Last Chance -Save 20% on my Art

For the whole month of November I am hosting my annual sale. Receive 20% off my art on my website www.jackiepartridge.com/shop using the code NOVEMBER20 in the check out.

For the whole month of November I am hosting my annual sale. Receive 20% off my art on my website www.jackiepartridge.com/shop using the code November20 in the check out. Receive 20% off my art on my website www.jackiepartridge.com/shop using the code NOVEMBER20 in the check out.

 

This is a sale I have once a year -it includes free shipping to Canada and the U.S. that is always available on my site.

I appreciate your continued support!

-Jackie

 

Remember I only do one sale per year. This sale ends November 30th.

This is your last chance until next year!

Head to my website now to get the savings! 

Annual November Art Sale- Save 20% -Sale Ending Soon!

For the whole month of November I am hosting my annual sale. Receive 20% off my art on my website www.jackiepartridge.com/shop using the code NOVEMBER20 in the check out.

For the whole month of November I am hosting my annual sale. Receive 20% off my art on my website www.jackiepartridge.com/shop using the code November20 in the check out. Receive 20% off my art on my website www.jackiepartridge.com/shop using the code NOVEMBER20 in the check out.

 

This is a sale I have once a year -it includes free shipping to Canada and the U.S. that is always available on my site.

I appreciate your continued support!

-Jackie

 

Remember I only do one sale per year.

So don’t wait to get something you have had your eye on until next year!

Head to my website now to get the savings! 

Why I Became an Artist

I became an artist because I always loved creating things but more importantly I found art gave me freedom. Freedom to express myself – thoughts, ideas, interests and perspective on larger topics like the environment. And of course, freedom to do what I love.

I like doing something I love each day and I feel so lucky to be given that opportunity.

Teacher’s college was something I did because I knew I loved helping people from volunteering teaching figure skating to spending my summers working at camps.

I became an artist because I always loved creating things but more importantly I found art gave me freedom. Freedom to express myself - thoughts, ideas, interests and perspective on larger topics like the environment. And of course, freedom to do what I love.

There are many different paths an artist can take and I like being in charge of that and choosing what applications or opportunities I want to take. Not every opportunity or decision is going to be the best for me or my art.  There is a lot of possibility in store for me and that is exciting!

There are a lot of stereotypes about artists not making money. I always believed that doing what I love was more important than making a ton of money. I have found with consistent work and effort it has been easier to make money as an artist and I know it will get easier and easier in the future. I continue to create more established systems like templates and ways to automate which will save me time and allow my to truly focus on art making.

There are many roles an artist takes on including being a writer, photographer, advertiser, marketer, promoter etc. I enjoys all the different roles of an artist and being able to do different things each day whether it is making art, writing blog posts, editing photos, updating my website, planning my Instagram posts or applying to art exhibitions.

 

There is still time to enjoy my annual November sale – use code NOVEMBER20 in the check out to save 20% off your order +free shipping in Canada and the U.S. 

 

If you’re an artist I would like to know more about why you became an artist and what you love about it. Let me know in the comments!

5 Ways to Stay Motivated as an Artist

Being an artist is a difficult job. It’s a journey and a marathon.

There are a lot of barriers, self doubt, ego talk, imposter syndrome to name a few. Here is list of 5 ways how I stay motivated as an artist.

 

Being an artist is a difficult job. It's a journey, a marathon. There are a lot of barriers, self doubt, ego talk, imposter syndrome to name a few. Here is list of how I stay motivated as an artist.

 

#1 Don’t compare your art to others

It is easy to compare yourself to other artists and question why did they get that exhibition and not me?

Why did they win the prize? Why did they receive the grant? Why did they get the residency? Why not me? Is my art not good enough? Did I not work hard enough?

Comparing yourself to other artists let alone other people in general can be a dangerous rabbit hole to enter.

That’s why I like to stay in my own lane:

I try not to compare myself to other artists to look at their CVs. If I happen to witness a friend or colleague from school win or mention something – I am genuinely happy for them- everyone has a unique art practice. We all make different things that are about different topics. And that’s truly great!

Staying in my lane helps me focus on my own practice and not waste time thinking about others’ practice or entering comparison fatigue.

