Welcome to Jessica St. Clair Studio LLC's Live Creative blog!  A place to find the story behind the artwork, information about exciting exhibits and events, and encouragement to embrace creativity in every way!

"Journey"

February 21, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

 

"Journey" is a piece that is especially dear to my heart, so I thought I'd share the story behind the artwork.  

Each time I walk this path, bare toes in the sand, connected to the earth, I reminisce about all the life events that have journeyed with me here.  From countless joyful hours spent building sand castles in my childhood, to soaking up the sun and surf as a teenager, to seeking solace here during life's more complicated challenges as an adult, this place is timeless to me.  Throughout these different stages, perplexing questions like "is this relationship working," "is a person I care about who has passed away okay on their new journey," "is moving the right choice," and "can I succeed in starting a business," just to name a few, have also accompanied me over this path.  The answers always seem to be softly revealed here, the place where I can quiet my mind and just listen.     

One of the most pivotal moments of my life also occurred here.  I made my way up the path, across the dune, toward the sea as a single girl- just like so many times before.  And then, there on a beach blanket, the man of my dreams dropped to one knee and asked me to marry him.  My heart exploded with so much love and excitement it filled the sea.  Now this journey wasn't mine alone, but ours together.

Hopes and wishes for our future are as infinite as the horizon we gaze out upon.  Nostalgia for a lifetime of memories made here is imprinted in each grain of sand and carried in every particle of the salty breeze.  And with every cherished visit, this path is a precious reminder to be present in the joy of the journey at this very moment. 

Perhaps this image will resonate with you as well, reflecting the many paths you've traveled to become who you are today, and the joyful anticipation you have for the journey ahead unified by the strength and support of a companion by your side.  Or maybe there's a completely different, wonderful way you personally identify with Journey?  Now that you know my inspiration for creating the artwork, I'd love to hear how you connect with Journey in your own experience!  Please feel free to comment below!

Prints of this image are available in a fantastic variety of sizes and styles, and make a particularly thoughtful gift for weddings, anniversaries, and just to let someone know what a special part of your journey they are.  

Find this image in the Fine Art Photography/Nautical section of my website to place your order today! http://www.jessicastclairstudio.com/nautical (Be sure to scroll down to "See All Products" for the complete selection, and choose a size that complements the rectangular shape of the image.)

 

 

 


Shop Small, Buy Art!

November 23, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

 
SHOP SMALL AND WE ALL WIN!  Think about it... Small businesses (in my case very small; a one-woman show with a head piled high with hats including photographer, framer, painter, designer, builder, planner, researcher, exhibitor, marketer, promoter, bookkeeper, office manager, delivery runner, tech admin, and more- whew!) value and require customers for survival as much as the air we breathe.  No matter how tirelessly we work, we simply cannot survive without YOU!

And in turn, the fabulous small businesses you enjoy that create the colorful fabric of the community you love can't exist without the creative vision and fierce determination of hard-working entrepreneurs willing to risk it all to offer you their finest skills, quality products and valuable services.

In order to thrive and contribute to the success of our community, we truly need each other.  Eat at your favorite hometown diner where they know just how you like your coffee, shop at that quaint little store with all the unique items you won't find anywhere else, enjoy owning handmade work by that artist who creates pieces you totally connect with, and we all win!  
 
Shopping Small is a rewarding experience and I hope you'll join me in making it a point to SHOP SMALL this Small Business Saturday, and always! 
 
 
To help you Shop Small, I'm offering a special discount at
10% Off Artwork at JessicaStClairStudio.com all weekend in celebration of Small Business Saturday!
Coupon is valid for online purchases at JessicaStClairStudio.com all weekend long!
Valid 11/25/16 through 11/27/16 11:59pm EST • Excludes custom projects

 

More great ways to find my artwork and support the Shop Small movement:

 

 
Happy Shopping!
 
 

 


"Napa Valley Sunset" Earns Award

November 06, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Excited to share "Napa Valley Sunset" was awarded Third Place at the Cecil County Arts Council 17th Annual Photography Show!  

"Napa Valley Sunset" by Jessica St. Clair

The exhibit's Opening Reception was held in conjunction with Downtown Elkton's First Friday Art Loop, a wonderful mingling of those who enjoy and appreciate art with those who create it!  Below are some pics from my travels to a few of my favorite stops on the loop: Cecil County Arts Council, The Palette & The Page Gallery and The Gallery at 122 Main.  If you are in the MD/DE/PA area, mark your calendar for the First Friday of each month- see you on the Art Loop!

CCAC's 17th Annual Photography Show will be exhibiting through November 30, 2016.  Visit http://www.cecilcountyartscouncil.org for more information.

