Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Introducing the Peanut Masons...for all the hamster lovers out OSWOA

It's OSWOA day!

So what is an OSWOA? It is an "original small work of art". I'm creating at least one OSWOA a week - hope to do more, but for now, it's one a week. This week's art is titled "The Peanut Masons", and features 4 little hamsters working on building their brick wall out of peanuts. Well...not ALL 4 are working. The little fella on the left decided to sit down and eat one...the one on the right is shaking holding his head with his eyes closed...I believe he fears the wall may come tumbling down...:)

It can be YOURS if you have the winning bid:


Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Everything's coming up daisies!

The Shasta Daisy series of bright, bold and colorful mini paintings is now available on a variety of cool merchandise. Here's some examples:

First shown is the Shasta Daisies small framed print. Prints are perfect for the home or office. All prints are custom manufactured using archival inks and acid-free paper. Framed prints are matted and framed in a stylish black frame with plexiglass cover. Frames include complete backing. Frame size: 19" x 11" Click here to purchase!

Next shown is the Shasta Daisy collage on a cool tote bag. Our 100% cotton canvas tote bags have plenty of room to carry everything you need when you are on the go. They include a bottom gusset and extra long handles for easy carrying.
  • 10 oz heavyweight natural canvas fabric
  • Full side and bottom gusset
  • 22" reinforced self-fabric handles
  • Machine washable
  • Measures 15" x 18" x 6"
  • Click here to purchase!

Shown in photo #3 is a backsplash display above a stove of the individual Shasta Daisy framed tiles. Perfect for adding a little dash of brilliant color to a special area in your home. Click here to select all five tiles.

Next shown is a photo of four the Shasta Daisy Framed Prints, adding a clean pop of color to this living area. Click here to select your framed prints.

And finally, here are all five of the Shasta Daisy magnets shown on this stainless steel refrigerator. What a grand way to add some art to your kitchen for a low cost! Click here to select your magnets.

In my gallery shop, we have certain items available in bulk for resellers. Check out the greeting cards, magnets, and stickers. Also, order 15+ of any one item and receive discounts as well.

InJoy, Jai

Moonlight Stroll

Ha! Y'all were expecting to see a painting, weren't you? :) Surprise surprise! Here's a jewelry set, featuring a necklace and matching earrings with blackstone, black onyx crystals and freshwater pearls. As I was going through the studio this weekend, I realized I *still* have a lot of cool beads and crystals, so I thought why not make some jewelry?

This set was inspired by the Blackstone teardrop. I held that large bead in my hand and thought, what do I envision here? As I looked through my bead boxes, it all came together and soon I had created this extremely elegant set. By making the necklace adjustable, it's easy to wear with a variety of outfits...wear it choker style or longer - your choice.

The set is a perfect complement to the always popular "little black dress". Because of the hand-chaining and linkwork, it feels like silk when worn and offers a degree of movement to flow right along with you. Wear it to the office - wear it on the dance floor. It's a versatile design!

Bid on this set this week on Ebay.

InJoy, Jai

Monday, April 28, 2008

The rest of the daisies...

Today I completed the other three daisy ACEO mini paintings in my series of 5. All are now listed on Ebay. Here's the individual photos, and I did a graphic image below to show you how they might look all framed together.


Saturday, April 26, 2008

How about some daisies?

Yesterday I completed these two miniature (ACEO size) daisy paintings, the first in a series of five. The first one is Shasta Daisy on Purple and the second is on Red. The next will be on orange/red, yellow/orange, and finally yellow green. I used a loose, impressionist style on these and painted them using the Prismacolor art sticks, refining the details with Prismacolor pencils. The art stix allowed me to lay down a heavier application of color, creating a bolder look than my other color pencil paintings.

Both of these are up on Ebay this week. Click here to bid on the purple and here to bid on the red. I can envision all five, framed together in a long frame under matting. After I finish the other three, I'll create a graphic image of how that might look. :)


Friday, April 25, 2008

More hamsters! Cute designs!

Fresh from the studio - 3 more hamster mini paintings! First check out Candy Snatcher...then we have a sequel to the original Bone Thief design, titled Bone Thief II...and then we have Night Dancer. All 3 on are Ebay - click their links to bid on the auctions!


Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Bluebird: Time for Lunch ACEO mini painting

Here's the second miniature in my Busy Bluebird series...titled "Time for Lunch".

