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Open Studio 2012 This Weekend!

Strawberries © Jen Norton

“Strawberries” by Jen Norton

I’m all packed up and about to go set my booth up for Silicon Valley Open Studios 2012! Over the past week I have introduced you to a few of my fellow exhibitors. There will be 14 of us in all. The rest of the artists selling their awesome work at this location include: Terri Hill, Judy Welsh, Robyn Crumly, Jane Hofstetter, Sandi Okita, Kay Duffy, Donna Orme, Shirley Motmans and Pat Suggs. All of us have shown in galleries, exhibitions and taught art, so this is your chance to pick the freshest art in the valley! Plus, we’ll be holding a free raffle with work from most of the artists in attendance.

We look forward to seeing you! Print your flyer here if you haven’t already done so, or just meet us at 19880 Lark Way in Saratoga, CA. 11am to 5pm on both Sat & Sun, May 12 & 13.

…And a very Happy Mother’s Day to all my fellow moms. I hope you are appreciated on Sunday and everyday for all you do! From the words of St. Therese of Lisieux, “The loveliest masterpiece of the heart of God is the heart of a mother.”

Artist Feature 2: Andy Ballantyne (countdown to Open Studio 2012)

Coastal House art © Jen Norton

Coastal California Originals and Prints on Wood

It’s going to be hot weather this weekend for our  Open Studio, but maybe my coastal house art will make it seem like a day at the beach! I love my new 6×6″ paintings on wood panel. Each one is painted with layers of fluid acrylic on carved gesso. Plus, I’m making small prints on canvas adhered to carved and painted wood for a fun, giftable option! Originals are $135; Prints on wood are $24.

Today, I’d like to introduce you to another one of my Allied Artist West friends who will be showing his work. Andy Ballantyne is a retired high school art teacher who clearly knows his stuff when it comes to composition, shapes and color. He works in oils, watercolors and pen and ink. All his work is great, but if you don’t believe me, take a look for yourself here.

Goldsmith Seed Farm © Andy Ballantyne

Goldsmith Seed Farm by Andy Ballantyne

Chickadees © Andy Ballantyne

Chickadees by Andy Ballantyne

 

See you this weekend in Saratoga!

May 12 & 13, 2012

Smart Apples

Smart Apples by Jen Norton

Smart Apples, Acrylic on paper, 12 x 12"

Apples and school just go together. I don’t know how many kids still bring their teachers apples now that we have Starbucks gift cards, but the correlation still holds. This piece is acrylic on paper and meant to play up the school-apple connection. Remember learning Cursive writing? And that brown-ish ruled newsprint paper? I performed my “Art Triage” and painted this over an older piece, using it as a base. I love the freeing quality of destroying what no longer suits me, and painting into something that isn’t sacred and white. And in researching apple names to include, I found lists with hundreds of varieties to choose from! Creativity and abundance, it seems, is unlimited in the fruit world. This painting will be available at my Open Studio on May 21/22, 2011.

Time flies when you’re making art

Gift Baskets by Jen Norton Art Studio

Gift Baskets made from Jen Norton artwork. $95-$125

Yikes…I’m looking at the date of my last post, and it’s over a month ago! Well, I have a few excuses, really. There was spring break, of course. And then I’ve been busy madly painting lots of new food-related artwork to whet your appetite at my upcoming spring shows! In addition, I’m now offering gift baskets made from my artwork and I will have some available to purchase and to order at my Open Studio later this month (Mark your calendars for May 21st & 22nd). They’re great for gifts, school auctions, or to celebrate special events. The three shown here were purchased for a recent auction at the Presentation Retreat Center in Los Gatos, CA. I now have Gift Certificates available. Purchase one for Mother’s Day, and let your mom pick out something unique at my Open Studio!

Stay tuned…Later this summer, you might find my gift baskets in my Etsy store. But for now, what do you think of them?