Rone | Nashville Packing Plant Mural 2014 | Portrait by Anjeanette Photography

Just a quick recap of a mural portrait I took of Rone in 2014. Fantastic article about Aussie native street artist by none other than Joe Nolan here.

 

This was Rone's FIRST Nashville mural, on the side of The Packing Plant in the Wedgewood-Houston arts district a heartbeat away from the old Sounds stadium.

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Of course Rone came back for the spectacular downtown mural on the East wall of Cornerstone building on Church street- NOT to be missed.

Check out that mural and all the amazing muralists that are a part of the Nashville Walls Project here.

Black Friday 2015 | Agape Antler Matryoshka Dolls | Anjeanette Illustration

So instead of rushing out to shop how about rushing out to scavenger hunt for free art?

Jeff Bertrand put out a call for 3,000 Free Art Friday drops this Black Friday!!!

Here are my contributions:

1. 20x20 Baby Metal digital art print which originally hang as a part of

Blackbird Tattoo and Art Gallery's Metal show I am the original artist of this piece, this is a print of my digital painting.

2. Two sets of a three part

Matryoshka series I am calling the

Agape Antler Dolls this is set 2/3 and 1/3. I will finish up 3/3 some time later....

I will drop them separately but these babies are SMALL and FRAGILE> need to sculpt the antlers next time I try this, drill holes for them and use different glue. Anyways, they are super cute, definitely tested my eyes and brush stroke techniques! That is a US quarter pictured with some of them for scale.

I will be dropping these around town, and the FIRST clues will be on my Instagram

PLEASE if found post on Instagram and Facebook with the hashtags #fafnash or # #famn‬

Happy Hunting! More about Free Art Friday and FAFNASH here.

 

UPDATE: The drops were successful 2/3- no idea if the print (left on the bushes in front of Fuji in Rivergate) was picked up? It was a full 24 hours before the rain bgan and clearly marked FREE ART so hopefully someone has it!!

Here is how the others looked with clues at drop off

Emporer Master Study | Phoenix Digital Painter | Anjeanette Illustration

How do I keep calm and collected a few days before a big event? Painting of course! Fast Forwarded this video of a quick 30 min master study I did this morning. Used only the Concept cookie chalk brush. No tracing- drawn from 'scratch' on my super awesome favorite and old model Wacom Inuos 3 Graphic tablet. I recently tried out a 13" Cintiq for a year...and did not like it. The tablet itself felt great, stand was weird for me, but the issue was the size. My nearsightedness is less than ideal, I would need the 18"x24" version of that to be able to see as I prefer to see the whole work at once (if I zoom in a lot on areas I loose sight of the whole and it gets ugly fast y'all). Drawing while looking up vs looking down has become pretty second nature to me from all those years of life drawing- we were once trained to look more at the subject than our drawing. Everyone has a way that works for them, not necessarily wrong ways, but I had a hard time looking down at the drawing. Obviously I look right at Maytryoshka's and physical acrylic paintings as I make them, right? Yet something about pencil charcoals, drawings from life, and digital paintings is that I am more comfortable looking up, and at a reference than down at my work down...mental shrug! Speaking of drawing from life- there are several options in Nashville to do so! I like Channel to Channels Nashville Figure drawing sessions. Drink n' Draw is a weekly figure model social dedicated to providing a weekly space for artists to exercise their skills with the gold standard of drawing. Drinking is optional, but the models are trained art models, the lighting is simple and perfect, and the artists are friendly and relaxed. Except that one guy. No, just kidding! everyone has a great calm vibe, and some wonderful artists to be inspired by every week! I do not make it as often as I wish I could, however I learn so much and improve everytime I do. A few of my life drawing studies can be seen at the bottom of that link.

Follow Friday | Art Hero Tara McPherson visits Nashville!