As usual, you’ve found me in the kitchen. Today we’re having grilled worms. Notice I have some on the plate for baby Belle, but does she want THOSE? No, she wants the one I’m having for myself. Typical. Whatever someone else has always looks better. Being the good mom I am, I guess I’ll give her mine. Of course, as soon as I get another for myself, she’ll want that one too. KIDS! --Belle the Busy Bluebird

Get the original ACEO miniature painting on auction this week here!

InJoy, Jai

Monday, April 21, 2008

Ever gone Swan Back Riding?

This is my first OSWOA - original small work of art, size 4"x6". I had SUCH FUN with this lighthearted design! It's one of those that just worked right from the start...the colors all came together perfectly, and the swan and hamster just came to life so well right before my eyes. It makes me happy just looking at it!

You can bid on it on Ebay this week - click here.

Hope you enjoy it! --Jai

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Birthday Time and A Rose for Mama

Here's my two newest ACEO's. The first is titled 'A Rose for Mama', and features this adorable little cream colored hamster with a purple rose. Just in time for Mother's Day! Bid on the original mini painting here and get fabulous merchandise with this art here.

The next is titled "Birthday Time" (Let's Eat Candles!). Bid on this fun little hamster here and get your merchandise with this art here.

I've had a wonderful day today. I took a break from my art, went to church, and enjoyed time with the family. The weather was absolutely GORGEOUS here in TN today. I planted some wildflower seeds in my flowerbed - I hope they will grow. I don't have the greenest thumb, but maybe I'll get lucky.

Tomorrow it's back to the studio. I have another Bluebird design in my Busy Bluebird series I'm working on that I'd like to get done. And I'm going to create a couple of OSWOA's. An OSWOA is an original small work of art size 4"x6". A little bigger than ACEO's but still small. I've got a GREAT hamster design I'm working on for one that size and a lion portrait I'm going to do as well.

Hope everyone has had a nice weekend.


Friday, April 18, 2008

More Hamster Art!

Here' two more cuties! Workout (something I need to be doing...but I'm having too much FUN spending my time on my artwork!). Bid on this STRONG hamster here.

And Keys to My Heart...check out his little love note on the computer keyboard...:) Bid on this sweetheart here.

I've got a busy day in the studio today and I'll be working at the gallery tomorrow. If you're in Jackson, TN, stop by to say hello!

InJoy, Jai

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Are you a busy bluebird?

A series of illustrative art, inspired by all those people who think because I work "at home" that I sit around doing nothing all day. My work day starts at 5:30 am and ends at 9 pm. Just because I'm not "rich" and cannot pay all of my bills off my efforts yet, doesn't mean I'm not working and giving it my all. I'm sure there are many of you who also work at home, and/or have the full-time job of raising children, who get what I'm talking about here.

This is the first miniature painting (ACEO) in my Busy Bluebird Series of illustrations. Belle is the featured bluebird, and here is what she has to say:

"So you think a bird’s life is easy, huh? Think again. My name’s Belle and I’ve decided to write my life story. I’m calling it The Busy Bluebird, because it describes my life to a "T". I’ll have you know, I don’t just sit around chirping and eating seeds all day. I’ve got about 212 kids to date, and that’s a lot of responsibility. If I’m not cleaning up bird poop or shopping for fresh worms, I’m preening feathers, teaching the facts of life and how to stay safe in this world, running here and running there, nursing this one, scolding that one, escaping the neighborhood cats, building another nest, fixing the nesting box, marrying off this one, birdsitting for that one...and so forth and so on. I barely have time to get a bath or sit on the porch with Aunt Sadie and Grandma Lou for a visit anymore! And I can’t tell you the last time I went to the Bluebird Cafe to have coffee with the girls. Phew! Just call me the queen of multi-tasking. Welcome to my world! --Belle the Busy Bluebird"

I just LOVE doing illustrative work like this. It takes longer than a simple portrait style piece of art, but it's so rewarding, and it gives me an opportunity to say things through my art.

You can bid on this original art this week on Ebay by clicking here.

You can purchase this art on merchandise here.

Hope y'all have a wonderful day!


New in the Hamster Chronicles

This cute little furbaby is having a grand old time as he takes a hot air balloon ride. This is probably one of my favorite little paintings I've done yet - while it was difficult to get much detail in the hamster in this 2.5"x3.5" art, I love the rainbow colors of the cheers me up just looking at it!

