Jill Berry Design Blog

Blessings from Thailand

Posted by on Sep 9, 2014 in Uncategorized | 7 comments

Blessings from Thailand

Last month I received feedback from my website. A comment titled “How I am using your book” This was the last sentence of the email: “Just thought you might like to know how you have impacted people halfway around the world!” Kindest Regards, Kit I wrote to Kit and thanked her, and asked her if it was okay to share her story that she shared with me. Here is what she wrote. The New Life Center Foundation is a faith-based non-governmental organization in northern Thailand. We work with teenaged girls and young women from...

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Grief and Beauty

Posted by on Aug 26, 2014 in Visual Inspiration, Written Inspiration | 6 comments

Grief and Beauty

I have lots of work to do. And I have two friends who are suffering enormously with health issues. These two situations do not work really well for me, I have trouble sometimes moving through grief and creating beauty at the same time. As an artist, this is my job, to feel, interpret, explore, illustrate, experience and sometimes, deliver the goods wrapped up and ready. This time it is harder to do that for me, because my talented and beautiful friend is dying. She is a calligrapher and an activist, a real thinker and hoper and believer. In...

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The Colors of the Desert

Posted by on Aug 21, 2014 in Visual Inspiration | 3 comments

The Colors of the Desert

A road trip through the Utah desert.

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Collage with Skins

Posted by on Aug 8, 2014 in Uncategorized | 7 comments

Collage with Skins

Earlier this week I took a class with Chris Cozen, a working artist for Golden Paints. The class was on making “skins” with the various mediums that Golden makes, and running them through an inkjet printer, adding photos and textures to create collage materials. Chris made many, many of these skins on foil, digital grounds, fiber paste and likely most of the other mediums that Golden makes. She gave us each three blanks to print at home, and three more to use in our collages. Some of the skins were clear with bits of paint in...

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Pastel Panoramas

Posted by on Aug 7, 2014 in PanPastel | 3 comments

Pastel Panoramas

I just got back last night from a long round trip drive to Phoenix. Part adventure, part teaching at Art Unraveled and that part I am going to brag about right now. One class was “Panoramas Patterns Pastels,”  which was a class on using PanPastels. The students worked from a Google Earth image or a aerial photo to paint a landscape of a favorite place. My photos do not do them justice, but I hope you can appreciate their colorful wonder.   This one shows where the “life” is in this neighborhood.   Most of...

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Denver Art Museum: Uncharted

Posted by on Jul 30, 2014 in Map Making | 12 comments

Denver Art Museum: Uncharted

A few months ago I was invited to participate in an event at the Denver Art Museum. My job was to find a piece in the museum that would inspire me to make my own artwork, with the theme “Uncharted” and then present it to an audience with a 20 minute talk. This is a huge honor for me, and a bar that is set a bit higher than other art challenges I have had. They told me many hundreds of people attend this event, and any of you who have done a thing like this know the two big fears 1. I will forget all my words and choke on stage 2....

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One Stencil on the Gelli 2

Posted by on Jul 25, 2014 in Creative Exercises, Stencils | 5 comments

One Stencil on the Gelli 2

Yesterday I printed all day with the Stones Divided Stencil which comes in 6″ and 12″ squares. I bought mine at Blue Twig Studio, where I will be teaching in September. I used the larger one on my large Gelli Plate. Working with one stencil is freeing, because I am only making decisions about color and technique. I can print fast and furious, which believe me I did. My studio was draped in paper prints. I used deli paper and Arches Text Wove. Here are some of the samples out of the fifty or so prints I made. I am making paper...

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Passionate for Pastels

Posted by on Jul 23, 2014 in PanPastel, Workshops and Classes | 2 comments

Passionate for Pastels

Years ago I worked with soft pastel on a fairly regular basis. I had a great teacher, Ken Goldman when I lived in San Diego. He also taught life drawing, and I learned a great deal from him. A classical approach, which I loved then and still do. In the class we drew from models. I changed them up a bit, depending on the mood of the model. I remember this model being edgy. I felt her jitters and recorded them. This is the 4 year old son of a friend of mine. He was playing in the sprinklers, then the yard, on a warm summer day. I wonder if he...

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Velvet Elvis

Posted by on Jul 16, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Velvet Elvis

Playing in the studio today with Arches Black cover and PanPastel, along with my friend Kass Hall, who is an Aussie with a great book out on Zentangle. My affinity for working with cha cha colors on black comes from childhood forays to Tijuana, our neighbor to the south, and seeing a rich array of art, including black velvet paintings, or what we locals like to call “Velvet Elvis”. Black Velvet paintings are so special because not only are they rich surfaces, the genre covers all our heroes: Celebrity Cowboys (John Wayne, etc),...

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One Stencil on the Gelli

Posted by on Jul 7, 2014 in Uncategorized | 11 comments

One Stencil on the Gelli

I have happily spent the day printing papers and fabrics on my Gelli Plate using the Cell Theory Stencil (mostly). Working with these papers has been so big and fun for me in the last few months. Many of you know I am a paste paper addict, nothing thrills me more than to paint papers all day. This is a variation on that theme, and a way to meditatively make art and not think too much. My cerebrum needed a break. Today I tried to make as many organic papers as I could using mostly the one stencil, and varying the way the paint was applied to...

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