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Wow, you guys! I’ve gotta say that I’m completely overwhelmed with the positive reactions to my Celebration Planning Sheets. I honestly didn’t expect it! I wanted to personally say Thank You to everyone who’s shared this post. You guys are awesome! And also, to let you know that I’ve added yet another portion to these planning sheets. (Yes… again.) This time it’s Budget Sheets, both for the entire trip, and also our Shopping/Wishlist while at Celebration.
I’ve posted each of the PDFs by themselves (further down this page), but I then decided to go ahead and combine all of the sheets into one PDF – so you get them all in one download! You can use any or all of the sheets; whatever suits your needs best.
But Thanks again, and we’ll see you guys at Celebration! 😀
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Second Updated Post from March 22, 2017
**Second Update – Final Installment**
I think that I’m finished with the Celebration Planning Sheets now with this final update, lol. 🙂 Hopefully these will help keep us on track so we have less to worry with and can just have fun!There is a Wishlist to help manage your budget with all of the wonderful ‘Must Buys’ while at the con. There’s also a place to list the vendor or artist, and their booth number! The second portion is the budget sheet for the entire trip that covers travel and lodging expenses, food & drink, and entertainment; with space for the estimated amounts and then the actual amounts. (I know I always spend too much!) All to help keep us on track so we have less to worry with and can just have fun!
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Updated Post from March 18, 2017
In preparation of the Celebration Schedule being posted, I’ve added a new Freebie – the Panel & Event Itinerary Sheet!
This PDF is editable; you can fill it out and print, or print and fill out by hand.
There’s also a checklist to make sure that you have your personal items with you for each event!
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Original Post from Feb. 16, 2017
I wanted to share a special file that I’ve made for those who will be attending Star Wars Celebration Orlando this April. It’s an editable and printable checklist and itinerary PDF to help you get everything ready for an extended weekend full of Star Wars Geeky Goodness!
This PDF file includes:
- Packing Check-list – for all of your normal clothing, toiletries, and accessory items.
- Trip Itinerary #1 – This itinerary is for flights, hotel, car rental, and any other ticketed events.
- Trip Itinerary #2 – This itinerary is for those who will be driving; including car rental info, driving directions, hotel, and other ticketed events.
- Costume Check-list – For those who are going to be attending Celebration and will be dressing up in costume, whether you’re part of the 501st Legion, Rebel Legion, Mando Mercs – or just want to dress up and have fun, this sheet is to help keep track of everything for your costumes!
I can’t wait for Celebration, and I hope to see you guys there! 😀
This is a FREE download, so please feel free to share!
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*Note: The ‘Hope’ Leia T-shirt is no longer available on TeePublic.*
It’s been a little while since my last post and a lot has happened. I’ve been painting right along and working on commissions and such since my last post in November, I’m just horrible about updates on my site. Sorry!
Okay, so since my last post, the biggest thing that happened in my mind (aside from politics driving me mad) is the loss of our Princess and General… Carrie Fisher. Her heart attack in late December came as a shock. Those in the Star Wars community and beyond were all sending her healing thoughts, prayers, and words of hope for her recovery. We were hoping that she wouldn’t be one of the many celebrities taken from us in 2016. However, just when things seemed to be getting a bit better, Ms. Fisher passed away. When I got the news, I began crying – sobbing actually – over her passing. I didn’t know Ms. Fisher, but I grew up with her presence; she was like a member of the family. Everyone’s favorite quirky Aunt. I admired her. She was always honest, open, and blunt. She had a great sense of humor with an amazing talent for writing, and she was a strong woman who didn’t take any nonsense. Those qualities are something that I believe that I, along with many other women in my generation and younger, have kind of absorbed into our personalities from her example. Sure, she had some wild times during her younger days, and she struggled with her bi-polar and depression, just like many of the rest of us do. But I think that the main reason that she was so inspiring is that she continued on, she didn’t give up, and she didn’t hide it or shy away from it. She accepted it as part of who she was. Which is an example that I think lends itself to Hope.
Re-winding back to 2015, I had started a Princess Leia painting in August. I was creating a time-lapsed video series of the piece being created for demonstration purposes of my painting process. Anyhow, I had taken a screenshot of Leia and decided to post it to Twitter….
— JennDePaolaArt🎨 (@JennDePaola) August 25, 2015
And to my surprise, Ms. Fisher saw it and Favorited it! Yes, I know I tagged her in it, but you hardly ever expect for celebrities to actually see all of their notifications. They get so many that I just assumed that mine would get lost in the shuffle of things, but I still wanted to attempt to show her. Anyhow, time went on, I finished most of the video series, but I had other projects and commissions that demanded my time and that portrait of Princess Leia had been put on the back-burner.
Now, fast-forward to the day after Carrie’s passing, and we also lost her mother, Debbie Reynolds. I was, and still am, truly heartbroken over this – I can’t even imagine what Todd Fisher, Billy Lourd, and the rest of their family have gone through. I just know that the rest of the world’s hearts were breaking right along with them. I knew that Carrie and her mother, Debbie, were very close. I kind of see a bit of my relationship with my Mother and Grandmother there also, so it hit doubly hard for me. Two icons lost in the span of a day. My heart ached with sadness that week, right along with the rest of their family, friends, and fans.
