Happy Holidays!

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I first want to apologize to everyone.

I went full stop mid October & I wasn’t able to finish the month of Apples For AS. The story is long and I’ll be writing a post to share with you what I’ve been dealing with but honestly, the energy to put it together isn’t available to me at this time.

But, I wanted to let you all know that I’m ok – just not grand. I am however still finding ways to laugh & dance, and of course, fling some glitter around.

I wish you all a wonderful holiday season – whatever it is you celebrate in your corner of the world – enjoy and spread peace & love.

Here is my gift to you!

Please feel free to download this watermark free image & use it for printing or making a card or ornament. It is up to you – just for personal use only please. :)

Remember, when life gets difficult – always STAND TALL my lovely AS Warriors!

xox

JennaSigSm

 

 

 

Day Twelve – World Arthritis Day, October 12, 2013

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World Arthritis Day!

 

Until tomorrow,

JennaSigSm

 

 

 

Day 11 – National Coming Out Day, October 11, 2013

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Sometimes I will design something and then I see that the design can be altered slightly to incorporate something happening in the world beyond A.S. Awareness.

This happened with my apple from yesterday!

Once I saw that today was National Coming Out Day – I could see how I could slightly alter yesterday’s apple and design a combo Apples For A.S. and pay tribute to today. So here is the slight change. I’ve adjusted the colors to show a modified and dare I say more sophisticated rainbow as well as added the logo door I’ve been seeing in some of the graphics from today in social media.

I love when you can combine two great causes and awareness campaigns! I hope you don’t mind me taking a day to post this apple on the heels of yesterday.

Until tomorrow,

JennaSigSm

 

 

Thank you to everyone who has been interested in purchasing yesterdays apple! It is now available at the link below.

My Store & Apples For AS

 

 

Apples For A.S. 2013 – Day 10

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Until tomorrow,

JennaSigSm

 

Apples For AS available on my Shop!

 

 

2013 Apples For A.S. – Day 9

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Hem your blessings with thankfulness so that they don’t unravel. - unknown

Sometimes dealing with chronic illness feels extremely complex but also very fragile. If one part of the thread is pulled then everything can unravel because we feel stitched together.

Mended in places, threadbare in others.

We also happen to be extremely resilient because we have survived and held together.  You see, we interweave our lives with blessings as well.

Sometimes a piece hits me, moves me. This one has and I hope it holds meaning to you as well. You have your own unique way you are stitched together to hold up to a life living with Spondylitis. Rejoice in the beauty of how uniquely you are made – all of you  - inside & out – including your A.S pieces & parts.

Until tomorrow,

JennaSigSm

 

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Apples For AS are available on my Etsy Shop!

 

 

Faces of A.S. Apple – Apples For AS 2013 Day 8

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Congratulations to Cookie Hopper and Faces of Ankylosing Spondylitis! 

Cookie had a vision to gather 1000 faces and stories of people living with a form of Spondylitis. Two years ago today she set out on an epic journey to reach her goal. Many thought it could not be done and that the goal was too big but she proved her critics wrong and a couple of weeks ago she posted Face 1000! Cookie is not only the keeper of our stories, she is also a very good person with a heart of – blue – and gold!

This apple is for you Cookie – congratulations on a job well done!

Your work and vision is something that this community needs so much – for our voices and stories to be heard. You, my friend, are an awareness goddess!

Until tomorrow,

JennaSigSm

 

I am Face Number 365 – an appropriate number for sure! Cookie wanted me to have it for the 365 Apples For AS!

 

Apples For AS – Closed Due To Government Shutdown

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Gotcha!

Don’t worry – I am not a government employee – the apples will go on! I have a very special apple planned for tomorrow and then some more original art later this week!

I love creating apples that are about what is happening around us – this seemed appropriate for today. I think most of us are just very ready for Congress to sit down and negotiate and end this mess. I know I sure am.

Until tomorrow,

JennaSigSm

 

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2013 Apples For AS – Day 6

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So the best laid plans…

I drew this cute little house the other morning and got it ready to watercolor but then I realized I have no clue where my watercolors and watercolor pallet are. I have searched high and low. No luck. I’ve found a lot of things that I am glad to have found but still no watercolors.

