Monday, January 15, 2018

FREE Reusable Calendar

Every year I would buy a magnetic calendar for my fridge. However, this year I couldn't find the primitive country style that I normally buy. I also realized that the calendars were often too small to fit all the details of our events. So I decided to make a reusable calendar that I can use year after year. 

Since I made one for myself I thought I would share it with YOU! Get a FREE Digital download of a reusable calendar. Choose from an 8" x 10" or 11" x 14" calendar that can be used as a dry erase calendar when mounted in a frame under glass. Attach magnets to your frame to display on your fridge for further versatility. Directions for printing below.

  1. Click here and download the desired size.
  2. The 8" x 10" file can be printed on a regular printer. Skip to direction 4
  3. The 11" x 14" file needs to be printed on a wide format printer be the proper size. If you do not have such a printer, the file can be printed by Staples and picked
    (See the screen shots below for more detailed instructions)
    1. Click here to go to the Staples website and choose their Engineer & Oversized Prints
    2. Choose "Engineering Prints in B&W"
    3. Click Upload > Choose the file > Click Upload > Click Done
    4. Name the File and Change Quantities to "Quantity: 1 Pages: 1"
      (The price should default to $1.79)
    5. Click "Special Instructions" and type" Please do not enlarge. File is a specific size: 14.5" x 11.5"
      (This will ensure the size will be printed correctly and the tech won't enlarge it)
    6. Click "Add to Cart" and follow instructions for checkout
  4. Cut along the light gray lines
  5. Place your calendar print out inside a frame
  6. Display on wall or glue magnets to the back of the frame to display on your fridge

1. Choose "Engineering and Oversized Prints"

2. Choose "Engineering Prints in B&W"

3. Click Upload > Choose the file > Click Upload

4. Click Done

5. Name the File and Change Quantities to "Quantity: 1 Pages: 1"

6. Click "Special Instructions" and type" Please do not enlarge. File is a specific size: 14.5" x 11.5"
(This will ensure the size will be printed correctly and the tech won't enlarge it)

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

New Painting Workshop: Saltbox Bucket on 1/27/18

Come paint a primitive saltbox house with a winter landscape on an oval burgundy bucket. Customize your house and door color as well as your composition. No experience necessary. All supplies are included. Bucket measures 10"l x 4.5"w x 4"h. Greenery not included.

Saturday, January 27th 12-3PM

Cost: $25

Studio Location
A Whole New Light
328 Harding Highway
Elmer, NJ 08318

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Looking Ahead to 2018

It's always exciting starting a new year! After reflecting on the past year, it is natural to look ahead at the new possibilities to focus on as the new year begins. I have a lot of artistic plans and events for 2018 and thought I'd organize some my thoughts and ideas into a blog post to share with you.

I would like to continue to develop my acrylic painting portfolio in 2018. I plan to create paintings of vintage trucks, local landscapes, and depicting the various seasons we are so fortunate to experience. However, I also want to stretch my artistic muscles and explore different mediums as well.  This year I would like to revisit my original medium of choice: drawing. I thought a great way to do that is through a 30 day drawing challenge where I will create a drawing everyday for one month. I even thought I could share the process of the drawing challenge via social media live feeds. I am hoping it will provide me the opportunity to be more creative, fulfill my need to teach,  and reach a different audience that I have previously with my paintings.

I will be a participating artist in the 10th Annual Salem County Arts in Bloom Studio Tour. While I was reflecting where I was 10 years ago in my artistic career, I realized that it was at that time that I began studying to become an art educator. I decided to do a retrospective exhibition this year to provide the studio tour goers a look at where I started and how I have developed. I will have collections of drawings and paintings from college assignments as well as my first acrylic paintings that have not been on display before. I am really looking forward to putting this exhibition together to share with everyone!

This year I also plan to design a "Hometown Collection" of artwork and home goods featuring local towns and recognizable landmarks. My hope is to instill pride in local residents and to provide people who grew up here but have since moved the opportunity to reminisce. I am looking for input for my Hometown Collection of South Jersey Towns. To share your input and opinions on towns and landmarks I should include, please click here. I would greatly appreciate it! I plan to have the collection debut during the Arts in Bloom Studio Tour and then available online and locally at retail stores.

I am looking forward to 2018 and sharing my creations with you along the way. 
As always, thank you for your support!

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Looking Back on 2017

Sometimes it's hard to remember all the events that have happened within a year but I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the happenings and creations of 2017. I am very fortunate to be able to stay home to raise my children and pursue a career as an artist. I am so grateful for all of the support that I have received this past year from customers, the community, and people who follow me on social media.

Below is a list of my accomplishments from this year and the paintings that I made.

