Wednesday, November 18, 2009


Here is a design I made for a Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone bookmark. The bookmark was for a class assignment in which we were to design a bookmark for a specific book. The white owl is supposed to be Hedwig from the book and is digital collage comprised of different textured paper scans and photos.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Cupcake Says Hello

Hello! Here is my first little animation! I had to make an animated .gif using Photoshop for my media arts design class. Anyone who has done this before knows that Photoshop makes this really easy. This is my first attempt so it is really rough, but I wanted to share it anyway because it is was so exciting to me!

Friday, September 25, 2009

What a hoot!

I'm currently going back to school for graphic design and am having a blast. Here is a cute little owl I did for an assignment utilizing different textures we generated digitally and handmade.


I am a loser who never updates my blog.

Here are some pics of a commissioned painting I did.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Work in Progress

A birthday present I'm working on. It's in the beginning stages, so I will be posting updates as they come.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Booze Hounds.

I recently had an illustration featured in the Santa Barbara City College newspaper The Channels. It is seen both online and in print for an article discussing the issue of underage drinking and lowering the drinking age. Read the article here and enjoy other great journalistic endeavors produced by The Channels staff!

A big thanks to my little sis!

Friday, April 24, 2009

Secret Garden

Succulent. A fun word to say. What's even more fun? Actual succulents! Ok, maybe not everyone will agree with me on that one, but I really do love succulents. Their wonderful plump and waxy leaves lend so much to the imagination. For instance, in the pictures of above, look at the silly sage green ones that look like small rocks (or little butts!).
Because my friend Sonja loves and appreciates succulents as much as I do, I made her a small desktop succulent garden for her day of birth. The ceramic pot was made by me; dark brown clay, tony's copper glaze with a rim of chun white glaze. The colors and textures of the pot lend themselves nicely to a southwestern-ish aesthetic and complement the plant colors. I think it turned out quite darling and I am excited because I have found a way to use all of my extra pots! :)

Wednesday, April 22, 2009


Here is a glimpse of how I start one of my paintings. Easy going, thumbnail sketches make up the majority of my pre-painting ritual. I have never been one to do a comprehensive sketch, just because I find a simple one usually works itself out in my head. And besides, painting is the fun part.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Quite the Pair

It is a very, very hot day here today. Because of the ridiculous heat I feel like I have been shuffling around, barely able to work my limbs correctly. However, this morning before the major heat set in, I was in my oil painting class painting a delightfully lumpy pair of pears. It has been about 5 years since I have painted with oils and I found it really fun to blend and blend and blend. I hope you enjoy what I have so far, I plan on tweaking a few things here and there, but this is probably really close to the finish work.


Thursday, April 16, 2009

Creature Feature

Meet my silly little hedgehog. Not a standard garden gnome, but he will probably end up living next to the vegetable patch.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Fish Face

Good morning! I finally took some pictures of my fish sculpture. I would say that the glaze turned out the way I was hoping, but overall my fish falls short of my original ideal. For a first attempt at hand building I would say it was a good learning experience though.

I have started an oil painting class this week and will be experimenting with oils for the first time in 5 years. It should be an interesting departure from my watercolor work. Annnnndddd, this evening I will begin my ceramics/pottery class for the third time. I am hoping that during this round I will have some decent looking pottery to post up here (key word here: hoping!).

Monday, March 9, 2009


The dahlia painting is done. In fact it has been so for a while now, but today is the day I have decided to share it. My pictures of it are horrendous and I am so very sorry about that. However, I am just glad to be finished with it. I would love to know how you all feel about it.

Ciao! Jennie

FYI: click on the images for a full view. :)

Monday, March 2, 2009

Blue Steel

Here is quick study I did of a steel guitar this weekend. I am thinking of expanding upon the idea to make a much larger, more detailed painting at the request of my bf.

On a happy note, I think I have completed the dahlia painting. I say that I think I have because I want to sit with a bit more before I decide. When the time comes I will post it up here for you all to see.

Anyone partake in some creative projects this weekend? I want to hear about them!

Friday, February 27, 2009

Lemon Sky

This painting is done using a really easy transfer technique and a xerox of a photograph. The transfer process lends a very soft, fuzzy edge to the piece. After the transfer is complete I add pigment in the form of water soluble crayons and pencils and of course, watercolor.

The photograph was taken by Amanda Jacobs.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Fresh Face: Christine Chapman

I did a little interview with up and coming photographer Christine Chapman. Curious as to what brings people to their work in the first place, especially students, I asked her some questions to uncover the artistic direction she sees herself going in the future.

Christine Chapman is a Santa Barbara, CA area native with a love for fashion photography and a spunk for life. She is currently attending Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara where she builds her portfolio and paves her path to her professional photography career.

What got you into photography?

