Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Salem Oak Anniversary

One year ago, the historic Salem Oak toppled over. The 600 year old white oak was where John Fenwick signed a treaty with local Lenni Lenape Indians in 1675. It has, and always will be, a symbol of our county. 🌳

In 2015, I created this painting of the mighty oak and the iconic diner for the Arts in Bloom Studio Tour. That year, the tour’s theme was artwork inspired by or made with the Salem Oak. (Clippings of the Oak were offered to artists to create with) I completed the painting in just one week and it is has been one of my favorite paintings for so many reasons. 🎨

The original painting, prints, and other products I make here in Salem County are available at: https://bit.ly/TheSalemOak

“The Salem Oak” - Acrylics on Gessobord - 6”x 6” © Kimberly English

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

New Product: Pillow Shams

I am offering s new product: pillow shams! These soft, durable linen material measure 15.75" x 15.75", have a concealed zipper, and are machine washable in cold water. Having a pillow cover that is machine washable was super important to have which is why I am offering this new product. 

To celebrate, I'm offering *FREE SHIPPING* until 6/8
Use coupon code: SHAM at checkout

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

New Drawing: Egg

Did you know that May is National Egg Month?Yesterday my kids found the very first egg from one of our pullets and they were so excited! I snapped a picture holding it and did a quick sketch.

Do you have chickens for fresh eggs?

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Virtual Arts in Bloom Video

Below is my virtual Salem County Arts in Bloom Studio Tour video. The driving tour is rescheduled for November 28 & 29.

You can view my portfolio of paintings, in chronological order, here:

Once there you can click each image to read the story, watch the video, and shop products that I make for each painting.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Arts in Bloom Reschedule

The Salem County Arts in Bloom Studio Tour this year will look a little different from the past. This weekend, May 16 and 17, you can take a virtual tour by watching videos of the 32 participating artists on the Salem County Arts in Bloom Facebook Page and website: artsinbloomnj.com There will also be virtual Dig Into Art activities for children to do at home. The driving tour has been rescheduled for November 28 & 29.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

New Drawing: Hudock's

Locals, did you hear?! Hudock’s opens this week! To celebrate, I created this mixed media drawing I took the reference picture on a date night years ago and always loved how the neon sign looked against the dark blue night sky. From start to finish it took about an hour and it was a lot of fun to just play!

Would you like to see this design on t-shirts, tote bags, or clutch bags? Let me know below!

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Mother's Day Special

Mother's Day is Sunday, May 10th and I am offering FREE SHIPPING on hundreds of products that are made right here in Salem County! Greeting Cards, Canvas Prints, Magnets, Coasters, Oven Pot Holders, Clutch Bags, and Keychains. Use coupon code MOM2020 at checkout.

You can have your order shipped directly to mom and I will include a hand written note from you! If you want this option, please put mom’s address in the shipping address and type your note to mom in the "Order Notes” - I’ll handle the rest.

Offer cannot be applied to previous orders and is valid until May 4, 2020

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

New Drawing: Brook Bound Farm

Now more than ever it’s apparent how important farmers are in supplying nutritious, healthy foods for our community. Today I wanted to highlight Brook Bound Farm, a local Salem County family farm offering produce to the public from their farm. This week they have: arugula, garlic greens, leaf lettuce, micro greens, pea shoots, and salad combo (8 oz of leaf lettuce, radishes, and 4 oz bag of baby lettuce). Order by Wednesday and pick up on Saturday. Be sure to follow their Facebook and Instagram Brook Bound Farm for more information how to order and weekly updates as they add more varieties of produce as the season progresses.

You can watch the time lapse video of this drawing below

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Now Offering ONLINE Painting Workshops

Join me online to learn how to paint this beautiful beach scene from the comfort of your own home. In this workshop you will learn how to create gradients, textures, and blend acrylic paints. Materials list, template, a 50 minute video lesson, and VIP Facebook Group with access to ask Kimberly questions and share your painting are included. Supplies are not included.