  • Voted Best Art Business in Salem County
  • Second Place in Gallery 50's "Petite Moments" an International Juried Miniature Art Competition with "Daretown Lake"
  • Raised $700 for the Woodstown FFA Program with the Salem County Farmlands Calendar

  • Pitman Gallery & Art Center Member Show - December 2017
  • Holiday Open House - December 2017
  • Woodstown Fall Festival - September 2017
  • Pitman Art Stroll, Pitman Gallery and Art Center - September 2017
  • Woodstown's Inaugural Fourth Friday Pop Up Art Show - July and August 2017
  • Petite Moments: an International Juried Exhibition, Gallery 50 - July 2017
  • Salem County Arts in Bloom Studio Tour, Exhibiting Artist - May 2017
  • Printed in Courier Post's  "Show Us Your South Jersey" section December 3, 17 & 24
  • "On The Edge" and landscape photography featured in Salem County Welcome's Amazon HQ2 Campaign
  • Salem County L.O.V.E. Campaign
"Autumn in Daretown" - Acrylics on Gessobord - 5" x 7" by Kimberly English © 2017

"One of a Kind" - 8" x 10" - Acrylics on Gessobord by Kimberly English © 2017 - SOLD

"Distant Vista on Shirley Road" - Acrylics on Gessobord - 11" x 14" by Kimberly English © 2017

"January Blossom" - Acrylics on Gessobord - 6" x 6" by Kimberly English © 2017

"Sun-Kissed Abby" - Acrylics on Gessobord - 8" x 8" by Kimberly English © 2017

"Potato Harvest in Elmer" - Acrylics on Gessobord - 9" x 12" by Kimberly English © 2017

"Rachel & David Sickler" - Acrylics on Canvas - 16" x 20" by Kimberly English © 2017

"Levon & Daniel Cogdill" - Acrylics on Canvas - 16" x 20" by Kimberly English © 2017

"Taylor & Tyler Bill" - Acrylics on Canvas - 16" x 20" by Kimberly English © 2017

Leather Bomber Jacket Addition

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Donation to the Woodstown FFA Program

Taking photographs of the Salem County farmlands is another creative outlet for myself and a way to gather references for my acrylic paintings. I look for beautiful landscapes or close up details that most people wouldn't notice. I love starting my day by enjoying the amazing views we are so fortunate to be surrounded by every day.

When I first thought of composing a calendar with my photographs I did not think that many people would be interested. For that reason, I decided to make the calendars available through preordering. I knew that however many calendars I did sell, I wanted to have some of the proceeds donated to a local cause. I chose to donate $5 of each calendar to the Woodstown Future Farmer's of America Program because I wanted to help local students who are learning to become active members of our agricultural community.

This week I presented the Woodstown Future Farmer's of America Program teacher, Deanna Miller, with a check donation for the calendar sales. In total, 125 calendars were sold and a donation of $700 was made! This included extra money customers donated towards the cause as well as an extra donation from myself.

I am absolutely blown away by the support that the community has shown me! I cannot thank each and every person enough for purchasing my calendar. Whether it was for yourself or as a gift this holiday season. It truly means the world to me that my photography will be hanging in homes across southern New Jersey as well as Texas and Virginia.

It is my hope, through both my paintings and photography, to ignite a sense of pride in where we live and the spectacular landscapes that we live upon. I also want to highlight the hard working farmers that inspire me so much.

Next year I have BIG plans for the calendar to make it even more unique! If you are a farmer in Salem County that would like to be a part of next year's calendar, please contact me at

Presenting the check to Woodstown FFA teacher, Deanna Miller

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Give The Gift of Art

Do you have Christmas shopping left to do? Did you know that you can shop my collection of original artwork and prints via my website? All of the items that I offer at my Holiday Open House and during Arts in Bloom can be viewed and purchased from the comfort of your home. Below are brief descriptions of items available.

Archival prints come packaged in protective, sealed, cello bags with foam board backing and the descriptive story about the work of art. Most prints come in standard sizes and can easily be popped into a frame for gift giving.

Framed archival and canvas prints are also available and ready to be wrapped for your gift giving needs. The descriptive story about the work of art is attached to the back of the frame.

14" x 14" pillows featuring my paintings make a unique gift for someone who doesn't have a lot of wall space.

Greeting cards with my original paintings can be used to send well wishes to friends and family during the holiday season, they can be given as a set for recipients to use, or place them in a collage frame to use as a work of art. The possibilities are endless!

A new item available this holiday season are pendant necklaces. They are 1" square pendants on a genuine leather 18" necklace with a lobster clasp closure. They come in an adorable burlap cinch gift bag. Choose from four different collections: paintings, landscapes, farming and vintage trucks.

If you're local, free pick up from my studio is available! If you are ordering and need it shipped to your home, please place your order by December 18th to ensure it will arrive in time for Christmas.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Painting Progression: Potato Harvest in Elmer

A local farmer and friend, Michael Brooks, commissioned me to create this painting. I saw online that he was having an auction of old farm equipment and I contacted him to see if I could go over before the sale to photograph some of the old trucks. He agreed and asked if I would be willing to paint one of the 1977 F600 trucks for his parents. They had bought them brand new and he wanted to preserve the memories they held on their farm.

I created the composition from many photographs of the truck at the auction and fields. Since the truck did not have a potato body on it, I used reference pictures from Ben Wilson's potato equipment, and old photos that Mike provided. I also edited the truck to make it look new again, as per Mike’s request.

This painting was a challenge because I wanted to ensure it was accurately represented to preserve their family’s farming heritage. I wanted the background to depict a typical summer day in South Jersey during a potato harvest with beautiful clear skies. The vines and ground were a lot of fun to paint including the small potatoes that didn't make it into the truck. 

Below is the painting, click the image to enlarge, and the painting progression video

"Potato Harvest in Elmer" - Acrylics on Gessobord - 9" x 12" by Kimberly English © 2017

Painting Progression Video

Special thanks to Michael Brooks for commissioning this painting, Ben Wilson for allowing me to photograph his farm equipment, Jen and Andy Williams for doing a beautiful job framing this work, and last but not least, my husband and mom for helping with the kids at various times while I worked on the painting.