"I've always loved and been involved in art whether it was painting, drawing, music, or dance. My parent's made me get a "real" degree at UC Santa Cruz in Psychology where I realized after changing my major 5 times that I was not going to be satisfied working in a lab or as a therapist. My senior year in psychology I decided that I was going to pursue my dream of being a professional photographer after I graduated. I worked in a graduate lab studying how photographs affect emotion and memory, and all of my classes were focused on social influence, the power of the media, and anything else that involved photography in psychology.

What do you wish to accomplish after your time at Brooks?

I want to be famous! It may sound dumb, but I'm serious! haha! I truly hope to be a greatly influential photographer such as Annie Leibovitz, Mario Testino or Ansel Adams. I hope to shoot for large editorial magazines and high end designers such as Dolce & Gabbana, Dior, Armani. It's very, very hard to make it in the business, much less become a well known name, but knowing this [isn't] stopping me from working my butt off to get there :) Although the ocean is my #1 love, I will most likely leave California for New York or even Europe to pursue my dream once [I'm] done with Brooks.

Name 3 of your most influential photographers:

Annie Leibovitz, Mario Testino, and Elliot Erwitt

What are your favorite subject matters and types of photography?

I am more focused on fashion and character portraits, things you will see in Vogue, Vanity Fair, Marie Clare. I like to bring out a very natural, glamorous feel with my models, as well as use a lot of design and movement in my photographs. I want to keep the viewer entertained as well as bring a sort of majestic feel from looking at my images.

What type of camera(s) do you use?

I use a Nikon D700 and my favorite lenses are the 24-70mm (for photos that incorporate more of the models surroundings or numerous models) and the 105mm for single model portraits and beauty shots. In the studio I use a hasselblad h2 with a digital back. I'm all digital! It's faster :)

Do you partake in any other types of creative work (ie; painting, writing etc)?

I wish I could write better, haha! But I do paint (that's how we met; in painting class my freshman year of HS) although I don't really have time to do it as much anymore with photography taking up my time. I did dance for 12 years and I try to surf as often as I can. I know it sounds silly, but I believe surfing is an awesome art form, as you'll see many professional surfers also play music, paint, draw, etc. You're free to move and almost dance about the wave any way you like. Surfing is definitely my down time activity and I get a lot of great ideas when I'm in the water because all the stress and pressure of work and school disappear and I can think freely"

Christine Chapman's portfolio and contact information can be seen on her website

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Splish Splash

Yay! I am so happy to announce that the sun is shining here today. Sadly, I understand this may not be the the case for everyone. Regardless, this got me daydreaming of summer and swimming and outdoor fun and so I decided to post this little painting; a fairly quick study of some koi-esq fish. This painting actually developed into two more paintings, both of which reside with my bf who seems quite smitten with them.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

For All You Winos

I made some nifty little paintings for use over at The Wine Rack; a blog devoted to the savvy review of affordable, delicious wines from around the world. It is a great blog to check out if you are interested in anything wine related, especially affordability. So check it out and see some of my art in action! And as always, I would love to know what you think!

Monday, February 23, 2009

In the Clouds

Here is a quaint little painting I did of a giraffe yesterday afternoon. I can't quite remember where I got my inspiration for this silly thing, but I just had to paint it. The funny thing is, I feel like my head is amongst the clouds as I write this due to a lovely little cold.

Sunday, February 22, 2009


I hope everyone is having a lovely and fun filled weekend.
Above is a mushroom painting I did for a class assignment sometime last year.
Let me know what you think!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

It's All In Your Head

No Excuses

Good morning everyone,
I am sorry that I haven't posted anything new in a couple of days. I have been working on some website stuff for a singer/song writer friend of mine Rich Phillips.

You can check out his website at

In other news, there really isn't any. However, I have started working on all the plant matter in my dahlia painting. It is proving to be a bit of challenge and I will definitely have to play with my technique and the painting more to get my desired effect. I find that the biggest obstacle for me is finding the motivation to finish the thing. I get incredibly bored painting the same stuff over and over again, but for the sake of my blog I will complete it.

I just wanted to thank everyone who has decided to check my blog out! It is cool to see that people are (slightly) interested.


Monday, February 16, 2009

My Noggin

Thanks to the lovely Kyle Phillips for turning my noggin into a cool piece of photo-shopped artwork!


Kisses my little chickadees. So with the permission of my darling Kyle I am sharing with all of you the valentine's that were exchanged between us this weekend.

Kyle has been on a roll making super cool paintings on sheets of metal, and so, in super manly man fashion, he made me a valentine on..... a sheet of metal! A dremel tool was used to gouge in the heart outline and was also used to create the swirly little pattern around it. I absolutely love it! It is so creative and sweet of him. The back was painted in a solid red and a sweet little love note was written on it. Swoon.

Kyle Phillips

Below is the Babe-a-tron 3000 Valentine card I made for him. It is constructed out of different high qua-la-teeee card stock that I simply cut out and glued together. I added brads and silver ink to make it even more authentic and robot-ey. The card actually opens up, but I didn't take any shots of that.