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More teaching

Posted by: Jacqueline Sullivan on February 17th, 2009

I taught a couple of weeks ago at Green Heron Book Arts in Forest Grove. One of the classes that I taught was “The Meander Book” . Students in this class painted tissue and layered it on boards to form small 5″ s 5″ collages. These small collages – 32 of them – were then assembled into a “Meander Book”. A fun, sculptural book which can be arrange in many different ways – ever changing art!

Aren't the colors wonderful?

Aren't the colors wonderful?

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Recent teaching

Posted by: Jacqueline Sullivan on February 15th, 2009

I returned on Monday from a teaching trip to Portland. It was a joy, as always, to see my friends from Portland! My gracious hostess, Alesia Zorn was fun and always willing to help me shop creatively in this wonderful creative town!

One of the classes I taught at Collage was my Textured Journal Class. Students were amazed that they could build this book in three hours! They all did wonderful books, the depth of the color on the covers doesn’t show so well in the photos, but trust me, the colors were deep and rich and the textures just made you want to touch these beautiful books.

I will be teaching this class again next month in Bellvue, Colorado at The Artist’s Nook.

Come join us if you can! tex-journal-port-2tex-journal-portland1text-journal-port-3


Chicago Workshop – Nov. 08

Posted by: Jacqueline Sullivan on January 19th, 2009


I had the honor and privilege of teaching for The Chicago Calligraphy Collective last November! It is always a treat to see my Chicago friends in letters, yet always sort of scary to think that they would hire me to come and teach them – they are all SO incredibly talented. But we all had a great time and fabulous art was produced. These photos are some samples of their class work. I am sorry that I do not know whose work it is, but if you see your work here – please post a comment and tell us that it is yours! Another canvas! Ethed Brass mounted on 5" x 7" canvas

Metal Etching and Patinas

Metal Etching and Patinas


Etsy Shop

Posted by: Jacqueline Sullivan on January 16th, 2009

I FINALLY DID IT! Have been meaning for quite a while now to open an Etsy shop for my hand made cards and smaller collages! And today, staying home in the cold weather, I scanned a bunch of stuff and posted it. You can see the stuff at http://www.jacisull.etsy.com. I have more stuff in the works so check back often!

4" x 6" collage in 8" x 10" mat

4" x 6" collage in 8" x 10" mat


Calligraphy Exhibit

Posted by: Jacqueline Sullivan on October 15th, 2008

Michigan Association of Calligraphy has a show running currently at The Birmingham Conference Center . I have entered 5 pieces in the exhibit. The show is actually a retrospective to celebrate the Association’s thirtieth anniversary. Two of the pieces I entered were a couple of years old. But three of the pieces are new. Those are the works that I am posting here. All three pieces were done in Judy Melvin’s workshop when she taught here in Michigan last March. The exhibit is up until the end of November. It is open Monday thru Friday during business hours.


Class Proposals for 2009

Posted by: Jacqueline Sullivan on October 15th, 2008

I have just finished my class proposals for 2009. This work is for a new class that will feature a combination of transfers and hand painted tissue paper. I added some oriental lace paper, some Japanese writing in the background and lots more “stuff” for texture. Great fun! I love the transparency of the transfers together with the translucency of the tissue. It gives the piece a lot of depth! I’ll let you know if it gets accepted and where it will be offered!


Calligraphic Side Lights

Posted by: Jacqueline Sullivan on October 12th, 2008

Victor and I love our home. And we both love it when we get something “artistic” for it. So we are both thrilled with the new glass for the side light of our front door. I was invited to a friend’s sign painting shop to play with her sand blaster. (Thank you, Wendy!) I was trying to decide what in the world to “etch” when Victor reminded me that I had been wanting to do something with the glass in the front door. The sand blasting booth is not big enough for the glass in the front door, but I was able to do the three small windows in the side light. Not having very much time, I did some quick calligraphic marks with an Automatic pen. We then scanned it into a computer into a program that is designed for sign making. Once edited and cleaned up a bit the image was sent to the plotter which cut the mask. I then stuck the mask to the glass pieces. Then we put them into the booth and sand blasted them! It was really cool! We have the windows sort of “propped into” the frame. We now need to paint the door and the trim. But we are really happy with the way that they look – and they were FREE! The glass was actually scrap glass from our framing business. Can’t beat the price! Of course now we both want a sand blaster so that we can do the entire front door window and the rock out front and…. well, you know how the creative mind works!

