Giveaway!

  
In honour of opening my Etsy shop, I decided to do a giveaway on my Instagram @atelier.jagerlea 

Up for grabs is the winner’s choice of image from the above selection. I’m so excited to be able to do this, and hope I get a good response. I’ve been working hard at cultivating a better social media presence with my art business, so I’m hoping this generates some traction. 

If you’d like to participate, check out my Instagram feed @atelier.jagerlea

Corona Borealis Bath Salts

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I created a beautiful blend of bath salts scented to soothe coughs and colds, and it just begged to be named after the great north!  So I’m calling it Corona Borealis – The Northern Crown.  It seems that here, in Canada, we’re so blessed with a lengthy cold and flu season.  The salts are made with Rosemary and Eucalyptus oils, well known for their uses in easing sore throats, opening stuffy noses, and helping one breathe deeper.  Now that these bags are resting in the cupboard, every time I open the doors I take a deep breath and feel such delight!  I’ve made a few shower melts in the same fragrance and can’t wait to share!

The Perseus & Andromeda Bath

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Lately I’ve been working on crafting bath salts scented with essential oils.  I truly love nothing more at the end of the day than a soak in a hot bath with scented epsom salts.  As Sylvia Plath said, “there must be quite a few things that a hot bath won’t cure, but I don’t know any of them.”

I’ve been thinking about connecting my scents to my art, and realized that there are so many great connections to be made here, as there are in my art concepts.  My Perseus & Andromeda painting, a steamy and spicy couple dancing a tango, has been reproduced into a peppermint and rose blend.  What a great Valentine’s Day bath for couples, indeed!

Fall Findings

   
 I read an artist’s statement once where she described herself as a “creative explorer.”  I thought that was awfully hippy-dippy-hokey at the time, but the more I think about it, the more it accurately describes me as well!

Last night was a particularly difficult evening, due to  a lot of confusion about my upcoming art show.  I decided to put my malaise in a box for a bit and put together these earrings I had planned out.  I brewed some green tea and threw in a sprinkling of lavender, got out some crazy rainbow beads, glossed up some pretty Fall findings, and settled my soul. 

So it seems that in working with my Fall findings, I actually found parts of myself.  And the malaise that I had been feeling – well, I discovered a good resolution. Through my own creative exploration, as hippy-dippy-hokey-pokey as it may sound, I was able to discover a lot about myself. And isn’t that what art is supposed to do, anyways?

Creative A.D.D.

crochet cacti

In January of this year, I taught myself to crochet.  I had some vague notions of how, and had made minor attempts before, but I decided that I was going to pick up the craft with seriousness.  One of my dear friends works at a yarn boutique in Ottawa, Ontario, and I made my first very expensive yarn purchase and followed some online videos to successfully knit myself a cowl.

I use crochet to reward myself for, or distract myself from, painting.  In a previous post, I mentioned that I spent the evening making soap in order to get some creativity stirring.  Last night, I finished crocheting these little cacti for a friend, knowing that today I was going to be working hard on a painting.  Maybe I have a sort of creative attention deficit disorder, and can only focus on one creative endeavour for only a particular length of time before having to switch things up.

It makes sense, in a way, doesn’t it?  I know so many artists and makers who can dedicate themselves to creating beautiful pottery, or lovely jewelry, or gorgeous fused glass.  But I like doing all three and why should I choose?  Why can’t I dabble in a little bit of everything – hopping from lily pad to lily pad – making each pond a little lovelier with a different craft, a different medium, each time.