Etsy Shop: New item: WRS 2021 mini-wall calendar

So excited to announce the White Rooster Studio 2021 Pismo Series Mini (6.5″ x 8.5″) Wall Calendar!

This calendar includes thirteen Pismo Series pictures and is printed on a semi-gloss paper with a spiral binding. The calendar itself contains all of the major holidays and the back shows a portion of the cover, a bar code and the number in the calendar series. I only printed a short run as a test, so there will be fifteen calendars to start… and if more are needed, they can be printed and delivered within a week.

Please check out the preview below:

These calendars have been added to the WRS Etsy Shop, please check them out at: https://www.etsy.com/shop/WhiteRoosterStudio

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Adventures with Basil: A week on Cape Cod

We recently took a well-overdue break and spent a quiet week on Cape Cod. There were no real plans, mostly just focusing on unplugging from work and taking a couple of short drives around the Cape.

We had never taken Basil to the Cape before, so he was incredibly excited and eager to explore. He had also never really been “on” a beach, so there were a lot of “firsts” on this trip for him.

On our first full day in Hyannis, we decided to take advantage of the warm temps and bright sunshine and tour some of the beaches nearby – first up: Kalmus Beach for a nice walk along the shore, checking out sea shells and watching the ferries and small fishing boats pass by:

©2020, Jenn White, Kalmus Beach, Cape Cod, Photograph

Some images from our walk on Kalmus Beach and a tiny view of the harbor, plenty of shells to examine and fishing equipment:

We moved on to  Keyes Memorial Beach a little further down the coast. I loved the deserted beach and the wonderful picnic area they had – something to think about the next time we find ourselves on the Cape:

©2020, Jenn White, Keyes Memorial Beach, Cape Cod, Photograph

The next day was foggy pretty much all day, this allowed us to get some amazing pictures of Kalmus Beach:

©2020, Jenn White, Kalmus Beach, Fog

The fog was so thick in the harbor that the large ferry boats were able to pass by us unseen, we only heard their fog horns:

©2020, Jenn White, Fishing shack and boats, Kalmus Beach, Fog

Mid-week, we moved on from Hyannis to Dennis to a cottage we had rented. Our hosts suggested checking out the tidal pools at nearby Mayflower Beach and we were not disappointed. We arrived late afternoon when the tide was going out and had the beach pretty much to ourselves:

©2020, Jenn White, Mayflower Beach, sunset

We spent one entire day at the Dennis cottage, working on personal projects, reading and enjoying the warm weather and sunshine. Basil was as supportive as ever of my studio time. He also couldn’t resist goofing off a little as I was working on Pismo 25 (Y) – check him out, he looks like he could burst out into “YMCA”:

©2020, Jenn White, Basil with Pismo 25 (Y) in progress

Unfortunately, I will need to re-do all the work that was done on Pismo 25 (Y) – I noticed a fundamental design error after working on the picture for several hours – tow circles on the right-hand side are not the same size as the corresponding circles on the left, making the design seem lopsided. Had the incorrect circles been, for example, both on the top, then I could have worked the problem into the design.

I did try to “correct” the issue once we were home, but the result made the picture look overworked and I admitted defeat.

Check out Basil trying to be encouraging on the cottage’s deck:

©2020, Jenn White, Basil at Dennis cottage, Cape Cod

Basil’s favorite day of the week was Friday when we headed out on a mini lighthouse tour.

©2020, Jenn White, Basil at Little River, Cape Cod

He especially loved hanging out on the viewfinder at Chatham Beach, looking for seals and people watching:

©2020, Jenn White, Basil at Chatham Beach, Cape Cod

He couldn’t resist having his picture taken at Chatham Lighthouse:

©2020, Jenn White, Basil at Chatham Lighthouse, Cape Cod
©2020, Jenn White, Basil enjoying the sunshine at Chatham Beach, Cape Cod

Basil loved the Chatham fish pier – he spent most of his time searching for seal lions:

©2020, Jenn White, Basil at the Chatham fish pier

After lunch, we took a walk on Nauset Beach – this was Basil’s first time sitting in the sand and watching the waves. He couldn’t get enough of it:

©2020, Jenn White, Basil on Nauset Beach

He also enjoyed the marshes and amazing views at Fort Hill:

©2020, Jenn White, Basil enjoying the view at Fort Hill, Cape Cod

We also visited Coast Guard Beach for the first time:

©2020, Jenn White, Basil at Coast Guard Beach, Cape Cod

Basil did have a small “accident” and fell off of the fencing – but luckily he fell on the abundant sea grasses below, so no harm done!

©2020, Jenn White, Basil‘s little “accident” at Coast Guard Beach, Cape Cod

We ended the afternoon with a visit to Nauset Lighthouse and Basil’s spirits seemed to have recovered from his “accident”:

©2020, Jenn White, Basil at Nauset Lighthouse, Cape Cod

The views at Nauset Light Beach are amazing and Basil found himself transfixed and didn’t want to leave:

©2020, Jenn White, Basil entranced by the sea at Nauset Light Beach
©2020, Jenn White, Basil at Nauset Light Beach

After a year of limited adventure opportunities, it was wonderful to spend a quiet week at Cape Cod. We all  came home rested, recharged and looking forward to the next adventure!

