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Exhibitions

Saltwater Veins IV

The Elements Show
An eclectic group show of earth, water, fire, and air.
Pop up gallery at 27 Central Ave., Hammonton, NJ 
Hours: Third Thursday Opening
on November 19 , 5 pm – 8 pm
November 20th and 21st 1 pm – 8 pm


  • Nature & the Landscape, an environmental perspective, Sept. 2 -25,  Gallery 50, Millville, NJ  
  • Virtual Life Drawing Studio Session, 48 Blocks Virtual 2020 Edition, Aug. 7-9, Atlantic City, NJ 
  • Sip, Shop, Stroll, July -September 2020, Byrne Plaza, Wildwood 
  • Art Fair at the Dery, Jul. 18, 2020. Catasaqua, PA. 
  • Night Skies, Jul. 2020. Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts, Millville, NJ. First Place award 
  • Isolation, Jun. 2020. Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts, Millville, NJ. 
  • Embodiment: Figure In Art, Jan. 24 – Mar. 22 2020, 3rd Street Gallery, Philadelphia, PA 
  • Get Nudes + Drink Champagne, Feb. 13 – Mar. 31, 2020, Flûte, New York, NY
  • Gateway Playhouse, Somers Point, NJ. May – June 2020. (cancelled)
  • Coastal Exhibit, Noyes Museum of Art, Hammonton, NJ Jan. 21 – Feb. 29, 2020
  • Out of Place, Fountain Street Gallery, Boston, MA. Jan 2020

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Black Friday for Art

Black Friday 2020 for artists

Artists Sunday is the new Black Friday, and I’m thrilled to be participating.

Join me for Artists Sunday on Nov 29. It’s like Black Friday or Small Business Saturday but for art.

I’ve joined artists and craftspeople across the country for the first annual Artists Sunday, a nationwide event, the Sunday after Thanksgiving, November 29th, encouraging consumers to shop with artists and craftsmen. Think Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, or Cyber Monday but for shopping for art! 

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Statement

Jodee Clifford, 2004, Oil Painting: Green Sweater, Mixed Media

Exploring relationships, roles, and transformation with materials, paint, human forms, and abstractions. Always in search of walls. Contemporary works on canvas and other materials.

I find the tangible forms we experience life through fascinating. I draw from life, and use those drawings as references for paintings.

Paint forms

In 2020 I began making sculptural mixed media pieces about transformation made with paint. They are paint materials assembled as abstract forms to draw relationships between process, presence, and transformation.

Shore Surrealism

Abstracted ambiguous coastal landscapes depicting natural and unintended consequences, repetition, and organic forms.

Figures on Clothes

Figures on Clothes was a series of paintings started in 2003 where I painted relationships between clothing and the human form explored between subject matter and material. They are nude female figures painted directly onto the surface of stretched and prepared clothing. I enjoyed the ironic relationship between subject matter and material.

First Impressions

In 2018, I started doing these oil paintings called “First Impressions”. They’re slow oil paintings from croquis flushed out in oil paint. With these paintings, I hope to parallel the way we fill in unknown character traits based on instincts after meeting someone new.

Connection

In 2016, I began a series of oil paintings, watercolor paintings, drawings, and ink drawings exploring human connection with body language, touch, and gesture; communicating and connecting without words through improvisational lead and follow social dance. As a dancer who formerly worked in media, this body of work is a reflection of natural communication in contrast to verbal or written language.

Living in a coastal area, bridge paintings relate connection from another perspective.

Relationship

I’m fascinated with relationships, connection, language, instincts, and intuition.


PO Box 2532
Wildwood, , NJ 08260
USA
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Mid-October Musing

Saltwater Veins V

2020 Edition

Paintings

There are a couple of conversations happening on my easel right now. Like the first presidential debate of 2020, except they’re getting along. Different values, same stage. Actually, my paint forms and oil paintings have the same values – just different ideas about getting there.