 

#2 Keep track of deadlines

I keep track of my artist deadlines by looking at art deadline websites like Akimbo.ca. I check websites like this daily or every other day. If I see a deadline that I am excited about I will take a screenshot of it and write it down in my agenda later. If there are a lot of deadlines in a certain month I will write them in order of when they are due in a list format on a sheet of paper. This helps me see which ones are due first and focus on that but also look ahead to be able to focus on deadlines that I am most excited about.

 

#3 Make goals or deadlines to get things done

I have a goal to apply for 7 applications every month. This goal allows me to be focused and hold myself accountable. Not every deadline takes a lot of time. Sometimes it’s as simple as submitting some photos and a copy of my artist statement.

 

#4 Review your goals and create systems to stay organized

It’s one thing to make a goal and it is another to keep them. It is important to review your goals and hold yourself accountable when you don’t meet them. Reviewing your goals helps to really prioritize what is important.

Here is a post about the goals I made for 2020

I also stay focused by creating systems that make it easier when I apply to deadlines-like saving files in PDF, saving different versions of files like a CV that is 2 and 3 pages and saving photos in both 300dpi and 72dpi.

#5 Find ways to stay inspired – do what works for you

It’s important to listen to your body and if you need a rest- take it. There is no sense beating yourself up about it. If you don’t feel like applying to something then think about something that you can do to still be productive or that could save you time when applying to things in the future.

 

 

Remember to take care of yourself and support other artists. It’s a difficult job but at the end of the day it’s what you love to do so it’s worth the days where you need to rest- you need that break and you just feel completely unmotivated.

 

Speaking of art deadlines -don’t forget about my annual art sale where you can save 20% by using the code: NOVEMBER20 in the check out on my website for the whole month of November!

 

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Annual November Art Sale – All Month Long Save 20%

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For the whole month of November I am hosting my annual sale. Receive 20% off my art on my website www.jackiepartridge.com/shop using the code November20.

 

This is a sale I have once a year -it includes free shipping to Canada and the U.S. that is always available on my site.

I appreciate your continued support!

-Jackie

 

When you sign up on my website www.jackiepartridge.com you can join my newsletter and get early access to my sale to get the artwork that you have had your eye on! 

Framing Artwork – Here are my Tips!

Here is a list of ideas for how you can frame your art and what you need to consider when doing so!

Things to Consider:

  • What is your budget?
  • What is the style of existing frames you own?
  • Where will the art hang/be displayed? (is it next to something very bright or colourful?, is the room dark or light?, Are there other things hanging on the wall? etc.
  • Does the art need a frame? Maybe there is another alternative?
  • What kind of frame will suit the art best?

Framing Artwork- Here are my Tips!

Choosing the Right Frame:

Now that you have thought about the above considerations it is time to really plan the details.

Your Budget: With your budget you might be able to get your art framed professionally -getting art professionally framed can be beneficial as there is an option to get glass that has a protective layer to it -preventing art from fading over time. So, getting this can be a great investment to really preserve the art that you care about – especially if the art will hang in a sunny location!

If your art is more protected away from the sun or you have a smaller budget that you are working with then there is an option to purchase a more affordable frame that is Plexiglas instead of glass. You could purchase a glass frame from a thrift store and fix it up by adding a fresh coat of paint.

 

The  Location Where the Art Will Hang/Be Displayed: Before deciding on a frame you need to think about where the frame will go? For example, if it is hanging on a darker wall like a navy wall then choosing a black frame is only going to blend in -whereas choosing a white, grey, or pale toned wood frame is going to stand out and be more of an accent.  Pinterest can be a good tool to research this for instance you can search: “Frame colour for navy walls” and see what kind of ideas pop up.

 

Frames You Own: You want to think about your style and the frames that you already own- this will guide you into deciding what frame is right. If you own a lot of wooden frames, black or white frames then check first if that style of frame will go with your artwork. 

You can check if an artwork goes with a frame by:

  1. Taking a photo of the artwork and photoshopping in a frame
  2. Taking the artwork into a framing store for a free consultation to see what a professional thinks
  3. Making a mock frame with coloured paper to see what colour or thickness of frame would visually work best

 

 

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I hope these ideas and tips helped you! Follow me on Pinterest to see more of my design and framing inspiration: Check out my Pinterest Boards!

