Sunday, May 14, 2017

Grateful



Today was an extra special, slightly emotional, absolutely surreal, wonderful day! I guess I am still trying to wrap my head around the fact that our baby girl is officially ONE!

I'll never forget this weekend one year ago, when we brought our baby into the world. It was not an easy weekend. I mean, is any labor easy?  However, it was totally worth it! It's been the most amazing, exhausting, scary, love-filled, emotional, most challenging year of my life, and I'm so grateful for each moment of it. I cannot put into words how much love I have for this tiny human. Somehow, my love for her grows even more each day.


Happy 1st Birthday, Emmajean!

Emmajean loves having her Gima Dawn in town! 




Daddy and Mommy bought this little cherub a swing for her first birthday!

Grateful.

I'm so grateful to have been raised by such a strong, supportive, faithful, understanding mom. I'm grateful for her example and unconditional love. I'm grateful for her guidance and reassurance when I call her with some crazy question or parenting fear. I'm grateful for the technology to be able to feel close to my family and friends who are 1000 miles away and beyond. I'm grateful for a truly spectacular husband. I'm grateful for a wonderful mom-in-law, grandmas, aunts, cousins, and friends who've also shown the world what it looks like to be amazing moms. Most of all I'm grateful for love, for grace, and for the out-of-this-world experience it is to be Emmajean's mommy.

Happy Mother's Day to all of the amazing moms and mother figures out there. I admire you all! 

AND...
It was extra-special to share my very first Mother's Day with my baby girl's first birthday. 
Of course, I had to bake her a little cake!







I think it was a hit! 





Cheers,
Jillian 








Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The Left Bank Shop and Gallery | Open



The Left Bank Shop & Gallery 
at The McGregor-Marquette Center for the Arts
158  Main Street, P.O. Box 451
McGregor, Iowa 52157

Open 7 days a week | 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM



The Left Bank Shop and Gallery is officially open for the 2017 season! There was a soft opening last week of the retail gallery, and there will be a special exhibit opening on Friday, June 2nd, 2017. 

The retail gallery is stocked full of ART from the the area's best artists, and you can find everything from traditional oil paintings to contemporary art, funky cool silverware jewelry, handmade handbags, photography, printmaking, ceramics, fiber art and more! 

I was so excited to see the new artwork on display at the retail gallery that I had to get in there right away! Each year there is such a transformation from when I drop my artwork off to when the volunteer crew has arranged the artwork throughout the space. The staff and volunteers do such an amazing job, and this year was no different.  I had to take a few images to share with y'all! Can you believe the variety of quality artwork available in northeast Iowa? 






Is it just me, or would anything from the Left Bank make the perfect Mother's Day gift? :) 


Special Exhibits 2017

First up is "First Impressions" 

The first special exhibit,"First Impressions," runs June 2nd through July 15th, 2017. This special exhibit features work from several artists, including: 

Photography by Julie Burroughs
Photography by Kathy Doyle
Fused Glass by Debra Hall
2D Collage by Kris Grover
Wood Working by Terry Beck
Felt Fiber Art by Danita Doerre
Pottery by Linda Sulzdorf


Even if you've popped into the gallery already, you'll still want to make it to the "First Impressions" opening night event. It's a great time to meet and mingle with the artists, enjoy refreshments, and talk art. Join us, Friday, June 2nd, from 6-8pm for art, refreshments, live music and fun! 

In the meantime, check-out artist info and future events at the Left Bank official website: 


Has this been a fun blog post or what?
I'll be curious to know what you think about the special exhibit!
I'll share more on the special exhibit after the opening...
so be sure to get over there and see it for yourself in person. 

Cheers
Jillian 





Coming soon: Emmajean turns 1!, Farmhouse projects, and of course more on ART








Monday, April 24, 2017

Abstract Atmospheres at ArtHaus




Opening night | Friday, May 26th, 2017

ArtHaus
508 W Water St
Decorah, IA 52101
Gallery hours: Monday-Friday 12-5pm







I hope you'll join me at ArtHaus in Decorah, Iowa, for my solo exhibition featuring new abstract paintings. I'll also be exhibiting a few of my very favorite abstract paintings from my private collection, all of which will be available for purchase from May 26th through July 13th. 


Cheers <3
Jillian 

Friday, April 21, 2017

Special delivery to the Left Bank Gallery



Today I made a special delivery of JWebb original art to the Left Bank Shop and Gallery in McGregor, Iowa.

