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Self Refelction

Let's Catch Up

2023 was quite a year for Jen, the artist behind @Jujubeegees. She began filming interviews for her tv show, How to Happy: a traveling art show, in Austin, TX. From June - January, Jen interviewed and painted 30 guests, painted 2 songs, and one time interviewed and painted herself.

 

Jen has been painting abstract portraits since 2017 and always found the experience to be extremely fruitful for herself and the subject. Back then there wasn’t an overarching theme to these portraits and the conversations were wildly varied. However, Jen found commonalities with everyone, in 500+ portraits Jen only disliked 1 one person (that’s a pretty rad track record). Many of the subjects of these portraits found the experience therapeutic at the very least, and quite often, it opened their eyes to a new and positive way to view themselves. For some, it was the first time they felt truly seen.

 

Fast forward to 2020, Jen went to film school and became a producer at Austin Public, the local PBS station. Alter learning so many rad skills she wanted to film something. How to Happy wasn’t born right away, rather Jen did two interviews in 2022 and spent over a year editing and re-editing them trying to figure out what she was trying to do with the content. What was the point? (Besides the time spent with lovely people while creating spiritually satisfying artwork.)

 

Jen reflected on the kind of media she wished she could watch more of, uplifting content that introduced and modeled positive coping skills. And voila! A painting show was born. How to Happy honors the positive impacts of artistic expression and shares positive coping skills that everyday people can readily attain and use. 

 

You can watch this show in Austin, Texas on Channel 16 on Mondays at 2:30pm starting June 3rd. 

There will be extended interviews and clips from the show on YouTube as well, with fun links speckled throughout this website. 

 

You’ll like this show if you listen to long-form interviews (like podcasts), thought Bob Ross was neat but wish he used more vibrant colors, or have an interest in abstract art and wish to connect with its emotional impact. 

 

If you’d like to reach out to Jen with comments, questions, or high fives, you can find her on instagram @Jujubeegees.

Jennifer Bechem

ARTIST BIO

I paint the vibe, the music, and the moment. As an abstract expressionist I employ an intuitive algorithm so colors carry the weight of their subject. I like to say that each painting is a postcard from my spirit guide. 

 

I love painting in public - cafes, parks, and happy hours - people just start talking to me and it’s exhilarating. They share their stories, develop curiosities, and provide a link between me, my art, and community. 

 

As a painter, I love wearable art, and that's what Bespoke Tie Dye is. In general, Tie Dye doles out high-five vibes with out the physical contact, so I make and wear a lot of it. 

 

I thank you for taking a scroll through the Color Chronicles I paint and wear. 

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