By Jen

New Work Updates

Hey, everyone!  I hope you’re enjoying the new year.  Much work and play here, and unfortunately some pain too.  For those of you who don’t know from the day to day, I broke my right forefinger on New Year’s day, and have been splinted ever since.  So, I typed this slowly and a bit clumsily.

Anyway, if you haven’t yet had a chance, take a peek through the updated menu – there are quite a few new galleries of my work up, and more even to come.  Thanks as always for keeping up with me.  It’s been busy here, and I haven’t posted often, but I’m hoping to get back in the swing of things soon and really get this new blog set up underway.  :)

The Balancing Act

When it comes to building a freelance business, arguably the most valuable asset any artist has is their time.

The process of updating branding, opening lines of communication with prospective clients (both new and old), creating marketing plans, and structuring the legal and tax aspects of a business can be daunting and draining, both emotionally and physically. Doubly so if you’re juggling freelance with a salary job.  Not only are you in the midst of implementing an entirely new work process, but it’s imperitive that you continue to produce high quality creative content during your 9 to 5 AND during your 5 to 9.

Luckily, the prospect of working toward the success of your own endeavors can be both energizing and very rewarding.  Learning new skill sets that compliment your existing talents, and forcing yourself to look at your daily routine in a new light can be just as invigorating as it may seem exhausting.  So while sleep may be limited, and free time sparse while you work toward your goals, take comfort in the knowledge that you are creating something from the ground up – it will be yours to shape the way you’ve always dreamed.  Yes, it will take much of your precious time in the beginning (and even as you progress), but it will pay off, at the very least, in lessons learneed.

Remember to grant yourself time to relax, curl up with your favorite pet, book, or significant other – the times you allow yourself to do so along the way will sustain you on those nights when 3am rolls around and you find yourself still hard at work even though the morning’s alarm is all too near.

But most of all, in the midst of the balancing act, keep sight of your motivation. Keep in mind what it is you’re looking for from your new endeavor, and always steer toward projects and a business plan that keeps those goals and values at the forefront of what you do.  Use your time to carve out a future which suits you, creatively, practically, and morally – because our time here is short, and there is no better way to spend it (professionally speaking), than in doing just that.

Under Construction?

Hey Everybody!

That magical time has come, when inspiration and renovation frolic hand in hand across my domain’s little chunk of internet.  Yes, that’s right, is in the midst of a transformation.  After quite a period of stagnation and little more than the very occasional update, I’ve decided it’s time to better represent myself as an artist.  I’ve been doing a lot professionally, as well as in my spare time, so in the spirit of re-branding, re-inventing, and just generally marketing myself, I give you…my website!  The plan is to combine an updated portfolio with both my old writing blog (, and my new sketch blog (, and any other tidbits that might come up along the way.  I’ve also been tossing around the idea of creating a creative periodical with topics such as music reviews, photography, local events, travel, and cooking/gardening information.  Really, all of the things I ACTUALLY enjoy.  So, keep an eye out for that to develop, as once it does I will most certainly have links to it here.

In the mean time, please be patient while I redesign, and hopefully recode some of the this preexisting and most helpful wordpress theme to make it my own.  But be sure to keep checking in…good things are soon to come!

Thanks, and have a most excellent night!

<3 Jen