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AUGUST 2021
A bit of news, several new paintings, and an even BIGGER ART SALE!  Read on please! And hit reply with any questions or comments or offers that will bring me world-wide fame and fortune....
A prolific month
I'm half way through my 10-week painting workshop. Every day it seems I wake up and go to bed with paint on some new part of my body; I have 'sketches' and larger pieces of abstract art all over my living space and I'm having a ball.  This is a good thing since, like you, no doubt, I'm having newly arranged on-site activities canceled right and left.  If I weren't painting, I'd probably be watching Netflix 20 hours a day.  Who remembers the line in arguably the most memorable folksong of the 60s: ...When Will It Ever End?   

Meanwhile, some arts events are continuing with appropriate caution.  For those who are local, a few invitations will follow below.

First, I'll share some pieces here that are finished and on my website to show you what I'm getting up to.  And if you get really curious of the process, some of those that remain in the sketches to keep category are on my most recent blog post.  (What? You didn't know I wrote a blog? It's the closest I get to an art journal. 

Meanwhile, back to my art journey as of today, I like where all this is going and hope you do too. 
The last 30 days
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Putting much of my newfound 'looseness' and layer building into play, this piece went through several iterations (and names) to finally become Light at the End....  It is totally non-figurative, but feel free to see all manner of meaning in it.  I was exploring using the particular palette and tried very hard to eliminate any semblance of creatures.  (At one point I  thought I saw a hedgehog and immediately changed a whole section to eliminate it.)  It is 18" in a 20" square frame.
This one came about because of a workshop exercise, but the resulting piece bore no resemblance to the 'homework assignment'.  I will say it was also nonfigurative and I just had some black shapes in it - when suddenly the 'shape' became a humanoid.  You can choose if it's a dancer, a yoga practitioner, a fencer or someone making a very dramatic stage entrance.  Up to you.  I called it Here I Come.  It's 18" square and framed in a 20" white frame.
This is a pure abstract but - oops - I saw something I couldn't un-see - so I've titled it Joyride
And Red Sprites, above, is made from two sketches where I was exploring different marks and strokes.  The bottom part was made with both hands simultaneously (while it was in a vertical position). 
This piece was born on Bastille Day, and is named Liberté-Égalité-Humanité and I hope you can feel the exuberance of celebrating these principles.  I think it should be in a white frame, and since I didn't have one, it's available as an unframed piece. 
These four 7-inch squares are in white 10-inch frames as shown and which can be hung or stood up (they all have table stands on the back).  Even though I'm not a 'flower person', I enjoyed making these abstract versions.
The BIGGER Sale!
As I mentioned last month, my art journey has landed me firmly in abstract painting and my remaining 2020 mixed media pieces are now using space needed for their new sibllings.  I'd love them to find new homes.  I've left the same percentage discount in place but reduced the base prices considerably on all.  So, that's lower prices PLUS a 25% off discount on EVERYTHING in the MIXED MEDIA section of my online store. Just use the promo code MM25 to get your super bargain original artwork. 
The invitations


If you can get to the SF Peninsula on the 5th or the 8th, do stop in - or any other time   and if you haven't seen my Chameleon Jazz Photo Art project, here's a way to see some of them while dining or sipping and catching some good live music.  As of this writing, they have piano jazz Fridays from 5 - 7 and Sunday noon - 3 plus Thursdays' Big Band from 7 - 9.  You can call for up-to-date music info at (650) 393-5897. I always ask everyone to support live jazz, so consider yourself asked.


My Red Sprites will be hanging at the Live Worms Gallery at 1345 Grant Ave, San Francisco during their Anniversary Show. The opening reception is Friday, August 20th from 5 - 9, and the closing reception is Sunday, August 29th from 2 - 5.  Normal Hours are Wed through Sunday afternoons.

Of course there will be many other artists' works on display.  Always a fun gallery to visit in the midst of North Beach.
A shoutout, too, for a friend who is an incredible artist: Irene Yesley. IMHO you owe it to yourself to explore her work!  She has a solo show opening in Sacramento on the 14th - I will be there for her Artist Talk at 6pm. You can see her website at https://iyesley.com/ to see her work, and try to get to the Art House on R, 1021 R Street. Sacramento.
The standard finish!

MY WEBSITE - WHY DO I HAVE THREE?
1. Pretty much All of my artwork makes its way to jessicalevant.com -- you can browse, search, peruse information, dig through the newsletter archive, check out my blog ('News') and even peek at my travel pix (linked from the News page). In other words a huge site all about me!

2. Then there's my Online Store, jessica-levant-art.square.site which is for original, one-of-a-kind paintings and mixed media collages, framed (but if you want them unframed, ask me for the discount code) plus all the framed photo art that I actually have on hand now!  I will deliver within the SF Bay Area, or you can pick it up - curbside or in-studio as you like.  If you're further away, contact me and we'll talk about shipping.

3. But wait - there's more! There''s my Print-on-Demand Site at jessica-levant.pixels.com  where all photo-based works and archival prints of some of my paintings and mixed media pieces, can be ordered in many different sizes, on a choice of papers, framed or not, or on canvas, metal, acrylic or wood, and then you can check out all manner of products printed with my artwork! This is a commercial platform where you order what you want and tell them where to ship it and it arrives (all without me lifting a finger). 
THE CARDS ...
Box of 8 of my 'Painted Bird' 5x7" notecards (blank inside).  The left image is 'SF Shorebirds' and on the right is 'Rainforest Birds'.  Each clear box holds 2 sets of 4 different birds inside and 8 envelopes.  Order them here: Shorebirds or Rainforest. Local Delivery included. (If shipping is needed, that's a little extra).

NOTE: I make cards of much of my work, and if there's something you'd like, singly or in quantity, boxed or not, please get in touch.  Most things are possible!
AND THE BOOKS ...
The two volumes of Bay Area Jazz and Bluesicians, with a total of 251 local musicians that I photographed while they performed are available on amazon.com (fastest way to get them) or online at www.bayareajazzandbluesicians.com (probably cheaper, and takes a week or so to receive them).  You can preview some of the pages on either site. Captured in 2013 and 2014, these books have become collectors' items.  75% of the included musicians are still performing in the Bay Area. The books can also be purchased at Glen Park's Bird & Beckett Books & Records  in San Francisco's Glen Park, or The Jazz Conservatory bookstore in Berkeley - or from me directly if you prefer.
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