I'm proud to be a part of this show, opening tomorrow night at the Pico House Gallery in Historic El Pueblo Historical Monument, Los Angeles. If you are in LA, please come by! The show is up until March 22nd. xoxo
Well, that's not entirely true -- I've been posting photos here and there for years, but it's been mostly pictures of the kiddos, and I've never really followed anyone -- but now I am including some art and some "works in progress" photos like the one above.
Here's the 2nd in my "little creepies" set, this one uses red thread on a vintage photo and dictionary page. The thread in these pieces is attached with matte medium, there's no sewing involved. Truly a study in patience! And dexterity. And patience.
A piece I've had finished for some time now but am just now posting. Navy blue thread on vintage photo and dictionary page, 5x7"-ish, with thread extending to 11x14"-ish. I love this piece. It's a little haunting. I secretly call this piece and its companion piece "the little creepies"… will post the other piece tomorrow :)
I have some new work to share -- above is a quadriptych on four 6x6 canvases made with miscellaneous papers, drawing and press-on type; the white space is flat matte, and the image area within the circle is covered with a thick, high gloss gel. They are pretty cool looking in person.
I'm going to be starting a month of creating daily beginning in February, perhaps sooner, so you will be seeing a lot more of me around here. Until then, here are some close ups below!
Hummingbird Mandala, mixed media and gold leaf on canvas, 20 x 20 inches.
Here is a commissioned piece I finished recently. It's been ages since I made a mandala, and I had such a blast working on this! The woman who this piece was made for loves birds, especially hummingbirds... and so do I... they are so active and gorgeous, so I wanted the piece to be active and gorgeous, too, and bursting with flowers and color.
Here are some close-ups...
(The hhh's above are for the art recipient's first name) The gold leaf glows so beautifully in the sunlight.
It is such a vibrant, joyous piece, I didn't want to package it up and send it off! I took some progress photos along the way, but since they were taken on my iphone in artificial light, they came out pretty wonky. I'm working on two more commisioned pieces now, and will take better photos along the way to share.
After years of dreaming about it, and weeks of hard work, my stand-alone Oiseaux Vintage Paperie website is live! For those of you who have followed this blog for awhile, you know that I've had an Etsy shop called Oiseaux since 2007, where I sell vintage-inspired bookplates and prints. I adore Etsy, and yet I always felt like I wanted to take my business to the next level. Here I am!
To celebrate, I'm offering my readers 10% off everything in the new shop for the rest of October! This is the perfect time to do some early holiday shopping, yes? Coupon code to use at check out is NEWSITE14.
I also have a blog on the new website, where I'll be posting about new products and freebies, and about general vintage loveliness and inspiration. Please bookmark and visit me there, too! (Link is also on the side bar to the right)
Thanks so much to all of you for your support over the years, with my little business as well as with my artwork! xoxooxoxoxooxox
P.S.: I built the site through Squarespace, and even though I am a non-website-designer, the experience was fantastic, and their customer service rocks. After a semi-steep learning curve, I am thrilled with what I was able to produce all by myself. I highly recommend them if you're looking to create a website.
Here are two new little pieces (5x5 inches) that I made a couple of days ago... they've been shipped off to a show in Florida. It's hard to tell by the photographs, but there's an interesting difference in sheen-- the color parts are covered in a very thick, glossy gel, and the white space is flat white. I think I'll be making a lot more of these, they are so much fun.
Hope you are having a lovely week. My littlest one has his first day of preschool today! Yeeha! Four hours of blissful silence!!!!!!
A lot of you out there might know what I made this for: Lilla Roger's 2014 GTS. I know that my interpretation of "little terrariums" is a bit left-of-center using a vintage coffee decanter, but I think this print would be so cute in a happy kitchen!
I entered last year, too, and had just as much fun this year. Even though my piece wasn't chosen, I love prompts and contests that move me to make work I never would have thought to make on my own. You can see the artwork of all 999 entrants here, and the 50 semi-finalist here. Congrats to everyone who entered, there was so much gorgeous work!