Orion Necklaces

Swarovski Crystal Orion's Belt Necklace
Orion’s Belt Necklace

Have you seen my Orion and Orion’s Belt constellation necklaces yet? I make all kinds of crystal constellation jewelry but there are quite a few new Orion pieces in my Etsy shop, luckystardreams.etsy.com .

Maybe you know that I make jewelry when I’m not painting or dancing. It’s exciting to hear positive feedback I’ve been getting lately. Since my shop, Lucky Star Dreams is experiencing record growth, I’ll stop keeping this “other” job a secret.

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Life Drawing tonight in Ocean City

Anne, Ink on paper, 9x12". 2017
Short-haired Anne, Ink on paper, 9×12″. 2017 (Jodee Clifford)

Tonight’s life drawing group meeting at the Ocean City Arts Center is on.

Via Meed:

Dear Artists,

Happy 2018 to all!

Are you ready for a great painting night?  We will reinstate the plan we had to cancel for December.  Short-Haired Anne will be our model.  She will be nude, but using props, and a theme of black, white and red.  I am already intrigued.  Anne is so good at making a painterly spectacle that we can be sure of a productive evening.  So bring your paints and a good canvas to kick off the 2018 season!

Added bonus:  See the lovely, and often narrative, work of Grace Zambelli who is showing at OCAC in January.  (You can also meet her at the reception the following evening.)

Who’s in?  RSVP deadline is Tuesday, January 9, 5pm.

All details are the same:  OC Arts Center, 5pm – 8:45pm, $15 per session (exact change please), All mediums welcome except photography, Oil painters must clean up and dispose of terpinoid at home.  We have chairs, and some easles.  Artists bring everything else, including drawing board.

Newcomer?  Direct questions to me via email, or *phone number* (comment if you want her number).

Can’t wait to get back to work!

Meed

Musing:  What a gorgeous, severe-clear, pristine snowfall!  Years ago, I would treasure days just such as this.  It meant perfect viewing conditions at the old Barnes Foundation–in the upstairs room where the drawings and watercolors were, shimmering in their understated gold frames.  I really miss that.

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Cape May Diamond Sunsets Photography Gallery

Cape May Photography

I received an inquiry for similar images to Cape May Diamond Sunset on my Etsy shop. Here are some photographs from that series.



Thanks for taking the time to look. Prints are available. Contact me and/or put in a custom order from my etsy shop.

If you enjoyed these photos and want to buy me a coffee, I’d do a little happy dance 🙂

Jersey Shore Ballroom Dance Club’s “December to Remember” photo gallery

Photo gallery from the Jersey Shore Ballroom Dance Club‘s 2017 holiday dinner dance, “December to Remember” held on Sunday, Dec. 3, at Willow Creek Winery  in West Cape May, NJ.


This photo gallery is no longer available.


Here’s the Jersey Shore Ballroom Dance Club slideshow that played during the event.


Thanks for taking the time to look. Some of the photographs in this gallery are cropped automatically when zoomed. Please contact me if you’d like to see a better version of a picture that’s cropped funny… prints are available too.

If you enjoyed these photos and want to buy me a coffee, I’d do a little happy dance 🙂

Life Drawing in South Jersey

There’s a group of artists that get together and meet monthly for an evening of drawing from life.

Sold. Morgan Lying, Pastel on Paper
Sold. Morgan Lying, Pastel on Paper. c. 2005

I’m not exactly certain of the date this figure drawing group got started but I’ve been drawing with them for about 18 years. I remember first jumping in on a figure drawing night when it was held at the Ocean City Arts League down on 9th and Asbury. Continue reading “Life Drawing in South Jersey”

Visual Art Spotlight at Gateway Playhouse

Jodee Clifford with Connection paintings at Gateway Playhouse
Photo by Jeffrey Schwartz

In October, the Gateway Playhouse in Somers Point, New Jersey further expanded their support of the arts to include featuring the work of a new local visual artist each month. The artwork can be viewed prior to the shows and during intermission and is available for purchase.

I had the opportunity to be the first  artist to show my artwork at the Gateway Playhouse. My connection paintings displayed through the month of October 2017. It’s really exciting to experience the overlap of artists supporting artists. Continue reading “Visual Art Spotlight at Gateway Playhouse”

Boogie Man. Halloween, Design & West Coast Swing

Boogie man West Coast Swing Halloween t-shirt

So… it’s almost Halloween and I made this design that incorporates the holiday and west coast swing.

Like many creative souls, sometimes I wander off into visual projects that don’t necessarily happen at an easel. Here’s one.

Freelance design keeps me pretty busy and compliments that whole painterly rest thing pretty well. When I’m not painting, I dance socially, build websites, make jewelry, dabble in photography and take on all kinds of marketing projects.

A significant dance style in my current series of paintings on human connection is the addictive and slinky dance, west coast swing. It’s this gorgeous, stretchy, rhythmic conversation that’s an art in and of itself.

Boogie Man west coast swing
Boogie Man Halloween Shirts
Boogie man west coast swing Halloween t-shirt
Boogie man west coast swing Halloween t-shirt available for purchase at luckystardreams.etsy.com

 

Social Dancing at the Southern Jersey Shore

Social dance group at the Jersey Shore
Social dance group at the Jersey Shore

Now that dance has made its way into my artwork, it seems somewhat appropriate to share this here.

I recently set up the Facebook group, Salty Dances at the southern Jersey Shore to provide dancers a place to connect and arrange impromptu meet-ups in beach towns between Atlantic City and Cape May, NJ. If you or someone you know are into social partner dancing, join the group and please add your friends.

Inspired by the group DanceAir, I thought it would be helpful to set up a place for dancers to arrange and share plans with other dancers who also might be in town. West Coast Swing, East Coast Swing, Lindy Hop, Blues, Fusion,  Hustle, Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba, Zouk, Country, etc… all dance styles are invited.

Who doesn’t want to dance on vacation, right?!

The south Jersey Shore area offers so many excellent venues with great dance floors. Being a resort area, people come and go often which sometimes makes it challenging to find the other dancers down the shore. From outdoor concerts and band performances to open mic nights, nightlife venues, festivals and other events, the area has so much dance magic potential.