It's October tomorrow. Why is it 98 degrees outside???
These great illustrations are from a book about fall: Where Does Everyone Go?, written by Aileen Fisher and illustrated by Adrienne Adams. It was written in 1961, and I think I found my book when I was thrifting up in Santa Barbara, back when all the great thrift stores were still in business on State Street.
Anyhow, the pictures make me happy and fall-ish, even in my air-conditioned house.
Isn't this last picture the best? I could stare at it forever. The moodiness of it brings me back to how I felt as a child, something about that yellow sky.
I picked up this clay at a toy store because it looked fun; I had vague fantasies about making little bowls or small cups or coming up with some all-new mixed media thing-a-ma-jiggy, but now I'm not really sure.
I have some new bookplates that will be hitting the shop tonight...
Vintage Swing Personalized Bookplates
Vintage Wynken Blynken and Nod Personalized Bookplates
... and two new sets of assorted blank bookplates that I just listed a day or two ago:
Animals mix pack
Boys mix pack
This last week was like a vacation with Beau in pre-school for the first time, and I did nothing but sleep and read magazines for the hours she was in school.
But now I'm feeling antsy to make some art-- I have several collages in the works on my art table, and some ideas for a painting or two, and two large mandalas that I've been working a bit on. I'll take some photos later of those to post, they're starting to look pretty good.
I was so honored to read Lisa's post about my work on Go Make Something! It really made my month. Now I really want to go make something...
And one last thing: Sofia Barão is hosting an autumnal swap on her blog, pop by to check it out, I signed up immediately because it looks like a lot of fun.
I discovered Amy Thompson's art through Sofia Barão's blog, and I am just blown away by her work. I love the way Amy mixes classic illustration with collage. Her images feel wistful and nostalgic to me, simply beautiful.
From top to bottom:
Late Summer, Moon Child, Chickadee Fluff, Depart Not, Discovering the Universe
Ginette Couture and I did a materials exchange for Flickr's 6x6 Collage Group earlier this summer. She emailed me and said with things going on in her life that she wasn't going to be able to do her collages for a few months, so I put my materials in a pile and thought I'd get to them whenever I had the time. Well, I happened to be poking around Flickr last night when I saw that she'd finished and posted her collages, and they are gorgeous!!!
Click on these beauties to see them large.
The best part about this series of collages is that Ginette said she wasn't feeling particularly inspired by the materials I sent. I think she recovered quite well, don't you?
I've been so busy with my vintage shop that I haven't had much time to list new things in my art shop.. until now.. please stop by for a look!
I was perusing my favorite internet spots when I came upon Amanda Hawkin's blog.. she was one of my giveaway winners and she's framed my Frankrike's Garden print so beautifully. Check it out:
Amanda has such great style, I never would have thought about using a bright blue frame. She also has an etsy shop, I just found out. I've admired her artwork on Flickr for a long time, but look at these beautiful original paintings she has up in her store:
But I was thinking about this last night as I sat down to make a new collage: "What story do I want to tell?" And when I picked up the flowers and found the messy old Pantone numbers, I started to imagine a math teacher at her desk, gazing out the window...
The bobby pin is from Karine Léger, I think; thanks, Karine.