So for now – I will share it with you as a digital image. Imagine how cute it will be in watercolor!!!

Until tomorrow,

JennaSigSm

Apple For AS – Day Five!

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So – this is waaaayyyy harder than I remember it being.

Is it that I’m just not in a groove or am I over thinking? I don’t know – we’ll see what day six brings tomorrow.

I had a completely different apple in the works but then I couldn’t find my watercolors and watercolor pallet. This is a telling thing – we moved in over three months ago and I’m just now realizing that something so important is missing! My studio is coming along but it is definitely not ready for prime time if I can’t find my supplies when I need them.

There is always tomorrow!

Until then,

JennaSigSm

 

 

P.S. – I am behind in getting images on Etsy. I’ll let you know when a few more daily apples are available for purchase!

 

 

October 4, 2013 ORIGINAL Apple For AS

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Some of you may have noticed that the new images I’m creating have a very strong watermark across the image. This is just a watermark that is not on the art you purchase.

Some of you may really not like this – for that I am sorry but I want to explain this to you from the standpoint of an artist.

Actually, I have struggled with the decision BUT – this is what I do to make a living. Which means that I need to be paid not only for my talent but heck – for my time!   I support using images that are truly in the public domain and I actually created the original 365 Apples For AS to be printed for personal enjoyment, inspiration and to be shared on Facebook & Social Media – the point of creating all of those images was for raising awareness which is why I did not watermark my 365 Art Apple A Day apples. I know and love the fact that those apples are now everywhere and I hope because they are everywhere for many years to come and that they continue to raise awareness of Spondylitis!

Many people feel that when a design is on the internet it must be free and “belong” to everyone. I have probably helped contribute to this belief because I have been ok with much of my work being “free” but please take a moment to consider the following.

Do you pay to own music? Do you pay to go to the theater or even to watch a new movie. Do you pay to own a book? Someone created those things. Would you expect any other product to be available to you for free? Slowly people have come to think there is less of a value for 2D creations. Perhaps it is because of the internet where there is so much digital art that IS free. I just want people to take a moment to think about how they use images they get off the internet and perhaps pay it forward by supporting an artist when you can. Have you purchased art directly from an artist whether it be a print or an original? Why not? There is so much licensed art available these days that you can go into Walmart for heavens sake and pay $40 for something pretty and large for your wall. I think that is great but – what did you just buy? Most likely something stolen off the internet in China and printed in – China.

I am really not trying to preach or scold or bitch and moan. I’m just trying to take a moment and hopefully gently remind people that artists have enough mental & emotional baggage without having to worry about not being respected for what they do and then not being compensated for their work. It IS work although I was recently told by someone that I don’t work. One – seriously? And two – I do work, very hard as a matter of fact. I work during lunch, I work before normal office hours and I work late into the night and I work on weekends. I also don’t go to an office and collect a weekly paycheck. So yes, that comment from someone I consider a friend hurt very badly but it tells me that there must be many who think this of artists and specifically me. Well to heck with ya! lol

So please, think before you right click and print. On Etsy you can now purchase digital downloads! So if you love an image – please click the Add To Cart button instead of the right mouse button. My apple images via download are less than a grande latte. Imagine that – is my work worth what you pay for a cup of coffee? I sure hope so. If there is an image you love that you would like available via digital download let me know and I’ll upload it and give you a big thank you!

Anyway, I want to tell you all about how I created this new graphic! I drew the outline of an apple (my apple shape tends to look often just like this one) and then I scanned it and digitally smoothed it out and duplicated it to make a circle or a wreath. I’m sorta in love with it & can’t wait to get a tote bag or stickers or a tee with this on it! See – now I’m buying my own stuff! For the 31 new apples for National Apple Month & Apples For AS, I then took the image and painted it with liquid acrylics on watercolor paper.

To find prints of the watercolor on Etsy go HERE.

For really cool Zazzle gear made with the digital version – go HERE!

Until tomorrow,

JennaSigSm

Here is a photo of my studio where I created the digital version!

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