SugiPOP! at Portsmouth Museum of Art

*** showcasing cutting-edge Japanese anime, manga, comics and contemporary art -- runs through January 2011***

This show is a collaborative effort, featuring the work of nearly 30 established artists, and includes some awesome examples of original manga and comic art, plus original cels from somr of the coolest anime films made to date, like Cowboy Bebop and Princess Mononoke.

This show also features some original Edo woodblock prints from the likes of Hokusai and Kuniyoshi -- work that helped lay down the early foundations of today's modern Japanese style.

"Sugi", the Japanese word for "too much" or "excess", represents the extreme characteristics of Japanese manga and anime, which has then merged with the American phenomenon of Pop Art, to become SugiPOP!, a blend of Japanese and American contemporary art shaped and defined by over-the-top pop.

Cutting edge pieces have even been specifically created for the show, by such well-known personas as Mike Shinoda - lead singer from Linkin Park.

(more pictures after the jump.)

awesome epoxy work on this one.

"nice to meetcha."

pastry party.

you have to see this one in person to really appreciate the depth of it.

is the room too small, or is the bunny too big?

Astroboy anime cels.


About the PMA:

The Portsmouth Museum of Art is a community-centered museum presenting the work of emerging and established artists - local, national and international. We offer exhibitions and programs that educate the public about art, as well as to use art as a tool to generate conversation about current events, other cultures, social issues and a wide range of other topics with a diversity of viewpoints. Our goal is to enrich the local cultural landscape by developing partnerships, creating collaborative opportunities among artist and art organizations an by presenting a complete art experience that includes literature and poetry, performance art, film and other technologies and to initiate an on-going public dialogue around art.

Museum Hours:
Wednesday - Sunday 11:00-5:00
Open late Fridays until 8:00
Closed Monday and Tuesday

Location and General Information:
One Harbour Place
Portsmouth, NH 03801

Visit the PMA's website for more information about the show or to become a member! At only $25, it's a steal. :)


Sneek preview of sketchbook

So I've been working on my sketchbook for this art project.  And I thought I'd give you a sneek preview of my progress so far.  Here are a few pictures and it's still a work in progress.         

 If this kind of stuff excites and inspires you then by all means, come to one of the gallery shows in 2011!  There will be lots of other creative sketchbooks to browse!   You can also make your own sketchbook! You have till Oct 31st to sign up...get to it!


Sketchbook Project

Got my sketchbook!  Last time I sign up for this, I petered out and didn't turn anything in.  This time I plan to fill it up.  My category is 'If You Lived Here'.   I'll post some pictures through out the process.  Next year it will go on tour with all the other books to Brooklyn New York, Austin TX,  San Francisco CA, Portland ME, Atlanta GA, Chicago, IL   
Interested in making your own? click here for more info

came with a scan card
scanner for sketchbook library
blank and ready to be filled up!



Twitter Contest #1

Hi everyone! As some of you may know, I've recently joined twitter under the name @jenmeyerart, and will be tweeting and posting about all things art-related, things that inspire me, projects I'm working on or just interesting websites from other artists I come across.  If you're into twitter, hit me up and say hi!

Also, to celebrate my new twitter account, I'm giving away 3 free 'TweetBook' Notebooks, handmade by me, to write or draw anything you want while you're on the go...you might even want to make notes about what you want to tweet about when you get back to your computer! ;) (normally sold for $14 each on Etsy.  See more here.)

There are two ways to enter the contest (don't worry, they're both really easy):

1) Subscribe to my blog. See the subscribe button to the right? Just click it!
(if you're already subscribed, just leave me a comment)


2) Follow me on twitter and retweet this post:

RT @jenmeyerart is giving away 3 free TweetBook Notebooks! Click here to enter: http://bit.ly/ahJGGc #contests

That's it! remember, I'm giving away three TweetBooks and you get to choose your favorite color (pink, green/yellow, blue/pink, orange, green, green/pink, or blue/pink), so good luck and happy tweeting!

Winners will be picked at random when followers/subscribers reach 200+ and will be notified via DM or email. I will mail it to you for free!



