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Just Jinx scales up efforts to help artists hit hard by the pandemic by offering original art as printable download

Just Jinx offers hope to artists wading through the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic by offering original art as printable downloads at incredibly affordable prices. 

Just Jinx has scaled up efforts to help artists and communities hard-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic by offering original art as printable downloads.

The organization has already created more than 400 pieces aimed at extending a helping hand to the individuals and communities facing severe challenges.

 

“We offer original art as printable art downloads at incredibly affordable prices so that more of us can live with images that enrich our lives,” says Jinx Davis, founder of the organization. 

The site was recently launched, bannered by a new collection from Maja Soric, a renowned Croatian artist. Art enthusiasts could also choose from the hundreds of art pieces created by Jinx and guest artists during the pandemic. 

Printable art is an artwork people can purchase online and instantly receive as a downloadable digital file. 

Jinx says it is a bold way to buy art that democratizes owning art. Print shops are inexpensive in most parts of the world, and a large poster can be printed for under $10.  

 

Jinx herself has been an actress, artist, and entrepreneur for the last 50 years. She says the organization aims to sell unique original downloadable art prints to those who care about assisting individuals that are taking a big hit from the pandemic.

Five dollars from each selection goes to the Living Arts Corporation, a United States-based non-profit organization that supports arts and culture worldwide.

At a time of global uncertainty, Jinx says art has remained steadfast in “reassuring us by expanding our senses and feeding the hunger in our souls.”

“Art in all its written, performed, and visual forms remind us of our capacity for laughter, grief, joy, and contemplation. Art refuses to be utilitarian. Instead, it makes us human,” adds Jinx.

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Jinx Davis, the Director of the Living Arts Corporation, says she has always been able to self-fund their own projects. 

However, she found herself unable to provide emergency funding and support for artists and communities during the onslaught of COVID-19.

Jinx knew she had to find another way and came up with Just Jinx – Art for Charity.

“In everything we do, we try to connect. The arts help shape personal and global culture. They provide clues to tackle challenges and engage in improving the state of the world, whether in a small neighborhood or on a grand scale,” Jinx says. “We trust in the potential of experience to elicit more empathy, birth new ideas, shift our perceptions, and lead to action. 

In 1994, Living Arts Corporation started its mission to create art and performance and use it to assist others, whether they are marginalized families or other artists struggling to do their work.

In May 2019, the team went to Cambodia to listen and learn how the organization can be of service to emerging arts, organizations, and communities. The team has launched an online magazine to cover Cambodia’s contemporary art culture scene called Magical Cambodia – a cultural rebirth.

The Living Arts Corporation, says Jinx, supports artists in need and marginalized communities in personal and unobtrusive ways so they may keep their dignity as they face challenges. 

Those looking to shop art – from home decor to wall arts – can check out all original art for sale available on the Just Jinx website.

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With Aging, Art is Candy to the Brain

Photography by Nick Karvounis

Last night I had a conversation with a Norwegian friend living in Spain. She is fifty and recently published a beautiful new book. I am in my 70s. We hadn’t seen each other for years and were trying to figure out a way to meet on our limited incomes since I was now in Europe. I knew a trip would be inspiring and feed my imagination but I had been putting it off due to financial fears. I suddenly blurted out “I am coming to Spain in September, I promise!”
 
It was one of my senior moments: If Not Now, When? Why Not? What Can They Do To Me?
 
These are the realizations that the aging experience when they unexpectedly jump into the world of art. They join community-based art programs, sing in choirs, start to write poetry, experience a sense of mastery, and gain a social connection with those outside their previous worlds.
 
I didn’t jump into the art world since I was born into it. Yet I have always created art for my sanity. As I age, it is also the healthiest thing I do. Creativity, which is related to the personality trait of openness, can lead to greater longevity and well-being.
 
Creativity’s core skill is imagination, which consists of mental representation (visual, verbal, and auditory) of things that are beyond the senses. Prospection, the central thrust to healthy aging, is imagination about possible futures. Originality is prospecting that introduces novelty with new variables, perspectives, and possibilities. Creative people often call on what they know from other domains (general knowledge) to penetrate problems. They use intuition to approach new tasks and challenges. Naturally, it is the aging population that holds the potential for great knowledge and intuition through experience.
 
My mental speed has already lowered and I take far more time to accomplish tasks. I struggle with short-term memory and other cognitive abilities as I age. Yet like many of my generation, my knowledge base and intuition are vast and increasing constantly. It is compensating for my losses.
 
Science says we get less creative as we age. The anecdote is creativity and art. Creativity is having the ability to make unexpected connections. It allows us to perceive the commonplace in new ways, and to see the atypical or unusual and realize their importance.
 
How do we feed creativity? Be playful – literally, act like a child every now and then. Travel where you can, even if it is only around a new city corner. Expose yourself to different cultures and traditions to keep the rigid judgmental mind in check. Interact with people of different ages. Allow your mind to wander with idle thoughts. Confront challenges and adversity. Write, sing, whittle, and cook your thoughts to help make meaning of your life. Get comfortable with a different idea or skill.
 
Own growing older by celebrating life. Create and share. Feed your mind on the smorgasbord of art. And, yes, I am going to Spain to laugh and conspire with a friend.
It takes a long time to become young.

It takes a long time to become young.

Pablo Picasso

When old people speak it is not because of the sweetness of words in our mouths; it is because we see something which you do not see.

Chinua Achebe

Jinx Davis is an actress, artist, and entrepreneur. During the Covid pandemic, she created hundreds of paintings that she turned into printable art to help support the Living Arts Corporation.