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Announcement: WRS joins Le Galeriste

WRS is very happy to announce a new collection with Le Galeriste!

“Le Galeriste – The Wearable Art Gallery – showcases exclusive works of art from some of the world’s most respected artists, produced on high-end clothing made in Montreal (Canada). Our mission is to help artists from all over the world focus on their art by supplying revenues from the sale of humanly and environmentally responsible products made from A to Z in our Canadian factory.”

Le galeriste page

I have submitted only one design to start: Safety in Smallness from the I Ching Series, but have plans to submit more designs going forward after seeing what they have been able to do with my first one.

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©2020, Jenn White, Safety in Smallness, from the I Ching series, scan, cropped

I currently have thirteen items they have created from Safety in Smallness, please check out some of them below:Row 1Row 2Row 3

I am especially excited about some of the dress designs… I just wish that they offered some plus-sized options, but perhaps this will be something that will be added down the road for them.

To check out Le Galeriste and my new page, please go to:

https://www.art-a-porter.com/en/jenn.white

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Artist of the Month: Judy Chicago

The fourteenth artist that will be highlighted is: Judy Chicago

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According to her Wikipedia page: “Judy Chicago (born Judith Sylvia Cohen; July 20, 1939) is an American feminist artist, art educator, and writer known for her large collaborative art installation pieces about birth and creation images, which examine the role of women in history and culture. During the 1970s, Chicago founded the first feminist art program in the United States at California State University Fresno (formerly Fresno State College) and acted as a catalyst for Feminist art and art education. Her inclusion in hundreds of publications in various areas of the world showcases her influence in the art community. Additionally, many of her books have been published in other countries, making her work more accessible to international readers. Chicago’s work incorporates a variety of artistic skills, such as needlework, counterbalanced with labor-intensive skills such as welding and pyrotechnics. Chicago’s most well known work is The Dinner Party, which is permanently installed in the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum. The Dinner Party celebrates the accomplishments of women throughout history and is widely regarded as the first epic feminist artwork. Other notable art projects by Chicago include International Honor QuiltThe Birth Project, Powerplay, and The Holocaust Project.”

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This is perhaps the most personal Artist of the Month for me. So much so, that I moved Judy to this month because I couldn’t wait to talk about her.

I was first introduced to Judy Chicago while I was still an art student at Rivier College. My mentor presented me with a copy of Judy’s “Through the Flower: My Struggle as a Woman Artist” and I remember him stressing the importance of this book… and I will admit that, at the time, reading yet another book, was not high on my list of things to do. The book then traveled with me wherever I lived for the next thirty years… always with the intention that I would get to it.

Over the years I tried to read “Though the Flower” but I never seemed to get very far and, over time, the book tended to simply live in a box. I am firm believer that you will be able to complete a book when you are ready to hear what it is trying to say.

And it wasn’t until recently that I was “ready” for the message of “Through the Flower” and finally completed it. The impact of this book has been nothing short of monumental for me – I cannot remember the last time I felt such a connection to another artist in regards to their struggle, work and experiences. I felt as if Judy was speaking just to me. She voiced all of the things that I had been thinking about art: about the process of creating, about the struggle and doubt, about my feeling about the art world. Everything.

My mentor was correct all along: read this book.

My only regret was that it took me thirty years to read her message. Please, if you have a chance, pick up a copy of “Through the Flower” and read it.

As Judy is a living artist, I am doing things a little differently this month. Judy is the first artist I have come across with simply so much about her readily available and in addition to the links below, I will be posting videos of Judy talking about her work and projects on my White Rooster Studio FB page, so please make sure to check in during the month.Capture3

Please check out the following:

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From the Studio: Pismo 12 (L), Pismo 14 (N), Pismo 16 (P) & Pismo 17 (Q) Completed!

I realized this morning that it has be a while since I had posted a studio update – and that in the past eight weeks I had been much more productive than I had thought.

Since my May 2nd post I have completed four more of the Pismo Series pictures: Pismo 12 (L), Pismo 14 (N), Pismo 16 (P) & Pismo 17 (Q):

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©2020, Jenn White, Pismo 12 (L), Completed, Photograph

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©2020, Jenn White, Pismo 14 (N), Completed, Photograph

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©2020, Jenn White, Pismo 16 (P), Completed, Photograph

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©2020, Jenn White, Pismo 17 (Q), Completed, Photograph

I have decided to re-do Pismo J (10), despite having completed what I consider to be a successful picture, because it had been pointed out to me that the letter J turned out to be much larger than the other letters in the series. I think the issue was that although I had been using 12 inch letters, the overall design of the J should have been reduced by a couple of inches to make the collective appearance of the letters when lined up to be more uniform – see example below: 

With 18 Pismo Series pictures completed, this project has officially reached ~69% completed… there are only two pictures left I have decided to re-do: Pismo 10 (J) and Pismo 23 (W) (yep, still struggling with this one),  which leaves four that I have not experimented with yet and one in progress Pismo 19 (S).

The initial group of Pismo Series pictures have been professional scanned and have been all uploaded to the Pismo Series gallery on my website.

I have also added all of the complete letters to my Etsy Shop for prints, so please check out https://www.etsy.com/shop/WhiteRoosterStudio if you are interested in purchasing any.

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