Jes Lee

Back again

I am finally feeling mostly human again….

After such a busy couple of weeks at work, working on getting things framed and finished for my show, and then one awesome evening opening reception, I was wiped! Not to mention, once the adrenaline wore off, my typical seasonal allergies have hit me full force. Double the allergy meds has seemed to help….

I am so happy that everything went as well as it did! The show looks better than I ever even imagined it would! The reception was awesome, and now things are getting back to normal. I’m finally catching up on blogging, and reading blogs a bit again. There is a new post up at my photo blog: which includes some cute pics of my friend’s new baby.

As for me, today, I am back over at my studio, with very little to do for the first time in a long time. 

I’m going to enjoy that feeling for awhile!

I think I’m going to head outside to work on some pottery for awhile. :)

Thank you!!

Thank you so much to everyone who me frame photos, put wire on frames, wrap and box, and inventory! Thank you to everyone who encouraged me, listened, and offered advice! Thank you so very much to the great people at Bloomington Art Center for asking me to have my work there and for all of the promotion of my show! Thank you specifically to Rachel, the exhibition director, who hung up all of my work and made it all look so nice on the walls! Thank you to those who came to the opening, making it such an amazingly special night, and thank you to those who sent messages of encouragement when you couldn't make it, or asked about it later – all of you mean so much to me! Thank you to those who bought pieces from my show – I'm stunned! 

I am still so amazed that everything came together like it did, and so grateful to all of the people that helped make it happen.

This isn't the end though! My husband is working on programming a new website for me, specifically for this project. I know that it will be very very awesome. I will post here as soon as it is up. I am very hopeful that this show will travel a bit, morph to include new pieces, and new stories. You never know the journey artwork will take. Perhaps this project will turn into new subject matter and a new series. I can't predict yet, but I am excited about the future!

In the mean time, I am hoping to take a few classes, and try a few new things. I will keep blogging, so stay tuned here!

I will also be teaching at Bloomington Art Center – a little class on how to take better pictures. It will be great fun! You can find all of that info here.

There were a few sweet little photo shoots I did recently that I didn't have a chance to blog about while I was working on the final prep for my show.

The first was a small family photo shoot of Kevin, Jennie, and Sam at their church. I always have so much fun photographing them! 

Sam never seems to mind letting me take her picture.

They are such a sweet family, and they always make me smile!

It never stops amazing me the journey from this:

to this:

A couple of great friends, Kevin and Lindsey, welcomed their little daughter Miri into the world this month! 

At 10 days old….

She is precious! Also, she holds the record as the first baby to roll over for me from tummy to back during a photo shoot! I believe she will grow up to be a bit of an over achiever after watching that! I am excited to watch her grow.

More photo shoots are planned for this fall, more workshops, more vacations with cameras….

the future is bright! 

Until next time,


Today is Saturday.


Today I got my hair cut and dyed, went to a winery with my husband, started painting our computer room, and still had time to relax and play Mario for a bit. So this is what it feels like to have a day off? I think I could get used to this!

Farmer’s market trade

This summer I was lucky enough to have a chance to participate in a global Farmer’s Market trade organized by Siri over at the Transplanted Baker blog. It was so much fun!! I have been meaning to blog about this for awhile, but it has been hard to describe…

The task was to put into a box locally made items that to you symbolized where you lived, the essence of your little corner of the world, and send said box across the world to the address given to you by Siri. I had the chance to send a box to England (sending everything that reminds me of fall and the coming season – honey, dried apple slices…) and I received in return a box from England as well! We all worried about things breaking in transit, and while nothing broke in the box sent my way, a bit of something leaked (still not sure what!), but since none of the contents were destroyed, and everything was still enjoyable, I didn’t mind! I loved opening everything! The Elderflower Cordial is perhaps my absolute favorite, and I have been s-a-v-o-r-i-n-g every last drop and not really sharing any! I love the apricot and vanilla jam, and it seriously has me wanting to try my hand at making jams of my own this fall. It has given me something to aspire to!! Next was some wonderful lip balm (beeswax I believe) that has been just what my lips needed as the seasons have started changing here. A few little pink candies have perked up my spirits a bit over the last few weeks, and the roasted tomatoes are seriously the best I have ever tasted! The red hot pesto is delicious, and who doesn’t love a jar with a photo like that on it?! 

This was such a treat to participate in! I am already planning what I can send in a box next year!

Work spaces


If only this photo had sound and you could hear the very loud cricket that is hanging out in the garage with me. He isn’t helping much with the framing though.

Coming soon!!!!

I just dropped off the last few prints today to get mats cut. 

I have a few more days of framing to do, and a few titles to come up with, but


You are coming to the opening aren't you??

Thursday, September 23rd, 6-8pm at Bloomington Art Center in the Atrium Gallery.

Last day of August Break

Today was the last day of August Break, the last day of photographing bits of your day, and letting the photos tell the story and not having to use so many words. Of course, I have enjoyed this so much, that I will most likely keep this up!
Anyway, a few photos of my day. Notice that many more included my printing press instead of being outside! But! I got a lot done! Yeay!