Paint Forms are still underway and I’ve got a few coastal pieces in oil on canvas in the works, too. The paint forms are relatively petite. The coastal pieces are a little larger at 18×24″ and 48×60″. Photographed below, the top left is a work in progress getting close.

There are so many more to photograph. Paint Forms are tricky because they’re so reflective.

Commissions

I’m finally able to take commissions on again… currently booking November and December projects. Contact me to get in. Do it! C’mon! Look at my commission face. 🙂

I could make a bad joke but it’s really just a couple days into prep for the mural I’m working on.

I’m writing this from a new computer. Naturally there’s a story… but I’m on overload so we’ll save that for another post.

All this crap is bound to come out somewhere… apparently it won’t be on a dance floor anytime soon. Keep an eye out on the visual front.

So. much. Crap. I’m grateful for paint.

Dance

Until this Covid mess, I’ve never gone 235 days without dancing… not since I started.

I get it, it’s not safe. The nature of social dancing is the opposite of social distancing. North Myrtle Beach sees spike in COVID-19 cases following unofficial shag dancing festival happened after people danced anyway. The article only cites two deaths but members of the dance community have been saying there are over 100 dancers sick and eight have died from Covid since the late September event.

I deeply empathize with how badly some people want to dance. To many, it’s just a fun and heathy hobby that should obviously be delayed until conditions are more favorable… but for others, social dance is something that meets real life needs. I won’t go further into it here but this whole situation is discouraging.

*Bring it up a notch, Jod*

Randoms

Back in April, I made a “meet the artist” video to go along with my 48 Blocks project – I plan to re-record it sometime soon with my fancy new computer. It sounds like the ACAF will be publishing their virtual 48 Blocks weekend online soon, too.

Flute is open again… and they’ve added a lovely new open air patio. Go see my friend, Herve, and tell him you’d love to see another art show since the last one was cut short.

On a side-note, I’ve got a personal revelation going on. I’m moved and torn between telling the world and keeping it personal. Hopefully with enough time, it won’t be quite so consuming. Maybe my mind will find some productive, subjective, non-literal, subtle while still satisfying outlet for some of this BS.

Wait… expect more Paint Forms.

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Beach Painting

beach plein air sunset beach cape may point

I had a few hours between jobs and wanted to paint but it was 80 degrees and sunny.

My wacky schedule has me juggling paint and down time. I’ve been dipping my toes into plein air situations, despite being fussy about painting scenarios. These recent open air paintings on paper have very little to do with what I’m doing – aside from opening potential to strike up conversations about purchasing work or raffle tickets.

To me, this plein air thing is more of a skill-building exercise than anything else. I don’t typically do these types of beachscapes, nor do I prefer to work quickly, or in public. I don’t like talking while painting. Heck, I don’t even like listening to music with lyrics at my easel. 

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Wildwood [Arts] Nights

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Seashell Painting Raffle

fundraiser for VoiceLove

Tickets are only $10 and 100% of the proceeds will go to the VoiceLove Project.

In mid-July, I read an article about this heart-melting project. It was within a day or two of finishing this oil painting. VoiceLove puts the voice of loved ones into ICU rooms, even when visitors are not allowed. When you pick up a seashell, you can hear the ocean.  It kind of felt poetic.

The doctors behind VoiceLove Project are getting Relay speakers into ICU rooms, allowing critically ill patients to hear the voice of their loved ones… sharing hope, love, words of encouragement. All the things someone fighting for their life needs to hear. They provide a direct line of communication between families and patients. These devices don’t require nurses to facilitate the conversations.

Incredibly compassionate people using their brilliance for good… that’s what superhero movies are made of.

Learn more:

Buy Tickets:

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Tickets $10, available online, in person, over the phone, text, inbox, venmo… etc.
Drawing is Friday, September 4, 2020 at 8:30 pm, and will be broadcast live on Instagram at @jodeeclifford.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with questions. Also, don’t hesitate to share. It’s a great cause.

Raffle tickets for She Sells Seashells
She Sells Seashells I – Raffle ticket fundraiser 18×24″ oil on canvas, 2020