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Another Quote

Posted by: Jacqueline Sullivan on September 18th, 2008

I am often inspired by words, great quotations, phrases, etc. I will read them or hear them and they will resonate with me for a while. They help me, I think, to be a better teacher, to learn how to speak in a language that will, hopefully, inspire my students to make art. Today, at the end of one of my friend Gemma Black’s e-mails I read this quote…

“”Know what the old masters did. Know how they composed their
pictures, but do not fall into the conventions they established.
These conventions were right for them, and they are wonderful. They
made their language. You make yours. They can help you. All the past
can help you.”

Robert Henri 1865 – 1929

Thank you, Gemma! The quote speaks to me in many ways. First of all, if you are going to make art, you probably should know a bit about it. Not just about the materials and processes, but studying the “Old Masters” can help with your sense of design and composition, color theory, etc.  And the depth, oh the depth that is in a true “masterpiece”. That is what is lacking in so much of the published “art” these days. And that depth will only come if you “use your own language”. Being an original is never easy – but always worth the effort!

The image is a small abstract that I did about a year ago. It’s something that I was particularly happy with – something that I feel speaks my own language.

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Life as Art

Posted by: Jacqueline Sullivan on September 7th, 2008

Cleaning my studio this evening, I came across a quote that I have always loved. It still speaks to me as I am comtemplating ways to improve my quality of life. It is by Shakti Gawain.

I like to think of myself as an artist and my life as a work of art. Every moment is a moment of creation, and each moment of creation contains infinite possibilities. I can do things the way I’ve always done them, or I can look at all of the different alternatives, and try something new and different and potentially more rewarding. Every moment presents a new opportunity and a new decision.

What a wonderful game we are playing, and what a magnificent art form…

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Eat, Pray, Love

Posted by: Jacqueline Sullivan on September 4th, 2008

I’ve been spending a lot of time watching TV these days because of a sore back. It’s frustrating and depressing. I’m not taking care of my businesses, I’m not making art, I’m lying in bed, doing nothing but mindlessly watching TV.

But then, I saw, on Oprah, Elizabeth Gilbert, of Eat, Pray, Love fame. Now, I just saw this book on Sunday when I was running errands and was drawn to it. I decided, however, that the last thing that I needed was one more self-help book that I probably wouldn’t read. And then, on Tuesday, I saw her. In addition to her amazing insight, the glow of her happiness and tranquility came through even via TV! I haven’t been back to the store to get the book, but I did do some web searching and reading about her. On her website: http://www.elizabethgilbert.com/writing.htm, she has a wonderful essay on writing. Most of what she says can be applied to making art as well as writing. Here is one of my favorite paragraphs from that online essay. I would encourage you to go there and read the rest. I have read it over and over and it really speaks to me. Here is a quote:

You will make vows: “I’m going to write for an hour every day,” and then you won’t do it. You will think: “I suck, I’m such a failure. I’m washed-up.” Continuing to write after that heartache of disappointment doesn’t take only discipline, but also self-forgiveness (which comes from a place of kind and encouraging and motherly love). The other thing to realize is that all writers think they suck. When I was writing “Eat, Pray, Love”, I had just as a strong a mantra of THIS SUCKS ringing through my head as anyone does when they write anything. But I had a clarion moment of truth during the process of that book. One day, when I was agonizing over how utterly bad my writing felt, I realized: “That’s actually not my problem.” The point I realized was this – I never promised the universe that I would write brilliantly; I only promised the universe that I would write. So I put my head down and sweated through it, as per my vows.

Jacqueline Sullivan is a teacher and mixed-media artist, with experience in graphic design, advertising and publications.

“There are painters who transform the sun into a yellow spot, but there are others who, thanks to their art and intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun.”

— Pablo Picasso