Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Little bits of fabric, feathers, beads, maps, and lots of books; put them all together and what do you have?

Sometimes, I go through phases of collecting, different things at different times. It's really not that unusual for a mixed media artist that create assemblages and paints on a variety of surfaces. Things I have found myself collecting are almost always brightly colored and may not always make sense. I especially love fabrics and fibers. I haven't actually sewn anything in years although when I do I am in a phase for a while. I have been known to use fabric in art and I have made silk collages that went real quick. Any type of fabric with a cool texture like feathers, suede, felt, velvet and netting fabric are always welcome additions. For fun and for you never know when you might need it I collect sheers, scarfs, silk, linen, muslin, duck, velvet, denim, and pretty much anything that looks interesting or that I think can be used someday.  (including ribbons, beads, buttons and embroidery floss) Sometimes it's hard to throw things out.  I know I am not the only one, many artists are like this. I don't know why others do that, but I always think, I could make something with this.

Another thing... Books and Papers...

Books, especially hardbacks with a cool dust jacket or nice bindings. Altered books are a blast to make. Plus, the recreated book becomes home to some of the little collectible items. You never know what I may throw in, you may find sheet music, quotes and things from other books, maps, photos, receipts, magazines, tissues, candy papers, napkins, fancy envelopes, pretty papers, scraps from old drawings. By time I get done with one, it is actually a work of art, reminiscent of an art journal.

JeaneePaintsLive has another blog and it is one I have had over 10 years! It is filled with photographs about the arts,
art shows, music shows, paintings I have done, local art leagues, poetry, music festivals, maybe even one or two where I am painting live, other fun things in life.  If you want to
check it out go to:


I did a special collection recently about Fall. I created many leaves and many variations on leaves. I have leaves in almost every media, the one here is a mixed media.

Back to class now.
yours truly,

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Time - it belongs to no one

Time... it belongs to no one...     c2017Bourque

Life is a whirlwind spinning us round and round
In rhythm with the earth 360 every twenty fourth hour
Some days seem shorter while some seem longer
But it all goes by outside of any human power
Tick tock, tick tock, tick tock, the heart ticks stronger.

The passing of time, amazing in it's simplicity, yet
The child within still lives on even as time has passed
Uncontrollably in it's complexity, forever in it's debt
The teenager lives freely filled with opinions amassed
Tick tock, tick tock, tick tock, the heart ticks stronger.

Innocence and naive children no more, the stage is set
Youthful belief in fairy tales disintegrate
Approaching the next marker of time....
We realize all things eventually evaporate
Tick tock, tick tock, tick tock, the heart ticks stronger.

Fast forward here we are now grown and back in today
We breezed past childhood, parent-hood and the neighborhood
Life is a series in linear fashion, each year building on the other
You can't hit rewind and pretend, you cannot stop and play.
Tick tock, tick tock, tick tock, the heart ticks stronger.

Everyday plays on the previous, the prior, living in the moment
Making wise decisions is all we can hope for today, tomorrow
Is never guaranteed, Eventually, we all get the wake up call,
Through lives highs and lows our mind likes to be content
Tick tock, tick tock, tick tock, the heart ticks stronger.

Be wise, my dear, give thanks and heed life's warnings, 
We too, realize that as a youth our time seemed unlimited
With maturity we realize we do not and cannot control things
Because time gets us all in it's death call. Temporarily escape
Tick tock, tick tock, tick tock, the heart ticks stronger.

In the end, we must spend our time wisely, the clock's power
It's an illusion, as the higher power has the power of the hour
Within it, we decide how best to build our life, our future
Youth must choose a life's path, without a GPS or even a map
Tick tock, tick tock, tick tock, the heart ticks stronger.

Philosophers share ethical frameworks, Businesses have plans,
No one knows everything, even a genius cannot tap the wisdom
Machines try to control time and people try to manage Time
Time and life, forever entwined with death, time is lost for a moment.
Beyond human control but a mere figment of our reality
Tick tock, tick tock, tick tock, the heart ticks no more.

hugs Jeanee
cJeanBourque 2017.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Painting to the Beat and Learning Guitar.... UPDATED

 All artwork copyright JeanBourque.

