Jolie Guillebeau

Archive for May, 2010

Day 101

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

Old Habits.

I’ve been writing these notes for 100 days, and I’m not quite ready to stop.

Even though I don’t have a painting for you today, I want to tell you what I’m planning next. I’m going to keep painting– it’s fun and so many of you have emailed to tell me how much you want to keep going.

But I’m going to switch things up to prevent boredom for both of us. Hence–

The Summer Sunshine Series.

Living in the Northwest, I’ve gotten used to the rain. Especially in the winter. I even like it, most of the time. But when summer comes– it’s glorious. And I’m going to celebrate this summer by painting outside as much as possible.

I’m going to slack off a bit with this project– I’m only going to paint 5 paintings a week for 10 weeks. So starting June 7, you’ll get a painting in your inbox every Monday-Friday. I’m going to take my easel and explore new places in Portland. Because you asked, I’ll explain bits of what I’m doing and how I paint, in addition to my usual stories. (There might even be a video or two.) At the end of the summer, I’ll have 50 paintings of my city, and a nice farmer’s tan.

As always, the first reply in my inbox is the winner of that day’s painting. And while I haven’t fully figured out the best way to price these, trust me that they’ll be options for everyone– because I’m happiest when my paintings live in other people’s homes.

Recap: 100 paintings in summary. (Click here to see the slideshow. WordPress won’t let me embed the slideshow here, so click this link to see paintings 1-100 in all their glory.)

Finally, let’s look back everything that’s happened since February 15.

(If you notice a little red dot in the left corner of the image, then that means the painting is still available. Remember, tomorrow all the paintings go to $100, so email today if you see one you love.)

And of course, prints of any of these images are available too. Just email me.

Day 100!!

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Just the beginning.

We did it! 100 paintings in 100 days! Who knew?

I debated what to do with day 100. How could I end with a bang? What could I do to make the end of this project really special? But then, I realized– this isn’t the end.

This project has been incredible in so many ways. When I thought about doing this, I was in a bit of a rut, and had lost a little confidence in my work (and in myself). I wasn’t sure I could even come up with 100 ideas for paintings. Then I was worried that no one would buy them. Every day, I woke up wondering what would happen.

But gradually I got braver and bolder. I think I can actually call myself an artist now without hesitating over the word.  You know why? Because of you. Because you’re out there reading, and writing back, and telling me how much you’re enjoying this. You’re even sending me money so that I’ll send my paintings to you. (By the way, that still amazes me– thank you!)

And I can call myself an artist because I paint. Every single day. Because I don’t want to let you down. And you know what? I’ve discovered that I like painting every single day.

So this isn’t the end– not even close.

Which brings me to the painting for today.

8×10 Oil on Birch Panel. Ready to hang– no framing required! $100

Tomorrow: A slideshow recap of the whole project and details about what happens next. See you then!

Day 99

Monday, May 24th, 2010

One more day.

Wow. Today’s day 99. I don’t really know what else to say.

There are so many more things to paint. I don’t even feel like I’ve gotten a good start!

I had other paintings planned, but I found this flower in the store yesterday, and it looked so fun. It seems very Dr. Seuss like, doesn’t it? So I had to paint it, and that means I’ll have to paint my other ideas sometime later– stay tuned.

6×8 Oil on Birch Panel. Ready to hang– no framing required! $99

Day 98

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

Sunday Series: Final

It’s the last Sunday. I’m a little sad about it. But, I have plans for what’s coming next, and I’m excited about those possibilities. So I’ve decided to focus on the future instead of the past.

Which is why I picked today’s poem.

(You might want to click through to see more detail.)

I dwell in Possibility –
A fairer House than Prose –
More numerous of Windows –
Superior – for Doors –
Of Chambers as the Cedars –
Impregnable of eye –
And for an everlasting Roof
The Gambrels of the Sky –
Of Visitors – the fairest –
For Occupation – This –
The spreading wide my narrow Hands
To gather Paradise –

–Emily Dickinson

4×6 Watercolor on Cotton Fiber Paper on bamboo board. $98

Special rules apply to today’s painting. Everyone wins! On Sundays only, instead of one buyer, I’ll paint a version of this for everyone that requests one, because I think if the quote speaks to you then you should have it.

