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2020-06-22 11:57 pm

otium sine litteris mors est.

Jessica Oden

"Travelers" 2009

The act of creating provides for me an avenue to explore ideas, people, and especially faith in a context that fosters both mystery and also connection to the subjects. I like to focus on moments - making them more beautiful, more heart-breaking, and more emotionally charged while retaining a certain degree of simplicity. My ideas and projects are usually inspired from photographs I find, then begin to form connections with things I find in literature, religion, or even things I wonder about my self. By the end, my paintings are still mysterious to me and continue to make me think about the very things that inspired them.

To learn more about me or for contact information, please visit my profile page.

onely add
Deeds to thy knowledge answerable, add Faith,
vertue, Patience, Temperance, add Love,
By name to come
call'd Charitie, the soul
Of all the rest: then wilt thou not be loath

To leave this Paradise, but shalt possess
A Paradise within thee, happier farr” (Paradise Lost Book 12: 581-587)

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2011-01-19 10:20 am
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ascribing artists: all his colors

A few months ago, I was interviewed by my friend Christina for the Ascribing Artists blog. I actually had the opportunity to display some of my work at a recent show they did! It was wonderful getting to meet other artists and also see their work. I'm very thankful for the opportunity!


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2011-01-10 05:22 pm
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"one flesh"

This is my most recent painting - the first thing I have done since school ended over a month ago. I've been working on it over the past few weeks. Actually, I've been letting it dry for the past few weeks. At least that's how it feels. It's actually an older painting that I painted over. I should have thought to take a picture of it before I painted over it, but that can't be helped anymore. Instead of using the same mixing medium that I usually turn to, I used Linseed Stand Oil to try and create a similar transparency found in my other paintings. I think I'm going to try and do more work with the Linseed Oil, because I love the richness!

"One Flesh" 2010
On an unrelated note, it snowed nine inches in Alabama. I shoveled snow for the first time ever this morning and made a snowman. It doesn't look like much will be changing over the next few days, so I may create a snow family!

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2011-01-01 10:42 pm
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happy new year.

“May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art — write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.” -Neil Gaiman
I love this quote. It was posted on Facebook, and I think it's a beautiful outlook for 2011.
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2010-12-26 11:58 pm


I've been trying to stay involved in my work, even if that means a short sketch every few days. I've only done a couple of drawings, along with beginning a painting. These sketches have taken very little time, but I already feel they are important and will help me develop better technical skills in my artwork. I haven't been too bothered by being super realistic in my work recently; however, I still wish to train my eye to pick up subtle details. These quick sketches have been helpful.

Here is my first sketch of the Little Mermaid statue:

Second sketch:

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2010-12-13 11:05 pm
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8 Things That I Love!

I was just recently (as in 10 minutes ago) inspired by this video:

I am a huge vlogbrothers fan and a Nerdfighter. Besides that, I decided that I want to write down a few things that I currently love.


1. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. I just finished reading this book. I was inspired first by seeing the movie trailer, which was quite mysterious. The book was lovely, haunting, and thought-provoking. I can't wait to read it again and see the movie!

2. Mary VanGils artwork / YouTube. I've only seen one of her videos, but I like how she incorporates media, specifically YouTube, with her approach to art. It's a great way to show her work to a variety of audiences.

3. - I spend a ton of time on this website!

This statue. I want to do a painting of it. It's called "The Little Mermaid," and anyone who knows me personally understands my love for that story. This statue has captured my heart.

5. Vanilla Carmel Truffle Tea. Need I say more?

6. This oil paint:

This is the first brand of oil paint that I bought for my 101 Painting class, and it has been wonderful. I would recommend these to beginners, because they are affordable and work well.

7. The Vulgate I received as a graduation gift.

8. For my beading needs, I like I'm still very much a student in terms of both painting and also jewelry making. However, this site has been wonderful in helping me get my feet off the ground.
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2010-12-03 11:41 am
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done with undergrad.

So, I just finished up finals yesterday. My last undergrad finals. It's not real, yet. School and work have kept me so busy that I haven't made time to post new artwork, but I'm planning on that changing...mainly after I finish organizing all of my work. It's just been piled up in places all around my room for the time being. I'm really looking forward to the idea of having a small work space in six months time! It may just be a portion of our (my fiance and me) computer room, dining room, or even garage. The garage would be great for painting, because then I can be as messy as I like. I would just need a chair, a small heater or fan, and I can open up the garage door to let the room air out, if need be.

No joke:


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2010-11-10 08:11 am
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"Caught" 2010.

John 8: 2-11
It's been awhile since I posted anything because of school and probably time management issues. I have a couple of more projects in the works, which I will hopefully have ready sometime next week!
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2010-11-01 06:19 pm
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ascribing artists.


I just realized that my layout has problems with Internet Explorer (mainly that all the images do not automatically shrink to conform to the actual entry post). This leads to larger images that run into the icon box on the right. For those of you who have been encountering this problem, my sincere apologies. It frustrates me, as well.

