Hi, I’m JoDee Luna, an oil, mixed media, and acrylic portrait artist, author of Refrain from the Identical: Insights and Inspiration for Creative Eclectics, and owner of JoDee Luna Art and Luna Arts & Ed, LLC.
My expertise as an educator melds with my passion and experience as an artist to make learning fun and creating art easy. I have a knack for inspiring and teaching people of all ages to create and helping creatives overcome blocks so they can realize their artistic potential.
We artistic types need to create to feel alive. I’m convinced the good Lord made us this way. It’s how we process our thoughts and feelings, make sense out of life, and pass on God’s grace to others.
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 essence, 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.
My portrait painting journey begin with acrylics, then transitioned into mixed media, and now is oil on canvas. Each art form has advantages and challenges. I enjoy the texture of oils and their creamy, slow drying properties allow me to return to make adjustments.
Mixed Media Process:
Inspiration comes with images I envision. Personal photography provides background photos. Sometimes the process reverses with a photo shoot resulting in an idea for a mixed media portrait. I use Golden gel medium to fix the photos onto the canvas for my mixed media portraits. Next, I sketch the image over the background and then paint with acrylics.
Models for mixed media, acrylic, and oil portraits are often people I know or faces I create using Photoshop.
My hope is that you will find the resources you need to discover and develop your artistic identity as you explore my website and YouTube Channel.
If you want more of what you see, connect with me around the web: https://linktr.ee/jodeeluna
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Book for Creatives
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, to offer tips and inspiration for busy creatives.
My business, Luna Arts & Ed, helps clients capture and communicate their message to inform and captivate consumers. Luna Arts & Ed delivers outstanding results across 3 key areas: professional development, whiteboard animation, and Multi-Media Arts/Graphic Design.
The Back Story
Raised with a paintbrush, crochet needle, or sculpting dough in hand, I inherited my creative mind from my Italian mother, who I see as a master of living comfortably with shifting creative rhythms.
My own creative shifts took me to the Netherlands as an early adult, where I worked as a leader with a creative arts urban mission. My artistic quests led and comforted my through a divorce, a long period of single parenthood, a journey back to school, a career as a teacher, and instructional coach for the Lancaster School District, overseeing technology-based literacy programs and arts integration.
Currently, I’m enjoying retirement from public education as I pursue a wide variety of creative endeavors.
During my free time today, you will find me painting, gardening, blogging, dabbling in mixed media, crafting hand-made masks, writing, shooting photos, arranging flowers, dancing, or collaborating with my husband, daughters, and grandchildren on any of the above. When I’m not creating, I’m most likely sleeping…and dreaming about the next project.
11 Replies to “About”
Just saw your sweet message on my Mom’s blog:)
So nice to meet you~~God Bless you for teaching Junior High!
You have beautiful family:)
You have a beautiful family! What a blessing. It is great to meet you 🙂 Fully enjoyed looking through you photos – how much a photo can tell.
May GOD Bless!!!Mark
Thank you Mark!
Hi Sissy, I’ve reading your blog, but wasn’t sure how to comment. I love the article about Monique and Josiah, and all the pictures. Can I print those pics from here by downdoading them? Also, the masks are awesome! I’d love to make one next time the girls are visiting.
Ahhh…I love that my sissy, aka my “Slasher” editor, is reading my blog. I would love your feedback on the posts.
Hi, nice to meet you !
Thanks for stopping by. I’ve taken a look at your site and will return.
I can’t find the ‘button’ to ‘follow’ your blog
Hi Craig, if you’re logged into your WordPress dashboard, select the notification bell in the top right corner. Your recent followers and commenters should come up. Select my blog and a follow button should appear. On the WordPress phone app, the bell for notifications is in the bottom right corner. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a message!