Sunday, December 30, 2012

Come Get Me 2013!

As the clock ticks down on 2012, the new Fall Fearless & Fly challenge at Artists in Blogland asks us to consider these three prompts:

Headline Prompt:  Future Imperfect: What is different about your life now than what you once expected it to be?  How is the way it turned out perfect or imperfect.  If your future turns out differently than you imagined in the first prompt, could it still be perfect?
Color Prompt: Yellow
Quote Prompt: "Existence really is an imperfect tense that never becomes a present."  Friedrich Nietsche

My picture of what I expected my life to be has changed in so many ways.  At one time, I imagined myself a famous actress (!), a peace corps volunteer, a teacher, and then an actress again.  I even did a cabaret act about it (!) -- you can see a clip here (I'm really putting it all out there today!).

Very little about my life turned out exactly the way I planned -- I never dreamed I would move from Manhattan to a suburb in New Jersey, or get divorced shortly after having my first child, or run a community theater group, or become a working artist.  But isn't that the fun of it?    Existence really is:


There was a time in my 20s that I was so worried about what would come next.  There was a part of me that just wished I was an old woman, having lived my life, and that I could just sit and reflect on my memories.  I'm so glad I got over the fear, and have been able to follow the twists and turns of the path that got me to this day.  Here's a great clip from the movie Parenthood, about the glorious messiness of life:

So 2013, come and get me.  I'm open to whatever you throw my way!

This is one of those journal pages that had many different lives before this one.  It once had a house on it and lots of other bits and pieces from a clean up day in my studio!  It's been painted and collaged over so many times, it could probably walk into the future on its own!  I used one of the girls from my rain stencil, a 7 Gypsies clock stamp, and Luminarte Ginger Peach paint to give some glimmer and yellow sheen. 

Check out Joanne Sharpe's amazing guest artist post at Artists in Blogland, and Carolyn Dube's awesome take on this challenge!  (Reminder -- Carolyn is running a Gelli plate blog party starting on 1/1! Read all about it here.)

And of course, I can't wait to see what you do!  We have a great giveaway from LuminArte this time so make sure to link up at Artists in Blogland!

My Giveaway!  Comment by January 13th for a chance to win one of my newest stencils - "Jump!"  Let me know you follow my blog and my Facebook page for extra chances to win!

Thank you for visiting! I read and treasure every comment and will answer any questions as quickly as I can.  Linking also to Make it MondayMandarin Orange Monday and Create With Joy.
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  1. What a beautiful post Jessica! I couldn't agree more. only God knows what lies ahead. What we can only do is live. Love your colorful page and the liberating girls. Happy New Year!

  2. Stunning artwork Jessica. Have a Great 2013..Loz
    Saw this on MIM..

  3. Stunning artwork, Jessica. I really enjoyed reading about your rollercoaster ride of life - and I loved the clip too :)

    Wishing you a Happy New Year with many thanks for the inspiration you give so generously.


  4. What a wonderful post Jessica! I love your teen plan for character roles- Grandma! What a hoot! So rich the way the layers turned out- and your ladies are perfect!!

  5. Your "caberet clip" was amazing. You ARE a STAR! Your page shows so much excitement and hope for the new year.

  6. Love your song and your singing. 2013 is on it's way and YOU ARE READY, thanks so much for sharing who you are with all of us. xox

  7. I enjoy reading your posts. I also like your page, just perfect! You are an inspiration to me, thanks...

  8. wonderful page, wonderful song ...
    Have a happy New Year Jessica!

    I searched for 2 hours now what the Nietzsche Quote exactly means in german language.. and unbelievable cause he was German - I didn´t find the exact german Quote for this...but anyway.. I will give this a try...

    xxx Susi from Austria

  9. Very artsy. It is awesome. Sounds like you have had one heck of a ride in life and enjoyed it all the way!

  10. Really love this one, Jessica. Love the girls welcoming all incoming, and the rich colors. Your clip was so much fun, a beautiful Broadway voice, great timing! The Roller coaster story was good, too. I used to be afraid of roller coasters. Now I think.."what are the odds I'll be killed on this thing? And to die doing something fun rather than in a bed with tubes! But God, take me fast, I don't like pain!" LOL! Happy new year! I just got this post late yesterday, so I'd better get busy on the EE&E if I want to post before the 9th!

  11. You really did open yourself up personal and so moving! It's the journey, not the destination! Life is sometimes messy, but the art it produces is fabulous! I could go on and on, you inspire me! I can't believe this page has been so many other things, I love that! Never would I think to do's yours and you know and that is all that matters! This page is so gorgeous, so fun of meaning, and so inspiring! Thank you! Happy New Year to you, and I hope it is the best one ever!

  12. I enjoy following your posts. How could someone with SO much talent think she was "Nothing"? Did you take drawing classes,too?

    1. Hi Nancy - sorry to take so long to get back to you! I took drawing classes as a child at the Brooklyn Museum. And guess what - you are the winner of the Jump stencil! Send me your snail mail address to jessicabethsporn (at) gmail (dot) com!

  13. I really can relate to your post, life has a way of throwing us a curve can go anywhere. My life did not turn the the way I expected, but on the way I have still been happy - go with the flow and except what comes your way and make the most of it. Lovely piece of Art!

  14. Fabulous cards Jessica. Saw these on MIM..Faye

  15. Wow, this page is so rich and totally fabulous! I love all the texture and layers of paint. Thanks for sharing the youTube video. You are a woman of many talents! Can't wait to see what 2013 brings for you, my friend. Happy New Year!

  16. I have been following your blog and facebook. :)

  17. the diary. The Seventies were different. I would be furious with my kids if they did have the stuff that I did. I love how you put yourself out there both on stage and in your art. Your page is wonderful....Happy New Year.

  18. I love this, too. And your girl is so perfect for the prompt.

  19. Wow this is stunning!! Absolutely love all the vibrant and bright colours!!
    Had to pop over from MIM
    Nat -x-

  20. You are truly a woman of many talents, Jessica. I love the textural feel of your interpretation of the challenge. Happy New Year!

  21. Beautiful! Beautiful! Beautiful!
    Love the mirror image of the glad girl! Love the texture and the clock and everything about it. Lovely post Jesicca :)

  22. I love that you collaged over a house and that you said, it had been accomplished so many times on the page, it could walk into the future on it's own. You have given me incentive to do so much with my art in my future and I thank you for that. I too had fears when I was in my 20, 30s, etc. As soon as I retired, it all went away. . . .work places rule with fear!!??!! My life is totally different, love this challenge. Blessings, Janet (PPF)

  23. Wow, fantastic! I especially love the clock. Nicely done. Happy New Year!

  24. The previous lives of a page really add to the one on top I think!

    I love this new piece so much..... the colours, textures and depth and the wind blowing their hair!

    Karen x

  25. Found you through the Fall Fearless and Fly Challenge. I really like how you used yellow as more of muted color in the background.

  26. I love all the layering and the strong expression your page has!! truely wonderful :)


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