Sunday, September 25, 2016

Redesigning my Artful Life with Patreon

This Sunday morning I embarked on a new Adventure which I am really excited about. As an Artist, I am always evolving and flowing with change, not only within my soul, but also in regards to how I put myself out to the world. We have to change as society changes, as the economy changes, as the collective thought changes....lest we become stagnant or find ourselves lagging behind.  
I had been saying for months now, in conversations with my artist friends, how I wished there was a way to have collectors "subscribe" to our Art. My thoughts kept drifting off, thinking.... "wouldn't it be awesome to find a way to form a bond with collectors where they could subscribe to your Art and receive new work every form a commitment between your creativity and their appreciation?" 

Then last week I came across Patreon, and I was immediately thrilled ! This was a perfect platform for that very thing. Your collectors become "Patrons" and the bond is formed between their Monthly Pledge and your Monthly Creative Rewards. 
Artists decide on a list of various Pledge Levels and what kinds of connection is offered. So, I spent this past few days setting up my Patreon page, and laying out various levels that might speak to friends. 
The "Rewards" as they are called range from virtual rewards to physical rewards, depending on the level of support that they choose. 

I am so excited about this new venture and hope that it is the change I was looking for. Since my physical disabilities have become more of an issue for me, in hampering my ability to do art shows or more public venues.....I think this pathway may offer the connections that I was wanting. 

I am sure that I will keep tweaking my page, and as I think of more reward levels I will add them. For now, I feel that it's a good start at bridging those connections where we are both happy.
So, if you haven't seen my Patreon page yet, take a Visit...look around...and see if you would like to Come Along with Me as we forge a new Frontier. 

Jeanne Fry Art's Patreon page

Monday, September 5, 2016

Circus Kitty for President 2016 - Our Choice for Happiness

Ladies and Gentlemen -
If you have spent the last year or so feeling alienated, disappointed, unheard, or frankly just disgusted with the presidential campaigning..then worry no longer because there is a Light on the Horizon. 
For the Good of our Country, our People, our Earth, and all the Four-Legged in the world...
Circus Kitty has decided to run for President in 2016.

Circus Kitty for President 2016 Our Choice for Happiness

She has an in depth and meaningful Platform, which she will be sharing here in detail over the next week. You will find that she is the Right Choice, the Moral Choice, and THE Choice for Happiness for all beings. 

Overview of the Circus Kitty  Campaign Platform:

*Free Milk Program and Support for our Local Farms

*"Free Hug" Stations built in every City

*Mandatory Daily Catnaps for Vital Health

*Heroes of Kindness Program

*Stop the Bullies Initiative

*Membership in The Flowing Abundance Circle

*Tutus for Everyone 

*and about that "WALL" being built.....
We will instead build a 40 Foot Scratching Post

Join us in Real Change for our Country...
"Feel the Purr"


Thursday, July 21, 2016

The Women are being called to Rise Up - for the World needs Healing

Seven years ago I sat with Willy Whitefeather, a Cherokee storyteller in Oregon, over coffee. While most days spent with Willy would be filled with stories, this day he was a bit more serious and subdued. He talked about his garden and the vegetables he was growing and about a recent siting of a bear on his property. He asked me about what I was currently creating in art and was interested in hearing about the inspirations behind my pieces. 
We talked about art and life and everyday things, and before he left he reached over and took my hand and urged me to continue Creating, especially the pieces that help to empower women. He said "The Women are being called...called to Rise Up...for the World needs Healing." His words have stayed with me all these years. 

Those words inspired my most recent gourd sculpted Art Doll, titled "Rise Up".

Rise Up a Gourd and Clay Sculpted Art Doll for Women's Empowerment

This Art Doll is a Gourd and Clay Sculpture. She has a complex headdress, painted in a finely detailed black and white design, symbolic of the knowledge she carries. Her dress is half black and half white, the yin and the yang, the balance that is needed for this Journey. She has pledged to be a Lightworker, focusing her energy on helping to heal the world, where an abundance of fear, anger, and sadness are overflowing.
Rise Up an Original Gourd and Clay Sculpted Art Doll by Jeanne Fry

She stands in a resting position with her arms crossed, looking off to the side. Her expression holds a myriad of emotions, for in her soul she is feeling thoughtful, focused, and filled with empathy and compassion, even sometimes a bit of sadness, as she offers a caring hand to many. When she wakes in the morning and prepares for her day, she asks "What can I do today to make a difference?"....and an answer always comes.
Rise Up an Original Gourd and Clay Art Doll for Women's Empowerment

She is continually busy, though at the end of the each day she does not feel drained but rather Complete. She continues to Rise Up each and every day, listening and helping wherever she can in the world. Often the Listening is the most valued of her offerings, as so many need a shoulder to lean on and an ear to hear their story.
She reminds us by her example of extending Acceptance and Tolerance, cherishing that each one of us humans are individuals with our own ideals and thoughts, and that our Beauty is in our Diversity. She does not give energy to divisiveness or hate, but responds only with Love, for she will not allow another's negativity to change her own spirit.
The Women are being Called to Rise Up for the World needs Healing

Her healing spirit stems from the immense Love she has for her Self, her family, her friends, her sisters, her neighbors, and...the World. When your work is based from Love, your soul is refilled each day with the energy  you need.
She watches over her community that is now vibrant, blooming, and creative. All colors are portrayed in the framework which now resonate with the our Earth's beautiful palette. She smiles inside knowing that when our beautiful human energy emits peace and love, the Earth responds in kindness.