Get the original on Ebay this week here.

Prints, cards and other cool stuff are available at

In addition to the hamster series, I'm also starting an illustrative Bluebird series. Hopefully I'll have the first one ready to share soon!

InJoy, Jai

Monday, April 14, 2008

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel ACEO mini painting

Another ACEO fresh from the studio. This is the regal Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and you can "adopt" his pet miniature painting on Ebay this week.

Someone asked me earlier today if I plan on painting every dog breed. The answer is YES. If you have a specific breed request, drop me an email at and I'll move your favorite breed up the list! :)


New in the Adoptables series...Haley the Bulldog...Can you give her a home?

Here's my newest ACEO mini painting in my Adoptables series. Haley the Bulldog can be adopted this week on Ebay. How can you resist that adorable face? Such personality!

You can also select fine art gift items featuring this beautiful little girl here.


Friday, April 11, 2008

More Hamster ACEO sized Mini Art, fresh from the studio!

Yeah, I'm on a hamster kick...well, they are SO CUTE! And fun to do. Here's 3 more ACEO's I completed today. The first one is titled Yellow Brick Road. I love the color combination of purple and yellow.

The second one shown here is titled Bad Hair Day. I guess you can see why! LOL

And the final one is titled Bone Thief.

These two were much more challenging than the first because of their lighter colors, and I wanted to keep the background white on these.

All of the originals are up for auction - click here to see all of my ACEO's I have up.

These designs will also be in my gift shop on a variety of products - visit to pick up your favorites!


Custom Pet Portraits

New at http://www.JaiArt.Com

Custom Pet Portraits! Due to many requests, I've finally got this section of the website set up. Go here to read about my custom pet portraits and to commission one of your own.


New Mini Paintings (ACEOs): Cat in Box & Hamster with Basketball

Here's my two newest miniature paintings...the first is another in my Cat-I-Tude series and is titled "Outside the Box". (My boss told me to think outside the box...and I’m thinkin’ I deserve a raise.)

Bid on the original on Ebay here.

Available on apparel, cards, and gift items here.

The second one features this cool hamster with his basketball. Titled "Hoops Anyone?", it's a MUST for hamster art collectors!

Bid on the original on Ebay here.

Available on apparel, cards, and other gifts here.

Hope you enjoy them!


Wednesday, April 09, 2008


Here's my newest ACEO mini painting, titled THE QUEEN.

"Remember this - I AM the Queen."

Pick her up on auction this week here!

Get her apparel and other gift items here.

Right after I completed her and started my next cat, my pencil sharpener died. Which means, I was out of business for the rest of the day. Hubby brought me home a new one last night, but I'm running behind on my goals for the week. Maybe I'll get caught up today!


Monday, April 07, 2008

The Adoptables Series...Bonnie the Basset Hound

How would you like to adopt this sweet Basset Hound for your original art card collection? This is Bonnie...and you can claim her for your own here.

The "real" Bonnie is also up for adoption - she lives in Alabama. Drop me a note if you'd like to know more about her.


The Adoptables Series...German Shepherd & Boston Terrier

Just finished the first two miniature paintings in my Adoptables series. All of the animals featured in this series are REAL PETS up for adoption. All of these mini paintings are portrait style and each breed will be available in my online gift shop.

First we have Mitch...Mitch is a 40lb male Boston Terrier. Adopt his original ACEO painting here, and if you're interested in adopting the real dog, drop me a note.

Second up today, we have Ashley, an 85lb female German Shepherd. Adopt her original ACEO painting here and drop me an email if you'd like to know more about Ashley.

The paintings in this series are all signed with my signature on a small red heart, signifying these pets are in need of loving homes. I hope you like them!


Saturday, April 05, 2008

NEW: 2 More Cat Miniature Paintings in the Cat-I-Tude series

Here's two more original cat aceo mini paintings for my Cat-I-Tude series of work:

Ms. Mouth

"So I talk a lot. Deal with it!"

Bid for me now!

This mini art is available on a variety of cool merchandise in my shop.

My Space

"This side of the fence is my space. Cross over it without my permission, and you might get your paw slapped."

Bid for me now!

This mini art is also available on a variety of fun items here.

Hope you like them!



Update #5 on toxic poisoning

Just wanted to post an update about my situation. It has been one week today since I last touched the clay. I am feeling better than I've felt in YEARS and have much more energy.