I love my new work space!
Organized printing and shipping closet
Reorganizing feels so great!   I just finished swapping our bedroom and my studio room.   It took me a week and my husband was gracious with the mess (more like temporary disaster).  I set up a closet for a much needed shipping/printing zone.  And the other closet is nice and in order with art supplies.  I'm so organized now I can find anything!  No more squeezing and squishing around looking for that thing I put somewhere.  Aaaaaaaah. Now that it's finished I have a much bigger work space that flows wonderfully and everything has it's place!   Even a HUGE table to work on, YAY! OH so happy!  And our bedroom is much more cozy and faces the forest.  Now instead of waking up to the cleaning lady vacuuming the gym and the parking lot noise, we wake up to the trees and the birds chirping with the sound of the leaves rustling in the wind. This rearrangement of rooms lead to all the other rooms getting a face lift too, art works changed, furniture rearranged.  It feels like we are living in a brand new place!   The energy of everything has shifted, everything flows better and there's an excitement in the air.   I'm ready to get started creating lots of amazing art in this new space!

After I started this project I got an email from Daily Om that was exactly about energy and the space you live/work!  It's such a great article I'm posting it here for you to read...

Home Flow
How Energy Moves at Home

The place we call home should be a nurturing sanctuary to house our bodies and souls.

Our living spaces can become nurturing homes for our bodies and souls when we make sure that our surroundings accurately reflect who we are as individuals and who we aspire to become. No matter how positive and creative you may be in your inner world, if your home or work surroundings are contradictory or present energetic barriers, you are likely to find it difficult to manifest all that you desire. By paying attention to the flow of energy around you, you can align your inner intentions with your outer realities to make your life a conscious act of creation.

We can look to the ancient Asian art of feng shui for guidance. Since the words “feng” and “shui” mean “wind” and “water,” you may want to walk through your home and imagine the way these elements would flow through your space. You can evaluate whether or not your home is a balanced ecosystem that would allow a plant to flourish. A straight path between doorways would make nourishing elements rush right through, while a pleasantly meandering stream would instead create a flow that nurtures life. Look for signs of debris that might obstruct the flow of such a river. Clutter acts like hurdles placed in your path, blocking you from creating what you want in your life. Once the obstacles are recognized, however, they can be removed to let energy flow freely throughout your home and your life so that you can thrive.

Your home can be thought of as a symbolic metaphor for your life. A neglected space may correspond to a lack of growth in your career or personal relationships. By shifting your perception, you shift the way you direct your energy and attention, which can enable you to make the changes you need to actively create the life of your dreams. If you need some assistance, you can always turn to a feng shui practitioner, but the most important thing is that you understand what resonates with your core being in order to feel alive and nurtured by your home.


Portland Pins


Portland Pins makes pins (aka buttons) out of your colored pages and sell them in candy machines around town!  How fun is that?? There's just something about it that excites me.  Here are my entries.  Next time you're in Portland, Maine bring lots of quarters for some fun, unique pins.  If you would like to participate check here to download a blank page to draw on.  yay fun!


Harvard Art Museum

 Last weekend Tommy and I spent most of the day at the Harvard Art Museum. What a delight!  We got to see the best of all three exhibits.  Of course it was all wonderful, but my favorite was the last room upstairs.  THE most famous art I've ever seen in one room in my entire life! 

 I was surprised we could take pictures of most of the pieces. 

Self portrait by Van Gogh. 

Lichtenstein! always a favorite  

The original "moleskine".

Monet's Pear Tree.

One of Tommy's favorites...don't remember who did this one.

The Buddha Room

The last room full of Van Gogh, Degas, Monet, Picasso, Matisse and more, was so breathtaking.  All the pieces in that room were donated by ONE person.   Yes, all of that wonderful art was in one house.  It was donated to Harvard with one rule, that it all must remain in the same room at all times.

If you get a chance it's worth a visit. Definitely. And it's only $9!


Brought to Life!

As most of you remember I did a series of illustrations that were inspired by my sister, Crystal. I mailed her one illustration a day for the week of her birthday (12 total I think). It was the most creative fun involving another person that I've had in a awhile.

To my utmost amazement...I received these beautiful, gorgeous handmade treasures. Half on my birthday and half on Christmas to complete the set, from my sis. They have really made these illustrations come to life!

How absolutely adorable are these!?
I love them and the excitement and sweetness put into making them. They have a home right by my desk so I see and am inspired by them every day.

Thank you Crystal!