Oh dear…

I promised myself I wouldn’t write any more apology posts…but here goes.

As many of you know I have a day job, with us being down a staff member (actually 3 at the moment, but that’s another story), I’ve been doing the work of 2, maybe even 2.5 people and have been so overwhelmed. I get home and am ready to do nothing, and while I’ve taken the time to schedule the Color Your World posts, I’m a few days behind on the A to Z challenge (J, K & L to be exact), and even forgot, for the first time ever, to post the One Word Photo Challenge post this past Tuesday.

My goal list still includes making the rounds to all your OWPC contributions from Bear to the present and at least visiting and enjoying, if not commenting on many of your CYW posts. I’ve also missed having conversations with each of you through your comments here and my comments on your posts, I’ll come back to center and be a good blogging friend again soon, pinky promise.

I thank each and every one of you for posting without much support or encouragement on my end. From the posts I have made it to, I am inspired by your beautiful work.



I swore to myself I wouldn’t do these update posts anymore, but here I am…

Through Writing 101 and 201 I’ve recently gained some new followers and I want to say welcome and thank you to you all. I assume you’ve followed to see more writing and I will do my best to deliver.

For those of you who have followed for awhile, are tired of the poetry posts and want more miniature diorama images – I promise they’re coming. My focus of this site/blog is still on photography and I have quite a few things in motion that just aren’t ready to be shared as of yet. So please bear with me. I think you’ll like what I have planned for later this month.

Posts in the Works

  • A response to a comment about what Autumn looks like in my city.
  • Haunted – A brand new, creepy-ish Halloween series. The scenes will be built entirely using a 3doodler with black PLA plastic and play slime.
  • Skeletons –  A short series featuring a ball jointed skeleton and his/her skeleton dog.
  • Color your World – Fingers crossed, I’ve begun work on sets for my Color your world images. The series I believe will be called ‘Postcards’ as each set is build from a water color postcard cut with pop-out elements and filled in using wax resist with Crayola Crayons and watercolor paint.


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Heart left in watercolor paint #felanlove #love #heart

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  • I’m always working on other single images/series as well. Some I will be trying to save for Part III of the One Word Photo Challenge.


So what are you working on? What are you excited to see me post? Do you ever have times where you just don’t know how to keep your blog up to date?


It’s coming close to the end of the year, and the Daily Post has challenged us to make a post about it. 2014 has been one ‘Extreme Tale‘ (that’s today’s Daily Prompt, I wouldn’t normally say things like that…).

I’ve decided to respond with a timeline of my 2014 here on WordPress.


NYPD: Highway Patrol
NYPD: Highway Patrol
NYPD: Art Theft
NYPD: Art Theft


Underwater: Coral
Underwater: Coral
  • I was accepted into the Local Exposure Show at Gallery 725 and participated in Photo Jax for the 2nd year in a row.
  • I started hosting the One Word Photo Challenge! We are now 44 weeks in and going strong.
One Word Photo Challenge Badge
One Word Photo Challenge Button



Castillo de San Marcos
Castillo de San Marcos


Consulting 101 Full Cover
Consulting 101 Cover



  • Torn Lace by Jack Bruns was published with my illustration and design on the cover.
Torn Lace ebook Cover
Torn Lace Cover





glow in the dark



En Plein Air
En Plein Air


shadow 2
shadow 2
shadow 1
shadow 1
Project Management 101 Full Cover
Project Management 101 Cover




  • I had my work in 2 New York group shows. One was a selfie show, who would have imagined that would have ever happened?


Daisy and the Unwanted House Guest
Daisy and the Unwanted House Guest


Halloween: Ghosts
Halloween: Ghosts
zombie wp
Halloween: Zombie





House Fire


Police Car Lights Detail



December has just begun, but I don’t want to let the momentum of Photography 101 die down. I have some Christmas images planned, as well as a bit of a mixed media experiment- then of course the One Word photo challenges and other challenges here and there.

My 2 favorite images I’ve made, thus far, are Kite and Awaken (seen above in April and October) – and I made them both this year (in response to the One Word Photo Challenge and the Weekly Photo Challenge). That’s got to say something about me improving as an artist and about the benefits of photo challenges.

