A Life Sustained Sponsor: Renaissance Days

Please welcome A Life Sustained sponsor, Renaissance Days!


"Whimsical folk art prints, illustration prints, original oil and mixed-media paintings, and artistic jewelry. Set the mood for your decor with artistic inspiration."

In her words: "I’m Janeane Wilbur, the artist behind the Etsy shop Renaissance Days – a semi-goofy, playful, somewhat-obsessive, hard-worker, spiritual lover of life and all things mysterious – artist, living in coastal Southern California. When I’m not creating my whimsical, fine art and working on my Etsy store, I work as a graphic designer and enjoy being the parent of two beautiful teenage girls, a Himalayan cat, and a Sheltie. And, oh yes, after all these years, with the help of a loving man, I finally figured out relationships and am newly married as of this year."


Tell me about your journey to become an artist. 

My mother said that she and my kindergarten art teacher knew that I would become an artist when we were asked to draw our families and instead of stick figures, I drew my mother with a house coat and breasts!

I was always creating imaginary worlds as a child. It was the 70s and if there was something I wanted and couldn’t have, I would just draw it into my imaginary world. By the time I was 18, I went to art school for a while at a junior college that had a strong program and I was also spent a year being mentored by a painter who had a strong education and experience in traditional painting. After having children and when they were old enough, I needed to have career earnings and decided to go to school for a while in graphic design. I have worked in this field now for 12 years. 

I suppose you can see these background influences in my work as I add more design to my fine art, and as a graphic designer always looking for the opportunity to add a raw, organic edge to my work. Nowadays, I’m driven more than ever to take the personal works I’ve been creating and make this art more universal for others and share it with the world.


What Inspires You? 

Too many things. I wish I had more arms and hands! Mostly I’m inspired by a spiritual wonder. The moon, stars, weather and nature inspire me, as well as family and friends, and the love that is in each of us. 

An artist that greatly inspires me to set free and be more whimsical with my creativity is Chagall, but I’m equally inspired by the fascinating illustration artists of today that blur the edge between fine art and illustration. Their fantastical works that they create with a few tools and an unfettered imagination always challenge me.


How do you choose your subject matter? 

I do a lot of sub-conscious drawing. I draw often in a Moleskine journal and ideas seem to just appear, but I suppose they are simply a compilation of images that are close to my heart. When I go through my journal later to pick an image to paint with paint, or to paint digitally, I look for the images that may be able to inspire someone else or have an echo beyond the imagery. If I could create more art that inspires the love in others, that would make me most happy.



Janeane is generously giving away to one A Life Sustained reader their choice of an 8 x 10 print from her shop (any print currently listed or a print from any original painting not yet listed as a print)! To enter just leave a comment on this post.

Get two additional entries! First, you can Follow A Life Sustained through Google Friend Connect and second, you can Tweet the following message: Check Out Renaissance Days Giveaway at http://tiny.cc/iyqf6 #alifesustained


Be sure to leave a comment for each "extra" so they can be counted! 
Comments will be closed and a winner will be chosen in the evening of August 20th.



And the lucky winner is Wintry!
"Beautiful paintings! What a great giveaway!"

Thank you Renaissance Days!


46 comments:

  1. What beautiful work! I was showing my husband Janeane's etsy site. I love folk art and being able to lose myself in a dream world.

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  2. Janeane's gems are truly delightful! : ) I just had to "heart" Renaissance Days on Etsy. Thanks so very much for this truly wonderful giveaway! : )

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  3. I also follow the wonderful A Life Sustained via GFC. : )

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  4. These paintings are so beautiful!
    Thanks for visiting me and the comment on the flower photo.

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  5. Her prints are lovely! thanks for the interview and giveaway.

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  6. Great interview and thank you for showing your journal!

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  7. Oh Courtney, another fantastic artist! Thank you.

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  8. Janeane's art is absolutely beautiful - I love her soft style and use of color! Thank you for such a generous giveaway. I would be thrilled to win.
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

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  9. I follow A Life Sustained's blog with google friend connect - my GFC name is Amber
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

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  10. I tweeted about the giveaway, I'm @AmberGoo:
    https://twitter.com/#!/AmberGoo/status/103865901312520192
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

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  11. Thanks for th giveaway.
    Your paintings are beautiful.
    Jillian.a.hogan@gmail.com

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  12. I'm following you on gfc
    JillHogan

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  13. I tweeted about you
    Jill_hogan
    Jillian.a.hogan@gmai.com

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  14. I am so jealous of that kinda talent. I have taken two painting classes and each time the results were sad, sad, sad. Would love to display your work in my office. Thanks for this giveaway!

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  15. beautiful art!
    jcwga@hotmail.com

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  16. I would love the chance to win! :)

    thecountryblossom at hotmail dot com

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  17. I am now a blog follower!

    thecountryblossom at hotmail dot com

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  18. Tweeted! http://twitter.com/#!/KatyLMA/status/103934067711557632

    thecountryblossom at hotmail dot com

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  19. Such beautiful vibrant work - I would love to win the Into the Night Forest print or a print of the original whimsical oil painting (Night Spirit Trees Angels description) ♥

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  20. It's very exciting work, thank you for sharing in this post and with your giveaway.

    Warm regards,

    Cathie

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  21. This pictures are so glowing and exuberant and full of hope.

    jensullie@hotmail.com

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  22. Lovely interview, thank you for sharing!

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  23. Beautiful paintings! What a great giveaway!

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  24. Her work is lovely. I'd love to win a print. Thanks so much!

    Ang
    ang_vaughan at yahoo dot com

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  25. Very talented.
    kayleefaith1228@aol.com

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  26. oh, what a lovely giveaway! i just added this shop to my etsy favorites so i can keep it close :)
    InspiredMama@msn.com

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  27. i just tweeted about the giveaway - twitter name InspiredMama
    InspiredMama@msn.com

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  28. i would love to win a piece to brighten my room ^^
    i especially like the "Illustration Art Print with Deer - Pink Sky - Owl in Tree - 8 x 10 - Archival"

    uk7ss@yahoo.com

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  29. I love your work. It gives me a sense of peace. Great giveaway:)

    natalie9103@hotmail.com

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  30. Following on GFC:natalie

    natalie9103@hotmail.com

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  31. What beautiful work. Two of my favorites are the Romantic Couple with Owl pendant, and the Art Print with Deer. We live among deer so I love anything with deer in it.
    jhbalvin at gmail dot com

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  32. I love folk art and this is beautiful!

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  33. Beautiful work. Thanks for the giveaway.
    robinlscott4 at hotmail dot com

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  34. tweet
    http://twitter.com/#!/robinlscott/status/104762988338233344
    robinlscott4 at hotmail dot com

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  35. follow you on gfc
    Robin Scott
    robinlscott4 at hotmail dot com

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  36. Oh wow! I love these! Hope I win!

    hrfarley at gmail dot com

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  37. i love these. crossing my fingers!

    Cerena Leigh
    LuckyCLDH(at)aol(dot)com

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  38. Wooooow, beautiful, beautiful work!!

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  39. I followed your blog via gfc

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  40. I love the vibrant colors of these prints, thanks for a chance to win.

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  41. Thanks for all of the kind comments. Can't wait to see who wins!

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  42. I hope I am not too late. I love your art it is very beautiful.

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  43. Oops forgot my email in the last comment.

    serenap95@hotmail.com

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