Friday, July 27, 2012

Paint Party Friday: Week 20, Year 2 Check In Featured Artist: Jessica Sporn

image courtesy of Jessica Sporn


Welcome to Week 20 of Paint Party Friday (Year 2) and to the next edition of our Featured Artist Series! (Would you like to be a PPF Featured Artist? Please click here for details!)  This week's featured artist provides inspiration by combining mixed media with meaningful messages.  Please welcome Jessica Sporn!

1. Please tell us a bit about your personal history with painting.  (When did you start painting? How has your painting evolved since you first started?)
I've been drawing and painting for as long as I can remember.  But I never thought I'd make a living from it! I always wanted to be an actress, and went to the "Fame" school in New York City, the High School of Performing Arts.  After college, I performed here and there in the city, but then decided I wanted to change the world.  So I went to law school and practiced law for 7 years.  When I was pregnant with my first child, I painted her birth announcement.  While I was home on maternity leave, a friend asked me to paint a mural on her child's wall in the style of the announcement.  Then a friend of her's asked me to do that as well.  I thought - here's a new career!  And since I couldn't bear to leave my daughter for what had been a 60 hour a week workweek, I started painting murals and other decorative painting techniques.  One thing led to another, and I stumbled upon the world of art licensing.  I was lucky to find a relationship with Recycled Paper Greetings, and also with my agent, Creative Connections.  When I first started illustrating, I mainly used watercolor and gouache.  My style was very controlled -- I drew everything out in pencil and then painted in the lines.  As the years have passed, I have experimented with different mediums and materials and grown freer.  Now, I strive to color outside the line!

image courtesy of Jessica Sporn

2. What are your favorite techniques, media, and tools to use in creating your paintings?
I love cold pressed water color paper.  And I love combining stencils, stamps, acrylics and watercolors in my work.  If I had to pick one media, tool and technique, it would be good watercolors and high quality brushes.  I don't feel comfortable with oil or encaustic, but hope to learn someday

image courtesy of Jessica Sporn

3. What is your favorite thing to paint?  Why?
Probably flowers are my favorite thing to paint.  I am an avid gardener and nature never ceases to astound me.

4. What is your proudest painting moment and/or greatest painting achievement so far?
I have a few... One was having one of the menorah's I designed featured in the New York Times. (You can read about it here, and here's the menorah.) Another was designing a tableware collection based on the "Woman of Valor," from Proverbs (You can see the collection here).  And finally, having Amazon.com describe me as "famous artist Jessica Sporn" in the description for this whimsical menorah definitely made me smile!

available here

5. What's next in your painting future?
I am excited to say that I have recently been asked to join a design team.  I can't say which one, but I'll be able to share in September.  I am currently working on a new Passover line for Aviv Judaica, and continue with my licensing work.  I am excited to have attended CREATE New Jersey, where I learned new skills and techniques.  I've also been asked to teach an art journaling class at a local crafting store, which will start in September.  


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Thank You Jessica - We look forward to learning more about your upcoming design work!  To learn even more about Jessica, please visit her at:


http://jessicasporn.blogspot.com/

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Have a wonderfully fun and creative week everyone!

41 comments:

  1. Congratulations, Jessica!
    Wonderful interview! So interesting and wonderful how you went from law to art!

    Thank you, Kristin and Eva for hosting Paint Party Friday again!!

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  2. How exciting to know I am hanging out with someone famous like yourself Jessica on Paint Party Friday!
    Fun reading your journey; and I find your menorah quite beautiful. I have a small collection of them in my living room. I will go back and look at the others you linked us to. Happy Paint Party Friday!

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  3. wow.... I love Jessica's story of how she stumbled onto art! From acting to law to artist.... quite a full life. wonderful work, too! love the menorah. Thanks for sharing this great artists' series! I will try to resubmit soon I did want to change a few things ;)

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  5. Wow, what an exciting career Jessica. Congrats on the interview and also on your exciting career. Love the menorah, of course. Happy PPF to you and all. Thanks Eva and Kristin.

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  6. I love Jessica's happy work! It makes me smile!!

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  7. you have a great story and you have been so blessed. I am still waiting to have such success. I can be happy and keep my paint flowing. I have hope and optimism in me still so Ill just let your story and your art be an inspiration. I really like the look of the pretty faced flower and the words you have given us -Bloom True ! I will try to
    Happy Friday
    -KAT-

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  8. Great interview! Love Jessica's art!

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  9. I loved reading and seeing Jessica's work!

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  10. Beautiful job Jessica! I love your work!! Thanks again to Eva and Kristin for sponsoring Paint Party Friday!!

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  11. Great work and nice to meet Jessica! Congrats on your success!

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  12. Jessica's work is beautiful and what an exciting career path she's had.I love to hear of when artist's make a career of their passion and this seems certainly to have been the case for Jessica!!

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  13. I love Jessica's work, and her fresh style. The Menorah is wonderful! Valerie

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  14. smashing work by Jessica who has an exciting future ahead of her, brilliant. x

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  15. Wonderful interview. Thanks for sharing.
    Stay inspired!

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  16. I loved reading about Jessica and her work. Thanks for sharing. Have a great Arty weekend Eva and Kristin and everyone. Hugs from London.

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  17. Congratulation Jessica, nice reading your story.

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  18. Here again! Happy sunny PPF everyone!

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  19. I love Jessica's work...it makes me smile. Happy PPF

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  20. So interesting to read about the talented Jessica.

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  21. Another great interview! Happy PPF! :)

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  22. Great interview! I'm celebrating the 1st year anniversary of my blog, so you're all invited to come by. Blessings!

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  23. Hooray... it's Friday again!!! Happy painting everyone!
    Renee
    xoxo
    www.fussitup.blogspot.com

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  24. Great interview ~ thanks for hosting as always ~ Happy Weekend ~~ thanks, namaste, (A Creative Harbor)

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  25. Such a great, great interview, Jessica! Thank you, I feel very inspired!

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  26. Lovely colorful art, I love your style Jessica!

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  27. I love Jessica's work. The bright colors make me happy.

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  28. I like Jessica's colourful work, and a great interview,greetings to everyone from New Zealand

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  29. Wow love Jessica's story and her work. Aaaaand, we went to the same high school, Jessica. I'm guessing at different times, because when I graduated it was merged with the arts school and called LaGuardia. That's so cool about the Times feature and the recent collaboration. And what a gorgeous menorah.

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  30. Very sweet paintings and what a lovely story!

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  31. what a great story about finding your bliss. and it's reflected in your happy, colorful art work!

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  32. Love the interview!

    I'd love to be included in your list of Paint Players...

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    1. Hi Karen,

      You've been added :)

      xo
      Kristin

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  33. I enjoy your work every week, Jessica and am so happy for you and the fact that you have made your passion into a successful business. Your colors and drawings make me happy!

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  34. Thank you all for the kind comments. I'm feeling the love! Thank you, thank you! I am off to visit everyone's blogs.

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  35. I am trying so many things right now.. The link I added is an acrylic paint with glitter glue on it...

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  36. Summer colours all around. More flowers.....More gardening to get outside and get busy:)

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  37. I found you here from your post of this week's zendala dare. It was great reading about your background; and your featured piece is beautiful. thanks for letting us know about it.

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  38. hello everybody its been long time i haven't post anything here it is http://yagmurgunel.blogspot.com/

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