Monday, December 11, 2017

Ahhhhhhhh ... Relief

Ahhhhh ... the last art show of the year is over.  And it was wonderful!

A shot of my space - all ready to go!
We were worried about Saturday.  The weather forecasters were predicting a big storm.  And we got 7 inches, but the roads stayed drive-able for a long time and people came!  Wahoo!

We had live music.

Lots of people came out on Saturday - despite the storm.

A panorama shot of the space.  It used to be a car showroom.

The artists and makers of the Holiday Art Market.
It was a really lovely group of artists who made fabulous things.  One of our goals with this group has been associating the name of the WeHa Artists Emporium which high quality art.  There is definitely a place for more kitschy-crafty things like crocheted Barbie clothes - Lord know I loved that stuff as a kid - but we want people to know that they will be seeing a wide variety of finely made art and crafts at one of our shows, and we certainly pulled it off this time.  It was GREAT shopping!

Stefanie Marco is the wonderful artist who started it all.  I basically just back her up.  Putting on a show like this is a lot of work, but when it all works out, when it has been a successful show - not just for us but for all of the artists - then we have done what we set out to do.

And now it is time to rest.  Well, not complete rest.  I have to put everything away properly, send out the last box of Xmas gifts, do the holiday cards, and yadda, yadda, yadda.  But the art shows are over and I can focus on other things.

Here's our house after the fresh snow Sunday morning.  Just imagine me inside, sitting by the fire, sipping cocoa in my flannel pj pants, and writing out Christmas cards.

Thank you so much for stopping in after my break.   I needed it!

Happy Holidays everyone!

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Open Studio Hartford and My Busy Week

Hi all -

Woosh - I have been a busy lady.  Open Studio Weekend went very well.  I had a lot of art there - a lot of people came by - and a lot of art sold.  So, goody, goody.

Here are some pics:
Me and one of my younger fans.  This photo is by my friend Stefanie Marco and she got a great shot of the wall.

My area before the show started.

Full swing.  Shoppers come by to check out my wares.

I packed it all up on Sunday night and went home.  On Monday, I had to go out to a lovely little restaurant, Spicy Green Bean, and take down some of my art that had been hanging and put some new stuff up.

The trick here was that I didn't have time to assemble pieces from Open Studio Hartford.  I had to have this all ready to go early Monday morning.  So a two shows worth of art framed and organized. 

Then, Tuesday through Friday, I've been at a local school doing an Artist-in-Residence program.  This school contacted me in September and asked if I could do a presentation and workshops on Finders Keepers and rock painting.  So I've been busting my hump creating that for two months - but it has been a lot of fun working with the kids and the wonderful teachers.  Here's some pics of that:

Me doing my Finders Keepers presentation on stage.

Then I jump down into the audience to talk to the kids.

I couldn't do a real Finders Keepers hunt at the school because that would have been chaos.  So I did a visual one with slides.
Here's a sampling of some of the rocks that the kids have been painting all week.
I have one more day of the school visit, two days to make art stuff, then it's Thanksgiving.  Then, on Saturday and Sunday, I have another pop-up art show at West Elm.

No rest for the makers at Holiday time!

Thanks so much for stopping in!  Wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Last Inktober

Inktober was a lot of fun, but it was a bit of a time-suck in an otherwise busy period, so I can't said I'm sad that it's over.  But I am happy that I have new work to show and sell at my upcoming art shows and people on Facebook and Instagram were all very positive and supportive of the project, so that was fun. 

Here's the last of Inktober.

CLIMB                 Inktober 2017                j. c. phillipps

FALL                 Inktober 2017                j. c. phillipps

FOUND                 Inktober 2017                j. c. phillipps

MASK                 Inktober 2017                j. c. phillipps

SQUEAK                 Inktober 2017                j. c. phillipps

UNITED              Inktober 2017                j. c. phillipps

In other news, it was a lovely Halloween evening.  I couldn't find my long, black cape, but I found my Cruella DeVille wig, so that's what I went with.  Magoo dressed as his father.

Hope you all had a Happy Halloween!

Since I'll be busy getting ready for Open Studio Hartford (Nov 11 & 12th) I'll take next week off of blogging.  But I'll return when it's over and tell you all about it.

Thanks so much for stopping in.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

What?! MORE Inktober?

Hi guys -

I am pretty busy getting things ready for the art shows and working on projects with the WeHa Artists Emporium and preparing for a big school visit, but I am still taking a little time each day to participate in Inktober.  Here's the latest batch.
BLIND        Inktober 2017       j. c. phillipps

CLOUD        Inktober 2017       j. c. phillipps

DEEP        Inktober 2017       j. c. phillipps

FILTHY        Inktober 2017       j. c. phillipps

GRACEFUL       Inktober 2017       j. c. phillipps

JUICY       Inktober 2017       j. c. phillipps

SHIP       Inktober 2017       j. c. phillipps

TRAIL        Inktober 2017       j. c. phillipps

Today I am heading off to a great new space that the art group has acquired for our Holiday Art Market.  I'm armed with measuring tape, masking tape, and my sketchbook.  We (Stefanie and I) need to see how big the space is and how many artists we can fit in it.