The Left Bank Shop & Gallery At the McGregor-Marquette Center for the Arts
158 Main Street, P.O. Box 451
McGregor, Iowa  52157
Tel   563.329.2010

OPENING FOR THE 2017 SEASON IS MAY 5th! 

​Open 7 days a week  9am-5pm


If you follow the blog you'll remember the gallery adopted the new name The Left Bank Shop and Gallery last season and is still located in the historic corner bank building in downtown McGregor, Iowa. 

Take a look at their website for more info on their artists and upcoming events. I'll be sharing my thoughts and images throughout the season, right here on SunnyinSaintOlaf.com 

I highly encourage you to visit the gallery this season, it will quickly become one of your new favorite art destinations! 

CHEERS
Jillian 

Thursday, April 6, 2017

The Perfect Baby Gift


The PERFECT baby gift! 

My sister is the owner/creator of AutumnMossDesign on Etsy and makes several different handmade items. One of my favorites is her handmade organic teething ring. They are made of natural materials, neutrally colored, and totally chic.

These are absolutely perfect for all babies, gender neutral, safe, and did I mention.... my little absolutely loves hers!







Emmajean is ten months old and teething like crazy. I hold the the cloth under cold running water and she absolutely loves chewing on it. I can tell it instantly soothes her little teeth and she loves to chew on the wooden ring. This is officially my new "go-to-gift" for all of my friends who are expecting or already have little ones of their own!  It's reassuring to know that I'm giving them something they'll need and that their babies will love, all while supporting a small business!



So proud of you, Britt! Keep up the gorgeous creative work!


Cheers,
Jillian

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Lifestyle Photography


Today our little punkin turned ten months old! 

I photograph Emmajean every day with my cellphone and often with my professional camera. Every month I try to take a few extra-special photos on her "birthday"... I am a photographer after all. This month she has changed so much and I wanted to document the day with one of my natural-light lifestyle photo sessions.

I thought you all would like to see these adorable images and also take a look at what I mean by a lifestyle photo session. Verbally, I can tell you that my photographic style is a mix between lifestyle and traditional portrait photography. While I do stage and pose some of the shots, the majority of the photos were taken doing things Emmajean does all of the time in her own environment. 

What I love about these photos is that not only do they capture her curiosity, her exploration, her playing, and her many faces, they do so in a space that is sentimentally significant to us. When we look back at these photos in 20 years, I'll be able to show Emmajean how the banner that hung above her bed was saved from the beautiful baby shower that Cindy and Julie threw for us at our church before she was born. I'll be able to tell her that it hung above her crib that was passed down from her cousins Aubrie and Callan in North Carolina; and how her Gima and Aunt Britty painted the crib the perfect shade of yellow and drove it out to our farmhouse in Iowa. I'll be able to tell her how special it was to read her all of the books that so many wonderful friends gave to her. 

I'll be able to show her that her nursery was neat and tidy...     


and that it was also full of toys, a zoo, and covered in dirty clothes. 




I'll be able to show her how she loved taking out all of the toys and playing in her toy box. I'll be able to tell her how she learned to balance that month and loved to explore in every nook and cranny.



I'll tell her how I put her in her crib to keep her safe while I went to the bathroom or changed out the laundry. I'll be able to show her how we had to lower her crib because she was growing so quickly.





I'll be able to tell her this photo was one of the very first steps she took, off balance, holding onto mommy's leg. 




I'll tell her how she just learned to rock herself in the toy "basket," and how we thought those gappy baby teeth were the cutest things ever! I'll tell her how I let her pull out her clothes for fun because it was so precious to watch her play, even if she made a mess.









I'll tell her how she loved to get her hands on anything made of paper, and would try to eat it! 






I'll tell her how she learned to stand tall and how to squat to get down safely. 

And yes, after all of the playing was done, Mommy cleaned up the nursery for a few tidy photos, too.






And while we had so much fun making a mess and taking beautiful real-life photos, I also captured a few posed images that reflected her new-found joy of her toy basket. 




Yes, it was a wonderful day. We played, we photographed, and we wore this little 10-month-old out!


Interested in one of my lifestyle photo sessions for you or your little one? Visit JillianWebbArt.com for session information and contact me. I'd love to help you save these fleeting amazing moments with your little ones.

 
Cheers,
Jillian