My new online watercolor class available now!

I’m super excited to announce the launch of my first online workshop Little Watercolor Square! This is my most popular class available for the first time in digital form for you to enjoy wherever and whenever you are.

If you are starting from scratch, if you have some experience and want to learn more, or you’re trying to rekindle your art practice, this is for you. In the workshop, you’ll learn how to use watercolors, how to mix beautiful colors, and how to make a vibrant watercolor painting using geometric abstraction. This is a very practical workshop that will give you tools you can take to continue making artworks wherever you are. You’ll learn how to paint mindfully, for relaxation and enjoyment.

The workshop is inspired by a daily project I made a few years ago when I made a small watercolor painting each day for a year. The paintings were inspired by the poetry of nature: color and light in the landscape, seasons, and the passing of time. It was a kind of meditation for me and it led to making my book of watercolors.

The class is available to purchase for two weeks, but you’ll have lifetime access to the class materials so you can review whenever you want. You’ll also be invited to join the private Facebook group where you can meet your classmates, share your work, ask questions and get feedback.

Have any questions about the workshop? Email me.

I’m excited for us to get started on this art adventure.

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Step by step botanical drawing

Hi everyone! Here’s your little mindfulness break – this time with a botanical drawing!  Follow along with me as I draw a violet just picked from my garden. I’ll start in pencil, then move into pen. I’ll talk you through my thought process for making a drawing from life or representational drawing. These are tools you can use to draw anything you want. You’ll also see how drawing can be a mindfulness practice.

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If you like this, you’ll love my botanical watercolor prints. These feature my botanical drawings of North Carolina plants. Find them HERE.

Looking for the follow up video where I add watercolor to this drawing? Find it HERE.

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Mindfulness Practice – Yoga Mountain Pose

Hi everyone! Here’s your little meditative break – with Mountain Pose! This is an easy yoga pose that is grounding and helps with breath awareness. You can practice yoga and mindfulness anywhere.

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Meditative Drawing – Contour Drawing

Hi everyone! Here’s your little meditative break – today with contour drawing! We can practice mindfulness through simple drawing. Here’s how.
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Free wellness – Yoga breath awareness with neck and shoulder release

Hi everybody! Here’s your little break for the day… some breath awareness and tension relief in the neck and shoulders. Enjoy and share freely!

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Free wellness – Yoga Three Part Breath

I’m going back to my yoga teaching roots and offering free ways to help relax and lessen anxiety. Here, learn the three part breath. Share with everyone and be well. ❤️

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Art in the Workspace Helps Boost Business

“No Wrong Season” and “Wind on the Mountain” in a workspace. Both are currently available. Click this image to go to the Shop.

As if we needed more reasons to own art….

It has actually been scientifically proven that having original art in workspaces boosts productivity, increases creativity and reduces stress in addition to a host of other benefits. So in addition to making your workspace look amazing, artwork will actually help you run a better – arguably more profitable business.

Here are a few ways this works:

Creativity begets creativity

Do you think it seems counterintuitive to spend money on something that could potentially distract a worker’s attention? Well the truth is that because art makes for a generally more upbeat space, it helps make happier workers, who are therefore more productive. Deutsche Bank owns the biggest collection of corporate art in the world and even hosts artist talks to their staff can engage with artists, opening up broader views into socio-political aesthetics and eventually helping generate new ideas that can be used with clients. In other words creativity begets creativity.

Given the automatization of well, everything, creativity will soon be our most important asset as humans. It’s one of the things that differentiates us from AI right?

Where to install corporate art?

In a lobby, art makes a statement and sets the tone for everyone who enters the building. In boardrooms or other meeting areas, artwork can help break the ice or stimulate ideas and conversation.

Exhibiting art in the work place helps shape the branding and character of a company for those who work within the company, partners and prospective clients. Art improves the culture in a shared space by creating an optimistic and inspiring environment.

Tax Benefits

In some cases, original artwork can be considered “furnishings” and can therefore be tax deductible. I would recommend talking to your CPA to check this in your region though because I’m no expert.

Art Leasing

If your company is looking to support local living artists, but not in a position to buy original artwork, then leasing art may be a good option. In this scenario, art is rented for a monthly fee, allowing you to try some artwork for size or to change the look of the office. Learn more about renting art from me here.

I love these concepts – not just because I’m an artist – but because I think high quality art should be accessible to as many people as possible. Not only does it add beauty, but it inspires new ways of thinking and ways to engage with others.

What do you think about art in the work place? Let me know! Email or call me at (336) 283-0185. I’d love to hear from you!

References:

Forbes

The Guardian

University of Exeter

On painting and making mistakes and ego

One of my favorite artists, Richard Diebenkorn, used to talk about purposefully making “mistakes” in the early stages of a painting. This would give him something to change as he worked. I often think of this as I make paintings. In the early stages of a painting, I’ll purposefully use colors that don’t feel like they go together – or make shapes that aren’t right, so I can make changes as I build up the paintings. This process of searching for an image is something that I enjoy. By working in this way, there is no pressure to get it “right” in one go, and the finished painting is a result of this process of making changes.

Maybe it’s tied to my ego – that I feel I need a certain amount of layers of paint to make it worthy of putting into the world. Maybe when I’m making paintings at 90, they’ll be very minimal Motherwell-like pieces because I’ll have no need to prove anything anymore.

In the meantime, if you want to see some monumental paintings layered with shapes and color and muscular paint handling like my painting above, Try Again, Grow Calmer, you’ll like what I made for you. I designed a brand spankin’ new catalog featuring a collection of paintings that will knock your socks off.

If you’ve ever felt an emotional reaction from looking at abstract shapes and color and wanted to know more, this is for you. Want to get the goods? Sign up for my newsletter and you’ll receive your copy of this catalog. You’ll find some of my largest, most gut-grabbing paintings set in beautiful spaces with the stories behind them.

Prices increase February 1st, so if you’ve been thinking of adding one of my paintings to your collection, you’ll definitely want to take a look.

2019 Year in Review

artist jessica singerman painting in studio

2019 was a big year for me and as we wrap things up and look forward to 2020, I want to thank you for your support. I took the big leap of going full-time with my art career at the start of 2019, and I survived! Well I did more than survive. I did great and I’m learning a lot about running my own business. Bring on 2020!

To anyone who bought artwork, supported a project, liked and followed me on social media – Thank you so much.

Here are some of the things that your support made possible this year:

I successfully made Paper Mountain and Sky Project and exhibited them at Elder Gallery of Contemporary Art in the spring. Making this large scale installation and video project took almost 2 years of planning and required fundraising to make possible.

I gave a talk during the exhibition, and you can watch it here.

I had my first solo museum showI must love you very much” at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in the fall.

Cory Huff from the Abundant Artist interviewed me and we talked about busting the starving artist myth and my trajectory from graduate school to becoming a parent to being a professional artist. You can read it here.

88.5 WFDD Public Radio invited me to participate in an interview as part of its Radio Camp. You can listen to it here.

I donated 1% of my sales to Yadkin Riverkeeper, a local non-profit that “seeks to respect, protect and improve the Yadkin Pee Dee River Basin through education, advocacy and action.”

For those of you who own my artwork, you might like to know that prices of my original artwork are increasing February 1st, 2020.

Thank you so much for your continued support along my journey.
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