Hi! After working 15 days straight in the studio, I'm taking some time to be lazy and enjoy "not doing". I love these magical garden ornaments. Can't you just imagine wood fairies painting these at night by the light of fireflies, and leaving them to be discovered by you in the morning sunshine?
Dear Friends-I'm busy in the studio, making things that I can't show you yet. I am having great fun. As some of you know, I specialize in "not specializing", which means I collage, sew, make found object and semi-precious beaded jewelry, paint & draw with oil, acrylic, watercolor, pencil, chalk & oil pastels. I like making both 2 and 3 dimensional works--and I have had some "angst" over not specializing in just one or two things like most artists do. I am delighted that lately, my "not specializing" is beginning to make sense-my 2D and 3D work is beginning to merge in ways I couldn't have anticipated. Don't you just love it when your work or life, suddenly sprouts in new and wonderful directions? I will show you some of it when I can.
Until I "come back up for air" please enjoy this "photo collage" if you will, of visually interesting things around my studio and home.
(My inspiration board)
Have a lovely last week of May! Be sure to get a little art making in if you can--no matter what medium(s) you choose! : )
Imagine you are strolling down an old country lane...
The sun light dances down through the tall evergreens creating fun shadows at your feet.
As you round a bend you see a beautiful one room school house standing proud.
The perfect place to read a book....
You continue on exploring every little twist and turn in the lovely garden that beckons beyond. Right ahead of you on the pathway, in a recent rain puddle, are three birds taking baths.
Farther along you discover a lovely old stable, mossy roof and all.
A sweet hen watches you...
The lane opens up and you see all sorts of curiosities- perhaps the work of garden fairy children?
Then the cutest little hen house appears.
Ah, the little gardening elves have been busy!
Here you stumble upon a beautiful cottage surrounded with flowers and butterflies.
Going inside you feel like you've stepped into another world of magic where anything may happen.
(If you should ever like to take this walk go to Christianson's Nursery in La Connor, WA. They are well known at the Garden and Flower Show for having the most wonderful and romantic garden displays. Here is their wonderful spring newsletter. I gave you the "rustic" tour because that was what delighted me. The rest of their nursery is gorgeous and impeccably decked out.)
A little magic in the garden, the scent of sun-warmed blossoms, unsolved mysteries, and sweet bird song to accompany you in your day dearest one! Have a happy, lovely spring-green day!
Color, color, color! I can't imagine living in a world without it. Below are some more photos taken from my visit to the Anthropologie store a couple of weeks ago (previous post is here). Soaking up these colors, textures, and combinations makes me want to grab my paint brush or my beads and start creating! I hope you enjoy these as much as I do.
Aren't those some of the cutest dishtowels you've ever seen??
Can you tell what these are? Lollipops! All hanging from the ceiling!
I love the paper mache' decorations.
I love perfume bottles. I have a collection of vintage bottles at home-but I couldn't resist taking a few pics of all the beautiful labels and bottles here.
I hope that you are enjoying the spring. I spotted some baby ducks on my run at the lake yesterday-so cute! Happy Creating!
I have a secret to share with you. One of my all time favorite ways to recharge my creative batteries is to look at home & garden decorating magazines and books. I recently treated myself to two wonderful books.
Here is the first wonderful book: To Each His Home by Bilyana Dimitrova. The official website is here. And you can see some of the interiors in a slide show here. All the homes that are featured are very different from each other--and very different from the homes typically featured in decorating magazines. These are artsy, unique, outside the mainstream styles. Very inspiring!! The link to it on Amazon is here.
The second fabulous book is, A Bit of Velvet & a Dash of Lace by Robin Brown, owner of Magnolia Pearl. Their website is quite fun too. The book is full of lush layers of velvet, romance, fringes, pillows in a lovely celebration of vintage style. It makes for quite entertaining reading too! You can find the book on Amazon here. As you saw from my Mother's Day post-my mom loves the romantic style. After I bought this and lent it to her for the weekend-she went out and bought her own copy! : ) Some books are like that!
Both of these books will give you the decorating bug for sure! I love that both of them really stress that everyone should decorate their homes exactly the way they want to. It is your nest to feather-so pick what makes you just absolutely joyful to look at. Both also show how you don't have to have lots of money to make it delightful.
1) It helps to have a clean, uncluttered place to work, and to gather all your ingredients near you before you start.
2) Set time aside for your project, leaving time to clean up afterwards.
3) Wear something you don't mind getting flour or paint on.
4) Put on some fun music.
5) Instead of a cookbook, look at an inspiring book or magazine to soak up some yummy colors and images for your art brain to fill up on.
6) Think of your starting surface (whether paper, canvas, or other material) as the empty mixing bowl. Most cookies start with mixing butter and sugar together. Choose a color and make any marks you wish, then add another color or a piece of ephemera together. Build your art adding new ingredients that delight you. You are the experimenting chemist, the intuitive magician, and ze Chef Extraordinaire all rolled into one!
Here is another example of how COOKIES & CREATIVITY can meet : ). Don't be afraid to take risks and stand out from the crowd! A certain member of my family gets all the credit for this lovely art-I was too busy eating the dough!
I've had a good laugh at myself. Originally when I composed the "Tip Toe Through the Tulips" post, I included my art from the back of my new altered book journal.
I thought it looked nice... but when I looked at it this morning it said to me,"I'm not done yet you know, are you really going to put me up looking like this?"
So realizing that it was right I started adding more...
Until it finally said, "Okay-That's good. You can stop now!" : )
I really enjoy lots of layers, details, shadings & textures (as if you can't tell). It's fun pushing the art right up to the edge-and then doing some more. I like preserving little bits from each generation-while obliterating, pushing back or pulling forward other details. Maybe it has gotten too bright and needs some darks to add depth. Maybe it has gotten too dull and needs a splash of yellow here, and a bit of red here.
I find that my work really sings to me when it has a diversity of marks for example: thick, juicy paint mixed with tiny little pen lines and smooth areas contrasting rough textured sections. If you try this out- you may enjoy taking photos of different stages because you won't remember them and you can learn a lot from looking at them. I like all the versions of the journal page-each has its own charm. But the last one just "clicks" for me.
My next post will be on Mother's Day. May a bit of art dance into your day and carry you off to some lovely land!