Thanks so much for stopping in.  I hope you all have a good week!

Monday, October 16, 2017

More Inktober

Hey y'all!  I've been busy getting ready for the upcoming holiday art shows and sometimes that's just not exciting stuff to share. (ooo - I bought some paper bags.) So I thought I'd just show you this past week's #Inktober entries.  (I missed one day due to making something else - but I'll show you that too.)

So here's INKTOBER.

FAT              Inktober 2017                    j. c. phillipps

FIERCE                 Inktober 2017                j. c. phillipps

MYSTERIOUS             Inktober 2017               j. c. phillipps

RUN                 Inktober 2017               j. c. phillipps

TEEMING                Inktober 2017           j. c. phillipps

I missed one day because I was busy working on another piece for the Gorey Pop collection that I have up at a local restaurant.  A piece sold (one of my Wes Anderson inspired drawings) and since I was such a Tom Petty fan, I figured I'd do a Tom Petty piece.

Don't Come Around Here No More      2017    j. c. phillipps

I need to start kicking my prep into high gear now.  There's always so much to think about and do before a big art show, and I was moved to another space so I have to work out my design for the new area.  But it's all fun and exciting.

Hope you're having a great week!  Thanks so much for stopping in.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017


This year I decided to participate in Inktober.  Inktober is a month of ink drawings (or paintings, I suppose) where you post one drawing each day in accordance to the daily prompt.  I haven't done it before, but a friend sent me their info and prompt list, and I thought, What the heck! 

I missed the first few days, and joined on Day 4: UNDERWATER.  Since then I have been making 6" x 6" daily drawings to play along.  Here's the collection:

Inktober Day 4: UNDERWATER      2017       j. c. phillipps
Inktober Day 5: LONG        2017        j. c. phillipps

Inktober Day 6: SWORD         2017         j. c. phillipps
Inktober Day 7: SHY            2017             j. c. phillipps
Inktober Day 8: CROOKED           2017           j. c. phillipps

Inktober Day 9:  SCREECH           2017          j. c. phillipps
Inktober Day 10: GIGANTIC           2017           j. c. phillipps

 If you're on Instagram and would like to see my Inktober Project on a daily basis, you can follow me at @JCPhillipps.  If you're on Facebook, you can find this album on the Handmade by Julie Phillipps page.

Thanks so much for stopping in!  Have a great week!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Softies, Softies Everywhere

Six weeks until Open Studio Hartford!  It's hard to believe that the holiday season of arts & crafts shows is nearly here (mainly because it was so hot last week.)  But today is a little more autumn-feeling.  I am wearing a sweatshirt and noticing red and brown leaves on the grass.  It's these little things that help signal my brain as to what's to come and what I need to focus on.
Once upon a time, I only did one craft show: Open Studio Hartford.  This year I have three!  Open Studio Hartford, a weekend at West Elm, and the WeHa Artists Emporium Art Market.  That's three times the product I usually have to have on stock.  But - because of the increase - I've been busy making things all year long.  So I'm actually in good shape.

The other day I went into the basement and laid out all of my softies.  (This is how I do inventory.)

Softies by J. C. Phillipps

I've gotten into a nice little habit of cutting my fabric in the morning, doing the handwork while watching TV during my lunch break, and then finishing the little creature off in the afternoon or evening.  I've churned out quite a few that way.  But it seems like there are plenty of cute little guys in the mix.  I can probably stand to ease off a bit.

Here are a couple recent favorites.

Raccoon Softie by J. C. Phillipps

I loved this shifty-eyes Raccoon so much that I basically used the same pattern to make a shift-eyed fox.  I used a striped sock for the tail and I'll need to find another one if I want to make more raccoons.

Fox Softie by J. C. Phillipps

Then I thought, If I'm doing shifty-eyed creatures, I should probably do a rat.  So I did.  I love his scraggly whiskers.

Shifty Rat Softie by J. C. Phillipps

Sometimes  like to do stubby arms and legs because then I can just make them part of the body, but I did like the long limbs of those recent three.  And sometimes I eliminate the arms and legs altogether.
These very simple sleeping kittens have been a big hit each time that I've made them. 

Sleeping Kittens by J. C. Phillipps

 I have a ton of pink fleece, so I might have to make a couple pigs and a flamingo before I'm through.  But really - unless there's a crazy rush on handmade stuffed animals - I think I"mm good. 

Now I have to take stock of my prints.

Hope you all are enjoying some cooler weather.  Happy Autumn!
Thanks so much for stopping in!