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J. L. Jensen Art Gallery

Commissioned Artwork, Original Paintings, and Fine Art Prints by Josi L. Jensen

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About the Artist: 

Put simply, I’m an artist; I love to create, and have found a love for watercolor in particular. My serious pursuit as an artist really only started up within the last year, but it’s been an idea/dream of mine since high school. All I knew at that point was that I wanted to be an artist, which led me to get my bachelors degree in Integrated Studio Art at Brigham Young University – Idaho. It was only after I met and married my husband, a country boy and avid hunter, when my ideas began to mature. I’d always been back and forth on the types of art I enjoyed making: abstract, realist, cartoon etc. But it wasn’t until I made my husband a watercolor painting of an elk for a Christmas presents that I realized what I really liked painting – nature. As a child I wanted to be a veterinarian, but it wasn’t until high school that I realized my talents resided elsewhere. So it was a natural fusing of past and present dreams to be an artist, and to paint nature. While I enjoy painting nature and animal pieces in watercolor on my own time, I specialize in commission artwork where a customer and I work together to create the artwork they have in mind. In this process they might either have me work from a photograph they have, or simply from an idea they’d like.

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How Commissioned Pieces are Made:

In the case of having photo-references, it’s quite simple. You send me the photo and I make a painting from it. For ideas however it gets a bit more complicated. I go through five separate stages that I refer to as sketches, value studies, colour studies, final draw up, and finally painting.

In the “sketches” stage I do a series of 3 (or more) quick draw ups and they pick their favorite basic composition. From there I move on to the “value study” where I do another 3 (or more) roughed out black and white images of their approved sketch to let them pick how the values will play together. Then I move on with this black and white sketch they’ve selected and do 3 (or more) quick paintings with different colour schemes to allow my customer to pick their favorite colour pallet. Finally I do a full-scale final drawing, have them approve it, and then go to throwing the paint for the final work.

Ultimately the artwork that comes out from a commission is “your artwork, your way.” And though I do watercolor most often, I am also able to do scratchboard, charcoal, and graphite drawings along with acrylic and oil paintings.

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Thoughts on Being an Artist:

I have a love/hate relationship with what I do, it’s the most draining and yet satisfying pursuit to take an idea and bring it to life. By far my favorite part of what I do is the creative process itself, going from an idea in my mind to an actual finished product. It’s exciting and riveting, and when I sit back and look at an image I’ve made I sometimes don’t believe that it was me that did it. I just think, “Whoa…I made that…” And as an artist it is really important to the creative process if you’re inspired by what you’re doing. If you’re not inspired while doing a piece you won’t be able to do it the justice it deserves. That excitement and inspiration is important and I personally find it while being in nature, if you couldn’t tell by the types of art I prefer. I get inspired when I’m outside and enjoying God’s creations, so how unfortunate it is that most of my artwork is done inside my stuffy little “office” far away from any deer or forests; though I do get the odd bird or stray cat. Ultimately that’s the goal though, to be inspired and to inspire through my work. My goal is to make people realize the beauty we have around us, and my hope is that what I do inspires you.

 

Huge thank you to J. L. Jensen for sharing her incredible talents with Country Best Blog! Be sure to check her out socially via:

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Jessica Loose joined the Scentsy team in January of 2010. Little did she know it was going to lead her to a whole lot more than just paying for a once a month family movie date…

What made you decide to join Scentsy and why do you love it?

When I signed up to Join Scentsy, I honestly just signed up because I was too shy to buy from a stranger that I didn’t know. I would have to talk to them… or heaven forbid, call them on the phone! So I joined in January of 2010 with the idea that I was just going to buy my own stuff and maybe order some for my mom and sisters. It wasn’t until about a year later that I attended my first Scentsy Corporate Event, “Spring Sprint”. It honestly opened my eyes to what an amazing company I was with and that maybe, just maybe I could step out of my comfort zone a little and try and sell enough I could take my little family for a movie night once a month all paid for with my Scentsy commissions.

I started stepping out of my comfort zone a little each month and within a few months I had heard that I could earn a free trip to the Dominican! Well… let me tell you! I was on board with that! When my husband and I got married we decided to start having our family at the ages of 19, so we never went on a honeymoon or had taken any trips just the two of us. I told him I wanted to earn this for the two of us and it would be our late Honeymoon. My husband didn’t think such a thing as a “free trip” existed. He pretty much just laughed and told me I would never do it… Well you never tell a woman she can’t do anything! I set out to prove him wrong!

Since then I am happy to say that I have earned 5 all inclusive trips: The Dominican in 2012, Costa Rica in 2013, Bahamas in 2014, a Cruise in the Caribbean in 2015 and Leadership Cruise in 2016. My husband and I have travelled all over the world because of this amazing company! Not only has it given me the confidence I needed, it has also given me lifelong friends and family.

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Since changing my goals in 2011 I went from being a Independent Scentsy Consultant team of 1, to an Independent Scentsy Director with an amazing team under me. I lead my team with the confidence I never knew I had 6 years ago all because of some smelly stuff!

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Website: jessicaloose.scentsy.ca

 

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The Cowgirl

 

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