I've been working on a biggish mixed media piece that has me stumped. It involves innumerable itty bitty gold raindrops, and I can't seem to make them look like they did in my head... so I took a break from my rain piece and made this instead. It felt good to just make something instead of hovering over the other piece.
My scanner is greatly challenged by yellows and light greens, so this came out more yellow-y than it really is (in real life it's a light lime green) but I like the brightness here, too.
The vintage photo came from my dear neighbor, Shirley. She gave me a whole box of old photos of her relatives a while back, saying she didn't need them since she didn't know who any of them were. The names on the back of this photograph said "Annie and Agnes". Maybe this is the first in a series of Shirley's Unknown Relatives.
Here are two pieces I just finished for Jess Gonacha's new blog, Pecannoot. The subtitle for her blog is: "Make Everyday Abundant", and it's such a wonderful place to visit, filled with happy and affirming thoughts. Go visit, I promise you will leave with a smile on your face!
I've been thinking a lot lately about abundance, and about the goals that I have for myself, and how easy it is to get wrapped up in the fear and unknown of a crazy economy. When I sat down to make some art for Pecannoot, what popped into my mind was the natural world: how there isn't any fear or striving at all in nature, there is just having and being. And that's where the above ideas came from.
I feel soothed looking at these two pieces because it reminds me that we are all part flower and part bird, and we are so lucky... because we have everything.
The above postcard is from a show opening next week at YES Gallery & Studio in Warren, Rhode Island. I'm proud to be sharing the spotlight with the very talented Dolan Geiman, and very proud to be showing my work at such a wonderful gallery. Leigh Medeiros runs YES Gallery, and donates 5% of the gallery's proceeds to non-profit organizations; the chosen organization for this show is Providence Animal Rescue League, which provides rescue and relief to homeless animals.
Opening night is Friday the 27th from 6:00 to 8:30, so if you're in the area, please stop by! For more of a peek into the show, visit here.
Some early Valentine's Day/Papa's Birthday cookies... for some reason Beau is at the stage where she makes weird faces when I ask her to smile for the camera.
I've been working hard trying to wrap up a monster design job, and I've been teaching myself Adobe Illustrator because I had to finish the job in that instead of Photoshop (I'm a Photoshop girl, totally clueless about anything else) so I've been on a big head-achy learning curve. Is it me, or is Illustrator completely counterintuitive? Anyway.
I have some new projects brewing, can't wait to share them soon...
I keep forgetting to mention my new Mixed Valentine's Day Blank Bookplates in my etsy shop. What a sweet, romantic, perfect present for a vintage book lover! Three of these designs were adapted from Valentine's Day cards my grandmother received as a little girl in the 1920's. (Side note here: both of my grandmothers were born on Valentine's Day, how amazing is that?)
Also... today is the very last day of my Free Print sale going on in my art shop, Oiseaux Noir-- buy one piece of art or an art print, receive an art print FREE.
There seems to be a lot of sales going on, happily... it's a perfect time to do some shopping:
Sofia Barao has a 50% sale going on in her etsy shop to make room for new items, and Abigail Percey, one of my favorite jewelry designers, is also having a sale, here.
Lastly, I leave you with a digital pattern I made the other day...