The Invincible Vulnerability of the Heart

I have been feeling vulnerable after receiving a round of requests for assistance by artists in nations where hunger is now a daily reality. These individuals were seriously vulnerable to suffering. I was vulnerable to my financial ability to assist them and each of us was uncomfortable with the conversations that occurred. We all felt weak but the opposite was true. We were brave and we shared our truths (or at least most of us did).

We need to remind ourselves that vulnerability is not weakness. It is our strength. 

Everything will not go your way, nor should it do so. It is when life wrestles with you that we mature, and seldom before. We cannot evolve into our potential when we remain frustrated and defensive or try to manipulate others. Connection is why we are here and in order to feel connected, we must be excruciatingly vulnerable. Without claiming our vulnerability we cannot feel our own worthiness. 

Some of us will rebound and some of us will face devastation and even death. It can be hard to stomach this truth.

I am reminded by what researcher Dr. Brene Brown says about vulnerability.

“Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belong, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper or meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path.”

Vulnerability is where courage and fear meet.

I worked out this meeting place of fear and courage by painting all night until 4:30 a.m. Thought I might share this with you before I try to sleep.

Jinx Davis is an actress, artist, and entrepreneur. During the Covid pandemic, she created hundreds of paintings that she turned into printable art to help support the Living Arts Corporation.

Irony, Mystery & the Collective Unconscious

Which of these paintings sold for $5.71 million?

On June 27, 2019, I posted this to my Facebook page. Painting still remains a mystery to me.
 
One of these paintings just sold for £4.5 million ($5.71 million). The other was just painted a few hours ago as part of my personal therapy and playtime. I don’t think when I paint. I just paint for hours on end and get very, very dirty. I love it…and I do it solely for my own enjoyment.
 
I am feeling a bit weird. Either I am in sync some strange way or I just unconsciously plagiarized, albeit rather poorly, an artist I have never heard about.
Yesterday and today I painted eight paintings after purchasing a lot of frames and old paintings from a local business closing down. I typically paint over whatever I buy since it is the cheapest way for me to play with paint. I made a huge mess and just finished cleaning up at 11:35 p.m., exhausted. I sat down with a drink and caught up with the news. The New York Times had an article about Sotheby’s Postwar London sale that had occurred on June 26, 2019. Scrolling down, I found a painting that was uncannily like one that was drying in my kitchen.
 
“The big surprise of the evening was a rare 1946 abstract on canvas by the influential German artist Otto Wols, the likes of which had not been on the market for a while—hence the hefty £400,000 to £600,000 estimate. In fact, this painting, Green Stripe Black Red, had come to auction back in 1984, when it sold for what was then a record of £132,000. Tonight’s work was pursued by Berlin dealer Heinrich zu Hohenlohe and a tenacious Japanese bidder before selling to a German phone bidder for £4.5 million ($5.71 million), shattering the artist’s 11-year-old auction record of £2.6 million.” – New York Times
 
I looked him up:
Wols was a German artist best known for his involvement in the Tachisme movement of abstract painters in France. Wols’ paintings featured drips and scratches in defiance of the aesthetics and art theory of his day. His work is seen as a predecessor to the later Lyrical Abstraction movement. Born Alfred Otto Wolfgang Schulze on May 27, 1913, in Berlin, Germany, he grew up in a wealthy family who were patrons of the arts. He eventually settled in Paris after traveling abroad, studying photography and painting with various teachers. In Paris, he befriended Fernand Léger and Max Ernst and began exhibiting his work for the first time. Though largely unrecognized during his lifetime, Wols’ work has found appreciation with contemporary audiences and is today found in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Tate Gallery in London, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, among others. Otto Wols died from food poisoning on September 1, 1951, in Paris, France at the age of 38.
 
The painting on the left is by Otto Wols and sold for 5.71 million dollars. The painting on the right is by Jinx Davis and was painted on an old hodge-podge framed canvas and given away to a friend. 
 
Art teaches us to live with mysteries. What value does art hold? How do we determine value? Do our images emerge collectively? How would an expert in art history critique the two paintings? Did I imitate without ever seeing a Wols painting? Do humans share a vast visual library of images? Ah…

Jinx Davis is an actress, artist, and entrepreneur. During the Covid pandemic, she created hundreds of paintings that she turned into printable art to help support the Living Arts Corporation.

Finding Joy in the Effort

When I was born my parents were in a State Supreme Court battle over the right to run a preschool that their neighbors felt was too radical. It was shortly after WWII and the good folks from the US Midwest just wanted life to go back to its quiet complacency. The school was integrated by race, war survivors, disabilities, and social status. Although the student’s parents were enthusiastic advocates for their bold new teaching techniques acquired by postwar artists and intellectuals, the stress of the legal battle was overwhelming for my parents.

I was injured during birth and born partially paralyzed. Despite their rugged schedules, my parents exercised my muscles every hour day and night. As I grew older, I was encouraged to take physical risks and push my limits. The effort was enormous for everyone. Opting out of swimming, climbing, playing, and working was not an option. My growth and potential were not to be limited. Safer options were unspeakable. I overcame my disability.

As a result, no matter what project I embarked on I found joy. It is tempting to lower the bar so we can be certain of a successful outcome. During COVID I painted and created images every day. Then I spent countless hours digitizing them and creating an e-commerce website in the hopes of helping those I know who are struggling with severe survival challenges. I have no idea if the site will be successful or if I will find the means to market it and keep creating. In essence, perhaps it does not matter.

Choose to find joy in the effort of exceeding low expectations. This is what makes life sweet for each of us.

Jinx Davis is an actress, artist, and entrepreneur. During the Covid pandemic, she created hundreds of paintings that she turned into printable art to help support the Living Arts Corporation.

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