Day Seventy nine – Pastel No. 3

I love color – and I love pastels!

By the end of the 365 days of apples, I’d like to use every color of pastel paper that I can find!  It’s so much fun to see how the color of the background comes through the image and I have so much fun doing the pastels that I’m surprised that this is only my third pastel apple.  I hope you all enjoy it.

Until tomorrow.

Jenna

Day 79 was created with chalk pastels on red pastel paper.

Day Seventy eight – Pop goes the Apple!

My favorite Christmas show is Rudolf the Red Nosed Raindeer – and it’s because of the land of misfit toys and Charlie-in-the-Box was the misfit in chief.

Growing up I always felt like I didn’t fit in.  I was too tall, too skinny (then not now – lol), the new girl (constantly the new girl), sports were riddled with injuries, and the list to me went on and on.  And then in my mid-twenties I met a great group of friends and we were inseparable until we all started getting married and I became sick.  After living in California for a couple years we moved back to Colorado – I was not the same life of the party person they expected – again the misfit.  This was right before I was diagnosed and I was distraught about what was happening.  I thought I was going crazy – what was happening to me?  Those friends didn’t stand by me so I haven’t spoken with any of them for over 6 years because it was earth shattering at the time to have them doubt me right when I needed their support the most.  There wasn’t as much information available then so I didn’t have a Facebook page or blog to point them to and say “SEE!”

For anyone in their 20’s (this is making me tear up) just starting to deal with a diagnosis of AS – here is what I need you to know:  You are not alone, you are not crazy – the pain is real and there is a reason for it that is not your fault.  There are people in many places out here who will stand by you and help you get to a better place with the disease.  It will get better – maybe not because of a remission or a cure – but it will get better because you will find ways to incrementally deal with it and accept it.  It will get better and believe it or not, you will become a stronger, more empathetic, and loving person.  And…. AS teaches you to fight and persevere.  Without the experience of dealing with this disease I would never have had the courage to attempt my journey to create 365 daily art apples.  For that I am truly grateful – and feeling a little bit less like Charlie-in-the-Box.

Until tomorrow.

Jenna

Day Seventy eight was created with pen, ink, watercolor and a touch of acrylic ink.

Day Seventy seven – Wrapping Paper Collage Apple

Care packages to Maine and Maryland are in the mail!

We have a tradition in our family to write clues about the present on the gift tag – we may ask for one or two specific gifts but additional small presents are a surprise and the clues make for great fun when opening the big boxes that arrive a few days before Christmas.  Growing up my brothers and I looked forward to the box from my Dad’s mother.  We called her Gammy (no ‘r’) and she was queen of the clue.  My parents have done a spectacular job carrying on the tradition and now generation number four is getting into the swing of it! My step-daughter Amanda, has the bug and the gift clue tradition continues – there is some of the Dye side of the family in her regardless of genes!

I’ve loved seeing all the new visitors today – welcome and please stop by as often as you can – one apple a day for AS!

Until tomorrow.

Jenna

Day 77 was created with scraps of wrapping paper and a few small pieces from Country Living Magazine 🙂

Day Seventy six – Bee Hive Apple

I am so excited to tell you about Henri & the Bee!

A story by a 5th grader by the name of Katherine and her dad Jeff, about a a dog named Henri who dreams of travels across the country and through the seasons in search of a sweet treat. Helped by a friendly bee, Henri savors life’s moments.  This charming story is illustrated with lovely, vivid designs and is available as a book or calendar and the proceeds will be donated to various non-profit organizations.  One of the featured charities is the Spondylitis Association of America!  Please take a look – it’s a great way to support the SAA.  I’m thrilled to have been able to introduce Jeff Lea, the CEO of Rev Pay Solutions, to the folks at the SAA and he was kind enough to include Art Apple A Day on their blogroll as well!

Until tomorrow.

Jenna

Day 76 was created with pen & ink and watercolor.

Day Seventy five – Blue for Spondylitis

I’ve made it through 75 days today!

