About Jenny ... The Girl Behind the Art

Me Myself and I Hi, I am Jenny James, an artist, illustrator, graphic designer, publisher, web developer and art 'n' craft addict. I can be found in a few virtual playgrounds including Facebook, Pinterest, Google+, Instagram and Redbubble... any time you see my Georgiegirl the Cow (with or without the purple background), you have found me. Don't forget to say hello :)

I'm a Mum of a beautiful boy who has grown into an amazing young man. Its hard to believe sometimes that he's an adult now - but its most useful to have someone so tall around (I'm a little bit short). I have purple curly hair (totally natural of course! lol) so still look a bit like that photo above but with longer locks. I'll have to take a selfie :)

In my spare time I like to paint, draw, colour, create art, embroider and crochet. Time goes so very fast so I don't always find time to do everything but a girl has to dream!

So you can see that my whole world is immersed in Art - creating, sharing, selling and seeing it all around, everywhere I go.

Art is incredible - it heals the mind, soothes the soul, whispers sweet nothings to the heart and helps make us all Happy. And its so much fun to do too! You may have guessed that I love art... only a little bit though! lol :)

To keep up to date with my groovy arty life, share news and see shop updates, visit the Art by Jenny Facebook Page or my blogs - A Life Less Ordinary and the Shop Blog. For my design portfolio at www.artbyjenny.com.au - its a tad out of date but all my own work. Its on the to-do list to update! Want to buy unique gifts? Have a wander through my Redbubble shop and gallery at www.redbubble.com/people/georgiegirl.

Georgiegirl the Cow

I love to share techniques, inspiration and ideas with others and so does my Mum, June (she's amazing! June can paint something so it looks just like the real thing). There are so many things to make and treasures to use - painting, collage and mixed media, art journaling, drawing, colouring techniques, paper making, stamps and stencils, Gelli printing, papermache, making journals, cardmaking, stamping, paper flowers and dolls, papercrafts of all sorts, stencil cutting, stamp carving, crochet, knitting, embroidery, sewing - and anything else you find that you'd love to learn and create.

I carry my sketchbook, pencils, watercolours, camera and a colouring book (just about) everywhere I go... you never know when you'll find 5 minutes to paint, draw or colour :)

Being creative gives a lot of pleasure to both the artist and whoever views the artwork. Holly Hobbie would have a simpler way of saying it - "Happiness is art!". One of my favourite stamps says "Keep Calm, Smile and Create Beautiful Things!". Darkroom Door has a great selection of quote stamps including "Being creative is not a hobby, its a way of life!" So true! Check them out here.

As you can see, I'm a bit nutty about art... I love it :)

Art Classes and Workshops

"Something on Saturday" and "Create-a-Canvas" workshops
Art and Craft Workshops are taught by me, Jenny
Have fun making a project you've found or I can organise one for you.
Techniques include mixed media or collage artwork, watercolour painting (and colouring), blending and adding layers with pencils (basic and advanced colouring), drawing and sketching, journaling and many other art and craft techniques.
Choose a day and time to suit you - it can be a one off session or book a regular time.

You'll need at least 2 hours for an art and craft workshop or a full day for the "Create-a-Canvas" workshop. FYI... "Something on Saturday" doesn't have to be on a Saturday! Its just called that because workshops used to only be available on Saturdays... now its any day that's available but I love the name so its stuck.

Want to learn to draw or paint like the Old Masters? Need to give your techniques a fine tune?
Fine Art and Drawing Classes are taught by June
To get the most out of this class, its best to attend regularly for as long as you need to learn (whether its 3 lessons or 100 lessons, its up to you). Chat to us to organise a day to meet and discuss your learning needs.
Choose sketching, drawing and or painting with oil, acrylic, watercolour or glass paints or any other medium you wish to explore.
Abstract or realistic, basic or advanced. Paint your favourite photo onto canvas or create something from the imagination.
Come along and soak up the knowledge ... you'll be painting like John Constable, Van Gogh or Pro Hart in no time!

All classes and workshops are small groups or 1-on-1 in a peaceful location with fun to be had. The address is given when you book.
No experience is needed, just come along and let your heart and soul get immersed within the world of art and creativity.

The reasonable prices include everything you need - supplies, use of tools, coffee and tea plus fun techniques, useful and trivial information, ideas, inspiration, laughter and creativity. Feel free to bring your own craft tools and extra supplies along so you can learn how to use them for when you are home.

For more information about classes or commission artworks... phone Jenny on 0428 898 120 or click the big 'contact us' button below.

Also available are one-on-one computer lessons...
- drawing and painting on the computer (digital art)
- digital Project Life and other memory keeping
- editing photos
- learn how to create your own website
- discover how easy it is to create your own website
- learn how to design your own business logo and stationery
Is what you want to learn not here? Ask me - I'll help you or I'll find someone else who can.
Please BYO computer so you get familiar with your own setup.

Life Before 'Art by Jenny'...

I'm a professional artist and graphic designer. A useful background to have while having an online art shop. Not only do I seem to have all this information in my head that spills out whenever its needed, but its enabled me to create my own online shop and keep it updated with original artwork (some mine, some from other artists). I'm very grateful to have the skills to do it all myself :)

I've been drawing, colouring and painting since I was really little (Mum says I was 2 years old when I started colouring inside the lines) ... so for a very long time! My parents taught me embroidery, knitting and crochet as a child as well. Knitting I'm not a big fan of because I keep creating holes where there shouldn't be holes, but I absolutely love embroidery and crochet. So nutty about art and my other loves that I used to take my colouring, a book to read and cross stitch with me whenever I went camping with the Rovers (scouts).

While these next "few" paragraphs sound more like a resume, I think its important to know who is behind the virtual shop front selling you treasures and peddling her wares!

I started my working life at The Advertiser Newspaper in Adelaide then worked for graphic design agencies, a well loved scrapbook shop, embroidery shop and craft book publisher plus I've been lucky enough to attract a variety of wonderful clients needing my design and IT skills, including local primary schools (creating and updating their websites, signage and stationery).

My experience and training has included a wide variety of things I'd love to have more time to do - more painting and drawing (traditional and digital), photography (I love macro), creative story writing, storyboarding, animating (digital) and clay modelling.

I have a Diploma of Multimedia (with credits and distinctions in 2008), a Graphic Design and Printing Trade Certificate (from an apprenticeship many moons ago) and over 25 years experience in the graphic design and printing industry.

These days I tend to only use Adobe Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop. I also use Dreamweaver when I work with websites and in the past I've had a bit of experience with Adobe Flash, Corel Painter, 3DS Max, Maya, Cinema4D, Inkscape, Gimp, Adobe Premiere, Soundbooth and After Effects. Not alot, but enough to show me the basics. Digital Art is just as much fun as traditional art - I love it all :)

Now you've reached the bottom of this webpage, thanks so much for reading all of this! I hope it made you smile :)

If you're in Facebook, Instagram, Redbubble, Google+, Pinterest, Blogs and even in the real world, don't be shy! Smile and wave, say hello, show off your latest creation :) I love to see everyone's artwork!

Have a Happy Creative Day!