Thursday, June 1, 2017

Can I Quote You?

The title above actually pertains in several ways to my post today. A few years ago I worked for Marit Barentsen and the team as the Canadian Editor for Featuring Magazine. It was a wonderful time and I absolutely loved writing for an art magazine. Working for Featuring actually taught me I could write. One of the Christmas' Marit sent each editor a beautiful hand made book full of twenty-four watercolor pages to do with what we would. I was so touched when I got it but really didn't know what to put into it. I didn't want to ruin my gorgeous gift with just anything so I painted up the pages with color and put it lovingly away until I had inspiration. When inspiration came I had forgotten just exactly where I had put it but I started an (inexpensive) little book to keep quotes in knowing I'd come across the handmade book when the time was right.

That happened last week. I was searching for something else and lo and behold, there was my beautiful little book from Marit! I had been saving quotes for several years now and I knew I'd have enough to fill it. So, last week I sat down and decorated each page with frames then added my very favorite quotes. There ended up being just enough of them that were really important to me, the ones that struck me as things to remember. So, finally, after years of waiting to be seen, here is my little book of quotes. Thank you Marit for inspiring this, I love how it all turned out and the book looks so beautiful in it's teal cover.
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Quote from Edward DegasQuote is anonymous
Quote from "Eat, Pray, Love" by Elizabeth GilbertQuote from Arnold Lowrey
Quote from MichelangeloQuote from Oscar Wilde
I loved writing for Featuring. As the title of this blogpost implies, I loved using other artist's words to illuminate their art and to create a story around a subject. I wish there hadn't been a European monetary slowdown that caused Featuring to close. I know that if the magazine hadn't been so new it would have survived as I think (although I'm biased) it was the best art magazine out there. I hope some day to write for a magazine again. It was one the best experiences in my art life. I'll be joining Paint Party Friday. If you want to see more lovely art just head on over and join us.

P.S. If you want to see all of the quotes in the book you'll find them under my "LINKED PAGES" ------>(on the left) as "Quoted Art".
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  1. Love the idea of a quote journal, always inspiring. Happy PPF, hugs, Valerie

  2. They are imaginative and colorful with the writing!!!
    Happ Day

  3. Hi Jenn, it must've been so hard having to give up the job you obviously enjoyed so much.
    I'm sure Marit will be delighted when she sees/or has seen what you created from her thoughtful gift. All the quotes are so inspiring Jenn and the way you've woven the words and art is quite lovely.
    I can imagine it will be something you'll treasure for many years to come.
    Really nice to catch up with you again. Cheers and Happy PPF!

  4. lovely painting in your beautiful book of quotes! Happy PPF!

  5. Jenn, the quote journal is such a wonderful way to use the handmade watercolor journal. And the quotes you picked are wonderful. Have a great weekend.

  6. You are so talented, beautiful quotes.

  7. I am just not a good journal person. With that said I love this idea a lot.

  8. What a lovely book and story, Jenn! I love saving quotes, and what a sweet place to feature these collected gems. Happy PPF, xxx Nadya

  9. (By the way, our church has Matthew 25 as our motto for community service!")

  10. what a great idea this is! You know I love quotes, I have so many since I've been collecting them since I was a teenager (a loong time ago ... ;-) ) and there are still some here that I didn't know. I also like the doodling surrounding the words. I never heard of "Featuring Magazine" but it looks really interesting. I'd buy it if it was available here!

  11. What wonderful creative pages!!

  12. Oh Jenn... what a surprise to see this post!! How wonderful that you used the little book for quotes, I forgot I made/send it to the team members back in the days but the minute I read your post about it I remembered... and yes, what a shame it was to have to stop with 'Featuring'. We (M. and I) are still talking about it and looking into ways to start it up again (there's one postal-costs-problem that keeps it from re-start... but that's too long an explanation to put in a comment...)I hope you're doing well and send you a big hug from the Netherlands!!!

  13. Wonderful colourful creative quotes...I too love quotes!! Since you are such a prolific writer don't forget to save your own!!

    Hugs Giggles

  14. What a lovely post - I love that you had been keeping these quotes for just the right time and that you found the book by accident - it was obviously ready to be found!
    What a shame about the art magazine - it seems it's always the smaller ventures that suffer. I hope you can find a way to start it up again.
    Your quote pages are beautiful - I love the individual frames for each one.

  15. Jenn, this is a wonderful post! Beautiful how you combined the quotes and border illustrations with Marit's watercolor - a super artistic collection!

  16. Love this! Great quotes and creative backgrounds. :)

  17. Oh I just love these quotes!Particularly the second one, which really made me chuckle! What a lovely idea!


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