Saturday, December 14, 2013
Thursday, December 12, 2013
I thought you might enjoy seeing a few photos from last weekend's Etsy Pop-Up Shop event at West Elm Edina. What fun! Even though it was one of the coldest days of the last three winters, holiday shoppers were not about to let a little sub-zero weather put a damper on their holiday spirit! This is, after all, Minnesota! The photo above depicts my display table stocked with my holiday cards and posters.
Here's Clare surrounded by her very charming paintings! In addition to her individually hand painted canvases, she specializes in commissions and custom work, which you can check out in her Etsy store here.
And here we have the display area of Michael and Tom, two friends who came up with a very innovative design for displaying wine, along with an assortment of rustic copper wall decor that can be customized per your request. Check out their website/shop Vetrina Del Vino. Thanks to all my friends who braved the cold to come visit! And for those who would like to do it all again, West Elm Edina is hosting another Etsy Pop Up Event this Saturday, December 14th, with seven more Etsy artists. We know you're not done shopping, check it out! Directions are on West Elm's website.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
If you'd like to say thanks, why not do it with a chocolate cake? You don't even have to bake it, just stop by my shop and order a set of 6 thank you cards featuring my painting of a chocolate Bundt
Sunday, December 8, 2013
Friday, December 6, 2013
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Sunday, November 17, 2013
Once or twice a year, West Elm selects a few local Etsy artists to partner with them in a one day sales and store design event. I'll be there, December 7th at the West Elm store in Edina, Minnesota along with four other Etsy artists. I love West Elm's modern home decor, and I feel so lucky to be asked to participate. Mark your calendars! Come visit! For more information, check out their website.
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Sunday, September 29, 2013
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Now, let me first say that it is not always true that bigger is better, especially in desserts....but what the heck, a bigger bonbon is always better! In case you want to tell a special someone just how sweet they are, or perhaps suggest a rendezvous at your neighborhood pastry shop, I've turned this painting into a delicious greeting card. It's available in my Etsy shop here.
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
At first I wasn't sure I liked the slanted horizon. It was intentional, but then after I painted it, I wondered if it looked odd. I fussed with a copy of the image in Photoshop, just to see what it would look like if I had painted the horizon perfectly straight, and I decided that it was much more interesting with the slight inclination!
Sunday, September 1, 2013
I've spent a lot of time working in pen and ink, or on my computer, so I've decided to switch gears for a while and indulge myself in sloppy paint and canvas. I'd really like to indulge in my subject matter, but I'm afraid I won't be able to fit into my clothes if I start consuming my still lives!
Working on a small scale (6" x 8") and working quickly is really fun. I've decided that after one sitting, it is done. No do-overs, no going back. It is what it is, an on to the next one. Very liberating!
Thursday, August 15, 2013
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Sunday, August 11, 2013
Thursday, August 1, 2013
A while back I was asked to create a whimsical mod couple for a website. After a bit of cruising on the Net, I spied these 2 vintage patterns. Whoa, nothing says sixties for the dudes like plaid trousers or a Nehru jacket! And then of course, there was the classic Yves St. Lauren's Mondrian-inspired dress for all the groovy chicks. Oh those were the days. Or daze, depending on what you were doing.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Friday, July 19, 2013
I've been very distracted by nature lately, so back to the drawing board! My last post (before all the Nature stuff) was my painting of Aphrodite at the Mall of America. Here's the study from my sketchbook. I'll add the painting again, too, so you can see the before and after effect. The sketch is pretty worn, but you can see all the notations I made to remind myself of colors and other details once I got back in the studio. I love sketching on location, it makes for a personal connection to my work that doesn't happen with photos or other scrap references. All those "in-love" flying people? Well, they were there, you just didn't see them. You must look again when you go shopping.
Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Monday, June 17, 2013
This month has been an urban wildlife month for me: huge snapper turtles crossing the street in front of my house, garden snakes sliding through my backyard, and carpenter ants showing up as unwanted guests on my back porch. The best surprise was discovering a turkey hen sitting on her nest under my picture window. Apparently she did not Google "wild turkey nesting habits" as I did. She would have read that turkey hens abandon their nests when they are discovered and rebuild it elsewhere. Instead, Mama Turkey stuck it out, in spite of her celebrity status, with all the neighbors and delivery people coming to take a peek. This morning when I opened my front door to take Miss Suzi-Q for her morning walk, there was Mama Turkey, leading her brood off to their uncertain future! She was making soft little clucking noises. Oh, it was all so darling and it made my day!
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
The long busy weekend of Art-a-Whirl is over and I'm just now coming up for air! My studio building has over 200 artists in it, and has been nicknamed the Mall of America of the art crawl scene!
Which reminds me: I just received an email out of the blue from the woman who purchased my painting of the same name. It just made my day, it's so nice when people articulate their appreciation of your art. I'd like to share it with you:
"I'm the lucky person who purchased Aphrodite at the Mall of America a few years back. Just wanted you to know that it improves with age. It is the center piece of my living room and every day I thank you for creating this fun piece of art. Thanks M.L."
In this series of paintings, the mythical goddess patrols popular contemporary meeting places, and every where she strolls, people fall in love. Often, someone who is blue is rescued by the therapeutic effects of Love.
Thursday, May 16, 2013
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Saturday, May 4, 2013
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Only after 6 long brutal months of never ending winter could I say that today, doing the dreaded yard work, was fun. I couldn't wait to get out into the sun to prune and trim and rake and sweat. After a couple of hours the thrill wore off, though. There's always tomorrow!
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Remember when we used to do laundry wearing our high heels? No, I don't remember either, but I'm sure our mothers and our grandmothers did, according to the magazine ads of the fifties! This print is available in my shop, along with other retro cuties engaging in their domestic chores.
Friday, April 19, 2013
Last year, in fact most years, on this date it is 60 degrees and we are all thinking about gardening. Today I was thinking, I AM SICK OF WINTER!!! We had 9 inches of wet heavy snow fall, with sleet making for ice covered roads. Will it ever be warm again?
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
The above is MY original illustration.
The above is a detail of a logo that a "designer" in Europe created in a logo contest, seemingly using my illustration (without my knowledge) as a starting point. I wasn't too annoyed, until I checked out the contest and found a logo design (detail below) that is actually my illustration, except there are flowers added to the wheels. Now this is ANNOYING!!!!
The upside of the Internet is that you meet a lot of very nice people! This whole situation was brought to my attention by an email from a complete stranger in Germany, who wrote to me saying that she thought these logos were borrowing heavily from my style. Her name is Gila von Meissner, a graphic designer with a marketing background. She's busy creating logos, strategy, text, fan pages and if that isn't enough, a line of baby clothing seen on iStock. Check out her website for more. Thanks for the heads up, Gila!