Jolie Guillebeau

Archive for January, 2012


Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Things these days are busy and hectic. I feel like I’m giving everything only partial attention. I’m rushing from one place to the other and missing the feeling of groundedness that I had back in the fall.

I’m looking forward to things settling down and feeling a little less shaky. Though I’m not sure when that’s going to happen. Meanwhile, I’ll keep walking through the uncertainty and hoping for sea legs soon.


Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Scene: A yarn shop in SE Portland. 8:47pm

Me: I have no idea what I’m going to paint for tomorrow’s painting.

My friend: Hmm, why don’t you paint this pile of felted bobbles?

Me: Hey, that might be fun!

My friend: Only joking, but hey, if it works.

Take Away

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

This weekend, I kept adding more and more paint to this canvas, but I still wasn’t quite happy with it.

Then I decided to experiment. So I took out a palette knife and scratched. I’ve loved scratchboard for awhile, but I was surprised by how happy this painting made me, once I’d taken away a little bit of paint.

Just a reminder that more is not always the solution.



Friday, January 20th, 2012

I do love knitting. But this week as I’ve camped out on the couch I found a new joy.

Embroidery. It’s kind of like painting but with stitches.
It has the same quiet rhythm of knitting, and it’s entirely for beauty alone. Knitting is functional, and I love making things that keep people warm, but embroidery exists only to add beauty.

And I can get behind that.


Monday, January 16th, 2012

I have an incurable sweet tooth. Mostly because I don’t want to cure it.

Last week, after an adventure with IKEA furniture assembly, I stopped at Voodoo Donuts for a vegan cream filled donut. It was terrific. It was snowing and rainy today, but I was still tempted to go out for a pink box of donuts.

Big! Announcement!

Sunday, January 8th, 2012

I’ve been planning this for awhile, and I’m super excited.

I had this idea way back in October, and I’ve worked since then to prepare for this day.

I’ve wanted to create a way to share my stories and my images from my daily painting practice with you. A little brainstorming with the amazing Jen Lee and a little design work from the lovely Liz Kalloch has helped to make this a reality.

ThisĀ portable gallery showcases 100 of my favorite paintings and stories for you. You can flip through the pages and read each story, or choose one of your favorite images to display on your desk, or beside your bed. The unique binding allows the book to stand upright like an easel, so it really is like a gallery you can take anywhere.

I’ve chosen 100 paintings from the past two years of daily painting projects and this project has me giddy with anticipation. Sticking with my theme of the year, I’ll ship this out onĀ Leap Day, February 29, 2012.

There’s much more to do, and a few pieces that have to fall in to place, but I couldn’t wait to tell you any longer.My newsletter subscribers heard last week, and I’m looking forward to offering all of you the chance to hold many of my paintings in your hand in this form. I’m spending this weekend working on editing and details, and as soon as I get the all clear, I’ll give you a chance to order. But for now, celebrate with me as I leap in to something completely new.