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Bee Happy!

Beekeeper and Bee Happy art by Jen Norton

Beekeeper and Bee Happy art by Jen Norton

(reposted from April 1010) People often wonder whether “art imitates life”, but it was the other way around here at Jen Norton Art Studio. One of my illustrations is called “Bee Happy”, (a top seller in my Garden Charm™ line). The bees must have found out I was a fan because last week they decided to move to my house! If you haven’t yet experienced a bee migration first-hand, it’s quite a scene. And as fascinating as it is to watch, not entirely convenient when it happens near your front door! First a few bees hang around and check out the real estate. Then they call the queen to her throne. When she’s settled, she calls a few friends…like 10,000 of them and they swarm right in! In the end, we found a beekeeper who was able to do a live removal and give them a new home in an almond orchard. (In this photo, he’s removing a hive partition and showing me the queen bee.) My flowers look great this year, and I’ll miss my bees…but they had to go.

Should you ever need to remove bees (without killing them) near San Jose, CA , call “Smiling Bee Services‎” at 408-929-7983.

Change is good.

Three Sisters

Three Sisters in the Garden by Jen Norton

(reposted from Apirl 2010) Every so often I take some time to re-evaluate some of my unsold work. Is it just waiting for the right buyer? Does it need a little facelift now that I see it with new eyes? Or is it hanging around like dirty laundry taunting me with reminders of my lackluster housecleaning skills? This morning I came across a piece that needed to be shed like that extra 2 lbs gained on vacation, so I splashed paint, rolled ink and otherwise destroyed what was there. I decided to go with the theme of “Linked” from Illustration Friday that appeared in my inbox. A little uncontrolled “left-hand” drawing, some simplified shape…The result is this illustration of my two sisters and I walking hand in hand along a garden path. It’s simple, imperfect, uncomplicated and sure was a lot of fun to make. Sometimes, that’s all I ask of myself. Stains gone. Laundry folded. See what you think!

note: The original painting is sold, but this image is available to order on a Garden Charm, or for licensing. Use my contact page form for either.

Growing Garden Charms®

Terri Lyman, TML Custom Gifts

Terri Lyman of TML Custom Gifts

We artists spend a lot of time in solitude, but no artist is an island, and there are a few great people I rely on to help bring my art to you. I’d like to introduce you to one of them, Miss Terri Lyman of TML Custom Gifts. Terri does all the printing and heat pressing required to make my all-weather aluminum Garden Charms®.

Terri uses digital images of my work that she prints with pigmented inks on a special UV-coated paper. Then, she heat-presses the image onto the aluminum, and the heat melts the inks into the coating, rendering the final product weatherproof! Both my sister in Phoenix, Arizona (whose sunny front door temp can reach 130 degrees in the July heat!) and my mother in rainy Portland, Oregon can attest to the “weatherproof-ness” of Garden Charms in their respective climates.

TML Custom Gifts is a woman-owned small business in Campbell, CA. Terri works from her home to help support her family by printing and pressing all kind of images onto all kinds of stuff for artists, schools, and gifts for personal or business needs. She does great work, and no matter what, Terri always has a welcoming smile on her face and a tale to tell. She is a delight to work with!

Both the coated copper wire and the aluminum used in Garden Charms are manufactured in the U.S, and the decorative beading is added by the nimble fingers of my daughter and friends who are paid per unit. As you can see, each Garden Charm purchase helps quite a few people!

Check out my Etsy store …I’m always adding more items, and if you don’t see what you want, please contact me and I can add it to the store for you. Inquire about wholesale orders. Support your local artisans!