Perfection vs. Excellence👏🏻⠀ ⠀ Did you ever distinguish the difference, or have you grouped these two together, thinking they go hand in glove?⠀ ⠀ For all my outspoken creative followers (and the ones yet to find that they, indeed, are creative) the truth about perfectionism is that it stems from fear, comparison and lacking joy.⠀ ⠀ Excellence, on the other hand, is rooted in LOVE and Joy. True creation, lasting and meaningful art happens from this place.⠀ ⠀ There is plenty of art that is created from perfectionism; following the “right” systems or rules, that have no soul. Perfectionism is partnered with pride, and nothing True or Beautiful comes from that...⠀ ⠀ Excellence comes with humility in your work; creating with your head, your hands and your heart, knowing you’re merely the steward of something much Greater than yourself; it’s knowing when to step in with value and God given vision, and when to bow out, letting the Master Artist take the stage...⠀ ⠀ There is so much to unpack with this idea & I’ve found that the @makersandmystics podcast gives so much language to the reality I’ve lived as a creative for over a decade. (Yup, I’m still trying to figure it out, too, friends.) it’s one of my favorite podcasts right now and I know it will give you insight into the creative process as it has for me. 🙌🏻⠀ ⠀ I pray that EXCELLENCE be found in my work and that you, yes YOU, forget about the artist at present — with full permission to get lost in the message, the wonder and Beauty at hand that has nothing to do with me, and everything to do with the Creator.⠀ ⠀ 👉🏻 You can find more info about this carving I crafted back in 2013 in my gallery by tapping the link in my bio + get the full story and message of this piece that points True North. ⠀ ⠀ Tag a fellow creative below to encourage them to forget perfectionism and stir them toward excellence in their work. 🙌🏻
My take on PenmanSHIP. 😅⠀ ⠀ I’ve taken to hand engraving, mainly for my wife’s business @everydayheirloomco and I had a particularly fun time engraving this tiny ship on a Lady Falcon Nib design which is cut and shaped by hand as well. ⠀ ⠀ This is an event exclusive Nib Necklace from her Lettering Lovers Collection that I will have available at my booth at the @coloradopenshow 👏🏻⠀ ⠀ If you’re local, come say hi! ⠀ ⠀ Swipe left to see some of the other designs that will be available this weekend (and some staple designs available at EverydayHeirloomCo.com)!
This video changed the course of my career. Literally.⠀ ⠀ If you’ve been following me for some time, chances are you found my work through this micro documentary as the week this video was posted it received over 20 million views. What!?⠀ ⠀ To some people, this makes it look like my career was an overnight success. But the reality is, my “overnight success” was a decade in the making...and will remain “in the making” as I will always be in the pursuit of creating my best work, humbling myself in stewarding the gifts I’ve been given. ⠀ ⠀ Michelangelo at age 88 said, “I’m still learning” and I know I’ll be saying the same thing at his age, God willing...⠀ ⠀ I’ll always be learning and growing in my skill and feeling like the most blessed man on the planet getting to do what I love for a living. ⠀ ⠀ 👉🏻And a quick note for the artist: if you’re not selling your work or making a living at it, that doesn’t make your work ANY less valid or valuable. KEEP CREATING regardless if it’s sold or seen by anyone else. 🙌🏻 ⠀ ⠀ To watch the full 5 minute micro doc, click the link in my bio. ⠀
ART is not necessary for survival, but it is something worth surviving for...⠀ ⠀ Or in the words of CS Lewis, “friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art...it has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.”⠀ ⠀ This is the very beginning phase of the portrait of Lewis I finished back in 2016. This man’s legacy has impacted my life and work, like so many others I know around the globe for generations, and generations to come...⠀ ⠀ Drawing Lewis’ portrait is the closest I will get to having a conversation with the old chap this side of heaven. But when we are face-to-face, in eternity at last (“Christians never say good-bye!”) I can only imagine what kind of conversations we will share...⠀ ⠀ Swipe left to see the completed version of his portrait. One of my absolute favorite works to put my hands to as this piece depicts him and Aslan; face-to-face with the King, a most Untamed Lion...⠀ ⠀ I keep saying Tolkein’s portrait is next...I’m still brainstorming that one as I listen/read to LOTR. 😅 THAT would be a challenge! ⠀ ⠀ Double tap if you’re a Lewis and Tolkien fan. And if so, share what elements you’d like to see in Tolkein’s portrait. 👇🏻There’s so much to unpack!