I have been painting all summer and have had a blast!! School starts back up next week!! So decided it is a good time to write a blog post about my attempts to learn to play guitar.

Driving Lights!
July 2017
 My newest guitar has steel strings, my old guitar had nylon strings. So I need to toughen up my finger tips. (LOL)
I learned to read music as a kid and you would think it would be easier for me to learn guitar because of that. However, I have discovered, many musicians actually do not read music. 
They feel it and it flows.
My brain wants to know, 
how do they do that?
I am slowly learning "tabs" and relearning notes and chords. However,  what I would like to develop is the ability to recognize what I am hearing and interpret that instrumentally and "feel" the music onto the Steel String Acoustic Guitar. This is the classical guitar showing strings and how thin they are. The new guitar has steel strings, which are thicker.

I can feel it with paint and paint to the music, keep the beat and flow with it. Intellectually, I know it is just a matter of applying that to the guitar. Easier said than done. I am a natural drummer... so changing that to be a natural strummer is

Painting to the beat JeaneePaintsLive shows a painting in progress (above). 
I "feel" the music when I paint and want to interpret it to play guitar or any other instrument. Since a few people have asked about what I have in my hand, that is a palette knife. I actually use them a lot, however, I do also paint with ordinary artist's brushes as well. Typically on stage, I am painting in acrylics on pre-stretched canvas and every now and then, I will throw in other things, creating a mixed media piece. For example, one time when I was painting live to "The Dubber" aka Wendall Culbreath, he broke a string while playing and I added that into the painting. It didn't want to stay on but eventually, the paint and mediums dried and it became part of the piece. 

I Believe in Miracles!!

Guitar Based:

Thank you Guitar Sage

Piano Based:


Thank you Aimee

Yours Truly,

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

It's Maymester and Jeanee is Right back at It! Drawing, that is...

Maymester officially began yesterday and I am on Sara Schneckloth's ARTS330 Drawing intensive!
My former teacher, James Busby is also teaching a class here but he is teaching intro...and I had that a couple years ago. Sara has such a great personality, she smiles all the time and laughs a lot. I love that in a person. She also accepts free spirits like myself and Alex who was also in my last drawing class. He always has head phones on. Big stereo type head phones. He is usually later than I am for school. So... that is all I know about him. LOL! The other people in the class all seem really nice and fun. Tim was in a painting class with me before. He is an excellent painter. We also have Kelsey, Maddie, AnnaGrace and Mogan plus Jason in our class. Tomorrow Eileen Blythe is giving a demo!!

Been drawing models, flowers and leaves. Found one with lots of colors.... will post as soon as I have a painting. You can follow me on Instagram at artjeanee! Teacher says we will be using instagram for our art class! Cool!

Until later my friends... keep your hands in the art!!
Yours Truly

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Spring semester wind down... 2017

All paintings on this page are by Jean Bourque Copyright 2017... some may still be in progress!!

Dear Friends....

Another school year is about over and there are so many things still left to do. I have a lot of friends graduating and realize the paint studio at school is going to be pretty empty this summer.  But come fall there will be a new crop of painters moving in. As for me, i am taking classes this summer as well, so I will be in the studio and painting!!! Maybe I will get them all done in time for the Fall. (kidding, they will be done before then!)

Yes, you remember correctly, originally I had planned to graduate Spring 17, but I didn't realize just how hard academic classes would be after being away so long and after having chemo treatments. LOL! Needless to say, some semesters I quickly realized I bit off more than I could chew and had to drop a course or two here or there. Plus the issue with German 2. I dropped and choose diff language... and it's still hard but I know I have to do it. LOL!

My busiest and best semester ever was Fall 2016, I took 6 classes, worked part time, and even made the Dean's list! But I absolutely had no spare time and no fun. Spring 2017, I only signed up for 4 classes because one was a double painting class plus I also took two classes at City Arts during this time. Oil Painting, of course, but here is the surprise, I took two classes one 6 week with Stephen Whetstone in Portraits and then I did the two day workshop with Michael DelPriore also in Portraits.
No, I am not planning on becoming a portrait artist. But I can paint people, much better!!