As a way to channel that grief, I felt that it was time to go back to the portrait of Leia that I had begun in 2015, and finish it as a tribute to Carrie. Being an artist, I am motivated by my emotions, and there were lots of emotions for me to work through. I wanted a title for this piece also, and given that I had recently seen Rogue One with the reprisal of Leia and her message of “Hope” – I just felt that the title of Hope would fit the piece nicely and serve as a reminder of Carrie’s personality and character to persevere in the face of opposition.
The piece changed a bit from its original concept design, but I think that it possibly turned out better than I had originally planned. The symbol in the top center is the Royal symbol of Alderaan, Leia Organa’s home planet that was destroyed by the Death Star in Star Wars A New Hope. I always felt that the symbol lent itself to an Art Nouveau style, so that inspired to rest of the piece. And of course the Rebel symbols encircling behind her, reminding us all that she was part of the Rebel Alliance. I also wanted to convey a bit of Bespin and Cloud City, seen in Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back, since her hairstyle and outfit/costume is from that portion of the film. And lastly, Hope, spelled beneath her to remind us that the ‘Rebellion was built on Hope’.
This piece will be one of three auctioned off for charity at the Drowning in Moonlight Gala Memorial for Carrie Fisher after the opening day of Star Wars Celebration Orlando on April 13th at the Rosen Center Hotel.
Then, fast forward to about a month after her passing, and I was inspired once again by Carrie and Leia. I wanted to create something to show that there really is hope and a resistance to what is going on in the real world. Yes, I’m speaking of politics. Those that follow me know that I have a not so subtle leaning towards the Rebellion and their aims. So… thus began a new piece of Leia artwork. I was still working within the theme of Hope, though the expression of Leia and her readiness with a blaster shows that we mean business. This is not the time to keep your head down and ignore the problems. It’s time to get your hands dirty, and work to rebel against the tyranny of the Empire.
For this piece I chose her iconic look from A New Hope, and paired it with a similar styling to what was seen on the packaging of the original Star Wars action figures from the late 70s and early 80s. And of course, the “O” of Hope is replaced with the Rebel Alliance symbol. The subtle shifting of hues from black to blue in the background behind her in the star-field are to represent the fight of oppression and tyranny. (Notice there’s more blue than black, there’s a reason for that… the good guys always win!)
And also, while designing this piece, I was thinking that it would make a great design for a t-shirt. I already have a shop on TeePublic, so I thought what better way to help others, than to give the proceeds to charity and to help ensure the rights of every American? So, with that idea, I posted the design and made it known that portions of the proceeds were going to be split between a charity that Carrie Supported, Midnight Mission; as well as the ACLU to support the rights of all Americans.
Just a side note… I am not selling this design in attempt to make a profit off Ms. Fisher or her passing. I am splitting the proceeds between the two great causes in hopes that it will help to benefit those in need as well as protect and strengthen our liberties. Something that I think Ms. Fisher would get behind completely.
So if you have a little extra money, and would like a cool shirt of our Rebellious Princess with her message of Hope, and want to help out some great causes while you’re at it, then pop on over to TeePublic and order! There are not only t-shirts for men, but women’s cut tees as well, with tank tops, kids t-shirts, and hoodies too!
And last but not least… as a little commentary of what is going on in the world and where Carrie stood on the matter, I leave you with a tweet from our very own Mark Hamill – aka – Luke Skywalker.
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) January 21, 2017
Thanks for reading & checking out what I’ve been up to lately, and until next time…
(All depictions of Leia Organa are owned by Lucasfilm & Disney, I claim no copyright on the characters or property)
Well… I see that I have once again fallen behind on my website posts. I’ve managed to stay mostly on top of uploading art to their respective galleries though – if you’d have a chance to peruse through them recently. 😉
So, this year has gone a little differently than planned, but in a good way. In late June I was finally able to go full time with my artwork. Yay! (que the balloons and confetti, haha) As a result, I’ve been pretty busy. On the convention front, I think that I’m going to take some time off from them and focus more on private commissions, and my own artwork and line of products. There may be a few conventions that I still attend for 2017, but smaller and more local ones. As for my products… well… my bookmarks that I usually have at conventions are so much fun to design and create, that I feel that I must continue them. Most are up in my Etsy shop, but some I still have yet to upload. Plus, not a lot of people make bookmarks quite like mine, and I like that they’re unique; not only in their design, but also in their construction. However, with that said, I feel that I want to branch out a bit from just the ‘geek’ themes. I’m not quite sure what that means just yet, but I know it will be fun discovering it along the way in the design process.
I’ve also started a new line of portraits that are kind of like dolls or large-eyed kids. I haven’t quiet decided, but they certainly are fun to paint. I know the style has been around for decades, made most famous by Margaret Keane in the 1960s, and others since then. But Mine seem to be a little different. I’m essentially applying all of my painting techniques to these cute little kids with the large eyes, of characters we all know and love. I guess you could also say that they are almost ‘chibi’ style as well. But I leave that up to the viewer to decide. I just paint what I think is cute. haha.
I also will be designing more downloadable planners. The day planner/calendar types. I LOVE my planner, and while I don’t get into all of the stickers, labels, washi tape and all of that, I do love to color-code, and try and keep track of everything. So… I figured why not share that with others. I have a few designs currently in my Etsy Shop, but more are on the way soon. I just have to finish designing them! 😀 If there’s a particular layout or design that you’ve been looking for, either online or in stores, but you haven’t found it yet, I do take suggestions and will do custom planner designs at a moderate price. So for all of my planner-fans – keep that in mind for the upcoming new year! 🙂
At this point, there’s no telling of what the future holds for me, art wise, but I know that it’s just going to be a wonderful ride. So… until next time…