My Lady In The Mirror series has been selected two years in a row for the Midwest Gallery Guide cover! 'Queen Of Hearts' was chosen last year, and my latest commission 'Mary Queen Of Hearts' was selected for the current February issue now in galleries across the Midwest...How exciting!
Got some great tips from Harry Sandler the past few days on tinkering with my image...so I decided to post the results on the blog today. What I am learning is play play play. It really is the same as any other art medium when it comes to "brush time". The love you take is equal to the love you make, so to speak...thanks John Lennon
Last evening I was eagerly reading tips from our student site from my laptop, iPad on the keys of said laptop, texting my daughter on my trusty iPhone..laying on the other side of my keyboard. My Husband asks, "Are you really using all of those at the same time????"
What has become of me?
Whatever it is...I am having a wonderful time creating art with these tools that I am only just beginning to understand...and I am having so much fun...
To see more of Harry's tips with this image go to iphone-antics Thanks Harry!
ps...found a car just like this on ebay...hmmmm...will it mesh with my Jeep Liberty...
Such a long time since my last post...I have missed having a creative outlet of my own with being so busy...
This weekend we had an amazing workshop- iPhone -Antics with Harry Sandler. It was so much fun...and I am so inspired. I do look forward to creating everyday, even if sometimes I do not get a chance to...but now I have the tools to do it on the fly!
Mom's poinsettia brooch. It is maybe 45 or 50 years old, and probably from the five and dime...a magical place at this time of year to a little girl...some of you may have never heard of the five and dime, but that is another conversation. I remember looking at this in and amongst all of the wonderful "jewels" in Mom's jewelry box, as a special treat every now and then. A treasure trove of vintage buttons, costume jewelry, a mustard seed...and the occasional rhinestone. What fun it was then...and still now today as I remember her every time I wear it during the Holiday Season.
Happy Holidays to all of my family and friends near and far...you are so special to me, and so much in my thoughts at this special time of year.
My Chair...my beautiful chair. I found this wonderful chair about 12 years ago. I sanded and painted and sanded some more. I glazed and sealed with a clear coat that enables all of the layers to actually show the depth of the tomato red paint and dark chocolate brown glazing. This week, my elegant chair will be going to its new forever home...and I must say that I am sad to be letting it go. For years this has been the chair that kinda makes a girl feel pretty just sitting in it. I do wish my chair the best on its journey to the northwest, and I will once again be on the lookout for the graceful lines that seem to complete the thoughts that run through my heart and the need to give something a new beginning. Happy trails.......
It has been almost a year since I have started my blog, and so many things have happened in that amount of time. I really wanted to post something daily, but somehow life got in the way... it seems John Lennon was correct :o) What an amazing year!
On a side note, I have been doing a series of little paintings for the gallery walk on december 11th, and I seem to still be in a nesting mode...this one is very soft and subtle...
This is the new poster design for the Exhibition that will be in my gallery. I hope you will have time to come and see the exceptional works by Harry Sandler of New York, and Barbara Ventura of Miami...it promises to be a fabulous show!
I have been so busy there has been almost no time for posting...I have been designing cards and posters and ads for shows and magazines for the new location for the gallery. I finally have a little studio area set up right behind the entry, and hope to finish a very important piece for an up-coming show that my work will be in. More about this later...
I love being surrounded by works of artists I have always admired, and I am so inspired to get back to creating some work of my own...so little time...so many ideas...stay tuned!
My Artisan page is now up on the Carmel Arts & Design Districts website! I really love my new location, just as much as I love my studio downtown at The Stutz! I am covered in paint, just the same as I am when at the stutz...this seems to happen at both places, I need to learn why that keeps happening... Today I am working on a set of dining room chairs and table for a fabulous client. I love the fabric we selected, and the metamorphosis is so much fun to watch...I will show them once they are finished...
'A lot of things have happened since the last time we spoke...some of them are funny, some of 'em ain't no joke... I trust you will forgive me if I lay it on the line...I always thought you were a friend of mine'.
From Don Henley's 'My Thanksgiving'...a great song if you have not heard it. Have a great day!
'Current In Carmel' is one of the weekly publications for the area, and included are stories for all of the north side. I was out of town last week (more about this later:o), and I came home to learn that the gifted Artist, Designer and Entrepreneur, Vicky Early had written about one of my works. How exciting! I am working n a series of Ladies in the mirror, and so far there are three. The original Lady In The Mirror will soon reside in her new home in New York. Queen Of Hearts, shown above, is considering a move to Louisville and can be seen in my gallery along with Earth Beauty, third in the series. I love the title that was chosen for the feature, it has so many meanings...to me anyway. I also love that she thought enough of my work to write about it...Thanks Vicky!
Early owns Artichoke Designs, which can be found in the Carmel Arts & Design District at two locations; 240 West Main Street, and 10 South Rangeline Road. Did I mention that Vicky is very gifted? So much inspiration within, that she needed two stunning design shops to satisfy a yearning to create beautiful interiors for people like you and me. Vicky and her design team can assist with design projects from a powder room to an entire home...stop in and see next time you are in town...you will not regret it.
I have completed a new work in the Lady In The Mirror series. This is the first art that I have worked on in my atelier in the arts district. I spent most of the day at the Stutz yesterday, and today back in Carmel. Still getting used to the back and forth, but I love them both so this is the way it goes...I am very happy that things have settled enough for me to get some work done. Yay! More to come...
I am thrilled to announce that I now have the best of both worlds! A working Studio in the historic Stutz building in downtown Indianapolis, and a Fine Art Gallery in the Arts District in downtown Carmel.
The new location will enable me to show my hand painted works and wallcoverings, pique assiette pieces, paintings, and decorative painting. I have many plans for this location, including assisting the regional design trade in locating and bringing more original art to the distinctive homes they represent.
I will continue working on projects in my beautiful studio at the Stutz, including quite a few new plans there as well! I have to say that I need to pinch myself to make sure this is not just a dream!
The call came in for a make over on a fireplace in a home that has a european old world aesthetic. Unfortunately, the granite salesman sold a contemporary-ish idea to my trusting client. So many things could have been done with the stone to accomplish the desired result...alas!
My first thought was to start over...this idea did not go over very well needless to say. The next thought was to add the corbels to anchor the floating mantle. The hand painted limestone finish on the corbels and mantle gives a more believable look. Next step was to glaze all existing stone to neutralize the impact of the keystone, and darken the arch to give visual height to the low firebox.
I love using vintage items, and achieving a vintage look in all of the art I create. The time worn piece of furniture that finds my paintbrush, the chipped piece of china that yearns for a new beginning in the frame of an old mirror.
Bits and pieces are combined with vintage findings in my jewelry designs. My canvas work, be it framed or installed directly on a wall, also wears a patina that seems to find me as I work.
I find a bit of comfort in creating art with things that have been otherwise determined as no longer useful as is.
Working with varied mediums, I am often asked which one do I love the most. I find the answer to be the one that is in my hands in that moment.
I would have to say that the common thread to be found within my whimsical work, will be the feeling of having been there all along.
Thank you for stopping by!
Photos of current works as well as works created over the past 30 years of design in private homes and in the studio. Posts will be laced with info and tips from things that I have learned along the way. In essence, progress in any certain direction I may happen to be working towards at any given time :o) Enjoy!