Ok so technically I am a few days late for Follow Friday, I got a really good reason though, I was waiting for Saturday. Yesterday I got the amazing blessing to meet real life in person the fantastic Tara McPherson!!
I heard about her Cotton Candy Machine Pop Up shop from Jeff Bertrand, who heard about it from Abby Coppage- and we all pretty seriously geeky out. Gushing even :)
I arrived about 30 mins way early to Fond Object on MacGavock in Nashville because I was so excited. It was pretty funny for my daughter who just smiled and shook her head at me while we browsed and I shifted nervously from foot to foot. Hey, you just don't go to college and a major portion of your life following this fantastic artist and drooling over all their creations without getting excited to meet them 'in the live'. After the shop was set up inside the funky vintage and record store, the first few folks who had arrived crowded around Tara and were gifted these amazing little prints of "The Water Nebula"!
 

The first fans got this epic little The Water Nebula print! Its on a thick watercolour paper, beautifully rich, very sweet.

The first fans got this epic little The Water Nebula print! Its on a thick watercolour paper, beautifully rich, very sweet.


Tara was great, down to earth and kind. It struck me how odd it must be to be famous- I did well not to gush or say anything too weird but my introverted self thought of how odd it would be if the tables were turned. I would probably want a screen that I stuck my hand out of to sign work and would be completely overwhelmed to pose for photos with strangers! To us, she is no stranger of course as we have watched her artwork skyrocket- how bizarrely weird and neat must it be to have all these folks asking for photos and signatures?

The Sword Swallower by Tara McPherson image property of Tara McPherson The Cotton Candy Machine


Tara personalized it for me - Check out her store for your own copy here
 
I got up the courage to give her the tiny Matryoshka doll I made for her that morning and bought an incredible giclee of the "Sword Swallower" . This print is so beautiful in person, rich and matte with her signature colours- no photo can do it justice. It makes me really think about how to frame it because I def want to protect it- but I hate to cover any of the texture with shiny glass! As well I got a 8'x8' of "The Day's Eye - Lily", one of these fantastic eyeball flowers she makes.

artwork by Tara McPherson image property of Tara McPherson The Cotton Candy Machine


It was very hard to choose between her eye flowers! The Day's Eye - Lily by Tara McPherson

matryoshka doll by Anjeanette, Instagram by Tara McPherson image property of Tara McPherson The Cotton Candy Machine

SO yeah, normally cool, calm, collected me (snort) geeked out! I hope Tara enjoyed Nashville and comes to visit again!!
 
There are a few more places and stops on The Cotton Candy Machine tour! Check out the info here on the shop blog!

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I've got friends in Westworld places | Nashville Low Brow art at Turnip Green | Phoenix Artist Anjeanette Illustration

One night only special event of Western/Android themed art!!

The cast of artists...click names to connect
Abby Coppage
Anjeanette Illustration
Brandt Hardin
Chad Spann
Charles V. Bennett
Grant Cooley
Jeff Bertrand
Drew Camino
Joshua David Sarver

Once again Joe Melanson brought together a rag tag posse of outsider low brow artists for an amazing event! Food artist Amy Elizabeth classied the joint up with Chipotle BBQ mini sausages, Smoked ham bites with apple, Mini biscuits, &  Hot Pepper Iced mini corn muffins along with piles of Valentines sweets.

The artists from LtoR: Chad Spann, Charles V. Bennett, Anjeanette Illustration, Joshua David Sarver, Jeff Bertrand, Curator Joe Melenson, Brandt Hardin. Not pictured: Grant Cooley & Abby Coppage (only because my bedtime was a lot earlier than hers)

More photos and event info is on Brandt Hardins DREG studios blog!

Nashville art show FAMN Art Show | Anjeanette Illustration | Turnip Green Creative Reuse

Excited my work will be a part of an excited Free Art Movement group show this week!

