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Friday, May 19, 2017

Fridays Little "Gem"!

Friday's Little Gem ~ Spring Crocus!
Don't you just love to see Crocuses in the Spring?
How can something so small make us SMILE so BIG!

I decided this week to work with something so small...
however create it to look large.
I think the most interesting thing was deciding on the angle and perspective.
The green leaves of the crocus always look like spears to me coming out of the ground.
Sharp and tall as if fighting off old man winter!
I cannot believe there are over 90 species of crocuses.
The little painting is filled with heavy textures and transparent petals.
I like the shadows of the background. 
Americana Folk Art ~ or Jennifer Lake Art!
I prefer..."Jennifer Lake Art"!
The painting measures 11 X 14.
The painting is available until Sunday evening for $350.00
The appraised value of the little Gem....$1500.00
Have a Great Weekend Everyone!
Your Artist Friend in the Wilds!
Jennifer & Max

Happy Weekend Everyone!

Have a GREAT Weekend Everyone!
Max and I are off to hit the TRAILS!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Throw Back Thursday ~Map of Insanity!

Throwback Thursday!
The "Crazy" Map of Central Oregon!
How many of you still have yours?
I was commissioned to paint this map for Community Concepts in the late 80's early 90's.
The company sold space on the map to businesses, tourist destinations, and prominent locals.
I was handed a large notebook filled with each person that paid to be on the map!

What a job trying to figure how to get everyone on the map!

The map took two months to complete. Each business received 500 maps from Community Concepts.
They gave them out to clients and customers as a little thank-you gift!
If you look closely at the image below you can see my son Easton standing on top of Powell Butte.
Note...there were only seven homes on the butte at the time we lived in Powell Butte!
Now hundreds cover the buttes...maybe over a thousand.

If you look closely at the map you will see names of businesses that are no longer operating.
You will also see how things have dramatically changed in just thirty years!

It is fun to reflect on the past. I have had so many different experiences as an artist.
I tried it all and still do. I like a challenge. However this was only one of two maps I created.
I wonder if they even paint maps anymore?
Have a Wonderful Thursday Everyone!
Your Artist Friend in the Wilds!
Jennifer & Max

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Get Tanked!

Get Tanked!
by the
Jennifer Lake ON LINE  Tank Top Store

You Want it the Way You Want it!!!

You Design Your Summer Your Way!
It is Your Style!
Check out all the ON LINE
Jennifer Lake Art Stores

Have a Wonderful Wednesday!

Coming Soon...SUMMER!

SUMMER can be found NOW in all of the
 Jennifer Lake Art ON LINE STORES!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Last Weeks Customer's Favorite Things...

 I currently am having my morning coffee and  reviewing what sold last week in the stores!
I can say you all are thinking
I have to admit this has been a very cold spring and I am now wishing for warmer weather!
On Mother's Day it snowed here!
Here are a few things from "Customers Favorite Things" last week.
The Portland, Oregon bag below came in as a reorder from a stationary store in Portland!!
I am always happy when I see reorders! Thank-you!

A retailer in Seaside purchased all the beach tiles for their store! 
I am truly amazed over these tiles. The clarity and color is perfect!
The tiles are sold with easels.
 They really make a nice memory of your trip.
Every store ON LINE has a variety of tiles.
The Cannon Beach Tiles are located in the "Celebrating Oregon" store.

You really know its the Summer Season when you start receiving orders for family reunion merchandise!
A family from Portland is having their reunion in Seaside this year. 
They purchased T shirts for everyone attending. 
On the back of the shirt I wrote the year and family name.
They also purchased "prizes" through my site for their events.
Let me know how I can assist you on your "Special Event".

A Heceta Lighthouse Blanket was sold as a wedding gift! 
The couple is spending their honeymoon near by!
What a nice memory!
 They also purchased a matching tote bag to put it in!
The blankets are very fluffy, warm and cozy!
I should know...I own ALL of Ms. Elizabeth's Blanket Collection! 
Guests love them here at the cabin!
Close up of Blanket.

Several Smith Rock Water Bottles were sold to a Rock Climbing Club.
The club is using them as event prizes! 
Who will WIN?

A friend of mine in Phoenix, Arizona is redecorating her bathroom.
She is using all of my "Blue Butterfly Bath Collection" to decorate it with!
How nice...cannot wait to see the end results! 

A client from Minneapolis, Minnesota purchased the Mouse Pad Print!
I need to fine the time to add to this series.
The Mouse Pad is so fun and the colors are so vivid!

I hope you all are enjoying your week.
We are all so busy this time of year with graduations, reunions, and preparing for summer events.
Let me know how I can help and we can provide you ideas and services to make it easier!
Have a Wonderful Evening!
Your Artist Friend in the Wilds
PS: Max learned this week that DEER are larger than him!!

Monday, May 15, 2017


A package arrived from me today to the
Jennifer Lake Selfie Winners!!
The "Fann Family" from Stigler, Oklahoma WON!
Miranda Fann gathered all her kids together for a photo before they unwrapped it!
They are all so cute!
The girls were thrilled over their Quilt Prints!