If you'd like to own a print of award-winning "Napa Valley Sunset" please visit the artwork's portfolio page here to place your order! 

 

 


Cauldron of Creativity Boils Over for Halloween!

October 31, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

My life-long love of Halloween is a passion (ok, bordering on obsession)!  From the feeling of nostalgia that flickering jack-o-lanterns, crunching leaves and the smell of pumpkin-everything stirs up, to imaginations being energized to get creative, I love everything about this horrifying holiday!  

Turning Halloween into a home-made event has always been my specialty.  As a kid I remember pounding on the low keys of my mom's piano while my Fisher Price tape recorder rolled, making my own horror soundtrack to set the mood.  I loved drawing haunted castles out of construction paper with little doors that opened with ghosts lurking inside, making Halloween cards and writing themed poems.  I even won first place in elementary school art class for a little girl pumpkin I made.  At 10 years old, receiving recognition for my artwork and an award of an assortment of art supplies meant more to me than that teacher will ever know.

While we outgrow all sorts of magical things that enchant us as children, I'm thankful the Halloween spirit still lives strong within me through adulthood.  I'm grateful to have an awesome husband who encourages me to unleash my passion and creativity, and the party-ghoulers who embrace celebrating this hair-raising holiday with us!  Here is a video I made for our friends who dared to visit St. Clair Asylum this year!  Enjoy!  (Be sure to watch with the sound on.)

 

St. Clair Asylum • Halloween 2016

 

 


Artists Featured in Harford MagaScene

October 03, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

 

Recently at Arts by the Bay Gallery six of us were invited to sit down with Harford MagaScene host Kristy Breslin to discuss our artwork in a variety of mediums!  In this segment by Harford Cable Network (which has been shortened to fit within the max capacity of this website), meet Gallery Director Pat Fair and get to know artists Jessica St. Clair (photography and digital art), Jane Lang (mosaic), Susan Amadio (sculpture) and Jay Stutman (jewelry).  Also featured in the full length version of this segment are Justin Woytowitz (painter) and Lorraine Haggard (mixed-media).   

 

Visit Arts by the Bay Gallery (307 St. John Street, Havre de Grace, MD) to see our work in person!

Check out my events page for additional current and upcoming exhibit locations!

 


Hooray for National Dog Day!

August 25, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

 

** For the best viewing experience and easily readable text, please click the video player's settings icon, choose 1080p HD and view full screen.  Images can also be individually viewed in the portfolio here. **

 

 HOORAY for NATIONAL DOG DAY!  Let's give our incredible companions the appreciation they deserve today...and every day! From amazing service pups who can offer the disabled freedom, to canine police partners who put their lives on the line, to the drooling furry mass that melts into your couch cushions, dogs touch the lives of their humans in amazing ways. Give your pup some extra love and thanks today, and consider opening your heart and home to a furry sweet soul in need of the joy and comfort of a devoted family.

As I type this entry I'm listening to the precious little breaths of slumber coming from my fur-kid Molly on the other side of my desk, and thinking about all the amazing things she has inspired me to do.  I started photographing her the day my husband and I brought her home as a tiny pup, almost eight years ago.  Working together I learned to get the shot quicker and just let her do her thing, and she learned to be patient with me when it took extra tries to get everything just right (although I did catch some of her exasperated eye rolls on film, haha).  Some of the fun photos turned into holiday cards for our friends and family over the years, and then Molly and I decided we wanted to give dogs who weren't fortunate enough to have loving families some of the spotlight.  

So, I began photographing shelter animals and learning their stories (many of which were heartbreaking), and working them into original creative designs for greetings of all sorts of occasions.  I wanted to present homeless pups in a fun, entertaining way that would help draw positive attention to the plight of shelter animals.  When I had enough artwork compiled, Bark Remarks™ "doggone funny greetings for a great cause" were launched with the very special mission of featuring and giving back to dogs in need.  On the back of each greeting, the recipient gets a personal note from the star on the front thanking them for their support, and letting them know a donation is being made that makes their tail wag.  The Bark Remarks™ collection is currently available on my website and in six locations in MD and PA, and I strive to continue growing their reach.

 

 

With the success of Bark Remarks™ greetings, I was asked if I could come up with a solo art exhibit complementary to the theme and mission of the cards.  My mind was whirling with ideas because I am passionate about the subject matter, and I poured myself into creating every design from scratch (just like the cards)- from photographing rescues and other special pups, to illustration, to graphic design to the words that flowed from my heart.  "Something to Bark About," a colorful exhibit of 12 poignant designs, welcomed dogs into the gallery opening night, sparked a community-wide celebration of four-legged friends, raised awareness for shelter dogs in need of forever families and amassed a kind donation for them from patrons and sales of my artwork.

