Sunday, July 24, 2016

New Work: 12 x 12 x 12 July 2016


I've been working on a very colorful and large commission. In order to experiment with color, and also show the client how the front and back sides of monoprinted and painting fabric can look completely different, I made a sample as I was also painting the fabric for the commission. I also stitched the sample fabric with black thread, to show how that would look.

The result from the sample is 12 x 12 x 12 July 2016. 

The right side of this piece is the front side of the fabric, and the left is the back. Notice it almost looks batiked on the left side? That's the different layers of fabric paint resisting additional layers.

The small circles on the right and left sides are thin pieces of acrylic skins of photos of a neighbor's lawn with leaves last fall. The large black circles were handstamped with rubber erasers. 


This is my tenth year working on my 12 x 12 x 12 series. It gives me time to create one 12" x 12" x 1" piece on board each month. It's a wonderful opportunity for me to experiment with an idea or technique or a combination of both. Some of the pieces over the months and years have been really good, and others not so much. The only rules I have are that I have make something in the given month, and I can't throw the work out, even if it's unsuccessful.

Last autumn I took hundreds of photos of leaves or pine needles to use in the 2016 12 x 12 x 12 series. Part of the challenge is to figure out different ways to incorporate them each month. I almost decided to not use the acrylic skins of photos this month, but then realized the circles would be a good addition to the design.

Monday, July 18, 2016

You're Invited: Electric Boxes Dedication


Please join us on the Natick Common, during Natick ArtWalk on Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 6pm, for the official dedication of the two electric boxes I painted, Electric Fences, and as well as the box Jason Cheeseman-Meyer painted.

The celebration, which is open to the public, will take place at the corner of Routes 135 and 27, in Natick, Massachusetts.

I'd like to thank the 
Natick Center Cultural District and Christ Lutheran Church in Natick for the opportunity to be one of Natick's two first public artists! Thank you also to friend and carpenter, Al Walker, for his suggestion and help repairing, cleaning, priming, and painting the cement bases black! I REALLY appreciate it!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

New Work: Electric Fences


Here are new pictures of Electric Fences, my Public Art painting of two electrical boxes on the Natick Common, at the corner of Routes 135 and 27, in Natick, MA. I worked on them for a number of weeks in April and May 2016.

Electric Fences combines painting of two fence patterns with drawing and handstamping, as an enhancement of two electric boxes on the Natick Common, in Natick, MA.



Tuesday, June 28, 2016

New Work: 12 x 12 x 12 June 2016


June was another busy month, but I was able to find the time to create 12 x 12 x 12 June 2016. I was definitely trying to be more playful with patterning this month.

This piece is made as a collage, on board, with random strips of monoprinted construction fence fabric running horizontally. Then I added thin pieces of acrylic skins of photos, of a neighbor's lawn with leaves last fall, in between the random stitched lines on the fabric. Above the skins are small red lines and orange dots from acrylic paint markers. 


This is my tenth year working on my 12 x 12 x 12 series. It gives me time to create one 12" x 12" x 1" piece on board each month. It's a wonderful opportunity for me to experiment with an idea or technique or a combination of both. Some of the pieces over the months and years have been really good, and others not so much. The only rules I have are that I have make something in the given month, and I can't throw the work out, even if it's unsuccessful.

Last autumn I took hundreds of photos of leaves or pine needles to use in the 2016 12 x 12 x 12 series. Part of the challenge is to figure out different ways to incorporate them each month.

Monday, May 30, 2016

On Exhibit: Fence/Curtain 2.1


Fence/Curtain 2.1, a decorative barrier that gives the illusion of a curtain, is on exhibit in Natural Threads 2016, at the Heritage Museums & Gardens, in Sandwich, MA, on Cape Cod, from June 4 - October 10, 2016.

This piece was previously exhibited as Fence/Curtain 2.0 at the Boston Center for the Arts, in Boston, MA.

It is made of monoprinted textures of different patterns of construction fencing, and handstamped and hand painted geometric shapes, on cotton fabric that is stiffened and water resistant.




Below is the back view from the road behind it.

Friday, May 27, 2016

New Work: 12 x 12 x 12 May 2016


The month on May has been extremely busy, and this week crazy busy, but I was able to find a few minutes here and there to create 12 x 12 x 12 May 2016. 

It's a collaged painting made with monoprinted construction fence fabric and acrylic skins of photos of a neighbor's lawn with leaves last fall. 

I used a new art supply to outline the squares, the green acrylic paint marker I bought to use on the electric boxes I painted on Natick Common in Natick, MA. Normally I would paint an outline, but I have to say that I LOVE the markers! They are so easy to handle. I can't wait for the next opportunity. Maybe for my June 12 x 12 x12? We shall see.

This is my tenth year working on my 12 x 12 x 12 series. It gives me time to create one 12" x 12" x 1" piece on board each month. It's a wonderful opportunity for me to experiment with an idea or technique or a combination of both. Some of the pieces over the months and years have been really good, and others not so much. The only rules I have are that I have make something in the given month, and I can't throw the work out, even if it's unsuccessful.

Last autumn I took hundreds of photos of leaves or pine needles to use in the 2016 12 x 12 x 12 series. I look forward to using more of them for the rest of the year. I'm also using autumn photographs in a series that's in process. More about that at a later date.

Friday, May 20, 2016

New Public Art: Electric Fences


Introducing Electric Fences, two electric boxes I painted on the Natick Common, at the corner of Routes 135 and 27, in Natick, MA.


Creating art also includes writing an artists' statement about it:

Jeanne Williamson’s mixed media work incorporates the grids of orange construction fences.

Many construction sites use these plastic fences as a barrier to keep people out of danger and off the work site. Jeanne has been collecting different shapes and patterns of fences for many years.

For Electric Fences Jeanne combined painting of two fence patterns with drawing and handstamping, as an enhancement of two electric boxes on the Natick Common, in Natick, MA.


My designed and submitted proposal was accepted in the Fall of 2015. I spent the winter looking forward to warmer weather, so I could get started. The painting took me over 52 hours over a month in Spring 2016. If you're interested in seeing photos documenting my painting, please take a look at my Artist Facebook page, and scroll backwards.

You can also see a few pictures (though not as many) on Twitter and Instagram.

My photographer will be taking much better pictures soon, which I will share when available. 


If you know my artwork, you know I monoprint and paint on fabric, and have been doing that for over 20+ years. This is my first time painting on metal, outside, in public. As hard as it was to do, I totally enjoyed it, and I LOVE the reactions I’m getting from the community. Whether people like my design or not, they’re definitely reacting to it, and that includes kids and adults of all ages. I can’t thank the Natick Center Cultural District and Christ Lutheran Church for the opportunity to be one of Natick's two first public artists! Thank you also to friend and carpenter, Al Walker, for his suggestion and help repairing, cleaning, priming, and painting the cement bases black! I REALLY appreciate it!