Notecards for a cause (sticky post)

Looking for notecards with a purpose, or the chance to create for a cause? See the Online Gallery page for information on Canticle of Creation or Abundant Homes notecards! Proceeds from the sale of these cards go toward awareness of human trafficking, starting with support for Lila Mae’s House.

(This post is “stickied” to remain at the top of the blog; newer blog posts may appear below.)

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A larger perspective

Artist Jo Myers-Walker with stretched fabric prints and shower curtain digitally printed with images of her watercolor paintings

With friend and fellow painter Jeanette
(left) at the Bridgewater show

I had a chance to see my stretched polyester prints in a grand space when I was one of several artists featured in a show at Grand Living at Bridgewater, in Coralville. This room is an area for performances such as speakers or musicians. It sorta blew me away as to the size of the prints; in my small apartment you don’t get the same effect as when you can stand back and see what they would look like in a larger space like a lobby.

(You can also see one of my shower curtains hanging out on the display doors behind me.)

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Janet Rogers workshop

Watercolor painting of a young woman by Jo Myers-Walker

One of my paintings from the workshop

Nationally-known watercolorist Janet Rogers served as judge for this year’s Iowa Watercolor Society (IWS) Annual Exhibition, and I attended one of the workshops she taught in conjunction with the IWS annual meeting. I have been teaching and drawing from a live model for a couple of years and felt I was ready to learn more from a master figure painter like Janet. I immediately felt a kinship between her painting style and mine.

Her teaching style also felt akin to how I teach my classes. We started with drawing. Then a first wash, and let it dry; second wash, and let it dry; then finish off the painting. The drying is important to achieve a layering effect — you can’t get too impatient! I enjoyed learning from Janet, and the camaraderie of seeing my painting friends.

Painters working at a watercolor workshop led by Janet Rogers

During the watercolor workshop at La Poste,
a renovated 1914 former post office
building in Perry, Iowa

Participants at a watercolor workshop led by Janet Rogers, posed with their paintings

Workshop participants with
our artwork in front of La Poste
(Janet Rogers is at the railing at right)

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A few more at the reunion

Painted foamcore figures representing teachers to attend a high school reunion

The “teachers” visiting in my kitchen before the reunion

I was Vice President of my high school class in 1963, so it was about time I was on the reunion committee! With our high school days getting more distant, I brought along ten “teachers” to help stir our memories at my class reunion in Boone. The cutout figures are made of foamcore, painted with acrylic paint and some acrylic spray paint.

We could talk to the cutouts and let the images bring back old times. Once the stories started flowing, it was a riot what people remembered! Classmates have been sending me photos of the cutout teachers they took home, entering their houses, peeking out, etc. — fun stuff.

High school reunion attendees posing with photo props and foamcore figure representing a teacher

The reunion committee (at left) and some more of the attendees,
posing with photo props and a photobombing “teacher”
(committee photo courtesy of Fred Westfall)

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An abundance of notecards

Sample Abundant Homes notecard back and front, with watercolor design by Jo Myers-Walker

Sample back and front of a card
(click image to view larger)

Watercolor painted pouch made in the shape of a house

Prototype of pouch to hold Abundant Homes notecards. Styles will vary.

Response to the Canticle notecards has been so enthusiastic that we’re working on a whole new set! Abundant Homes is a set of 9 notecards with envelopes, each with an image from one of my paintings on the front, and some words to contemplate on the back. Once again the cards will be bundled in a hand-painted pouch, this time in the shape of a house!

Thumbnail of page showing designs of Abundant Homes notecards

Abundant Homes
card designs and messages
(click image to view larger;
PDF, approx. 639 KB, rev. 24 Oct. 2018)

In the photos below, I called in the reinforcements to help paint pouches for the Canticle notecards — we got into “St. Francis mode” and let the color flow. I’m looking forward to working with groups to make the new “house” style. Please contact me (email jomyerswalker@gmail.com) if you’d like to join in painting pouches (ages 12 to adult), or to order a set of cards.

(Updated) Each set of notecards, either Canticle or Abundant Homes, sells for $30.00 plus any shipping costs. Proceeds from sale of the cards will go toward awareness of human trafficking, starting with support for Lila Mae’s House.

For more informaton:

Two different groups of people watercolor painting at tables full of supplies and painted papers

Painting pouches for a cause
(At left, buddies from a couple of different Catholic
churches in Ames; at right, fellow Franciscan Associates)

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New Fall classes at The Center

Logo of the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center

   

Registration has begun for Fall 2018 classes at The Center (Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center, Iowa City, IA)! I’ll be teaching:

See the Classes and Events page (links above) or The Center’s online registration site or Fall 2018 Program Guide (PDF, approx. 4.3 MB) for more information.

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August 2018 Newsletter

Detail of painted building from the sculpture at Mercer Park Aquatic Center in Iowa City

(click image to download PDF)

Click the link below to view or download:
In this edition:
  • Repaired and in good working order
    (My new knees-in-training)
  • Behind the scenes:  Making the Mercer mural
    (Interactive sculpture on a grand scale)
  • Stretched fabric prints
    (One of my current directions in artwork)

See previously:  Mercer mural revealed

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Backdrop to the stars

Abstract watercolor painting by Jo Myers-Walker, swirling dark blue with white accents and roundish gold area

   

I’m honored to have my artwork used to make a backdrop for Simply Stellar!, the 2018 Senior Variety Show in Ames. Show organizers had this painting’s design printed onto 15' tall canvas. The design is quite abstract, so as not to detract from the performers in front of it.

Update:  I had the opportunity to enjoy the Friday show, and they made my design come alive with aurora borealis and stars shooting across the backdrop. It was wonderful to see my Ames friends still performing and enjoying life to the fullest. This year’s performances are finished — keep an eye on the Senior Variety Show website for information on next year’s show.

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Weather-appropriate

Storefront of Iowa Artisans Gallery in Iowa City, IA featuring works by artist Jo Myers-Walker

Storefront of Iowa Artisans Gallery in Iowa City

Iowa Artisans Gallery featuring me in their window (shower curtain, pillows, and paintings). Lately the scene on the shower curtain — “Clock Tower in the Rain” — has looked just like the weather outside!

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Figure drawing downtown

An artist's model poses at a coffee shop sidewalk table while being sketched by class members in downtown Iowa City

Sketching our model in front of The Java House

Pencil sketches of a model drawn by various artists

Looking at our sketches on a June morning

This summer I’m teaching “Figure Drawing and Painting in Downtown Iowa City,” organized by the Artifactory, and we took to the streets for our first session on June 11. You can drop in for any or all of the remaining sessions if you’d like to “venture out into the cool summer mornings, capturing the sunlight casting over the figure to show facial form and folds on clothing.”

Update:  This class has ended for Summer 2018 — thank you to everyone who joined in! See the Classes and Events page for what’s coming up.

Sketches by Jo Myers-Walker illustrating figure drawing concepts

Poster and some materials for the class
(Click image to view a larger version of just the poster)

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