 

 

Large framed posters of the artwork can now be seen coloring the walls of Toby the Golden Hero Gifts, a special store with a pay-it-forward motto, established by Debra Parkhurst, who's life was saved by Toby, the Golden Retriever she rescued.  The artwork flows into her second shop next door, Fred's Too, lovingly named for Toby's beagle side-kick.  Artwork from the "Something to Bark About" collection is available for sale in a variety of sizes from greeting cards to matted and signed prints to oversized posters.  I aim to expand the reach of this collection as well, so it's message can be enjoyed by many and it can continue to give back.  

 

 

We celebrate National Dog Day at the studio today, and every day!  I'll close with a quote I had written while working on my art exhibit and reflecting on the love and inspiration so many precious pups have blessed me with: 

 

"May all the dogs I've ever loved leave their pawprints on my heart,

their virtues in my soul and their fur on my pants."

-Jessica St. Clair

 

• Visit the Bark Remarks™ card shop online: http://www.jessicastclairstudio.com/barkremarks

• Visit the "Something to Bark About" collection: http://www.jessicastclairstudio.com/dogs-inspirational​ 

• Visit Toby the Golden Hero Gifts and Fred's Too at 114 S. Main St. North East, MD 21901 

• Read about Bark Remarks™ greetings and "Something to Bark About" art exhibit in the news: http://www.jessicastclairstudio.com/in-the-news​

 

 

 

 

 


Artwork Outdoors!

May 27, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

 

Taking the studio outside to enjoy some fresh air and sunshine, and share with you the stories behind nature and nautical themed artwork to celebrate the season!  

 

Interested in purchasing a piece of artwork in this video?  Please CONTACT me for more details.  Or visit The Palette & The Page Gallery and Arts by the Bay Gallery while select pieces are on exhibit.  Matted and signed prints are also available, and images can be customized to your size needs by contacting me or ordering through my website. 

Thanks for taking the outdoor studio tour with me today!

 


The Leaves of Our Family Tree

April 16, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

 

With a contemporary take on the traditional family tree, artist Jessica St. Clair interlaces flora photography and delicate textures with the names of your loved ones to create a custom-made family heirloom specially for you!  Whether giving The Leaves of Our Family Tree as a warm and thoughtful one-of-a-kind gift, or treasuring this personalized piece in your own home, this special artwork exemplifies the unity of family. 

Featuring an organic, hierarchy-free design and the ability to accommodate up to 62 names, The Leaves of Our Family Tree uniquely offers a harmonious arrangement for even the most complex family trees!

 


For lots more information and to place an order, please visit the Custom Heirloom Art page.


 

Zoomed in section of artwork to show detail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Custom Cover Image Design

January 25, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

 

Bam!  In the first two seconds of looking at this public figure's Facebook cover image you’re probably thinking: "There's a busy mom who has figured out how to be healthy and fit!  Wow, she looks awesome, I need to follow this page to learn how she does it!  And I value her expertise because her professional presentation tells me she's intelligent, hard-working and accomplished."

And that is the incredible value of investing in a well-designed cover image to represent your business. 

In her initial cover image, my client had given it her best shot, clipping and pasting and adding text and colors and shapes, but felt the image she was using didn't represent her business and her message in an engaging and professional manner.  So she came to me for help.  By simplifying the layout and focusing on visually conveying the two important elements of her business, her message instantly became clear.  And the tone of her page became professional.

So take a look at the cover image on your business page and think about your visitors' two second reaction.  Do they get it?  Is it interesting enough to linger on for a few more seconds?  Are they so impressed with the quality of images, content and presentation that it's worth a scroll down to see what you're posting?  If you answered "yes," fantastic, you have an outstanding cover image that conveys you pay attention to detail in everything you do, and tells customers and clients they're in for a great experience working with you!  But don't fear, those who are shaking their heads and saying "no way, my cover image is a hot mess!"  I can help you step up your social media presentation with a powerful cover image that conveys the creativity and professionalism your business deserves!

 

To request a quote to have a social media cover image custom designed for you, please contact Jessica St. Clair Studio today!

 

Visit Jessica St. Clair Studio on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JessicaStClairStudio

Visit Christie Roberts' Beachbody coach fan page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/realfithousewifeofnj/ 

 

 


Sharing Entrepreneurial Adventures with StoryCorps®

January 06, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Small business owners Margit Pruett, Himal Rami and I were invited to share our experiences with StoryCorps®, America's oral history project in partnership with National Public Radio (NPR) and the American Folklife Center at The Library of Congress.  Although each of our businesses are very different, we had a valuable resource in common...the Cecil County Public Library's assistance in helping us launch and grow our businesses.  CCPL, a 2015 National Medal awardee for museum and library service, features The Small Business Information Center, providing guidance, tools and workshops at no cost to entrepreneurs.  In this conversation, we discuss how the library helped us explore and establish each of our businesses and the challenges and rewards of business ownership.
 
