1/23/10

Studio Tour #19 - J. Elizabeth Johnson


Welcome! New studio tour today!

Victorian Rose ACEO by J.E. Johnson

This week we are off to Oklahoma to visit with the multi-talented artist J.Elizabeth Johnson. I originally met Elizabeth on Etsy where she has two different shops to accomodate her various styles.


WindandHoney.etsy.com houses a variety of colorful "mixed-media assemblage & collage art."


While JEJohnsonPortraits.etsy.com is where she sells her detailed animal portraits

and custom pet drawings & paintings.

Custom Original Pet Portrait by J.E. Johnson

Elizabeth champions a number of worthy causes including Etsy Artists For Animals. She has also donated artwork to the Haitian relief shop, HeartsForHaiti.etsy.com. (More about this after the tour.)

Since she has kindly greed to show us around her creative space, lets not keep her waiting:


JEJ:
Welcome to my studio. Over the years we have lived in several houses and my studio space has varied. In one house the only space available was one large kitchen drawer. Most often it has been a corner of our dining room. So now I am truly enjoying this studio. I have a good sized second story room that has two walls of windows with lots of great light and two closets for storage.


JEJ:
The drafting table is where I do graphite and colored pencil portraits. I have used an antique iron headboard to display images that serve either as inspiration or as reminders.


JEJ: You can see into my largest closet. It is filled with storage drawers containing all kinds of found treasures just waiting for their artistic home to be created.


JEJ: There is also a bed in the closet window for the cats. Yes, there's a window in the closet. Funny what you find in old houses.


JEJ: My worktable is the birthing place for my mixed media collage work. The smallest case in the middle on top of the table is my inspiration box. I fill it with seasonal items or with pieces that might work in a project I'm doing. It helps to develop a creative atmosphere and also keep those items close at hand..


JEJ: The antique record cabinet in the corner is the perfect size to hold completed drawings of 11" x 14" or smaller. I rarely use larger paper so it works great for me. The chair back mounted on the wall was a found treasure. I'm still waiting for an inspiration for what to do with it. Any ideas?


JEJ:
My parents bought this rocking chair when I was a baby. It has been my favorite chair my whole life. I spent moody moments in it as a teenager. Later I rocked my babies in it and I rocked my lion in it.
And now most of the time when I am online, I am in this chair.


JEJ: Along with my online business and doing commissioned works, I also teach art classes to children and adults. My newest adventure in teaching will begin this Spring. I will be offering online art classes through my website Wind and Honey Creations.

JEJ: Also this Spring I will be offering an Online Art Retreat. I'm still working the details out for this project. It will be a group project like going away to a weekend retreat but you can do it in your jammies and your favorite chair. It promises to be a lot of fun.

Elizabeth, sounds like a blast! I look forward to seeing what you come up with next. Thanks so much for taking us through your studio today!

Want to see more of Elizabeth's world & art?

She's donated these 2 pieces to the Hearts for Haiti shop

Dare To Be Free Glicee Print by J.E. Johnson

where all proceeds will go to Doctors without Borders.



Plus she will pay for shipping to the buyer.

Here are some other places you can find this busy & talented artist online:

Website: http://www.windandhoneycreations.com

Etsy Shop #1: http://windandhoney.etsy.com

Etsy Shop #2: http://JEJohnsonPortraits.etsy.com

1K Markets shop: http://windandhoney.1000markets.com

Blog: http://windandhoney.blogspot.com

Did you enjoy this studio tour? Please leave a comment to let us know. (By the way, all who comment are entered into a random drawing on 1/28. For contest and prize details, click here.)
Also, please tune in on Feb 6th for the next studio tour. Hope to see you there!

15 comments:

  1. Thanks for the tour! Your lion is so cute, Elizabeth. So small and cuddly :)

    Your space looks bright and cheery and full of inspiration.

    Nicely done, Stacey!

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  2. Hey Stacey, yet another wonderful tour, thanks :)

    Elizabeth, I was mesmorized by your work. I kept going off on the links to see and read more, I love the work you are doing in your art and for conservation. :) T.

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  3. Gosh, it is so much fun to read more about Elizabeth. But more fun still to see where she works and creates her beautiful pieces.

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  4. I was drawn to that wonderful yellow rocking chair and know why now that I've read the story behind it--comforting Daniel in the chair. Elizabeth truly has a gift to care so much for animals. Thanks for the post!

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  5. Stacey, I appreciate this nice interview. Thank you

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  6. I do enjoy your studio tours! So nice to meet Elizabeth and see her detailed work. The story of Daniel was an eyeopener - what an amazing experience to have!
    ps think a window in the cupboard is a damned fine idea
    and that chair looks fabulous up on that wall!

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  7. Interesting post. I became acquainted with Elizabeth when I used her Wild Lion print as a clue in my January Charades contests. I love-love-love her collage work!

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  8. Isn't she great? I love her art and her outlook on life. Great pics, too!

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  9. How wonderful to tour your studio Elizabeth :) Now i know where you sit when your chatting with the team !

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  10. Nice to get to know Elizabeth better - lovely studio space. I love old houses and their creative corners - the window in the closet makes me smile! Your online Art Retreat sounds really neat! Amazing story about Daniel!

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  11. Congrats! What a nice interview!

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  12. I very much enjoyed the studio tour. Your space has such wonderful light. And Daniel's story just broke my heart. What a blessing you received caring for him. Thank you
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  13. What a great feature! I loved seeing where Elizabeth creates.. fabulous!!!

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  14. What a great idea to 'tour' inspirational artist's work spaces. Beautiful work and very nice work space.

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  15. Elizabeth, wonderful interview. Your spacious light-filled work space is perfect for creating (although I imagine your work was just as inspired even when contained in a much smaller space;-) I'm heart broken over Daniel. There are so many animals that suffer needlessly at the hands of humans. Bless you for caring for them.

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