I have to admit that I wouldn’t have made it this far without the encouragement and support of so many people.  As time goes on, I will be talking about how my support team and some new friends have kept me going.  I will fulfill my pledge and create my 365 days of apples and we will have all done it together.  Since I live with AS, there have been some difficult times but I refuse to give up or give in and AS has taught me that this is the only way to live our lives no matter what challenges we face.

I’d like to thank the Spondylitis Association of America who helped me a few years back when I really needed a connection and a community and then again this year with their support of Art Apple A Day.  Their dedication to fighting AS and related diseases and those of us living with AS is truly amazing – I feel hopeful and confident with them at the helm.

For any new visitors who found your way here from the SAA Holiday Card – I’d like to thank you as well.  Your support of the SAA means more research for a cure as well as continued programs, seminars, and outreach.   Please follow my progress as I work to raise awareness of Ankylosing Spondylitis with my Art Apple A Day.  You can sign up to get the daily Apple emailed to you each morning – there is a sign up box in the upper right hand corner of my blog page.  Also – apple ideas are welcome and truly appreciated!  I’d love to hear from you – your comments and feedback keep me on my path 🙂

Until tomorrow and a big announcement……

Jenna

Email me: jenna@artappleaday.com

Day 75 was created in acrylic paint.

Day Seventy four – Argyle Wrap!

I have wrapping paper on the brain!

I’m furiously finishing up my Christmas shopping to get care packages in the mail by Wednesday.  Every year I think I’ll get it all done ahead of time so that I don’t put the added stress and strain on myself during the holidays – and every year I end up making a mad dash to the stores for the one item to finish off the care packages.  Maybe one day I’ll figure it out.

Until tomorrow.

Jenna

Day 74 was created in ink and colored prismacolor pencils.

Day Seventy three – Apple Wreath

I painted my front door purple last year – actually the color was called tannin and it is more of an eggplant or wine color.  I have a wreath on it for most of the year that has chartreuse apples – I love the color combination of greens and purples.  I thought I’d paint something similar to it today.

Until tomorrow.

Jenna

Day 73 was painted with watercolor and liquid acrylic.

Day Seventy two – Apple weave

When my parents arrive in Colorado from Maine, we have a food fest!

My Dad may love food as much as I do but he has that metabolism that allows him to eat whatever he wants and as much of it as he wants.  Life in this regard is so unfair.  So when they visit, we cook and graze on various treats that I collect just for the few days they are here and I’m always looking for new and interesting flavors and recipes.  Today we had sweet pickled jalapenos and cooked a chili with big chunks of beef and bittersweet chocolate.  Yummmm!  Interesting combinations of flavors are an art form – one that I love to dabble in but have no idea how to perfect.  I greatly admire people who have the skill to weave ingredients together in amazing ways.

Until tomorrow.

Jenna

Day 72 was created with watercolored paper woven together.

Day Seventy one – Narnia Apple

I love the Chronicles of Narnia.

I read a few of the books in the series as a kid and imagined myself climbing into the wardrobe and appearing in another land.   C.S. Lewis has an amazing ability to put you right there under that lamp post and I can’t wait to see the latest Narnia movie that comes out today to escape into another world – at least for a few hours.   For me the book is always better but with fantasy and science fiction stories and the amazing computer generated graphics and effects, a trip into the film makers view is worth a visit to the theater – almost always and I don’t think that The Voyage of the Dawn Treader will disappoint.

Until tomorrow.

Jenna

Day 71 was created with metallic liquid acrylics – oh and a toothbrush to splatter the snow 🙂

Day Seventy – Pattern Play no. 2

I had a great day!

I’m working on a project that I’ll be announcing here soon that I’m very excited about.

And… my parents arrive tomorrow so I need to go fold some laundry and pick up the mess here in my studio.  Check back tomorrow I’ve got a super special Art Apple planned.

Until tomorrow.

Jenna

Day 70 was created in acrylic paints and inks.