Rise Up an Art Doll for Women Healers

She also knows that she Too is being watched over by another, included in another Sister's caring community. They along with others, create a networked web of healing that will eventually extend to every person and element of our Earth...the Caring that our World so desperately needs.
Rise Up an OOAK Gourd and Clay Art Doll for Women's Empowerment and Healing our World

Rise Up can be found on my website here

Rise Up Gourd and Clay Art Doll

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Wisdom of the Cherry Blossom Tree

The flowers of the Cherry Blossom Tree are some of the most beautiful flora - delicate and petite - yet their existence is brief. Their bloom time, only a week or so, offers us great wisdom from those wee blossoms. 

Cherry Blossom Tree and its Symbolism

They whisper to us that we should not waste one minute on this Earth - there is beauty in everything if we take the time to see -  to enjoy each and every moment.
Breathe deep
Stretch far
Sip slowly and Taste
Dance in the rain
Feel the breeze on your cheek
Pick wildflowers
Hug the fur-babies
Sing in the car
Look for lucky clover
Watch the sun set
Watch the moon rise
Hug someone extra long
Listen intently to a friend
Speak your truth
Love yourself more
Get paint on your hands
Get dirt under your nails
Take the long route
Light a candle
Breathe deep
Make it Count

Cherry Blossom Tree and its Symbolism

My painting of the Cherry Blossom Tree is on my website here

Sunday, June 5, 2016

The Talking Easel - my Friend my Confidant

On an overcast Monday afternoon, while busy painting in my studio and thinking about cleaning up for the day, I was completely unaware that I would soon be embarking on a meaningful journey with an Elder. Within just a quick half hour I was cleaning my palette and throwing my bag over my shoulder on my way to meet a friend. What I thought was going to be conversation over coffee, actually ended up being an introduction to an Elder male that needed a home. His guardian felt that the two of us would get along famously and trusted that I would be able to give him the home he deserved.
The Talking Easel by Jeanne Fry

Without a thought I invited him to get in my car and pulled the seat back so he could stretch his legs. He was quiet and reserved, and looked as if he had been a bit sad before getting here. It was pure silence on the way home, the two of us not quite knowing how to strike up a conversation just yet. 
I showed him to his new room which over looked the park and streetlights, quickly feeling a breath of relief shudder through him. He seemed to stand just a bit taller now, realizing he could watch the birds fly and the trees bloom and life move about. 
I placed my hand on his shoulder, whispering "welcome home" in his ear, noticing how weathered his skin was. 

As I went to turn away a warm soft voice answered back "It's wonderful to be home, I have a good bit of stories to tell you". 
I suppose I should have been startled, but the voice felt familiar and comforting. "I'll be back after dinner I told him", and he smiled and turned to watch the bluebird out the window. 

The Talking Easel a Series of Stories from an Antique Easel The Talking Easel a Series of Stories from an Antique Easel

Over dinner my husband commented on what a beautiful antique easel that was and how much character it had, and I said "Yes, he IS full of character" while I smiled and looked toward his room. 

The Talking Easel a Series of Stories from an Antique Easel

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Art Friend Fridays - Shadow Dog Designs

"Art Friend Fridays" is an opportunity for me to share with you fellow Artisans who I respect and admire. I have known Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs for a few years now.She has become a part of my "online family", special to me for her unique one of a kind jewelry, her love of nature,  her dedication and support of adopting dogs from Shelters, and her beautiful Sister spirit. 

This week I received one of her creations, an enchanting pair of earrings named "Moon over Monad". a piece that speaks directly to my soul. 

Moon over Monad Earrings by Shadow Dog Designs
Catherine names all of her pieces and writes detailed descriptions for each, along with explaining symbolism, making the experience as close to "in person" as possible. Her collection is vast, offering treasures that will speak to most everyone. 

One of the most special things about Catherine is her "Dog Rescue" jewelry. She donates 1/2 of the purchase price of those pieces to her local humane society.

Please take an opportunity to visit Catherine's website and learn more about her and her work. I think you will fall in love with her creations. 

Monday, February 1, 2016

Earth Mama Dance - a Mother Earth Goddess Art Doll in Batik and Dreadlocks

Earth Mama, dance
when your feet touch the soil
and you feel strong and protected....
Dance mama Dance.

when the water trickles over your fingers
and your spirit feels cleansed...
Dance mama Dance.

when the breeze tickles your cheek
and you feel light as the air
Dance mama Dance.

when the glow of the Sun warms your soul
and the beat of your heart is all that you hear
Dance mama Dance.

when you're afraid and unsure
when you're sad and your soul cries
when you're angry and have lost your way
when you're happy with a perpetual smile
when you're laughing from deep inside
when you're loving without walls
and when you're Grateful for it ALL
Dance mama Dance.
Simply Dance.
Only Dance.
BE the Dance.