Playing Koi

Image by drp
This is a detail from a painting of a koi pond that Jolene did as a birthday present for her mother, Marta. It was to eventually turn into a floor piece under a homemade fountain that Marta constructed for her apartment in Louisville. Jolene tacked up the canvas on the back of the cabin we were staying in during our visit to Kentucky last year, and painted like a madwoman for a few days straight. The entire process was amazing to watch, and the result was truly impressive.

I don’t think I have ever met a more gifted artist, honestly. Jolene paints, sketches, sculpts, quilts, weaves, carves, makes jewelry, works in fabrics and textiles, photography…..and…..she can sing, play the sax, perform stand-up comedy, and conjure up Photoshop magic like no one’s business.

I may be a depressed, anxiety-plagued, unemployed momma’s boy with low self-esteem and debt problems, but hell….I ain’t stupid. I know enough to hitch my wagon to a star when I see one! Ha!

Do yourself a favor and check out her newly re-designed website when you get the chance too. It’s chock full o’ groovy stuff.

And by the way, if you are fortunate enough to get the Style Network on your cable TV system, Jolene will be one of the featured contestants on this Thursday’s "Craft Corner Deathmatch" game show. Watch her work some serious crafting mojo against a worthy opponent, as her daughter and I cheer her on from the sidelines.

You rock my socks, bay-beee.

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