Hi, I’m JoDee Luna, an artist, author, and owner of JoDee Luna Art and Luna Arts & Ed, LLC.
I teach you how to overcome creative blocks and realize your full 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.
My hope is that you will find the resources you need to discover and develop your artistic identity as you explore my website.
If you want more of what you see, connect with me around the web: https://linktr.ee/jodeeluna
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 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!
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.
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.
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 for my mixed media portraits. Next, I sketch the image over the background and then paint with acrylics. I use Pigma Micron pens for inking.
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.