I’m am honored to have some super excited and vivacious girls in my studio today! The Frazee Center is a place for under resourced children in the downtown Greenville area and, this week, they’re painting and drawing at the White Whale Studios (where I work each day).
The progress these ladies made this week is remarkable!! Having little to no exposure to the arts, they learned how to draw what they see – not what they think, and about the various tools you can use to draw. The goal for this week is to help these girls see how beauty can bring joy and that it’s possible to create an alternative lifestyle by selling your work.
We’re opening an Etsy shop to inspire them to own their own destinies and I would LOVE your support when we do! The artwork will be rough and young, but the light in their eyes is powerful and growing with each moment. The shop will be open in a few hours, so please stay tuned!
We are strong when we stand together.
I am so excited to introduce the summer print collection to you! There are eight new pieces in the collection as well as many of my “old” favorites.
These prints celebrate the fresh breeze, lingering light, and the excitement of summer days. Printed on super lovely canvas, these prints look and feel like originals.
I am also excited to offer new abstract art pieces – two of my very favorites. “Cadence No. 3 & 4″
Please use the code “New4Summer” to take 20% off your order (valid through Sunday, June 7th)
A few prints are also being retired today. If you had your eye on one of these, they are still available and you are free to email me to request yours!
(also, there is a party happening at the very bottom of this post… shh)
(if you took the time to look at all the artwork you deserve a little extra thank you!!! XO!)
I will be giving away TWO $50 store credits gift cards over the weekend! You can use this $50 for anything you wish in my store (shipping costs will not be included within the $50 gift). See a new piece of artwork that perfectly fits the vibe of your home? Well now it can be yours!
The giveaway will take place on both Instagram & Pinterest and one winner will be picked from both platforms. Enter on both and you increase your odds!
Instagram: Follow @Emily_Jeffords, repost any photo from my feed or, if you are a collector, post your own image of my artwork in your home. Include the tag “#EJArtforSummer + @Emily_Jeffords” and that’s it!
And that’s it!
The giveaway starts now and will end Sunday at midnight. Neither Instagram or Pinterest have anything to do with this giveaway. Giveaway is open to anyone 18 years of age and older in any location (subject to the laws of your local government.) Shipping is not included in the $50 store credit.
It feels like my whole world has grown and changed since my last post. If you follow my on Instagram you may know that my husband is joining my creative team! WOOHOO! You have no idea how exciting this is for me. I have been going through several growing pains over the past year.
I hired my studio manager, Alisha, last fall and she has been a dream come true, but goodness breeds more goodness and I have felt the weight of all this goodness and growth strongly. I am so thankful for every fresh opportunity but my mind was getting too full and it was time for a change.
When I thought of the most intelligent, way-over-qualified human I could hope to work with, Daniel Jeffords is at the top of the list. He is creative, crazy-smart, he understands my vision and brand clearly, he get’s ME (not easy sometimes), and compensates for my weaknesses beautifully.
I’ll introduce him to you in greater detail later, but for now, let me tell you about the NEW STUDIO!!!
Along with this growth, we needed some extra space. So, we rented an additional studio in the same building as mine and it’s totally and completely beautiful! Housed in an old mill house (1890 I believe), the white walls, white floors, and windows lining the room make it feel completely heavenly.
I still have my studio downstairs – giving me a separate space to paint and to teach workshops.
We filled the new space as minimally as possible – white desks, black chairs, no visual clutter, many plants… but the rug? It needs some help.
We were on a budget so we bought a large circle rug to fill part of the hardwood space. It’s comfortable… but SO boring.
We decided that a DIY rug design is in order – pronto.
Thankfully, the Sprout by HP is super helpful with pattern design. We were able to visualize and use the imaging creation tools to create a design that I will soon paint on the rug to jazz it up a bit. We were going for something really simple and geometric and I can’t wait to see it in the space!
I’m planning on working on this project over the weekend so stay tuned for the after images! I’ll post the full DIY tutorial and tips soon.
In the meantime, feel free to give a welcome shout-out to Dan! I know he would love to hear from you all and I’m so happy to have him as an official part of my studio-life.
Ok, crafters, artists, bakers, makers, hard-workers….pay attention. This post is for you!
I have been painting for a few years now and this sugar scrub recipe has saved my skin! Literally.
As my summer garden grows and herbs begin to spill over the sides of the pots lining our front porch, this excellently useful recipe quickly becomes my favorite. Each ingredient has it’s own powerful physical and emotional properties (smell affects your emotions too!), but put them together and you have a powerful and super simple scrub to add to your clean-up and personal pampering regime.
I paint daily, and yet, my hands and nails are totally stain free. They are never dry. I mean that. All the oils that are the magic eraser of paints are also the nurturer of my skin. And washing takes about 20 seconds now and time is money, y’all.
And I smell amazing and everyone loves that.
I originally posted this recipe on June 24th 2014 (but it’s so good it needs to be shared again!)
Take 10 minutes and make this and then can spend another 10 minutes writing me a thank you note!
2T coarse salt (extra grit)
1/4 C coconut oil
herbs (I used Rosemary, lemon balm, & lavender)
3-5 drop each Lavender & Lemon essential oils
– Put the sugar and salt into a bowl and add the slightly warmed coconut oil (head just enough to become loose and almost liquid but not too warm.) You want the oil to moisten the sugar/salt without becoming too wet. Add more sugar or oil as needed.
