The Artfully Booked Mom describes me to a "T". Each day I try to balance my desire to paint, craft, or read, while still being a good mom to my two kids. Although I often feel "overbooked," I find I actually do more when I have less time to do it.....go figure!
I have just completed my latest project, a sketchbook for "The Sketchbook Project 2011," an internet based project that is touring the country. Over 20,000 people from all over the world submitted sketchbooks that will become the permanent property of the Brooklyn Art Library. People attending the exhibition can look at sketchbooks which are divided into various "themes."
For my theme, I chose "Down Your Street." I live in Lakewood, Ohio, a walkable inner-ring suburb of Cleveland, Ohio situated on Lake Erie and surrounded by the "Emerald Necklace," part of Cleveland's Metroparks. It is a great place to live, filled with vintage 1910 and 1920 houses, many independent businesses and restaurants, great schools, an award winning library and a great public park on Lake Erie. Lakewood is what we all wish a city would be: walkable, affordable, green, artsy, and fun,with gorgeous architecture. I chose to honor the spirit that is Lakewood with my sketches of local, independent businesses, restaurants, and city amenities.
To view 12 of the 39 images from my sketchbook, check out my page from "The Sketchbook Project" here: http://arthousecoop.com/users/jmilenski
I am also working on a series of oil paintings depicting some of Lakewood's historic homes. I hope to have a show of them in the next 6 months or so.
I also knit, sew, make art quilts, and do mixed media collage. In addition, I belong to a book club, which keeps the English major in me happy and the ideas flowing.
I have two kids, Fox, age 11 and Charlotte, age 7 who keep me busy. My husband is an avid birder and record collector. He had a band pre-kids, a fabulous girl-fronted power pop band called "The Palindromes," google them!
Come visit often!