Jolie Guillebeau

Archive for February, 2012


Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Since this series is still taking shape, I’m going back to my roots as an English teacher. All good stories start with a setting.

Three weeks ago tonight, I stood on this stage in front of 600 people and told a story about tying your shoes and how I don’t believe in talent.

At first I fumbled, but I gradually found my stride. And for a couple of minutes, it was really fun!

If you want to watch the whole thing, here’s your chance. Over the next few days, I’ll tell you why I didn’t learn to tie my shoes until I was 30.

And hopefully, I’ll find my stride with this series just like I did on stage.

“Setting the Stage” 6×6 Oil on Panel $130.

P.S. I was giddy and thrilled with all the orders for the new book yesterday. My readers are awesome! Did you get yours yet?

We’re going to press soon and I don’t want to miss you. Go check it out!


Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

I realized something today. I have no more excuses.

I can paint anything.

Sure, there are some things that I like painting more than others, but two years ago this week, when I began painting everyday, there were lots of things that I said I couldn’t paint.

I said I was good at still life, but only if given a lot of time. So I set a timer and made myself complete a painting within an hour. Then I decided to get better at painting landscapes and dealing with the challenges of outdoor painting. But even then, I said I couldn’t paint people. So I decided to paint 100 of them. And then I found myself talking about the challenge of concepts and abstract work.

So here I am. This marks the end of 5 different series of daily paintings. That’s 500 individual paintings and 500 emails, and 500 stories here. It’s 500 steps towards becoming a better painter and a better writer. It’s 500 reasons that I can call myself a professional artist without hesitating.

I’m planning to paint at least 500 more of these (even though I don’t quite know what they’re going to be yet), but today I’m just going to enjoy the sense of accomplishment that comes with finishing.

And start thinking of a new excuse.

“Steps.” 12×18 Oil on Canvas. $500