Lakeside Zendala


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I have submitted a donation to the Sheboygan Visual Artists small works fundraiser.

Lakeside Zendala 7


This is Zendala 7 of 100. We are moved into our new house and things are getting unpacked and setup. I hope to update my blog in the near future. Have a beautiful day.

The Sketchbook Project


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coverI have been very busy so far this year. I completed the Brooklyn Art Library’s Sketchbook Project. It will be available digitally at their website and will be traveling around the country during the next year. The first event will be the Bookmobile at The Other Art Fair at the Brooklyn Expo Center in the beginning of May. I made a flip through video that I posted on Instagram, but I have not been able to get the video onto my blog. Look for me on Instagram @jeanette.clawson. Here are some photos of the process of completing my sketchbook.

I will soon be living in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, near the shore of Lake Michigan. I hope to be exhibiting and teaching again in the near future.  I hope you have some beauty and peace in your day.

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Year in Review


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It has been quite a year. I have not made as much art as I would have liked and I have had a lot of problems with my blog, but looking at my year in review I feel excited about what I have learned. I also feel a whole lot better after 207 medical appointments/procedures in 2018, including 5 hours in surgery. I hope next year is more productive and healthier, but here are my journal pages from 2018.

These are the pages I have already blogged about. And here is the rest of the year.

Thank you for stopping by. May your new year be full of peace and beauty.


Mandala 60/100


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I was asked to donate a piece of art to the Morris County Art Association for a fundraiser so I made this little cutie. It measure 4″ x 4″ and comes with a tiny easel for display. Here are the pieces:

Here is the completed piece:

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I hope you find some beauty in your day.

New Altered Art Book


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I’m going to be teaching at the Morris County Art Association Studio again this year. We were asked to bring 2-3 pieces to hang in the studio so people from other classes can see our work. I have not done an altered book to hang on the wall since I moved to New Jersey! I found the book in an antique shop and when I saw it I knew it was perfect to showcase my Zendalas. I collaged over the text pages and used the illustrations as a background for my Zendalas.

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I hope you have some beauty in your day.

Fall Classes 2018: Morris County Art Association


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Zentangle journalsThe Zentangle® Method: This meditative art form uses quality art supplies and simple instructions to create patterns to explore non-representational art. Create your own Zentangle® reference book in a lovely Pre-Strung Journal or your own art journal. This class is an exploration of increasingly complex Zentangle® patterns and techniques. This class will help you develop a Zentangle® practice and provide the tools for creating a beautiful Zentangle® Journal.

Class # M424 $230/200 members per session
Meets: Thursdays 4-6:30 pm Dates: September 13- November 1, 2018

January 10- February 28, 2019

altered books I have madeAltered Book Art Journaling: Monthly Workshop: An art journal is a place to express yourself and experiment with new media and techniques. In this 3-hour workshop we will take an old book and give it new life. This is an art class about working with what you have. Gratitude is one of the key components in living a happy life. Learn how to re-purpose a hardcover book, assemble an assortment of papers to use, and construct your very own altered book with pockets and collaged pages. We will explore using what you find in the book for inspiration and gathering materials from your everyday life that are meaningful to you to use in the journal. Take one or more workshop. We will combine acrylic paints and media with found papers and ephemera to create beautiful art journals.

Class # M7JC0 $65/60 members per session
Meets: Sundays 1-4 pm Dates: September 9, October 7, November 4, and December 2, 2018

artist trading cards

Artist Trading Cards Workshop. This workshop will teach how to create Artist Trading Cards. We start with upcycled cardboard and collage and paint a large surface to be divided into trading cards for artists. They can be embellished in many ways.

Class # M6JC0 $65/60 members per session
Meets: Saturdays 1-4pm Dates: October 6, 2018 and March 2, 2019

MCAA studio, 10 Catherine Lane, Morristown, NJ. To register use the Contact page above. Classes must be paid in full with a completed registration form to complete registration.

Brooklyn Art Library Mandala


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I created this mandala with the prompt “Homer” for the Canvas Project at the Brooklyn Art Library. This year I plan to participate in the Sketchbook Project as well.

Homer in pieces

I went with Homer Simpson, rather than the classical interpretation. The mandala is inspired by Homer’s yellow head with black curls of hair. This photo shows the collaged canvas and the tissue paper Zentangled mandala.

Homer mandala 58

This is mandala 58 out of 100.

Flower of the Day at the Met

Finding inspiration.


On Saturday my husband and I were able to go into New York City to play. We decided to go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I will be posting photos from that trip over the next few days. They currently have an exhibit called Public Parks, Private gardens: Paris to Provence that includes some Van Gogh paintings I was not familiar with and this one is my new favorite.

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Reproductions don’t do his works justice. The colors and textures of the original are breathtaking. If you get a chance to see one in a museum it is worth the price of admission.

For inspiring flower photographs check out Cee’s Flower of the Day posts.

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