I love abstracts and experimental art forms even more than ever, but every now and then I like to throw a person or two in the mix. Plus, I know I will eventually "have" to take figure drawing/painting at school, so I may as well prepare for it! LOL! Right now, I have paint on my arms and I am sure on my face... and I have my dirty paint apron on and have 16 paintings out I am working on. That is a lot. I think it is the most I have ever had going at one time. LOL!

You could say I have become fussier now. LOL! A little knowledge can be a dangerous thing. It's been a tough semester, what with having to research, write and give 4 speeches and the second semester of Spansh. It has been a real nightmare for me. I have never been one for public speaking. It's funny because when I was a kid I loved being in plays, but after moving to SC, I became shy. I have no idea why! LOL!!

I love my drawing class. I swear I have the BEST drawing teacher ever! His name is James Busby and he is a great painter and shows in NY. He has lots of patience which as any experimental artist can tell you, is a GREAT quality when dealing with artists like me! He is very versatile his work ranges from very realistic to super abstarcat and sometimes geometric, google him... if you want to know more!

I will miss my paint mates at school as they will all be graduating all but one. I have painted a lot with Matthew Berry while he painted in the studio beside mine. I hadn't really been painting with anyone since my best friend died in 2010. So it's been really cool, to get feedback and learn ways others work when they paint.  He does really awesome work. He is really skilled in drawing and plans all his paintings. He does really large paintings often with Native Americans in them and a lot of mystery and magic. His paintings are meditative and similiar to Alex Gray. Not exactly but they are realistic, extremely well rendered and have lots of information and details to them, that I have never attempted to paint anything like them. They seem complicated but I love looking at his work. Maybe we can trade one.

Some of mine have been at the point where I thought they were done.... but my teacher or anoither painter would point out something so now.... I think I may have 2 of the 16 done. I have to have three done by Friday. Guess I need to prioritize! LOL!  Friday is final critique and last day of school, not counting finals. I have two, one in Speech and the other in Spanish 2 ...FUN, fun, Fun.... NOT!!

Hope you all are painting or doing something you love... catch ya' later,
Hasta Luigo,

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Lauren Chapman at 80808 April 28, 2017

Hi friends,

Just wanted to tell you about a great art show coming up. My classmate Lauren Chapman will be graduating soon with her BFA. She is a great painter and has already won numerous awards. 

Her art show will be at 80808 in the Vista in Columbia SC.
The Artist's Reception will be Friday April 28, 2017 from 6-9 pm. This artist is definetly going places, you should see her art!! 

Yours truly... 

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

City Arts In Columbia SC

This is my Yelp review on the City Art Gallery 1224 Lincoln St. Columbia, SC and art supply store.

City Art is by far the most all service art gallery in the capital city of Columbia, SC. They do it all and they have it all. For starters, I have been a customer of this business for well over 25 years. Back when I first went to their store on Broad River Rd. called Dutch Door. It was a tiny little store and I am happy to say this business grew from humble beginnings to the immense presence in downtown Columbia SC by having high quality art supplies and great customer service. When they moved downtown they quickly became the go to for art supplies.
They have monthly art shows and assembled a group of artists and art collections for sale, above and beyond all the other places in town put together. They also offer custom framing and special orders. Anything any art student from USC or any of the 30 colleges and even more high school students could possibly need they have it. Any type of painting, printing, drawing you need or want to do, you can get your supply there. They even have rarely used items such as silverpoint, #3 mechanical pencils, ground pigments and the best supply of easels I have ever personally seen!
The building is huge and the main floor gallery can be rented for weddings and events. Who knows maybe I will get married there someday. (If ever, lol!) The classes I have taken with them, starting way back at Dutch Door for Matting and to this day Oil Painting portraits with Stephen Whetstone and a 2 day oil painting portrait workshop next month with Michael DelPriore and others in between, have all been great learning experiences.
Not only that, but I can call up and say I am going to need a yard of canvas and I will be over to pick it up and it will be ready. Randy Hanna (one of the principles) can point you to exactly what you need and being in business so long, he knows what all the teachers' prefer the students to use. Best gallery and best art supply, by far!!!

If they had 10 stars this place would get that!