It’s been a long while since I shared this pen and ink illustration so I thought I’d post it here in honor of finishing the #weidmannantlercarving and #inktober! ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ This piece (and a select few of my other pen and ink illustrations) will only be available in my gallery until the end of 2019. If there’s a piece you’re eyeing, we’re encouraging people to purchase for the holidays before these select artworks will no longer be available.👇🏻⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ I’ll be sharing which artworks will be expiring after the holidays in my email list, so if you’re there, you’ll get the info soon! ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ If you’re not on that list but you want to be, you can sign up on my website at jakeweidmann.com or click the link in my bio. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Tap the photo above for gallery details. 👆🏻
I can’t thank you enough for the wonderful reception this piece has garnered from thousands of you— I’m truly speechless and humbled to my core.⠀ ⠀ I have found, as an artist, that when I humble myself and create from a place of pure passion and unadulterated inspiration, Greatness emerges and takes the stage, and I get to fade into the background and slip out the back door...⠀ ⠀ This piece has lived several lives already —having originally been the crown anointing the head of a beautiful forest creature, then having found its way to me... ⠀ ⠀ With ornate flourishes, patterns and design, this antler gains yet another life and soon it will go on to live that full life in the corner of someone else’s world; telling the story of its original Creator, what with its raw and wild wonder. And again, telling the story of the humble artist who saw Beauty and wanted to partner with it, yearning to breathe new life into this old bone...⠀ ⠀ For those who have expressed interest in collecting this piece, you can now sign up to get details on the upcoming auction (dates TBD) in the LINK IN MY BIO. Once you’re signed up, you’ll start receiving email notifications about participating in the online auction to collect this original carving from the Weidmann Gallery. ⠀ ⠀ Thank you ALL again for such kind, encouraging comments throughout this process. It’s been a joy and an honor to share the creation with you.
I’ve had to keep this project under wraps since it’s a gift for my father-in-law. 🤫 ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ But I’m finally finished and it’s been an absolute joy and honor to work on this heirloom for his birthday. Every piece of this hand plane is hand engraved using a chisel under a high powered microscope ( 80x magnification)!⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ His monogram is engraved on one side and a verse that reflects his character on the other. The scrollwork adorning the hand plane on either side is symmetrical (a tricky challenge!) and is as traditional as it gets. I loved engraving the bronze of this already gorgeous plane with ornate intricacies and detail. I’ve loved getting into the art of engraving and it’s been a wonderful challenge for me!
The final antler carving is complete! ⠀ ⠀ Thank you all for following along this process. As I posted earlier, this carving has been an incredible source of fun for me and seeing it finished is a little surreal for as long as I’ve been staring at it. 😅⠀ ⠀ I completed this piece with a custom base carved from mahogany that includes pins through the bottom that keep that antler in place, allowing it to be displayed upright. ⠀ ⠀ Swipe left to see the very beginning before I laid out the design for the antler and to see more photos of the process over the last summer months.
It takes faith to create. ⠀ ⠀ I’ve dedicated countless hours to this piece and the end is finally in sight. I can’t wait to share the final piece — exciting and nerve wracking all the same— but I’m so grateful to have been able to share the process and progress with you all along the way. ⠀ ⠀ This wasn’t a formal commission, but an idea I simply had to bring to life. There’s no promise of financial return for the time I’ve poured into this piece, but what I’ve gained in simply putting my hands to it, is priceless...⠀ ⠀ This was a true creative venture for me in that I got to play. To play is so vital to my creative career as burnout is all too common when you do what you love and love what you do for a living. My hobby is my career and my career is, well, made up of all my hobbies. I create for a living, but I would do it even if I never was paid a dime. And I did, in fact, for many years. ⠀ ⠀ Whatever it is you find yourself doing, never forget to play, wonder and remind yourself why it is you do what you do. This piece is that for me. 🙌🏻