Hi, so this is my attempt at sharing my work, thoughts, and ideas with you. Most of my art pieces can be found at my website www.artbyjackiecerise.com and selected pieces can be personally seen at Abode and Shades of Blue in New Orleans. I would love to hear from you.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Exciting things to come

So many changes, so many good things in my life lately.  I give thanks to whoever is out there that is responsible for giving me so much happiness as of late.  There's a reason and a purpose and I'm grateful and ready for whatever these changes might bring.  More on that later on....

Now, painting is my objective and I'm really pleased with the little creative muse hovering around me.  I've been doing different things and continuing on some old things.  My sacred hearts are still there...developing...changing a little but never venturing too far.  I love my hearts and every time I start on a new one, my own heart skips a little.

Something new are my faces...They began one day with a look at someone's eyes and immediately I knew I had to paint them.  The result was incredibly satisfying and beautiful to my eyes.  I've done a few since then, including my daughter's face and I can't wait to see where it and/or they will take me.

Here are a few recent things...

"Infinity Circle Mexican Sacred Heart"

"Waiting...I'm here"

"Blue Eyes"

Monday, April 18, 2016

Returning to my little piece of Heaven

Last week I returned to Culebra, my little piece of heaven off the coast of Puerto Rico.  It had been a couple of years since I had visited and a little longer since I had been there by myself.  Since 1999, Culebra has been my escape, my solace, my place to nourish my soul and heal my hidden wounds.

This trip was particularly special as I have come to a place and time in life of complete understanding of who I am, where I am and what I would like my future to be.  The trip had no agenda, I just wanted to feel the island and its energy.  I wanted to reflect and rejoice on everything that's good in my life.  Once again, seeing my friends soothed my soul with their eternal smiles and joy of living.  I love them all for their unique personalities and the love that they have given me through the years.

The last day came and tears were shed.  I always leave behind a little part of me.  Here are some photos of some amazing places.
My little home away from home

What a perfect door....

Zoni Beach...always a favorite.

Totally Idyllic

Secluded Tortola Beach.  Magical.

Monday, April 4, 2016

To a Good Home..

I love when I get to meet the person who purchases one of my paintings.  More often than not, the whole transaction is done online and I never really know where they end up.

So, when I get contacted by a local person and I get to meet them, it makes the whole exchange super special for me.  I love all my paintings and I am always able to associate feelings or thoughts that were going through my mind and body at the time of creating each particular piece.

This past week I had the pleasure of meeting a very interesting buyer, that although presently living not far from me, he's originally from London.  I'm a sucker for accents and immediately loved that my paintings were being admired by a foreigner, lol (albeit a local at the moment.)  He ended up purchasing three Sacred Heart Series paintings.  One of them I had to deliver to his house the next day and to see where they were going to be placed gave me great pleasure.  It was a lovely place indeed.

They will be missed....

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Mexico, we are ready!

So my friend D and I got together last night and finalized our itinerary for our upcoming trip to Baja California, Mexico, in July.  Of course we did this while we savagely ate Mexican food and quenched our thirst with wine.  We were very excited, to say the least.

The plan is to fly to San Diego and then go across the border where we'll rent a car (or an SUV hopefully) and drive all the way down to Cabo San Lucas.  Of course the magic of the trip will be our stops along the way to lonely towns, deserted beaches, cantinas....the list is endless.  We even finagled a chaperone who is going to pick us up at the airport in San Diego and accompany us all the way down.  Mr. Chaperone's job will be to keep us from getting into too much trouble while tasting all the different tequilas along the way.  We have everything covered :)

Joking aside, this trip to Mexico has been a dream of mine for a very long time.  I hope and pray to be able to capture the essence that will translate into my art.  I can already picture the vistas..the colors..the architecture.  I know it will be a trip to remember forever.

Here are some recent Sacred Heart paintings.  I don't get tired of doing them. 

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

I have been painting my interpretation of the Mexican Sacred Heart...ummm for about a year now.  I love it.  Every time I start a new one I get a good feeling all over.  I love those kinds of paintings.  They are fun. 

Recently, I fulfilled my dream of going to Mexico.  I went to Tulum, a lovely small town south of Cancun.  Just like I knew I would, I fell in love with Mexico.  The colors, the culture, the food, the history...My senses were in ecstasy the entire time.  It was very difficult to leave.

And so I came back with a new wave of inspiration.  I have so many ideas and so little time to express them.  Here's my first...

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Sad Lady

I did this painting a few months back during a brief time of self-awareness which in turn made me terribly sad.  It was painted with a sorrowful soul.  I put it away.  The other day I was re-organizing my studio and saw her again.  She reminded me of the feelings I had when I created her and my heart cried.  I was going to hide her again deeper this time, but I realized that she's me at that time but that's not all of me.  Life has chopped to pieces my very foundation leaving me sometimes feeling like I'm hanging on by the thinnest of threads.  But for each heartache, there's been triumph and recovery.  I am the collection of my sad experiences as well as the best experiences a woman could ever hope to encounter.  That of course is another story...

And so I'm taking her out of hiding and proudly showing her.  The pain resting on her shoulders is all but fleeting, leaving behind a strong, albeit a little scarred, woman. 

Monday, March 30, 2015

A Little Sister Love

Oof! Finally finished my sister's painting.  It took forever to finish or to get to a point where I thought it was finished.  But I couldn't be more pleased.  I thought I had finished it a couple of times before, but it just never felt right.

This weekend with wine in hand, bottle within easy reach, and the best puertorican salsa music I could find, I cloistered myself in the studio and didn't come out until it felt right.  So...after a few re-do's here and there, a few new elements added, and a lot of analyzing looks from across the room...and VOILA!  It was done.

Art creation has a life of its own.  It grows and evolves through the artist.  The difficult trick is recognizing when to stop and appreciate the final product.