Whoa! Windy Today. Beach Hopping Again : 3 different beaches in 3 days, gotta LOVE Vancouver Island!

This is Number 12 of my 50 Photos 50 Years iPhone image project. Have FUN with iPhone photography, that’s the point … Be like a kid, see like a kid, play in the wind, take goofy pictures of yourself, and turn it into Art. Happy Easter Everyone! (* And Happy Earth Days, Happy Everything Day, and Happy Anything Day!)

xxoo Brenda

Copyright 2011 Brenda Johima | Images May Not Be Used In Any Way Without Written Permission

Copyright 2011 Brenda Johima | Images May Not Be Used In Any Way Without Written Permission

Tweedsville : My Made Up Town

On February 25, 2011, in Art, Paintings, by brendajohima

Finally getting around to putting some of my acrylic paintings and mixed media art back online, after upgrading to a new WordPress site many months ago. By popular demand (LOL) here is my made up town, Tweedsville 🙂

I have not been actively trying to sell this piece at all, she’s been quite happy at home, but it’s time to begin to sell, sell, sell and LOL. Soooo, Tweedsville is now available. Quick! Grab it while we still have snow on Vancouver Island.

You can contact by good old fashioned telephone at (250) 335 – 1195 if you would like more information on pricing and/or shipping.

Enjoy, this is one of my FUN favorites.

~ Brenda Johima ~

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Copyright Brenda Johima | Images May Not Be Used In Any Way Without Written Permission

** By the way, I am trying an experiment with new pricing called PWW or “Pay What It’s Worth” … So, you tell me what art is worth to you in your life, to your business. I don’t just mean the perceived value of the piece, but what is it worth in $$ to your home, or as a gift, as a memory, or as a feature piece in your place of business. Simple, email me (brenda [at] brendajohima.com]  your PWW price, and I will say Yes or No **

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Why Not to Title Your Art Piece

On March 19, 2010, in Ink, by brendajohima

If I had titled this piece, when it was for sale in a public art show, it may not have sold. We will never know that for sure, of course.

I was at home, and a woman phoned me asking the price of one of my paintings during an art show. She said, “you know, the one with the fish in it” … “the one with the fish in the middle of the painting.” Honestly, out of 24 paintings at that show, I had absolutely no clue which painting she was speaking of. I told her I would give her a call back, hopped in my car, and zipped over to the venue.

What do you know? I had painted a “fish painting” and I never even saw it!

The creative process travels a unique journey each time, and during my creative process for this piece, I used Yupo paper and an acrylic ink, and always, as it is with Yupo, it was an amazing process to see it come together right before my very eyes. Those who paint with ink on Yupo know, that yes, you can control the flow of the ink if you choose, but it is a heck of a lot more fun and creative to be in the unknown, and let the ink flow where it would like to go, and to not control the ink.

So the story is, sadly, the woman’s husband had been a commercial fisherman, and he died in a tragic fishing accident.

She purchased my painting as memory of him, and it now hangs proudly, on a prominent wall in her living room. I am touched that I have made a difference in her life with my art, and I learned a lesson, I, in general, do NOT title my art pieces, despite what experts have told me to, which is to title every piece. In this situation, I am glad I trusted my own intuition and my own beliefs, and to not title the piece.

My goal with my art, is that the meaning comes from the viewer. I have done my job well as an artist, if each individual person creates meaning for themselves with each piece, each viewer will see something different, and that, to me, is creativity in action, and is art, which makes people think, to dream, and to see in new ways.

This piece, now might be titled, “A Fisherman’s Friend” but for me, it remains untitled, and with love.

– Brenda Johima –

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