Here is the press release info

"Please join us in the Green Gallery Thursday, December 17, for a very special exhibit featuring friends of the Free Art Movement Nashville (FAMN). FAMN is a group that is committed to sharing art in Nashville. Artists in this group make art for anyone that is willing to seek it out. This show honors their dedication to making Nashville and art-filled city. The art featured was created with reuse in mind, and is reasonably priced, most below $100. Each piece supports the local artist that created it and Turnip Green Creative Reuse. Local educator and musician, Ryan Mullenix, will be providing music for us.
We will have a full artist marketplace, a make it and take it project, membership sign-ups, and as always, food, drink and great friends will be in the house. Our friends at Platetone Printmaking, Paper and Book Arts will host a fun art making open studio."

Whats FAMN? I have talked about it a lot beforehere and on my Instagram

Check out the other posts and the

FAMN Facebook page for more info.

I grabbed a bunch of stuff to create on at TGR- and was seriously overwhelmed with options. I felt like touching everything in the various bins and boxes. TGR is basically a magical thrift shop art store of tools and possibilities! I learned something about myself, which I pretty much do every time I create- but this time I learned about incorporating levels, made goals about how much more practice with different mediums and shapes I needed, and realized how much I loathe painting on ceramic. Love wood, sticking to that from now on!

Phoenix artist Anjeanette Illustration digital painter arizona
Phoenix artist Anjeanette Illustration digital painter arizona

Disconnection

2015, ceramic & glass tiles, acrylic paint, on wood. 

This piece is significant for me as it represents dependence on devices, and my disconnection from self, environment, and spirituality. What makes us always available and connected to each other results in rooms of silent people communicating only with their thumbs. Being active on social media and hyper aware of each others lives also allows people to trance out from reality. Service or battery disruption leads to a person disconnecting from their thoughts, feelings, memories or sense of identity. Its personal-the screen goes blank and the connection to life seems ‘unreal’ and is lost.

As always influenced by traditional Iconography style and colours.

Synesthesia Literary Journal | Phoenix Artist Anjeanette Illustration

I was so excited to have my work featured on the covers, and some interior pages of
Synesthesia Literary Journal!

Check out this post to see more and be immersed in beautiful prose and stories from fellow contributors:

Synesthesia Literary Journal

Connect with them on Facebook
or Twitter

synesthesia.editors@gmail.com

What is Synesthesia ? Get ready to go down a fascinating and amazing rabbit hole! Here is a good site to start you out: LiveScience

Free Art Movement Nashville (FAFNSH) | Anjeanette Illustration

Looking for a scavenger hunt this summer that could land you with some Free Art? A fun Geocache style game between Nashville area artists has become a huge contest around the city!

art drop by Jeff Bertrand

Brooke E of Unfriendly Things . We talked about how much we value our creative friends work, and how are nearly starving artists ourselves we cannot afford to purchase their work for what its value is- but how we (and read ME- Jeff is awesome at this) should be less shy and reserved about trading with our artist friends. This came up as we celebrated the amazing life of Brooke E who is battling breast cancer - life is so fleeting. We expressed how we wished we had some of her amazing work. I was always too introverted to ask an art hero to trade - and I deeply regret not approaching Brooke before.

 

FAFNSH Facebook page

 

"Free Art Movement Nashville is a group about sharing your art with the city. Ive been doing art drops now for years going to other cities outside of Nashville and placing small works around the different cities i visit.I leave it for others to find leaving clues and creating a hunt for art. Guess what people find the work too. When I recently visited ATL they were really involved in this. ATL has a huge volume of both hunters and droppers both loving the act of giving and loving the hunt of finding your favorite artists work." Jeff says on the Facebook page "This movement is all about building a collective of like minded artists and creatives and enthusiasts.This is more importantly about having fun and creating a fun art community and a fan base."

Scott Tripp of Latex Soup and Life of the Party

Artist Scott Tripp said "I'm a professional artist. I make my living and support my family solely with my artwork and performance. This afternoon I'm setting up a booth at a market where I will be selling several hundred dollars worth of my artwork. But the part I'm most excited about is this small drawing/painting that I created specifically to hide in the rubble somewhere in hopes that someone would find it and take it home for free. The illogical logic of this group is wondrous and amazing. I've only been a member for three weeks or so, but I've already gained a lot from this group. It's part scavenger hunt and part geocaching. every Friday the city is turned into a big piñata, and we all have treasure maps and cryptic clues to guide us to our prizes."