Ideas for Displaying Artwork in Your Home!

There are many ways to display art in your home. I think it is important to first start by figuring out what your style is and what  you like. A great resource for discovering interior design is of course Pinterest! Pinterest is a great visual search engine and you can get really specific on what you are searching for.

Options for displaying your art:

  • Framing your art- you can get art professionally framed or pick up a frame from a thrift store and add a coat of paint to make it look fresh

 

  • Create a gallery wall – a gallery wall is where you hang a grouping of artwork on the wall this works well if you have similar colours and styles in your art or photography collection or consistent and similar style of frames

 

  • Place art on a shelf, ledge or bookcase – you can really style your art by displaying with framed photographs, flower vases and personal knick knacks that have sentimental value but compliment the colours or style of artwork. The artwork on a shelf should always be the focal point – (You want it to stand out)

 

  • Don’t be afraid to layer- on a shelf you can layer your displays and have different elements in the front or behind and not just arrange everything side by side evenly spaced

 

  • On the wall- You can hang a work individually if it is large or bold and stands on it’s own. You could also hang work that pairs well together side by side as a diptych or three in a row as a triptych (this works especially well if the art is a series or is the same style or have the same colours)

5 Ideas for Displaying Art in Your Home

 

Do you have a favourite way to display your art? I would love to know in the comments below!

 

 

Follow me on Pinterest to see of my favourite design boards including: Framing and Art Display, Farm House Style, Beach House Style, Simplistic Modern Design, DIY and more! follow me here!

Places I Have Been- art installation by Jackie Partridge

PLACES I HAVE BEEN

This is an installation that was part of my graduating exhibition for my MFA titled Trace and Retrace.

During my MFA, I worked as a teaching assistant for Ashley Miller and fell in love with the repetitive process of paper making.

I am always interested in developing and trying new ways to display my art. For this piece it was important to me that the viewer could view parts of the piece from different angles and truly see the details and texture of the handmade paper.

Places I Have Been, art installation by Jackie PartridgePlaces I Have Been, art installation by Jackie Partridge

Handmade paper from found maps, wooden dowels, installation-16’ x 7.5’, 2018

Places I Have Been is made from found maps of places I have been or lived. The map paper is folded as a traditional map is and rests on wooden dowels extending from the wall. The folded paper represents both an outdated map that is no longer functional and references to landscapes it embodies.

You can see more of my paper making projects on my website http://www.jackiepartridge.com/work

What is and What Was – artwork by Jackie Partridge

WHAT IS AND WHAT WAS

This art installation was part of my graduating show in 2018 from Concordia University where I attended for my MFA.

 

I worked with the Wood Shop technician to design and build this table.

While living in Montreal after a year or so I decided to save money and keep my car back home in Ontario because I was tired of paying for parking and found that I was only using the car for groceries once a month.

So, when I was designing the table I wanted something that was going to be portable, easy to transport and wouldn’t take up a lot of storage space.

I designed this table so that the legs could be unscrewed and removed.

I wanted the table slanted to display the atlases and really invite viewers to sit down and spend time with atlases- turning each page and absorbing the work and time I spent hand cutting the repetitive house shape.

What is and What Was- art installation by Jackie Partridge

Four hand cut atlases, wooden table and wooden stools, stools 14”x 17.75”, table 46” x 42”, 2018

What Is and What Was includes four wooden stools circling a table inviting viewers to sit down and view four altered North American and Canadian atlases. As the pages turn houses are removed from the page showing the changing landscape both through the altering of cut-outs and the found object of the atlas continuing to outdate itself.

 

 

To see more of this work head to my website http://www.jackiepartridge.com/work

Let me know what you think about this project in the comments below!

Patched- -Jackie Partridge

Patched is an ongoing series of photographs where map paper (made from maps of places I have been to) is embedded into trees where the bark naturally peels away as an act of offering or mending.

The photographs displayed in the exhibition were all from my book Patched that was published with the support of the Waterloo Arts Fund in 2018.

A solo exhibition of Patched will take place at the Kitchener Public Library in March 2021.

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