– Chop the herbs finely, add and stir
– Add lime or lemon zest (optional)
– Drop in the essential oils and stir
Store in an airtight container away from heat or direct sunlight.
Get you hands dirty creating something wonderful and enjoy the clean up just as much!
This post is a bit of a rant and a bit of a plea. (There. You have been forewarned). ;)
The theme of the week (year?): people stealing creative ideas and calling them their own. Please, please…. if you are truly an artist (in whatever medium) please respect the struggle and the hard work that other artists have done to arrive at their craft.
Put in your own time, study the work of others (especially the masters), and create something fresh, new, and original.
We need *your* voice – not a replica or variation on someone else’s. If you are tempted to copy the work of someone else and market it as your own, please think twice. You have the creative energy to create something remarkable – to say something with your medium that needs to be said. Do not waste that opportunity echoing someone else.
Your perspective is just as valid as anyone else’s – so show it to us!
I wrote a post about not being afraid of copycats a few months ago, and it still rings so true, but I cannot stand by and watch my friend’s hard work, my own art, and the art of other hardworking makers be replicated by others. Whether by a small scale hobbyist or a big company, stealing is wrong no matter what.
So here is what I ask.
If you see someone’s artwork being replicated or even strongly “inspired by” please stand up for the true artists – the one who put in the time and effort to arrive at that beautiful place. It can be as gentle as a comment “Beautiful! Looks like so-and-so’s Painting!” or “Wow! my friend ____ created something just like this!” — just so people will know that the creative community has strong supporters, people notice, and that stealing is never ok. At the very least, please let the artist know and he/she can deal with it more heavily if needed.
If you have created something that is inspired by another creative, please give them credit. They have earned it and you will only look better for being both honest and well researched. The creative community is quite small, and we are learning that we must stand up for each other.
I know there is a fine line between inspiration and copying, and that there really is nothing new under the sun – but when you feel deep down in your heart that something is crossing a line, call that out and/or make it right.
Ok, my little rant is over, but I hope it will empower you to be ethical, helpful, and supportive of those who are working hard, struggling daily to refine their art.
If you are an artist – please speak up! Create! The world needs your voice and your voice is powerful and beautiful.
Emily Jeffords, struggling artist.
Beautiful photo by Chris Isham
“You will create something undeniably beautiful – something that will surprise you.” – Paige French
I have absolutely LOVED having painting workshops in my beautiful studio over the past couple months! We get to talk about color, brushstrokes, line, movement, how oil painting actually works, and, most wonderfully, create something new alongside new and old friends!
Workshops are the perfect place to try something new and, hopefully, pick up a few new skills. The energy in the room, everyone painting, experimenting, feeding off of each other’s joy, is so contagious. I hope that comes across in these photos because you can nearly taste the beautiful vibes in the room.
There will be two or three more workshops this year in Greenville, SC. If you are interested in learning more, please sign up for my email list! I’ll send details as they are available.
For now, soak up the inspiration through these photos.
All photos were taken by my talented intern, Haley Hughes. …I totally lucked out with this girl! She’s going places, y’all!
Yesterday I shared the wonderful thoughts of Nathan Bond of Rifle Paper Co. (which you can read here), and today I am SO excited to introduce you to two of the most wonderful women I have talked with in a long, long time. These ladies are creating such good work and are so powerfully true to their ideas and vision. I walked away feeling so inspired by their spirit and words… you’ll see what I mean:
Jeni started her first ice cream company many years ago. The company failed for a variety of reasons, but that did not dissuade her from pursuing her passion (the art of flavor and quality). She regrouped and relaunched her dream as Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream which has spread across the nation and into many hearts — and good heavens, it is splendid ice cream!!
I loved listening to Jeni talk about creativity. While our creative outlets look quite different (paint / milk + sugar) our thought processes and love are very similar.
– thinking inside the box – not outside. Creativity only works when there are problems to solve & parameters to work within.
– remembering and learning from practice/failure/success
– not radical. focus on a small group of well executed ideas that will add up to something grand
– brave. instincts should be listened to
– moving forward
– not a lone genius. Creative success is built on the successes and failures of many.
– made of 99 failures & 1 success
– seemingly impossible. But do not be afraid of someone else’s brick wall. Their limitations are not yours.
– love. it’s about following your passion and making that love contagious
– not personal. when you fail, move on. don’t dwell in failures and ignore those who do. also, don’t cling to your successes.
– building your own world and enjoying its pros and cons.
Rachel Faucette runs a hugely popular blog, Handmade Charlotte, has collaborations with pretty much every large brand you can imagine, and works with companies (like, you know, Martha Stewart, HP…). But, also, she is generous and kind.
She gave us some very tangible steps to take if we’re serious about pursuing this thing. So helpful.
– Be awesome
– Be generous
– Share your brand unapologetically
– Set attainable and yet lofty goals for yourself
– Put things on the calendar and actually do them
– Invest in your social media presence and following
– Make asks: ask for 1-3 things each day
– Create advocates out of your followers
– Be your biggest fan
– Always say thank you – because, as we all know, you do not get here by yourself.
The inspiration in the space during this whole event was completely palpable. I would highly recommend attending The Makers Summit next year. If you feel like your brand is off to the right start but you know there are places if could grow or develop – then this is the place for you. This awesome event (and a few others) are put on by the Indie Craft Parade in Greenville, SC.
Photography by Jivan Davé