Amanda Jolley

Reflection on pattern and abstraction of the subconscious

Tag: inspiration

Approaching a challenge with gratitude

Just in case you were unaware, tomorrow is the first day of November. And with November is the ever-exciting Art Every Day Month hosted by Leah Piken Kolidas. I’ve participated for the past 5 years and always come away from the challenge with great inspiration and exuberance. This year I am a bit more hesitant


That describes class yesterday, fabulous. The Soldering Pendants: Skinnies & Baubles class focuses on using sentimental objects or interesting jewelry remnants to build a story and make a grouping of soldered pendants with the remnants. I am enthralled by watching others go through the process, observing the pieces they choose to incorporate, the stories they

Creative vibe

That’s what was going on here yesterday, one good creative vibe. In this class, Intro to Soldering, we touch on micro-collage. Each pendant and ring tells a story about the creator. My favorite part is getting to know more of the students own stories by their art. Some students come with a plan, others are

Abundant giving

My mind feels like the gears on this art journal page-in-progress. (Stencil by Mary Beth Shaw.) Today, the gears are running smoothly, well oiled, in sync. For the past 6 months, they have been churning, working hard, processing a large and heavy decision. It was one of the “should I stay or should I go”

Blackbird Full Circle

Page in my altered hymnal 11/02/07: Beatles song learned by my son on guitar this past couple weeks: [youtube=] Blackbird singing in the dead of night Take these broken wings and learn to fly All your life You were only waiting for this moment to arise. Blackbird singing in the dead of night Take these

Art Every Day #6 – Tracing the Lines

Today I am beginning to feel a bit achy and tired. Although I have ideas for an exciting page, I don’t have the energy to do it. Therefore I tore a face from a magazine and traced the lines. I’m hoping that someday the lines in a face will just flow from my fingers. Until