Dialogue took place November 20, 2015 at Cecil County Public Library in Elkton, MD.  Recorded by StoryCorps®. 
 
Visit these links for more information:
 
 
 

 


Martinis with Monet

January 04, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Martinis with Monet: An Evening Soiree to Benefit Arts by the Bay Gallery

at La Banque de Fleuve, 321 St. John Street, Havre de Grace, MD 21078

      Delicious cuisine, live music, silent auctions, cash bar and specialty martinis

​      Friday, January 15, 2015 - 7pm to 10pm 

      Tickets $50 per person

     

Where to Purchase Tickets:

Arts by the Bay Gallery- 307 St. John Street, Havre de Grace, MD  (410) 939-1818

The Laurrapin- 209 N. Washington St., Havre de Grace, MD  (410) 939-4956

Havre de Grace Tourism Office- Pennington Ave., Havre de Grace, MD  (410) 939-1800 

 

Keep an eye out for my artwork in the silent auction, and enjoy lots more available just a few doors down from this awesome event at the Arts by the Bay Gallery!

 

 

 

 


Kicking Off 2016 with Alma-Mater Calendar Feature!

December 31, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!  Feeling really excited to embark on the adventures, experiences and creative opportunities 2016 will bring!  Thank you William Paterson University, my alma-mater, for featuring Jessica St. Clair Studio in your Alumni Calendar!  As a proud WPU graduate (Class of '02) I can attest the education, skills and experiences garnered earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree provided a key to the future that opened locked doors.
 
Like I said when asked what "Will. Power." means to me, "Will. Power. is a dynamic force within each of us, an active energy consisting of many ingredients: the support of our loved ones, the foundation our education provided, and our inherent motivation.  These things give us the will to pursue our full potential and the power to conquer challenges, aim high and reach for our dreams."
 
Make 2016 a fabulous year everyone- aim high!
 

 


Artfully Festive Exhibit

December 22, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

 

 

 

Featured Artist (pictured above) Barbara Love • Video by Debbi Granruth

A peek at some of the artwork currently exhibiting in the Artfully Festive show at Arts by the Bay Gallery!  Painting, illustration, photography, sculpture, carving, jewelry...you'll find all things artful here!  Hurry in, pieces in this show are available through January 16, 2016!  

Plan your visit to the gallery Wednesday, January 13th (11am - 4pm), and I'll be there to personally welcome you!

Visit Arts by the Bay Gallery at 307 St. John Street, Havre de Grace, MD 21078 or call (410) 939-1818

 

 


Shop Small, Buy Art!

November 25, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

 
It's time to celebrate the season and show our support for small businesses!  And in the spirit of shopping small, this is a fantastic time to buy art!  Get unique and extra special gifts to give (or keep for yourself!) and help support artists and galleries that are working hard to bring creativity to the community.
 
• Visit JessicaStClairStudio.com and get 10% off all artwork prints all weekend long with coupon code SHOPSMALL10 (coupon code SHOPSMALL10 is valid 11/27/15 through 11/29/15 11:59pm EST for online purchases only)
 
• For artwork on exhibit, enjoy $10 off every $100 spent at Arts by the Bay Gallery on Small Business Saturday (valid 11/28/15 for artwork by all artists represented by Arts by the Bay Gallery, 307 Saint John St., Havre de Grace, MD)
 
Happy Shopping!  #SHOPSMALL
 

 


Third Place Award for "Tinker & Toil"

November 06, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

 
It was as if all the factory tradesmen left for the evening after a usual day of work, never to be seen again.  Tools, gloves, paperwork, even boots left awaiting their return were slowly being reclaimed by the elements in the long-abandoned factory I was exploring.  The way the sunlight crept through a small window and illuminated this workbench seemed to breathe life and hope into these rusted old tools, and made me stop and wonder about all the decades they’ve rested there, and the hands that were the last to labor with them. 

Long forgotten objects that have fallen victim to time hold such character and curiosity, a subject matter that enchants me.  Experiencing, capturing and conveying this moment has brought this secluded scene out of the darkness and into people's hearts, and I am honored that "Tinker & Toil" has been awarded Third Place in the 16th Annual Photography Show!

See Tinker & Toil at The Cecil County Arts Council 16th Annual Photography Show November 6-27, 2015, or visit my online portfolio for prints and more!

135 E. Main Street, Elkton, MD 21921 • Free event, open to the public!