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|Who is Hannah Jennings?
That would be me. I have a Master's degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and 30 odd years of experience as a design professional. If you want to, you can see my resume on HannahJennings.com.
|What is "Be Of Good Cheer"?
I decided to start a cottage industry; to sell my artwork to individuals through shops, art fairs, and this site. Why "Be Of Good Cheer"? I often sign letters with that wish. I even painted it on my living room wall.
|Be Of Good Cheer is a labor of love.
I find joy in making things.
Lately I've been deep into creating expressive watercolors of buildings. The paintings aren’t just renderings, they’re portraits with rich personalities. I begin by photographing a structure from many angles, at a time of day when light and shadows, colors, and surrounding foliage are most evocative. Working from these photographs, I transfer the outlines, the bare bones of the house, to watercolor paper. Then I gradually build up layers of wash and add details until the image sings to me.
|We sell watercolors and prints of Chicago and Oak Park scenes, animals, and plants.
|Our image collections include Frank Lloyd Wright buildings, scenes of Christmas in the city, butterflies, and South American animals. More images are added from time to time.
|We paint house portraits.
I can be commissioned to create house portraits. I have a strong affinity for nest-builders, so I find it gratifying to catch people's love of their homes.
The paintings make admirable gifts. They can also be reproduced as cards.
|We also make and sell cards.
In addition to the card collections on this site, I create custom cards. I would love to make a special card for you or your organization: your family, church, school, or business, I can illustrate your pet or incorporate your favorite quotation. Costs depend on the complexity of the project.
Or ask me to convert your artwork or photograph into a card.
|Oh, and my art has been exhibited...
2010 Watercolor Award at the Illinois State Fair
2010 and 2090: exhibited at ArtRageous! in Oak Park
Featured artist, 2006 Wright Plus tour of homes.
Art Fairs: Oak Park, Hyde Park, others.
Art Institute of Chicago Traveling Prints and Multiples Show.
School of the Art Institute of Chicago permanent collection and ten-year traveling show.
Franklin Furnace, New York.
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