Access for the online workshop will always be available to you through a special login that will be emailed to you after you finalize your purchase. Watch the video below to learn more about purchasing and utilizing your online painting workshops with Kimberly English. Due to the digital nature of the workshop, no refunds will be granted after purchase.

How to Sign Up and Access Online Classes

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

New Book: The First Ten Years of Paintings

I put together a softcover booklet featuring 39 of my paintings from 2009-2019 in chronological order. Each painting has the story about its creation with 38 full color pages. Click the link to check it out: bit.ly/10YearsofPaintings

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Painting Progression: Caught in Another Country Moment

Introducing my new painting, “Caught in Another Country Moment” In Aldine, the dairy farmers of Triangle Farm would walk their cows down the street twice a day. Locals knew this daily ritual as “The Cow Parade” which would stop traffic at the intersection and cause commuters to wait for the cows to walk from the field to the barn for milking. I absolutely loved watching the cows walk down the road and would often make sure to be there around the time that they would walking. I took the reference picture for this painting in March of 2009. The farmers retired and the cow parade has since ended. I wanted to create this painting to honor the farmer’s legacy and preserve this special memory held by so many people. This is the second painting in the series and features the Thomas family house.

Painting Progression Video

I have products featuring my latest painting available on my website: archival prints, tote bags, pillow sham, kitchen pot holder, clutch bag, coaster set, keychain, and more! You can shop products, view the painting reveal artist talk, and painting progression video here: bit.ly/CIACM2

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

New Drawing: Cream Valley Custard

Today would have been the opening day for Cream Valley Custard but unfortunately, they had to postpone their opening due to the coronavirus. What is the first thing you are going to order when they open?! I could really go for a hot fudge sundae with Dino jimmies. Comment below:

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Private Art Student Wins Silver Key Scholastic Arts & Writing Award

Nothing brings me more happiness and pride than the success of my students! I am so fortunate to have the opportunity to teach this amazing young lady in her artistic journey. My private art lesson student, Cecily, won a Silver Key in the 2020 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards for her graphite drawing, “Globe Artichokes” She took her reference picture at Longwood Gardens and began working on it independently. She brought the drawing every week to her lesson and we’d talk about her progress and discuss techniques for rendering the various textures of the plants and leaves. Can you spot the tiny spider?

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Painting Reveal

I will be revealing my new painting on March 28 at 7:30PM ONLINE and you are invited! This painting is the second in the Aldine Cow Parade Series.  Be one of the first people to see the painting up close, listen to a brief artist talk, and watch the progression video.  

For more information and to RSVP:

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Mason Jar Workshop

Saturday’s painting workshop was a lot of fun!  Everyone did a wonderful job creating their stylized flower bouquets in an aqua mason jar 💐

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

New Drawing: Schober's Apples

Wm. Schober Sons’s last day of their winter season is this Saturday! Starting today they are having “Buy One Get One Free” while supplies last on: Apples (excludes deer apples)🍎, Nancy Hall sweet potatoes 🍠 , and onions 🧅 Their hours are Thursday and Friday from 9AM-5PM and Saturday from 8:30AM-4:30PM. Go to their website for more information: schoberorchards.com

I’ll be making some pies with the apples I picked up 🥧 What’s your favorite apple dish?

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Featured in the Elmer Times

Thank you to the Elmer Times Company for featuring an article about my recent donation to the Penns Grove FFA Chapter through the sale of my Salem County Farmlands Calendar. I feel blessed to be able to share my artwork to instill pride in our beautiful agricultural county and financially help local youth farmer education programs.
If you ever feel like as an individual you can’t make a difference - think again! I’m a one woman show around here: I paint the artwork, take the photos, teach the classes, and make the products; all while raising two little ones. As always, thank you to those who actively choose to support me by engaging with my social media posts, buying my artwork, and attending workshops. It means more than you’ll ever know.
One of the most important things I have learned is that every little bit adds up to a lot! Everything is accomplished in its own time and as long as you’re consistent everything will get done. Just believe you can and you’re halfway there. 

