July 27, 2013

Arms to Hold You

Arms to Hold You   16"x 20"x 2"   Acrylic on canvas

I have been so excited to share this piece (it's now available in the shop)! It was commissioned for a birthday present and so it has had to be tucked away in my mind and not shared here. But now, the original has been presented to its owner and I can lift the curtain on my latest painting.

I did this painting from the perspective of a mother and child, and I love how their eyes are half-shut from the embrace. I chose these two animals due to their special meaning between the owner and his mother. The owl represented her, and the wolf her son.

So it has a lot of symbolism in it. I love a good painting that has a story to tell. Truth be told I don't really like knowing all of its secrets, just enough. Even though I painted it, it seems like it's still somewhat of a mystery to me. I prefer to keep it that way.

July 25, 2013

A Bit of Christmas in the Summer

There's nothing like a bit of Christmas right smack dab in the middle of summer.

Mama and I have been busy making cookies and singing along with the old Christmas cassette tapes. The 25th of the seventh month in the year, is our official-unofficial Christmas in July. In truth, I hardly need an excuse to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year. 

Baking just one type of cookie wasn't enough, we wanted a splash of holiday goodies and we only had one day in which to do it, so we made up a few favorites:

1. Brownies with Chocolate Frosting
2. Peanut Butter Cookies
3. Sugar Cookies & Cream Cheese Frosting
4. Peach Jam Thumbprint Cookies

After all the goodies have been decorated, frosted, dusted and admired, it's time to sit down with a nice strong cup of tea and enjoy our labors. I was so glad to wrap my fingers around my new comfort-mug, the little bird perched on it's handle looks so cheerful at me with every sip. (And it all fits so perfectly because it was a Christmas present from my brother last year.)

To finish the evening off, a modest little turkey accompanied by stuffing and home-made mashed potatoes. Topped off with a silly film titled Elf, which I think is just fun! 

I love a reason (any reason) to rekindle the contentedness and love we feel every December the 25th. I hope this will perhaps inspire you to do the same.

July 24, 2013

Iris Fox necklace

Iris Fox has been turned into wearable art now, you can purchase her in the form of a necklace (or a print) here, in the shop. 

Iris has been so well received that I decided to put her, and her doll Sally, in a pendant to be enjoyed on the go! 

Hope your summer is going grand wherever you are.

July 21, 2013

"Curious Characters" Gallery Show

Three of my originals on display at Stunningly Strange Gallery's "Curious Characters" show this past week.