Thursday, December 6, 2012

dressin' the old gal

 It's the time of year to make things shinier...time to throw a little glitter in the air and see where it lands.
Time for sparkly wares, barn glam and farmhouse thrills and frills.

They say you can put a dress on a pig, but it's still a pig.
I sure hope so and I hope that holds true for barns as well!

Here's some snipets of some of the old house and barn holiday decor...

fabulous vintage santa I snatched up at a yard sale for a song..worth every penny!

festive toy truck from Skippy Doodle designs...wish I could shrink down and drive that baby!

lemonade from lemons...a naughty kitty broke my dish, all is not nestles nicely in moss

LOVE vintage pink glass ornaments

balsam pillow

sonia roses with some holiday trim

best time of year to find clementine oranges!

a collection of silver blanket pins looks festive!

who doesn't love pitchforks?

a sparkle collar fit for a bull

can't forget about my peeps!

so lucky to have found this old horse feed bucket

a good use for old denim

top hat tree topper

such a well loved toy

I need to get this stocking filled!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Merry Artists show at Schuyler Pond!!!

Please join us for Holiday Cheer and the most fanciful decor!
I'll be there along with Earth Angels Studios!
And most Special Guest:
Ben Ashby of Folk Magazine!
Saturday Dec. 1st & Sunday Dec 2nd
at the stunning
Schuyler Pond!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

acoustic sofa

 Ever hear an acoustic version of your favorite song?

Yeah, something so magical about a stripped down version.
Like hearing it again for the first time...raw, basic without all the fanfare, bells and it's original intent, it's natural state.

So in one of my barn dalliances the other day I decided to do just that to a sofa.
This sofa was actually given to me a few years ago.
It was nothing special...80's decorator's fabric I just could never quite get on board with.
So up into the barn loft it went to collect dust and barn swallow droppings.
Poor thing was so close so many times to being roadside rubbish.
So on a curious lark one dull day I tugged at a corner of fabric.
Lovely stained muslin and burlap!
OK, maybe this doesn't have the makings of a fainting couch on which someone would feed me grapes on...(in my mind's eye that one is more of a red plush velvet)
After some quick ripping and tearing the job was done.
Deconstructed loveliness.
The bareness of it all...the tuffs of cotton batting, the outline of well worn springs, frayed, wonderful rawness.
Sweet music to my ears.

it's new home as a studio prop

In it's new space...yes, the FARM pillow again!

before the deconstruction

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

greetings from the black forest

 I myself have never been to the real Black only connection is through books such as Grimm fairy tales and Aesop's fables....
And now I stay connected through paintbrush.
Pins and Needles 36x48"
The tales do depict a much darker side to children's tales...each with greater life lessons to be learned for naughty,sassy children.
Somehow amidst all the scare tactics used, I still found the colorful stories and images exciting and mesmerising.
Sweet like taboo.
Makes me want to don a red cape
and traipse about the fallen pine needles.

So here's a new bespoke collection dubbed "Black Forest " series...
darker, larger ...some sanded for that "worn" look...and given a buffed-waxed finish.

Blue Velvet Season 30x54

Dear to My Heart 36x48

Stag Party 36x36

Wild Rose Waterfall

Saturday, September 22, 2012

in the buff

Party Crashers 30x48
Ok, yes that blog title is slightly misleading...but catchy and curiosity peaking nonetheless.
I'd love to string you along with more obscure notions of debauchery.
But I will save you the played-out 50 shades references and just let the cat out of the bag... "in the buff" is in reference to my new painting finishes.
It is a stretch...but it's a new technique of waxing and "buffing" canvas.

I just love toying with new ideas and looks for painitngs .
I've always distressed and then waxed my wood paintings...but one crazy madcap day I thought "hmmmmm, lemme try that on canvas".
It's tricky business. There is a fine line between sanding/distressing the canvas and putting a big hole right smack dab in the center of a painting.
Learning to say "when" to the sandpaper is key.
I then heat apply the wax finish to seal in the paint....buffing as I go.
I just love the luster it gives the canvas...
much like a soothing matte finish.

Here's a few examples...I sure wish the pictures told the story of the waxed canvas better.

Between the Birds and Bees 48x48

Queen for a Day 12x12

Revelry 24x36

Rooted In Honey 36x36

Off to the Races 16x20