Day 345 – Life After Apples

A lot of you have asked me, “What comes next?”

Great question! I hope the answers I have will lead to things just as great. Here are a few areas I have outlined. I hope you all continue to follow me as my journey switches focus a bit this fall and in the years ahead.

Here are my plans – we shall see.

1. I’m not going anywhere! I will continue to blog here at The Feeding Edge and work for AS awareness and other health and social issues. My scope will just widen a bit. I’d love to also continue to create occasional “Apples For AS” and support the SAA in any way I can. I believe in what they do and I don’t think anyone does it better!

2. For the last year I have been an artist, blogger, and health activist. I did not focus on making a living. That was not where I wanted to put my energies. I decided to spend the year raising AS Awareness and that took all of my energy – well, along with making apples! Moving forward, The Feeding Edge will become a Social Enterprise. What’s that you ask? From Wikipedia (I know) “A social enterprise is an organization that applies capitalistic strategies to achieving philanthropic goals. Social enterprises can be structured as a for-profit or non-profit.” Additionally the primary purpose of the company is a social aim.

3. So what is my social aim? I will work to assist and learn from other artists who suffer from chronic disease and who wish to establish an entrepreneurial social enterprise for their emotional and financial well being.

4. To the moon and beyond… my loftiest goal is to strive to develop a non-profit organization –  The Art For Good Foundation – with artists and social activists everywhere to support issues for the common good. I reserved the domain name months ago – we’ll see where this goes. The Art For Good Foundation will be a vehicle to find ways to do good things for the world through art. It broadens the scope – includes any and all social programs and artists.

Big dreams? You bet!

Until tomorrow.

Jenna

Day 345 was created with watercolor, ink, black thread, and pastels.

***A big thank you to my Mom, Susan Dye, who is helping me organize my thoughts and reining me in when necessary. She will be joining me as my path switches to the above endeavors and helping me administer and manage while attempting to stay retired at the same time! You’ll meet her on Monday – she’s written a post that we will share with you all. When Doug read it a few minutes ago his comment was, “Your Mom is wonderful!” He’s very right on this one – she absolutely is!

Day 305 – Rothko Apple

Art Apple - Day Three Hundred FiveTribute Apple today!

I adore creating Apples that are a nod to some of my favorite artists. I’ve done Picasso, Pollock, Klimt, Jasper Johns, and Robert Indiana! This is one of my favorites – White Center.

The simplicity and stillness of Mark Rothko speaks volumes to me in what we should try to remember as artists and people – less is often more.

Until tomorrow.

Jenna

Day 305 was created in acrylics.

In The Studio

1. Countdown – 60 days to Apple-A-Thon!

2. In The Studio – Process pic of the day – my pallet is a mess!

3. Apple Recipe of the Day – Aussie Apples – A Wonderful collection of Recipes and Information.

4. Interesting Article Of The Day – American Pain Foundation Call To Action – Use Social Media to spread the word – Here’s How!

5. For Fun from my friend Teresa who always knows just the right thing to share – High Hopes!

 

 

Day Thirty nine – Abstract Apple

Art Apple - Day Thirty nine
Art Apple - Day Thirty nine

Creating art everyday is not something I’m accustomed to.  I thought today I’d take the basic apple drawing from yesterday and layer multiple images on top of each other with the lines intersecting in interesting ways.  This image is not what I imagined from the start but I like how abstract it is and the depth of color that is here.  However… I’d like to explore this multiple apple images some more with a lighter touch.

Fingers crossed – I’ll get my Remicade infusion tomorrow.  I’ll be sketching with the i.v. in my arm – best use of the three hours I can think of.

Until tomorrow.

Jenna

jenna@artappleaday.com

Day 39 was created with watercolor, liquid acrylic, and prismacolor colored pencil.