My mind also seems to be much clearer. I had been feeling confusion - I guess that's the best way to describe it - over the past few months especially. I originally attributed that to getting older. Suddenly, my mind is much more clear and I notice it specifically in decision making areas. Before it seemed I was having trouble making a decision on small things, mostly. That seems to be diminishing (thank goodness because I thought I was losing my mind!). Also, I've been having terrible hot flashes for years, especially at night - EVERY NIGHT and sometimes during the day. I had attributed that to menopause. In the past 2 weeks, my hot flashes have stopped completely. That might just be a coincidence, but considering I'd had them daily and nightly for so long, I find it very odd they just suddenly ceased.

Also, I heard back from Tony at Kato Clay. He has assured me that the new clay formula they have does not have the previous chemicals which have been proven to cause toxic issues. However, he has also advised - because I am already chemically sensitive as well as sensitive to strong odors - that I do NOT use their clay or any clay, as it could cause potential health risks based on the reactions I've already had.

For most people, the clay is not, and will not be, a problem. But for me, unfortunately, it is.

And on a final note - I have spoken with the assistant to the CEO at our hospital to see if I can trade some of my original paintings (on in exchange for my hospital bill. That would help me tremendously if they will accept, because I don't forsee being able to pay that bill anytime in the near future. I'm waiting to hear back from them. Keep your fingers crossed for me!

InJoy, Jai

Friday, April 04, 2008

NEW: Blue & Gold Macaw Original ACEO mini painting & Major jewelry clearance

Here's my newest ACEO miniature painting. I've titled this piece "Talk to Me". He is up on Ebay, along with a lot of my polymer clay jewelry. I have elected to sell off all of my original jewelry creations at low prices over the rest of this month. Every jewel begins at only $5 with No Reserve price. Please view my auctions here to take advantage of these prices:

InJoy, Jai

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Got Cat-I-Tude?

Check out Jai's new miniature art series of humorous felines - now available on a variety of gift items, apparel, greeting cards and more here! At least four new designs are being added weekly.


Wednesday, April 02, 2008

NEW: 2 More Cat Miniature Paintings

"Hiding Place"

"Words of wisdom to my fellow felines...when you hear VET and SHOT in the same sentence, it’s time to find a good hiding place."

Buy me now!

ACEO miniature painting, 3.5" x 2.5"

(greeting cards and other gift items will be available soon at


"I always sunbathe in the buff. After all, who wants those unappealing tan lines?"

Buy me now!

ACEO miniature painting, 3.5" x 2.5"

(greeting cards and other gift items will be available soon at


Update #4 on toxic poisoning

I've continued to do research about this issue regarding my reactions to polymer clay - more specifically, the chemical phthalates which is IN the clay. I have a couple of other symptoms to add to my symptom list which I didn't attribute to this, but may be involved.

When I went to the eye doctor, one thing I mentioned was the corner of my right eye had been red since this began at the beginning of March. The eye did not itch, did not have puss, did not hurt, did not water was just really red. After his exam, he indicated it could be from dry eye and he gave me drops to use. I began using the drops, but the eye stayed red - until I quit working with the polymer clay. Only then did the redness begin to go away and it's finally almost completely gone.

I also told the eye doctor I had become very sensitive to light and sound since all this started in early March. I asked if that could be from my eyes. He said the dry eye could cause some light sensitivity, but didn't seem to think it would cause sound sensitivity. I have learned since there is something called "toxic conjunctivitis". I've had conjunctivitis (pink eye) in the past, but toxic conjunctivitis is is caused by a reaction to a toxin, and doesn't seem to have the same traits as pink eye.

I noticed when I stopped working with the clay, light and sound didn't bother me as much. As stated in a previous post, I touched the clay last Saturday when cleaning up my studio, and on Sunday at church, the singing and church lights seemed to still bother me....the noise seemed to bother me the worst. I felt tingly, shaky, woozy. Rather than exiting the auditorium as I had done the previous weeks, I decided to stay, and I put my fingers over my ears. Within a minute of doing that, I felt a little better - well enough to keep standing along with everyone else. I took my fingers off my ears and the feelings increased again. So I did this little experiment all through the singing and decided it was definitely the sound I was most sensitive to.

