Jill Butlers Blog
January/February 2017 Blog
A one on one conversation over wine
—like a Paris Salon
Last summer I decided to spend more time in my home studio. Not wanting to get too isolated, I decided to create what I now call a, “Salon one on one”.
Once a week on Wednesdays I invited one gal I knew, but wanted to know better, to come to my home studio at 5 o’clock for a glass of wine and a few nibbles.
The thought occurred to me that I meet lots of people, as we all do, and lots we don’t really know. We work with each other but often know little beyond the work. We share on FB and are “friends”. We belong to organizations where we meet awesome women, work together on committees but have limited time to really get to know each other.
The first “Salon one on one” evening was so fun I asked another gal for the next Wednesday and then again and again. I continued the inviting until we moved inside in front of the fireplace and until I went off to Paris in late October.
One invitee asked, “so why are we meeting? What are you wanting to talk about?” My response was “there is no agenda. I recently read something you wrote and I liked what you said so I just want to know you better.”
Christmas 2016 Open Studio
Curiouser and curiouser...
We can’t Google our next brand new invention. We won’t find it there. It does not exist yet.
Nor does the all-knowing web browser offer up a vision or direction for our lives.
So that leaves us with, where do we look, who do we ask? Where does it live – that elusive thing or answer we are searching for?
It lives within us, waiting until we’re ready to ask.
I’m intrigued by Brian Glazer, the award-winning movie producer, “Apollo,” “A Beautiful Mind,” “Splash,” and his recent book titled, “A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life.”
Curiosity is a learning process. It’s also a means of overcoming fear, and as Grazer writes, “It never lets you down, and it’s curiosity that motivates discovery.”
"When we're curious, we open a door to the unknown and are likely to discover something that becomes life changing"
Join me for a new approach to creating vision
When: Thursday, April 21 (6-9) or Saturday, April 30 (10-1)
Where: Chester Studio, 4 Water Street, Chester, CT 06412
Fee & Materials: $124.95 includes your workshop fee and a BUTLER
CALL TO REGISTER TODAY
For More Information and to share with friends: Curiosity Workshop Flyer
Greater Hartford Women's Conference
Join me at the Greater Hartford Women's Conference
At the (ungodly) hour of 7:45 AM, I'll be facilitating a Morning Pages Workshop. Afterwards find our table and see theBUTLER and the new tabletop collection. The GHWC is a great day for connecting with like minded people, sharing our gifts, and taking time for professional and personal development.
Jill Butler Presents...Creating with Colleen & Lucy
Jill Butler Presents...
Creating with Colleen & Lucy
Ten year old Lucy loves making her own cards and even stores her craft supplies in her BUTLER. Her mom, Colleen, displays her favorite cards and crafted gifts, as well as her photos, in her BUTLER. Now the whole family can easily share this moveable feast of travel and family memories.
Jill Butler Presents...
Catching up with Linda and her BUTLER
Now that theBUTLER is out in the world, it's time to connect up with some friends who are enjoying their personal rack!
Meet Linda Sacha, an artist and card designer down in Florida who uses her BUTLER to beautifully display her printed birthday cards and note cards. She also discusses the retail possibilities of using theBUTLER, and how it helps her with her business.
Have you found a creative use for your BUTLER? Get in touch! Send us a picture on Facebook, shoot us an e-mail, or stop by the studio and show us in person!
AVAILABLE NOW FOR $69.00! JillButler.com/theBUTLER
I LOVE Summer!
Summer at last!
Fresh air, time to relax, kick back, oh yes please!
My two favorite illustration styles are cut-paper collage and pen&ink watercolor.
Being self-taught and not knowing the rules of “how-to”, one late evening in my Normandy studio, I started cutting paper and creating images which I assembled into a collage. It was surprisingly easy and unexpected. So surprising, I had to call Karen in the USA right then and there to share my excitement.
Matisse started cut-paper as an art form from his wheelchair at the time he could no longer stand at an easel. I called it “drawing with scissors” as an alternative to the more difficult (for me) drawing with pen, ink, and watercolor which came later.
With time and loads of espresso in the corner of a Paris cafe, I came to love this medium as well. Fresh as a salad, a bowl of fruit or a moment in a Paris cafe; we're pleasaed to present our brand new 12” x 18” placemats produced here in our Connecticut environs.
The mats can be wiped clean, are reusable and food safe while entertaining the eye and the taste buds. They make great gifts for you and your kitchen, pool side or deck. We are happy to ship as a gift as well.
Placemats are $ 8.00 each + shipping.