Here's to a year ahead of peace and good health and all the joys I know that life can hold. Feeling a bit bruised up heading out of 2014 but taking one step at a time toward the calm and beauty I want to create in the new year.
Hey there :) I got some pics together from our open studio and thought I'd come by and show you a bit of what we are up to these days.We chose to match some of the facial expressions with some of our own thought and speech bubble quotes...Enough said, you'll see what I mean in the photos! These were so fun to paint. We used acrylics and each one measures out at 2'x 4'.
If you have any questions about this work, feel free to get in touch through the comments and I will get back to you.
Hello! Hope all is well in your world and that you are creating as much as you can in the free minutes.
The past months have been full of regular life and just to keep us on our toes, a whole lot of "extra". Thankfully the thing that always allows me to breathe, always allows me space and calm has been flowing alongside as much as it ever has. The creative process, the urge, this need to capture an idea and corral it into something tangible keeps me moving forward. This gift of sight. Making it possible to notice beautiful details and light in the darkest of corners.
So much happening here lately. I am sharing a new studio space with my creative ally Kyla and we have a studio opening this friday. So exciting, and a chance for us to showcase some new ideas we've been working on. I will be asking my husband to kindly take photos of the event (he's better at documenting life than I am;) and hope to post them here next week.
I hope you are well and happy and have all that you need.
The chair is complete! I tend to be overzealous in my use of staples when I re-upholster but nothing has come loose yet so maybe it's worth it?
I decided not to recover the back support piece and just opted to find a yard of fabric for the seat that would compliment the gray back. I like the way it turned out and with very little time invested I have a studio chair for $4.99! (cost of fabric) Yay!
I once worked for a woman named Sylvia who owned an antique book and paper store that was also a custom framing shop. We would often remove old frames from customer artwork to make room for a new mat or custom frame that they had chosen. The old frames would typically get tossed aside and be labelled "orphans" until we had gathered enough to have a sidewalk sale. Ever since that time I got in the habit of labelling discarded, used items as "orphans".
Which brings me to yesterday. I found this orphan outside a home with a sign that said "free". Can you tell what it is in its' disassembled state?
Yes, a studio chair! I took it apart and cleaned the hardware and seat covers. Before putting it back together I am going to re-upholster the seat to jazz it up a bit. The only item missing was the handle at the end of the lever that is used to adjust the seat height. Working out a solution to that in my head...stay tuned. The lever is fully functional as is, but a handle would look better and be a bit easier to grasp. An old doorknob or cool cabinet knob would look great, but I haven't figured out how to attach either of those yet. mmm...
I love this kind of project. Stay tuned for the progress reports ;)
Back to drawing faces folks. There is always inspiration in the constant stream of people passing by each day. So many different types of facial features, skin tones, hair colors/styles. Always interests me. Maybe you'll have a chance to notice a few out there today :)
At whatever point you are at in your mothering: a new mom, an empty nester, worrying through the night, blissful, letting go, holding on, grateful, struggling, I want to wish you a very Happy Mothers Day. You deserve it for all you do for your family :)
And to my own mom I am so grateful for so much. I will save the details to share with her and just say here that I am one lucky girl to have such a mama.
Over here the day was sunny and 75 degreeswith lots of sweet surprises and hugs all day long. I woke up to a delicious yogurt breakfast bar with a sweet card made by my generous girl.
Then a thoughtful gift of a new design magazine and a card marked by his sense of humor, (which made us both laugh) from my sweet boy.
And some new/old tunes and a gift card from the very kind big guy ;)
We spent most of the day together out in the sun, ending with a delicious summer meal my daughter and I whipped up and me thinking about how grateful I am to be a mama and how much I love my family. Corny sounding? Maybe, but true.