This week will be another experiment...I have not touched the clay since last Saturday (and have been feeling fine since), so I will see this upcoming Sunday if I have the same reaction in the singing part of the service....or if it is less than before. I do know when I was NOT working with the polymer initially when I started attending this church, I was not bothered at all by the sound or lights there.

So, my list of symptoms now reads like this: Nausea, dizziness, passing out, numbness in legs, weak/wobbly legs, feeling of being "off balance", tingling all over, tightness in head & cheeks, and chest pains (those last two could have been from panic...but I had them so I'm listing them). I also experienced blurry vision, occasional metallic taste in mouth, light sensitivity, red eye, sound sensitivity. Amber Dawn, who commented on one of my previous posts, said she also experiences "strange twitching".

Over the past months, I had been working with the clay much more than before. I feel sure my reactions to the chemical in it are due to overexposure. It's like you can drink a little coffee, and feel fine...but if you drink more and more of it, you can have reactions to the caffeine. So while I was only using the clay for a short time, I was fine, but the more and more I worked with it, the more my reactions became more prevalent.

I think this is something heavy users of the product need to be aware of, so they can take precautions. I'm sure there are some people who use the clay regularly, who will assume because they've used it for a long time with no reaction, that they won't have any issues. And they might not...but when the reaction happens, it can appear just out of the blue, very quickly, and intensely.

As I said before, I have used the product for 7 years and while I have had breaks during my use of it, it has pretty much been a constant in my life throughout that time period. And I had no warning...when the symptoms hit, they hit immediately. The first night was the first week of March, I was standing in my living room right before bed time, and I broke out in a cold sweat, got shaky, dizzy and felt myself getting ready to pass out. That was my very first clue I had something going on. Two days later, my eye became red out of the blue. That was my second clue. And it went downhill from there.

So it can appear out of the blue, and very intensely. If you are a heavy user of the product, why take chances? Use gloves, as others have suggested. Put your oven outdoors or in an extremely well ventilated area.

I think the public needs to be more educated on this stuff too. Just because something says "non toxic", we think it's not going to cause any issues. And it might not -- but the fact is, it CAN despite what the label says. I've learned that the hard way, and I'll be a lot more aware of these things in my future endeavors.


Tuesday, April 01, 2008

First two cat miniature paintings DONE!

Okay, I finished my first two feline minis...two more to go to meet my goal for today! The first ACEO shown here is titled "Bath Time" and is on Ebay for only 5 days. Click here for the auction.

The second one is titled "Dance Moves" and is also on Ebay. Click here for the auction.

These are such fun!

Hope they may you smile. :)


Cats...gotta love 'em!

So yesterday I finished two new mini paintings, and I decided to do a few domestic cat paintings. Cats are so funny...I love 'em! I was about halfway through the first painting and the storm started. Lightning and thunder galore!

So I decide I better take the dogs out to go potty before the rain arrived, as it was clearly on the way and gonna be a big one. I let the dogs out and Max promptly zips around the front of the house and chases Boots (a young stray female who's taken residence at our place - shown here with my daughter) up the huge tree out front. The bottom falls out of the sky and we rush back inside.

After the rain stopped, I go out front and Boots is still up in the tree - acting, of course, like she can't get down. Just cryin' and cryin'. So I get both kids out there to help me coax her down. She likes kids better than adults. So here the 3 of us are in the dark sweet talking her, telling her "Come on can do it!". Finally she hooks her claws in the tree and eases down backwards. What a funny site...I wish I'd have had a video camera! So she gets down to safety and she's soaking wet. I sent my son inside for a towel so we could dry her off. She promptly goes back to eating her food, purring the whole time.

Here's my indoor cat. His name is Pistol - and boy is that appropriate for him! He's shown here with a hairdryer...of COURSE he isn't planning on messing with it....ahem. :)

Here's another shot of him. This is something he does regularly. He has this favorite set of kitchen cabinets, pops the doors open with his foot, looks around to see if anyone is watching, and then sneaks inside. This time, my daughter caught him on camera. The sneaky little devil!

When we go out sometimes, we'll come home and find about 4 cabinet doors all standing wide open. It took me about a month after moving here to figure out what the heck was going on. I know I didn't leave those cabinets open. PISTOL!

And here's Max. That darn cat...he gets away with everything and I can't get away with anything!

Today it's back to the grindstone to try to finish *4* cat ACEO's. Maybe I'll actually get them done today as planned and have something cool to share later.