JoDee Luna is a portrait artist, inspirational writer, and instructional coach who enjoys many forms of creative expression! She believes the creative process infuses with courage to try on new artistic identities, take inspired risks, and explore imaginative ideas, so she seeks to share insights with others through her art, book, and creativity website by the same name.
Art is the soul made visible…the spirit tangible…the unseen possible! When I write, my soul escapes through a pen; but when I paint, imagination finds gentle expression through the tip of a brush. Eyes draw the viewer into my paintings because they are the windows of the soul. A face reflects a person’s, so each portrait envisions various aspects of faith, traits, places, and aspirations. Painting portraits releases God’s grace to help me move forward while extending inspiration to others as well.
Inspiration for a painting often comes with images I see in my mind. Then I look through my personal photography for fitting background photos. Sometimes the process reverses with a photo shoot resulting in an idea for a mixed media portrait.
Models are often people I know or faces I create with Photoshop. I use Golden gel medium to fix the photos onto the canvas. Next, I sketch the image over the background and then paint with acrylics. I use Pigma Micron pens for inking.
I work as a District Instructional Coach for the Lancaster School District, overseeing educational technologies that accelerate literacy for struggling readers. I also co-lead district-wide art initiatives, teach art classes for teachers, and assist teachers with student art lessons in classrooms.
I understand how difficult it is to balance a career with the pursuit of artistic passions, so I wrote a book, Refrain from the Identical: Insights and Inspiration for Creative Eclectics, and created a creativity website by the same name, to offer tips and inspiration for busy creatives.
Connect with me around the web:
Creativity Website: https://refrainfromtheidentical.com
Fine Art America Shop: https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/jodee-luna/shop
Book on Amazon
The Back Story
Raised with a paintbrush, crochet needle, or sculpting dough in hand, JoDee inherited her creative mind from her Italian mother, who JoDee sees as a master of living comfortably with shifting creative rhythms.
JoDee’s own creative shifts took her to the Netherlands as an early adult, where she worked as a leader with a creative arts urban mission. Her artistic quests led and comforted her through a divorce, a long period of single parenthood, a journey back to school, a career as a teacher, and currently an instructional coach for the Lancaster School District.
During her free time today, you will find JoDee painting, gardening, blogging, dabbling in mixed media, crafting hand-made masks, writing, shooting photos, arranging flowers, dancing, or collaborating with her daughters on any of the above. When she’s not creating, she is most likely sleeping…and dreaming about the next project.
Her book, Refrain from the Identical: Insight and Inspiration for Creative Eclectics, features helpful hints and inspirational reflections for artistic multi-taskers and her creativity website, http://refrainfromtheidentical.com, provides diy projects and inspirational posts.