• Adventures,  Local History

    Clemens & the Pen

    Clemens & the Pen Blog Cover

    This past weekend was the Clemens and the Pen artist retreat at Quarry Farm in Elmira, New York and it was a beautiful day for it!  This was the fourth time that I’ve attended the event.  I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to spend an afternoon in such an…

  • Art Tip

    Artist Tip: Instagram Spam Comments

    Artist Tip Instagram Spam Comments blog graphic

    Today’s blog is a little different than my usual content, but I’ve found myself having this conversation a few times recently so I think other artists (or anyone posting on a public Instagram account) might find this helpful.  You know when you post something and it triggers the spammy auto-bots…

  • About Artist,  Art Event,  Artwork

    Year in Review: 2021

    Review of 2021 graphic. Highlights from this year Laura Jaen Art

    2021 was a year.  It’s always so interesting looking back over the year.  The year didn’t go nearly as I had planned, but it definitely had its ups (and its downs).  Taking the time to review what happened – what worked and didn’t, what I’d like to carry forward into…

  • About Artist,  Art Tip,  Artwork,  Life

    100 Day Project 2020 Reflection

    100 Day project blog cover

    If you’re a follower of my social media, you probably already know that I recently finished the 100 Day Project.  The 100 Day Project is a challenge hosted mainly on Instagram where different creators pick their own project and rules and then spend 100 days completing the project.  This year…

  • About Artist,  Life

    Rest

    Quote graphic. "Rest when you're weary. Refresh and renew yourself, your body, your mind, your spirit. Then get back to work." by Ralph Marston

    I decided on a last minute change for this week’s blog post.  I had originally planned an art history topic, but this week has gotten away from me and I didn’t feel like I would be able to give it the full attention that I wanted to give it.   That…

  • About Artist,  Life

    The Inbetween

    Quote Graphic. "In the universe, there are things that are known, and things that are unknown, and in between, there are doors." by William Blake

    Have you ever found that when you’re in the middle of a transition, that there’s a certain feeling that is associated with it?  Maybe you’re starting a new job and leaving an old job, moving to a new house having already packed up your prior home, getting ready to expand…

  • Artwork,  Painting Series

    100 Day Project: The End

    The 100 Day Project: the End blog cover

    It’s hard to believe that the 100 Day Project has come to a close.  It seems like just last week that I had tentatively started the challenge not fully believing that I would make it all the way to the end. The 100 Day Project, is an annual challenge where…

  • Artwork,  Painting Series

    The 100 Day Project: Part Three

    The 100 Day Project Part Three blog cover

    Holy moly, did the past 25 days of the 100 Day Project fly by!  I knew that they would once the Kaleidoscope Project got in full force these last few weeks.  It’s been a busy couple of weeks but I’m pleased with what I’ve accomplished.  If you’re just finding out…

  • Artwork,  Painting Series

    The 100 Day Project: Part Two

    The 100 Day Project: Part Two blog cover

    Have you been following along with the 100 Day Project over on social media?  The project started up back on April 2nd and we’re now half way through!   If you’re not familiar with the 100 Day Project, every year people all over the world commit to 100 days of exploring their…

  • Artwork,  Painting Series

    The 100 Day Project: Part One

    The 100 Day Project Part One blog cover

    If you follow me over on social media, you’ve probably noticed that I’ve been participating in the 100 Day Project this year!  (If you don’t, social icons are on this page to the right or near the bottom under “connect”.)  This year is the 6th year that this project has…