LOVE this PHOTO! Who has the FATTER CHEEKS??

Miranda had told me the kids don't see many pine
cones in the area...so I had to enclose a few from Oregon!
They have never seen "Sugar Pine Cones" so I will be sending them for Christmas!
I also enclosed one of my puzzles! The COLLAGE!!!! Good Luck!
Send photos when you complete it!
All the items below arrived in their "PRIZE BOX"!
They even enjoyed the wrap paper!
The next "Jennifer Lake Art Self Contest" will be in June!
So get those photos ready and YOU maybe the NEXT WINNER!
Have a Great Day Everyone!
Your Artist Friend in the Wilds!
Jennifer & Max

Friday, May 12, 2017

Friday's Little Gem.....

Happy Friday Everyone!
Its "Friday's Little Gem" time!
 I produced this weeks little "Gem" painting in 2006 just in time for
Mother's Day.
The painting is called "For-Get-Me Not"!
A yellow headed blackbird sits on its empty nest.
The children have moved on and started their own lives.
He is surrounded by For-Get-Me-Not Flowers.
A little blue butterfly and dragon fly try to keep him company and ease the pain of the
"Empty Nest Syndrome" 

The painting was developed into prints, note cards and tiles.
The small canvas measures 11 X 14 and is framed.
The "Little Gem" price through Mother's Day is $350.00....
The current value is $1500.00.
Feel free to contact me at: jenniferlakeart@gmail.com for more information.
Your Artist in the Wilds..

Max Needs a Weekend!

Sometimes life is tough on Puppies!
I think Max needs a Loving Weekend!
I hope your weekend is filled with Love & Joy!
Happy Mother's Day to all my Wonderful Friends!
Your Artist Friend in the Wilds!
& Sad Max!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Throw-Back Thursday!

Throughout a long Art Career you have many things happen to you.
Over the years I have been truly amazed the places I have visited, experienced and lived!
In 1989 I was selected to be one of the artist's to be included in the book "Northwest Originals".
The book included 47 women in the fine arts from the northwest. 
The book was published by Unison Publication, Inc. of Portland Oregon.

I was honored to be included with names such as
 Ursula K.Le Guin, Jean Auel, and Elena Carter just to name a few. 
The book helped create a defining moment in my Art Career...
the next year.......I was on tour in Japan!

When the book was released I was using my married name of "Miller".
In 1999, I changed my last name back to "Lake" to honor the "Lake Family Legacy" in the Fine Arts.
The "Lake Family" has over 150 years of artists.
Writers, producers, photographers, designers, painters, and sculptors are all members of the family.
Listed below are just a few names in our family:
George Catlin ~ American Painter
Paul & Mary Ritts ~ The Ritts Puppets ~ Producers ~ Painters ~ Writers
Mark Ritts ~ Producer ~ Director ~ The Science Guy~ Writer
Herb Ritts ~ Photographer
Katherine Lake ~ Artist ~ Designer ~ Teacher 
William Lake ~ Bird Sculpture ~ Designer ~ Writer ~ Potter
Easton Miller ~ Executive Chef ~ Culinary 
Amy Lake ~ Artist ~ Designer
Melissa Williams ~ Painter ~ Sculptor
Malcom Williams ~ Painter ~ Designer
..............MANY MORE!

You just never know where your career will go next...or what door will open!
I am so pleased that I entered so many open doors.....they all lead to a Wonderful Art Career!
Have a Great Thursday Evening Everyone!
Your Artist Friend in the Wilds!

ART Nature Design!

 The colors and designs of "Nature" have fascinated me all my life.
I guess its the details that I find incredible.
The pine branch below has so many shades of green.
The needles create amazing lines and texture along with the 
pine cones.

In the spring the Tamarack Pine Needles are lime green in color and look like
 miniature brooms.
Tamarack Pine looses its needles in the fall after turning an unbelievable lemon yellow!
In the summer the foliage is so soft and is filled with thick clusters of needles.
The needles can provide a great blanket under your sleeping bag!
Look closely at the intricate stem detail.

The native Oregon Grape grows closely to the ground the higher you climb in elevation.
You can find red, gold and green all year long.
The detail in the edging of the leaf and the vibrant red of the stem is amazing.
The colors of nature provide you a wonderful decorating theme.

Rocks are another resource for decorating with color and textures.
I have used rocks several times. They have provided me great ideas for decorating.
I used a rock as an idea for one of my master bathrooms. I used several layers of plaster. I took a trowel and roughed the plaster to resemble stone. After it dried ...I added several layers of glazes.
It took several weeks but the results were amazing.

Note the lines and variances of green- gray tones in the pine branch below.
You can use your imagination to see needlepoint threads, upholstery, and tapestries.

 The rock below looks like an Abstract Painting!
The detail and the lines that flow through the rock provide such fascinating interest.
To learn more about "Nature Design" I highly recommend the two books below!
Excellent Read!
Have a Wonderful Day Everyone!
Get out and ENJOY Nature!
Your Artist Friend in the Wilds!
Jennifer & Max