I’m in the studio today with a relative newcomer to the Etsy family. Please meet ... DJ.
FK: What's your morning nourishment to get you going each day?
A bowl of cereal!
FK: Okay! I'll pour my coffee while you introduce yourself.
My name is Dolores Jablonski, but you can call me DJ. My etsy shop is http://www.djsart.etsy.com/. I just started my blog, which is http://djsart.blogspot.com/. I hope to have a shop up and running on Zazzle soon, so I can have my artwork available on t-shirts, mugs, ties, etc.
My etsy shop hasn't been open for very long - I opened it in March of this year. About 3 years ago, I had just moved to Virginia Beach and re-married when I saw Etsy mentioned in a magazine ad. I was still painting, but I had shut down my business until the animals and I could get adjusted to our new life. So finally this year I started my business again. I've met some really cool, helpful, and supportive people on Etsy. It has been wonderful! When you work at home it’s easy to become isolated so this helps. I've learned new computer skills, started my own blog, joined two teams (VAST and AWEteam) - and there is still so much more to learn.
FK: Are you living in Virginia Beach now? Tell me about your family …
FK: How did you end up in Wyoming?
I went to college in Kansas right after high school, met my first husband there and moved to Wyoming ... the rest is history.
My favorite subjects? Flowers, teddy bears, cats, Labradors, fantasy, fairies, dragons and such. I love the whimsical, the forgotten childhood. Life can get so busy but the whimsy is out there, when you watch a child play, when a cat chases nothing, when flowers seem to shine brightly.
FK: How long have you been an artist?
Well according to my family I have been an artist the day I took a crayon and drew what looked like an native American head, with full head dress on the wall behind the bathroom door! As a child, I was always creative, always drawing, painting, making my Barbi clothes, cutting paper, gluing, examining things, crafts, my head in the clouds. I've tried and worked in a number of different media, clay to quilting and anything in-between. I have been a working artist for close to 20 years; for twelve of those years I designed and made the teddy bears.
FK: What inspires you?
Life inspires me … memories of my children growing up, stories that we used to tell one another while we hiked or camped … a trip, a day out, sometimes a color, the seasons, holidays ... the silliness of my Labs, the sweetness of my cats … groups of trees, flowers I grow … my imagination … the question, "what if?" It can be anything. Take for instance, my painting The Doorway - it all started with a missing antique key and a tree and being awake at 2 a.m. LOL
FK: Where do you look – or go – for inspiration?
I love to walk, long quiet walks with my Labs. Most art journals have sketches, mine has work titles, written descriptions, colors or moods or reference photos. I'm always thinking. If I'm not in my studio physically working on a piece, I'm working on it in my head. Anything around me has creative potential.
FK: Where’s your “quiet place” – somewhere you go to rest, refresh, meditate?
Surprisingly my studio is the most peaceful place in my home. It's in the back of the house and very quiet. It has lots of light, no phone and lots of unusual stuff, anything from twisted branches, sea shells and rocks, to my children's art and some pieces of my own. Being outside is the next place for me to find solitude, whether it's at the beach or just in my own backyard.
FK: Anything else you we should know?
I do want to let people know that I have signed my name in different ways in the past: Dolores, Dolores R. or Dolores Ribordy (before divorce), and A.Ravenlee. If you see one of these signatures, they're my paintings. Since my re-marriage I’m DJ, and that’s how I sign my art.
Thank you, Felicia, for allowing me to visit. Peace and hugs to all!
FK: And thank YOU, DJ, for telling us more about you and your beautiful art.
DJ is offering the following very generous giveaway:
Two each of these three Christmas cards
Four of these Fairy Bouquet cards!
All you need to do is comment here about any of your favorites from DJ’s shop. The winner’s name will be drawn by random number generator next Monday, October 12. Be sure to leave an email where we can contact you.
While you're here, stop in and try your skills at the latest Let's Play Charades contest: http://feliciakramer.blogspot.com/2009/10/heres-charades-contest-for-october-how.html. There's three ways for you to enter to win.