new experience.  Second, I am attending a "She Did It Anyway" workshop in Little Rock at Soul Road.

I have been recently working to get ready for the Winter Market at Two Rivers Park in Little Rock on November 19th. I would love to see some of you out there.  Stop by my booth and visit!

I have also been getting ready for my trip the first week of November with my BFF Elizabeth Duke to go to Lucky Star Art Camp in Texas as well.  I will post about this later.  I think there are a couple of spots left!

I also rescued a litter of kittens and momma cat from under the trash bin where I live through Out of the Woods.  They all have homes and momma is spayed and resleased.  I, however, bonded with one of the kittens (of course) and decided to keep him.  His name is Othello.  I have two other cats named Hamlet and Romeo.  They all get along splendidly!

I also have redone my website which you can find at www.messyjessycreatesart.com  .  I decided to go with a shopify site and integrated my blogspot blog into it.  I am giving it a try and we will see how much I like it over my old WordPress site.  

Ciao for now!  MessyJessy

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Get Messy Art Journal Introspection Week 3

Get Messy Art Journal Introspection Week 3

This week included two art prompts and two journaling prompts.  I chose to only use the first set.  The art prompt asked us to use bright colors (here I used Golden Fluid Acrylics in Primary Yellow and Pyrrole Orange) as well as creating a mind map with our journaling prompts (Are you the person you want to be?).  Recently, I had to come up with my values in life and narrowed it down to four overall values (that was very tough)- Family, beauty, self acceptance, and health.  These, to me, were the overall themes that I could put more values into.  For this spread, I used mini file folders and alphabet stickers to create my mind map on the pages.  Inside, I wrote a little about each value and how I will accomplish them.  I also included a file folder with an Instax photo of myself with an overall statement about my goals in life.  This was a simple spread (I have recently been in an artist's rut) but I am pleased with how it turned out and it is a reminder to me of what is important in life.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Get Messy Art Journaling Introspection Week 2

Get Messy Art Journaling Introspection Week 2

This week I combined the two art prompts and two journal prompts into one art journal spread.  We all have shortcomings and so I used mine to collage into the background.  Next, I used a Neocolor II crayon to put a light wash onto the background.  I then used a Scribe-All All-Surface Pencil to draw my figure.  It is water soluble so I used a paint brush and water to blend the lines a little.  Last, I used a Posca Paint Pen to write the Lewis Carroll quote into her hair.   

It is a bit freeing to put your flaws onto paper and then use them to think about the question proposed by Lewis Carroll.  Who in the world am I?  None of us are perfect and we all have shortcomings and that is part of who we are.  If you are aware of your shortcomings, you may be able to help yourself better in the long run by consciously doing and saying things contrary to what you normally would.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Get Messy Art Journaling Introspection Week 1

This week started a new season over at Get Messy Art Journaling.  The season is about introspection and had several art and writing prompts to choose from.  

First, I used Golden fluid acrylics in Payne's Grey to try the ink blot technique suggested as one of the art prompts.

Next, I added a magazine image to collage in a representation of myself.  This was also a suggested art prompt.

After that, I added journaling.  One of the journal prompts was about your identity.  I made a list of who I am and used Posca paint markers to fill the page with my identifying titles.  I used the quote that was suggested for this week by Aristotle. 

Last, I added a border with Posca pen and collaged in the title for the beginning of the season and the page using scrapbook paper and a number 1 tag.  

Friday, May 20, 2016

Spectrum week 3

Spectrum 2016- Week 3

Lifebook 2016 Weeks 5 and 20 with Pauline Agnew

Lifebook 2016 Weeks 5 and 20 with Pauline Agnew

This style is very different from what I am used to.  It took me out of my comfort zone but I enjoyed playing :-)

More Etsy Listings! Help me spread the word that I am now selling my paintings on Etsy :-)

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The Holiday Angel 11x14 mixed media on canvas

The Ruby Roses 6x12 mixed media on canvas


The Yellow Roses 6x12 mixed media on canvas


Purple Tulips 6x12 mixed media on canvas