Each painting will be an original and slightly different from the others I send out, but based on the painting you see above. The only rule is that in order to paint one just for you, I must receive your email by 8pm Pacific time today.

NEW!! Your painting will arrive ready to hang, because I’ll mount it on carbonized bamboo using archival adhesive. Here’s an example.

There will be a nice little keyhole like this, so all you have to do it find a nail and hang it right on your wall! No framing required! Yay!

Want it? Email me here.

Day 97

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010


I’ve got tons of new ideas for the next phase of this project– it’s almost like opening a new box of crayons.

I love that feeling of possibility, because you can make so many marvelous pictures with a new box of crayons. That’s how I feel about what’s coming next. But, meanwhile we’ve still got a few more paintings to finish here.

6×6 Oil on Masonite Block. Ready to hang– no framing required! $97 Sold. Join the newsletter list here.

Day 96

Friday, May 21st, 2010


A lot of you have commented on how I’ve been able to paint so many paintings, and I thought I’d share my secret with you.

It’s my secret energy food.

No M&Ms were harmed in the making of this painting.

6×6 Oil on Masonite Block. Ready to hang– no framing required! $96 Sold. Join the newsletter here.

Day 95

Thursday, May 20th, 2010


Over the past couple of months, we’ve begun to build a community here, you and I. And it’s awesome.

So even though we’re nearing the end of the 100 days, I’ve come up with a plan. When I sent out the survey a few weeks ago, I asked you guys about what you wanted this to look like. And now that day 100 is approaching, I’ll have a chance to incorporate some of that into a new version of this project that’s coming soon! Don’t think you can get away from me that easily… I’ve got plans to make this even more fun.

Kind of like Tinkertoys– use the same materials, but build an entirely new shape every time. Which brings me to today’s painting.

8×10 Oil on Masonite Block. Ready to hang– no framing required! $95

Day 94

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010


I didn’t discover the wonder of popcorn until just a couple of years ago. As a kid, I had braces and random bits of metal in my mouth until I was nearly 18, so I wasn’t allowed to have popcorn, or hard candy, or gum.  Then once I was allowed to have such things, I didn’t really like them.  I realized that all those things I’d wanted as a kid, like Bubblicious and Jolly Ranchers, really just tasted terrible.

But, I’d only had microwave popcorn. And I assumed it was all the same.

So a couple of years ago, planning a party, I found a recipe that made me want to try popcorn again. And I made it on the stovetop– with olive oil. And put it in a red bowl (which makes everything better).

Better late than never. Yum.
9×12 Oil on Birch Hardwood. $94

Day 93

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010


I’m finishing up a commission right now, and it was set up on my easel all yesterday afternoon, so instead of taking it down to paint something else, I thought we’d go back to something a little different. What do you think?

When I was little, my grandmother’s house had a giant dogwood tree in the yard. The branches hung so low that I could sit under the tree without being noticed for a long time. And when it was in bloom, it was like my own secret fairy world.

So when I noticed the dogwood blooms last week, I knew it was time to get out another piece of scratchboard.

5×7 India ink on masonite board. $93

Day 92

Monday, May 17th, 2010

Farmers’ Market.

Saturday morning I got up early, grabbed my basket and hopped on the bus. The Hollywood Farmer’s Market was waiting for me. I like to get there early, before all the good stuff is gone.

I bought fresh spinach, arugula, carrots, squash, zucchini, and potatoes that had been in the ground only the day before. Then I stood in line for 15 minutes to get my hands on these strawberries. They’re that good.

It took all my self-control to finish this painting without eating one first. But I did it.

8×10 Oil on masonite block. Ready to hang– no framing required! $92 Sold. Join the newsletter list here.