Oh no, Can’t forget the kids!

"dot" for Ryan

I have been busy making and selling conditions thanks to From Scratch and WTC. Well in all of that I feel I must give back in some way and since this all started as a family project anyway I decided to finally make puppets for the kids I know and love. If you are a kid I know and you haven’t gotten yours yet…it’s coming. D and Taylor 🙂

Here are a few that have already been made.

"Ugly Tina" for Chienne
"sweater snake" for RJ


Remember those lovable sock creatures with all kinds of physical conditions? Well earlier this year an awesome group of my colleagues decided to embark upon a business venture that included a graphic design firm served up with a side of fine art. Long story short I displayed some art there and left a couple of puppets behind and well they got sold. I’ve sold some before at The Lenny and Me Home Store (even had a theft) but I get the feeling the owners of these new conditions are in love 😉

back into the spirit

It’s been a long time since I have posted anything. Well I have been a bit busy and I know that’s no excuse but after my graduation,celebrating two very important birthdays, a road trip, making the puppets I was a little tired.
Well one thing remains the same for me, I am never too tired to be inspired. I seek inspiration from many sources and my daughter is always a key source. She came through again tonight while we were painting. She just made nine years old this month and she proved that no matter how old you are, you’re never too grown to paint with your fingers.

Inspiration of the week! Libby Mills

After painting the same series for months now, I was in need of some new inspiration. So, I decided to do a random google search of artist/painters. Sometimes my searches are like playing spin the bottle, except instead of a kiss, you get to check out the last artist on the list. Well I found Libby Mills.  She is a 30 year old artist from Uki ( I think that’s a small town somewhere in or near New South Wales, Australia.) Anyway, the piece that I fell in love with is called, Seven Moons to the Sun.  This work of art is full of  juicy color and fantastic shapes.  It is bold in nature and organic at the same time.  When I look at it I am whisked away into a world of fantasy where circles, lines, and colors meet.  Just beautiful stuff.


I am inspired by many known artist and often times I can’t tell you who my favorite is right off the bat. I adore paintings from  different genres of art , from Kandinsky to Hollis Sigler. They all painted with a passion and skill that is priceless.  I can only hope to have such success with my art.  But soaking up inspiration from the great works of the past can get a little overwhelming. When that happens, pull out the crayons with the little people.  Sometimes the littlest people in your life tend to be the biggest inspiration for you.  I think that my daughter inspires me the most of all. I guess you can say she’s like most children, filled with crazy ideas supported only her own 8 year old logic.  I love that about kids. If they have an idea they just go with it. It doesn’t have to be a great idea but kids simply don’t spend as much time as adults do wondering what everybody else thinks. My daughter has created some of the best projects when I was yelling for her to clean up the new mess she made that didn’t make since to me.  Then when she’s done I can’t do anything but smile.  Usually after that I create a painted mess of my own from the inspiration she’s left me with.

Traveling Puppets

These puppets have been around almost a year now. My daughter and I first started making them in November of last year after my grandmother was diagnosed with cancer. We took old socks and tights of my daughters that she couldn’t ware any more and stuffed them with fake snow. Buttons and such were used for the eyes. Every time someone came over I would have the help with a puppet and when we were done we ended up with about 20 of them. Some of them even went away to live with new owners who loved them so much;) The others stayed around to make an appearance at the variety show, Mabel’s Way Back Machine in August of the year. Some of them are now at Lenny and Me Home store on Milwaukee, adding a touch of whimsy to the MONSTERS CHASING CHILDREN exhibit. Who knows what else is in store for these puppets. They may travel the world! lol Well at least across Chicago.

Visit the site! JEAN DAMEN.COM

jeandamen.com is official up for the MONSTERS CHASING CHILDREN series.  You can visit the site to see a more detailed gallery of this series.  I figured this would be a quicker way for you guys to see the pieces without all of the updates and information found on the blog. For those of you who went to the site a few days ago when it wasn’t complete…sorry about that, but thanks for visiting and please look again🙂 http://www.jeandamen.com/index.html


Creating this series has been amazing. It started with two paintings inspired by my daughter and a Hollis Sigler exhibition I saw earlier in the year at the Culture Center.  So many people kept telling me that I should paint more so I did.  If you didn’t have the chance to see MONSTERS CHASING CHILDREN in the last exhibits you can stop by Lenny and Me Home Store on 1459 N Milwaukee Ave until Nov. 1st