All of the original paintings hanging up behind me are available for purchase. Message me for details or go to: www.kimberlyenglish.com/shop

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

New Drawing: Rooster

Here is a new drawing of a rooster that was one a part of my family's farm. I used General pencils and a tortillon to create this drawing. Watch the time lapse video below to see it come to life!

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

New Drawing: Buzby Farm CSA

Join A. T. Buzby Farm’s Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and enjoy a 20 week supply of locally-grown produce from May through September. Sign up for this year’s CSA program begins tomorrow, February 1st! Go to www.buzbyfarm.com/csa for more information.

Drawing © Kimberly English 2020
📷 Reference picture from Buzby Farm

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

2019 Penns Grove FFA Calendar Donation

This week I met with the Penns Grove High School FFA Officers to make the donation from the 2020 Salem County Farmlands Calendar. This year’s donation totaled to $735, the largest one to date! 
In total, I have donated $2,000.00 to all 3 Salem County FFA Chapters! Thank you so much to my customers for supporting not only me but the students who are learning to become active participants in our agricultural community. It’s such an honor to have my artwork help so many young people across our county.

Here I am pictured with President, Teagan Rudderow.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

New Drawing: Sickler's Circle View Farm

Here’s a quick drawing I created of one of Sickler's Circle View Farm 🐄 If you’re looking for locally grown beef and pork, be sure to check them out. They sell their meat directly from the farm 🥩🥓

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Meeting Tedd Arnold

Throwback to the time I met Tedd Arnold! When I was a public school art teacher, the district elementary librarians organized an “Author Day” where a contemporary author/illustrator would visit the schools. I created a lesson that was used to introduce third grade students to that year’s special visiting artist and author, Tedd Arnold.
In preparation for his visit, students created a diptych inspired by his book “Shoo Fly Guy!” As a class we analyzed Arnold’s artistic style and his use of calligraphic line (scribble that resembles letter forms usually associated with cursive). Students then utilized line, color, and calligraphic line to create a diptych (two pictures, viewed together) of two different view points of food, inspired by Tedd Arnold’s style. 🖋 Students also chose adjectives to describe their food illustrations.
One of the most amazing moments in my public school teaching career happened during the third grade assemble with Mr. Arnold. He was discussing his style while doing a drawing demonstration. He called the lines inside of his drawings, scribbles. A student raised their hand and shared about the art project we made and that they were called calligraphic lines. He was surprised and impressed and asked who had taught them that. EVERY single third grader turned around and pointed at ME! I was so proud that they shared what they learned and were able to tell him in person! 

Tedd Arnold and I

Student artwork example

Excerpt from “Shoo Fly Guy!” By Tedd Arnold

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

2019 in Review

Happy New Year! I wanted to reflect on 2019. This past year was not as productive as I had hoped to be with a lot of changes in my personal life with moving and my daughter starting school. However, I was able to still accomplish a lot! Below is a list of my accomplishments from this year and the paintings that I made.

Looking Back on 2019

Speaking Engagements
  • Speaker at the Salem County Art League Meeting 6/24/19
  • Featured on Comcast Newsmakers - March 2019
  • Keynote Speaker for the 2019 Scholastic Art Awards: South Jersey Region - March 2019

  • Raised $720 for the Penns Grove FFA Program with the Salem County Farmlands Calendar

  • Procastinator's Paradise, Pennsville, NJ - December 2019
  • Third Annual Holiday Open House - December 2019
  • 101st New Jersey Farm Bureau Annual Meeting, Princeton, NJ November 18, 2019
  • Meet the Artist at Pine Tavern Distillery, November 17, 2019
  • Pitman Art Stroll, Pitman Gallery and Art Center - September 2019
  • Salem County Arts in Bloom Studio Tour, Exhibiting Artist - May 2019