Jennifer Orkin Lewis, via Lisa Congdon

7.1 & 2 by Jennifer Orkin Lewis

Jennifer Orkin Lewis’s Daily Sketchbook Paintings…oh, to do something like this on my travels! Or even just to do something like this, at home, every single day, without losing the plot or getting distracted, or letting laziness take over!

What a fabulous journal she’s got! I drool over every page. In an interview with Lisa Congdon of Today is Going to be Awesome, ย Jennifer says that she spends just thirty minutes on each page. Thirty minutes! I look at any one of her journal pages, and I know I would struggle to do it within two hours. But maybe that’s because I don’t paint a journal page every single day. Duh.

These 365-day projects, though I admire them like crazy in others, have just never worked out for me…my good intentions and initial enthusiasm about a project are built on such weak foundations. Oh, well, that’s not quite accurate, I have managed to make a pot of coffee every morning for the past 16 years of my life, or something like that. (Now that’s something to think about…perspective shift! Convince self that art is coffee, and that I will kill someone if I don’t do it! LOL)

*sigh* You know I only posted this to satisfy a preposterous inner need, right now, to be Jennifer Orkin Lewis…as though sharing someone’s amazing work will allow a little bit of the achievement to rub off on me…vicarious blogging. It’s lame. ๐Ÿ™‚

Daily Sketchbook Paintings 7.1-20 | August Wren.

4 thoughts on “Jennifer Orkin Lewis, via Lisa Congdon

  1. I know what you mean. I have a few 365 projects in my history that turned out to be more like 103 projects. ๐Ÿ˜‰ And it is easier to see and recognize the skill and talent in what we can’t do than what we can, I agree. Just wanted to remind you that to your own blog readers and work-purchasers, what you do is the same for us! I mean I can’t paint worth a damn, you know?

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  2. Her journals are gorgeous. I agree with you.

    But your work is gorgeous too, and no less worthwhile because it isn’t the same thing every day for a year. I really admire how much you get done, and how lovely it is.


    1. Hi Andrea, thank you! You know how it is (maybe?), one’s own accomplishments are so ordinary to the self…the grass is always greener in someone else’s head. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I don’t mean to put my own work down every time I admire someone else’s work…though I suppose it comes across that way. I just tend to admire those who can do what I can’t, or who do things differently, and yes, I admire anyone who can do some sort of 365 days of art-making, because I have fallen off that wagon so many times, I feel like a speed bump. ๐Ÿ˜‰


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