I’ve also started building a lot more of my props. While in all my images I’ve built some part of it (painted the background at least) and I’ve arranged the scene, my images are beginning to become even more sculptural. i.e. the ocean in Awaken is made from clay and painted, the tree and the kite in Kite were made with a 3-doodler, the squirrel and ground in Squirrel were made with clay. Basically, the hands on process makes me feel more connected to the images.


Thanks for taking a look back with me.

What are your December goals?

Behind the Scenes of “Stranger”

This one was pretty simple. Just a small cardboard box (about 3 inches x 5 inches) painted on the inside with a light grey acrylic hobby paint. I left one flap open in the back to shine light through. The man is an ho scale figure painted the same color as the inside of the box. I turned off all the lights (aside from the one studio light shining through the back of the box) and shot the image with the camera on my Samsung Galaxy S4.







This image was originally published here:



Behind the Scenes of “Aliens”

cardboard for the outer rim of the space ship
white acrylic paint undercoat for the spaceship rim and a glowing bouncy ball for the center (I then painted over the white with glow in the dark gel)
rocks from a bamboo plant
painted gold, white and glow in the dark


quarter machine, glow in the dark aliens bought in bulk from ebay
holographic foam core for the sky and cheese cloth for the ground
everything all set up
I used my lens baby control freak for this image
there was too much light coming in from the window so I created a tent between my camera annd the set up with a blanket (all house and studio lights were turned off for the actual shot)

glow in the dark

All images were shot very quickly with my phone, so I apologize for the iffy image quality.


View the One Word Photo Challenge: Glow-in-the-Dark post where I originally shared this image here.

One Word Photo Challenge

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Skip to: RulesTopics, Dates, Past Topics

Each Sunday, I post a new word. Use the word as a starting point for your creativity. Look through your image archives, or create a new photo, painting, drawing, story, poem etc. that you feel fits the theme.

To participate:

  • Create a new post on your blog titled “One Word Photo Challenge: (current week’s topic)”
  • Include an image or images that you feel fit the theme
  • Tag your post with “One Word Photo Challenge” so that others can find your contribution
  • Have fun!

Links to your contribution will be shared on the next week’s post.

Don’t have a blog? No problem, post to any social media site and send me the link using the tags and usernames below.

OWPC flickr group

One Word Photo Challenge. Get yours at bighugelabs.com

tags I track: #owpc, #one word photo challenge, #onewordphotochallenge, #jennifer nichole wells

 Click here to see all my One Word Photo Challenge blog posts.

Part III: People, Places & Things

I’m going to try mixing up some series here, for those of you who don’t like one or another. I mixed my ideas for the 3 different sections together alphabetically. So here we go, taking us through 2019. Obviously if we all get bored midway through there’s room for flexibility.

The 3 categories that the topics fall into…

People & Creatures
Places & Things
Photo Terms

Be creative! You don’t actually have to share a picture of the literal word, find your own meaning. Maybe for ‘ant’ share an image of an antelope, a piece of fruit ants got into, a story, poem, drawing, etc. about an ant. It only has to make sense to you!



Challenge Topics & Start Dates. Topics run from the Tuesday listed, through the following Monday.

  • Pig – June 10
  • Pillow – 17
  • Place – 24
  • Plant – July 1
  • Pool – 8
  • Porcupine – 15
  • Portrait – 22
  • Positive – 29
  • Rhinoceros
  • Sale
  • Scale
  • Seal
  • Seat
  • Selfie
  • Shake
  • Shark
  • Sheep
  • Shoes
  • Show
  • Shutter
  • Sketchbook
  • Skunk
  • Snake
  • Space
  • Spider
  • Squirrel
  • Store
  • Stork

Looking to host your own challenge? Click here to learn how.

Check out these other blog challenges/places to submit to: Color your World, TopicGeneratorJNW’s Halloween Challenge, Weekly Weather

*While originally published January 2014, this post is constantly updated with the most current One Word Photo Challenge information.*