A Little Bird Told Me… (paintings in progress)

My hands have not been idle these past weeks!  Since the stay at home rules have been in place, I’m using the time to work on a series of small paintings of the birds found around my studio and home.  When I’m really feeling motivated, I’m determined to paint them all.  The reality may end up being something else entirely, but I’m going to give it my best effort!  There is quite a variety of bird life all around the pond too and I’m counting those as well.  Some visitors are just migrating through, some get blown in on spring storms and others take up their annual summer residence.  I find all of it exciting, interesting and inspiring to my creative efforts.

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Spiffy New Gift Certificate – The Gift of Art

During the stay-at-home requirements we find ourselves in, I’ve taken time to work on ways to bring my art to you.  With the galleries closed and exhibits cancelled for the immediate future and we can’t meet at the shows, I’m doing my best to stay connected with everyone.

The beauty of social media allows me to continue to show you artwork and offer you opportunities to purchase it in the safety and comfort of your home.  That said, I’ve come up with something new – a gift certificate you can purchase should you want to give it as a gift for the bird and animal lover in your life.  They can browse my website to find that special artwork they’d love to have and use the gift certificate towards the purchase of original artwork, custom commission or limited edition reproductions.

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Black & White Online Exhibit 2020 (Library Arts Center)

The Library Arts Center is hosting this juried show featuring artwork by artists from New Hampshire and Vermont, in all mediums made in black, white and gray.  Due to the Covid-19 health crisis, the arts center will not be open to the public but the exhibit can be viewed online from April 17th through May 20th.  To see the show, click HERE.  Two of my graphite artworks were juried into this show, one of a chickadee and the other is of a Canada lynx.  My graphite art is available only as originals, making each of these a one-of-a-kind artwork.  Feel free to contact me or the Library Arts Center if you are interested in purchasing. 

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Springing to Life – Studio Creativity Inside and Out

I’ll admit it’s getting harder to find the sunny side of things as the Covid-19 health crisis continues.  Walks out in nature provide me with solace and a calmness of spirit when things aren’t going well in the studio or when stress from the wider world intrudes, which seems to be the norm of late.  Since I currently don’t have many of the day to day pressures of running my studio business I’m making an effort to stay creative.  On taking time to sit with my sketchbook and just draw for the pleasure of it.  On finding special moments on my nature walks that are the bright spot of the day, which make me feel good then as well as when recalled later.   While stopping by the pond near our home to watch the ducks, I’m grateful and mindful of how fortunate I am to be surrounded by so much beauty.  The natural world is awakening after another long winter and signs of life are springing up all over.  I think I’ll take a page out of mother nature’s book and concentrate on being creative, of bringing new art to life and looking forward to sunnier times.  Be safe and be well.

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What’s Puzzling Me… (500 piece puzzles)

If you’re looking for something to do while you stay at home…  I’ve got several puzzles featuring the art of your favorite wildlife artist!  I have a variety of images to choose from and the puzzles are designed for ages 8 and up.  Something the whole family can work on – not too difficult, but with 500+ pieces, it’s challenging enough to keep you busy for an afternoon.  The puzzles are made in the USA, are Eco-Friendly with soy based inks and recycled board and cost $15.00 each.  Make a bowl of popcorn and start puzzling your way through the next rainy day, while we wait out the current health crisis.  To purchase, contact me at:  WWW.JFOURNIERART.COM

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