Who Tells Your Story?

"Beauty from Prickles" - Cactus with yellow bloom

We can all remember certain stories that define us. When you think of your favorites stories growing up, were any about you? Who told your stories? Dinner Table Stories Growing up my dad would tell the family stories around our dinner table. I’ve heard all the family stories so many times, I could tell them […]

COVID Paintings – Reviews from the VIRTUAL Watercolor Show

Covid art of doctor with COVID era mask in the shape of a hand covering her mouth.

When you finish an event, two years in the making, it’s wonderful to be able to share the good words with you. Let me share what people said about the “Saving Lives” Virtual Gallery Experience. What They Said After my Premiere event of “Saving Lives”, my watercolor exhibition on the COVID years, here’s what the […]

You’re Invited – the Virtual Gallery of my COVID paintings

Framing Windows Milford NH watercolor painting commission 11 x 15

When you’re an artist you want your friends to witness the art you create. It is the biggest honor and a true celebration to share what you’ve made. A Place for You Two years of painting coming together for one LIVE event! I think it will be a refreshing and beautiful time. I am hosting […]

Savor Chocolate

Watercolor painting of ski helmet, goggles and gloves with a cup of hot chocolate.

There’s a reason I chose chocolate. Teaching Tweens This last semester I taught Creative Writing to a class of 15 junior highers. Our time crescendoed on a Parent’s Day when I paired each child/parent into teams and placed two matching Lindt chocolate truffles before them. Observe their chocolates and write your best words, I told […]

Reading the COVID Stories

Dozens of handwritten stories collected during Jonalyn's COVID art show,

My favorite part of my art show “Saving Lives” was reading the stories my visitors left for me. When you paint an exhibition helping people explore and remember the lockdown years, listening become such an important part of the gallery. I’m poring over these stories these days. The End of the Show Friends have asked […]

Who Would Visit My COVID Art Show?

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My show “Saving Lives” has been open for one week now and I’m meeting many people who want to visit my COVID art show. “Saving Lives” tells the untold stories from the years of lockdowns and masking that many of us, frankly, would just like to forget forever. And yet, my show also tells the […]

A Sneak Peek into my Covid Art Show

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I’ve been framing over 40 paintings for my Covid art show this July. “Saving Lives” will be a gentle and beautiful watercolor journey through the COVID years to honor all we went though, to tell the untold stories, and to process these stories. But it will also include local landscapes paintings from the Seacoast and […]