Above collector and artist Kirin Haller of Hong Meow collective searched out and discovered more of Jeff Bertrands art

Free Art Friday gift from Niki Adams

Free Art Friday gift from Niki Adams

Here is the note with work Niki Adams left for art finders. She agrees with Scott, adding "For me this movement symbolizes the breaking of the normal paths to people receiving or viewing art in the community. Personally, it affected me by hearing the story of how and why the art was acquired. That's where social media plays a huge role.

Even without learning of how the piece was found, you know that you played a small part in someone's day, hopefully for the better. And to me that's what art is."

 

Art drop by Abby Coppage of Follicle and Feather

 Joseph Jauregui invited you to scale walls for his artwork

 

While the art is a giving back to the other artists in the group, it is also very likely that anyone could find it. The Geocache and Harry Potter terms for anyone not in the know about a find is Muggles, and it is loose protocol to not include anyone in in the hopes that finds remain secret and undisturbed or removed. This group however embraces the general community at large, and invites them to participate if they find artwork by taking photos of themselves with and making a home for the art, and sharing their finds on social media using the hashtags ‪#‎Faf‬ ‪#‎FafNsh‬ among others. The artists then get to connect and interact with recipients via social media posts.

Some artists leave elaborate clues or locations, others snap a quick photo of a well known spot- and a flurry of activity begins as artists track down the artwork rat race style.  Several drops have had people competing to make it in time, only to arrive seconds later than another- but always with a lighthearted attitude.

Audie Adams put a bird on it- check him out at Erabellum Gallery

 

 

I have made a few drops myself, I am pretty sure that my first drop is living in a cart at an underpass.  A presumably homeless person was closely watching me place my first drop at Cumberland Park in Nashville so I am happy and hopeful my work found a home where it is appreciated! However, I really hope to hear back when folks find artwork. Ultimately, for me they are gifts to God and community from me.  Because while I certainly feel like my work is valuable and I do not work for 'free', these are just small gifts back, especially to my artist friends. I am looking forward to a summer of searching and collecting and appreciating the vast and amazing talent offered by Nashville, Tn visual artists!

My first contributions! One was found by filmmaker Paul Cain

 

Clues from artist Joe Melanson  

Clues from artist Joe Melanson

 

*There are 2 ways you can be involved in #FAFNSH Free Art Movement!!!*

1. You can be the art maker/ art dropper you make art with your hashtag ‪#‎FAMN‬ (freeartmovementnashville)and leave it with clues around the city.

Leaving a hashtag like# FAMN or ‪#‎FAF‬ (which stands for free art friday) ‪#‎freeartNashville‬ this is a way hunters can find your clues and look for the work.

2. You can be the art seeker or hunter and watch for clues and find the works ( you are also the art talker the one who shares their cool adventure with friends.

 

Brophisticate Interview | Spun CounterGuy | Anjeanette Illustration

So delighted to be interviewed by Spun Counterguy Tim for Brophisticate! Check out the article here:

http://brophisticate.com/the-awesome-art-of-anjeanette/

Thank you Tim for the interview and slideshow featuring your mix!

And here are some older digital paintings-did you know I am an illustrator as well? Oh, yeah, I mentioned a few hundred times already!

Joan D'Arc by Phoenix artists Anjeanette Illustration, Digital Painting

Joan D'Arc by Phoenix artists Anjeanette Illustration, Digital Painting

CultureSmash Pocast Interview | Anjeanette Illustration | 2008

How funny- Google just reminded me of the interview I did with Stephen Lackey for Culture Smash back in 2008 talking about Anjeanette Illustration, artwork, geekology, etc :)

I especially love the part where I realize nobody can see that I talk with my hands....and there went the best part of my limited speaking abilities!

http://culturesmash.tv/2008/10/18/episode-20-ayjey-illustration-interview/