Anyway, I just wanted to share a link to an interview I did with Ascribing Artists, which is a local group of Christian artists. You can view that interview here.

This was really exciting for me, and I'm thankful to my friend Christina for choosing me.

More projects / paintings will follow in the next couple of days! I'm finishing up my last month as an undergrad. It's sure to be scary exciting.

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2010-10-30 04:54 pm
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woman of the well / profile of a woman

"The Woman at the Well" (2010)


Both of these are paintings from the past few months! Both are oil on canvas. I'll share a few more over the next few days.
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2010-10-25 09:53 pm


Identity Project: Fabric, colored pencil, and glue gun.



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2010-10-23 05:54 pm
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2010-10-21 09:59 pm

carbon ribs.

These are a little overdue, but I wanted to be sure not to forget to post them. The first work was inspired by a beautiful song by John Mark McMillian called "Carbon Ribs." What I love about the song is the imagery, putting our physical bodies in contrast with the Spirit inside of us. It's lovely and brings a simplicity to the complexity of following Christ.

This mixed media project is on panel. The background is oil paint (mixed with lots of Liquin), while the image is a combination of charcoal and chalk pastels. The final touches are pieces of fabric dipped in black acrylic paint. Sadly, this picture was taken right before I spray-fixed it (to keep the loose elements from smearing) and I lost a little bit of the detail and luminosity of the dove. No major damage. It shouldn't take more than a half-hour to touch up. The parts of the fabric pieces that are very shiny are still wet; however, you can see that it dries matte.

More jellyfish!

Finally, here is link to the song that inspired the first mixed media project:

Now, I have a weekend full of drawing. I'll try to have the final piece up Monday night. :)

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2010-10-17 11:04 pm
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No artwork tonight. I'm in the middle of four projects. Two will be done on Tuesday and then the other two will be done the following week. However, I feel the need to post and also reveal one of my long-acquired obsessions: notebooks.

I have seen this particular one at Anthropologie twice over the past two-three months, and I have loved it. I restrained myself, though, because the store has a tendency to be ridiculously pricey (BUT SO SHINY AND PRETTY). Ahem. Anyway, I was checking out my sort-of safe spot: the sale section. And I found this - the only one there - just hanging out with no price tag. So, I take it up to the register and ask about it. It was $7.95. Not only does it feel amazing, but it also has blank ivory pages that beg for doodling. 

I promise, I don't have a problem. I can quit buying notebooks anytime I want...but why would I ever want to do that? 

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2010-10-14 10:49 pm
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learning to wrap briolettes.

I'm overwhelmed right now, but I just made these for a friend and I love them. So, I'm sharing them.

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2010-10-09 08:57 pm

experiments in jellyfish.

That's right. Fabric jellyfish on wood panel.


I started with the idea of doing drawings of jellyfish on the day I got engaged. We were celebrating our three year anniversary and went to the aquarium. While jellyfish were not the most exciting thing to watch (I loved the otters), I was drawn to their colors, bulbous shapes, and intersecting lines. The exhibit had other artists working in sculpture who were likewise inspired by jellyfish shapes. So, that's where it began!

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2010-10-07 10:59 pm

Natural Wood & Rondelle Earrings + Fabric Portraits

For the record, I am currently avoiding my English homework and drinking THE BEST apple cider I have ever tasted. My relationship to apple cider has nearly always been, "Gee, this looks good" followed  by "Okay, one sip is enough. Too sour...too weird tasting." No, my friend. This apple cider is, for lack of a better word, ambrosia. Yes, Zeus probably had this in the morning with his Wheaties. :)

Nerd jokes aside, here are some of the things I worked on yesterday:

Natural Wood Earrings with Swarovski Elements Rondelle (Palace Green)

This is a sketch of my mom using colored pencils and fabric. This will be used with some other portraits for a larger project.
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2010-10-06 08:12 pm
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Innocence (Oil Painting)

Latest painting! This one is probably my favorite...though every new piece usually feels that way.

I hate that the quality is so bad, but the medium I mixed with the paint tends to create a shinier finish. Flash = Glare. :(

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2010-10-04 09:56 pm

independent studies.

For my independent study class, I'm basically working on mixed media drawings/paintings, helping me to branch out and work with different materials. Some of the topics include jellyfish, old-school dresses, and teacups. Materials include wood panel, fabric, ink, watercolor, chalk pastels, colored pencil, silver leaf, and charcoal.

Boo for blurry pictures.

India Ink makes neat designs in water.

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2010-10-03 09:08 pm
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Earring Holder!

I've been wanting to make one of these for a long time! My friend Stacy made one (she got the idea from one of her best friends) and then let me use her left over screen. I have a feeling I'm going to need more frames...

I had the frame from Drawing II (which I bought at the Dollar Store), and then I (meaning my step-dad) used a staple gun to hold the screen in place. The main challenge was keeping the screen taught while stapling. That's what I was useful for! Anyway, this was relatively easy and looks pretty great.