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Jan Avellana
Honolulu
Artist + Writer
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So I was listening to Dr. Pizza :P on Creative Pep Talk, Episode 116 (Unlock Your True Potential) and in this talk he talks about giving new ideas space to grow, by thinking on those things that haven’t been fully... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2017 at Jan Avellana | Art + Words
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Suffering from a massive case of the Sunday blues, artmaking brought some relief this evening. Sometimes I like to go to three dimensional clay pieces. This was an old project that I decided to paint tonight—it's air dry clay over... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2017 at Jan Avellana | Art + Words
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Of stories and branding and marketing of any good or service, Seth Godin says, “The story we tell ourselves is actually what is being sold. The challenge is not how to be successful, but how do we figure out how... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2017 at Jan Avellana | Art + Words
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"I give you this to take with you: Nothing remains as it was. If you know this, you can begin again, with pure joy in the uprooting." ~Judith Minty What brings me creative joy? Pure joy—unadulterated by trends, financial potential,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2017 at Jan Avellana | Art + Words
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:) drumroll please...!!! announcing, my 2nd quilting collection with windham fabrics! entitled 'aliens', the artwork is directly inspired by (and dedicated to) my two lovely, hilarious and crazy boys! There are 15 SKU's total, so here’s just a taste and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2016 at Jan Avellana | Art + Words
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my wish for this lifetime is for kindness in the world, and love that seeks the best of the other even if it conflicts with our own personal values or interests, for sweet laughter of innocents, for suffering and pain... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2016 at Jan Avellana | Art + Words
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{“where i create, there i am true” ~rilke | © jan avellana, 2016 } what does it mean to be true? with so much going on in the world today, one of the questions i am asking myself is what... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2016 at Jan Avellana | Art + Words
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hello. it’s been so long since i've written here—i have missed here very much. i started off this blog as a thing i did just to get my feet wet on the interwebs and then it became a sacred creative... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2016 at Jan Avellana | Art + Words
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It's been a hard two years full of choices made, roads taken—some out of necessity, and some of life just happens and I've done my best to weather it. Dad has been gone almost a year and a half now,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2016 at Jan Avellana | Art + Words
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Dear Friends on the Internets and in Person, Do you ever feel like you are from an alien planet and that somehow, your people left you behind on this weird world? I feel like that every single day. That my... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2016 at Jan Avellana | Art + Words
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This is for everyone living in the in-between spaces of life. In-between the big idea getting accepted and the daily sketching, in-between jobs or significant others or homes—this is where most of our living actually happens—in the humble places of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2016 at Jan Avellana | Art + Words
thanks neen, just for always being there. and for wanting good things for me. and for being a friend. xo
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jenny! happy new year! yes, i'm constantly turning things over in my mind too. well, here's to a fresh new year to try! xo
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:) yay! party people! <3 thank you for being one of my biggest cheerleaders in this life. i am so grateful for you. xo
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dear alison, i pray and hope that 2016 allows you more creative time too. it makes me smile to think of the pillow project!!! perhaps, soon? xo, jan
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with the full-time day job i took up in july, i knew in my bones that the long days would take away from time spent artmaking. i knew it, and i readied myself for it (the best anyone can when... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2015 at Jan Avellana | Art + Words
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once upon a time there was a girl. she was just a regular, ordinary girl—the kind you see at the supermarket or at the bank. there was nothing remotely comely about her outward appearance, in fact, you might say she... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2015 at Jan Avellana | Art + Words
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TAaaddaaAhhHHHH!!! Meet my new art collective! Kindred Art Collective is a gathering of 6 independent artists from around the globe. Together we represent the world quite literally. Hailing from Tuscany (Sara Brezzi) to Philadelphia (Barbara Zuckerman Chotiner), the Istrian Peninsula... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2015 at Jan Avellana | Art + Words
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TAaaddaaAhhHHHH!!! Meet my new art collective! Kindred Art Collective is a gathering of 6 independent artists from around the globe. Together we represent the world quite literally. Hailing from Tuscany (Sara Brezzi) to Philadelphia (Barbara Zuckerman Chotiner), the Istrian Peninsula... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2015 at Jan Avellana | Art + Words
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Vote for me here :) There are oodles of hours and brainstorming that goes on behind the scenes and before the final artwork gets seen. And lots (and lots) of late nights... Sketches that morph... and become something else... It’s... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2015 at Jan Avellana | Art + Words
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Holy Cow, it’s been a while, hasn’t it?! So MUCH has been going on...where to begin? The lastest happenings is that I’ve made it into Round 2 for Lilla Rogers’ Global Talent Search for 3 straight years in a row!... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2015 at Jan Avellana | Art + Words