Thursday, January 26, 2012

Valentine Art Prints for Children

A few new inspirational prints
for the children in your life.

 Count the waves, Periwinkle blue 8x10 inch print
An adorable art print for a little ones bedroom or bathroom reproduced from my original illustration.
Count the waves, Honeysuckle pink  8x10 inch print
And one just for the little girl who has captured your heart.

You are important, Apple green 8x10 inch print
An inspirational print that reaffirms and empowers with this quote from "The Help", You are kind, you are smart, you are important.

 Funny Surfer Valentine, 5x7 inch print
This 5x7 inch print comes with a plain sturdy backing so it can be given as a card, placed on an easel or framed and hung!

These are just a few new prints which are available in my shop to view more just click here  and thanks for looking!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

In the mood for love

These delicious red images put me in the mood for the season of love.

Food for thought and the sense of taste:

Not that I need any incentive, but don't you just adore this pop of red word art in a mainly white kitchen.  Although, I think if these were followed by the letters  C  A  K  E the saying would be perfect ~ since we all know a meal is just not complete until dessert has been served!  This typography can be created by painting wooden letters, which are widely available, with a couple of coats of red acrylic paint and a top coating of varnish.  Or can be ordered ready made like those shown above through this web site here.

The figurative paintings of Russian born artist Andre Kohn are  rich with color and an intense palette knife texture.  Andre was raised by an artistically gifted family near the Caspian Sea in southern Russia where his childhood and art education corresponded with an eruption of cultural progress in all the arts, including ballet, literature, music and painting.  Andre was principally influenced by such artists as, Nicolai Fechin, Ilya Repin, Valentin Serov, and the classics: Edgar Degas , John Sargent, Joaquin Sorolla.  The precise convergence of these dynamic influences have produced one of the most collected figurative painters on the American art scene today.

Even mac and cheese would look like a five star meal if served on this gorgeous dinnerware by PiP studio's whose motto just happens to be ~ "Happy products for Happy people"  In her warm and intimate style PiP often uses a mix and match concept with layered patterns and a sharp eye for tiny details and special finishing touches combined with a subtle colour pallet.  Keep your eyes open for PiP products as she is beginning to make a name for herself in Australia and is taking her first careful steps in America too.  I for one cannot wait to see more!

A sweet Valentine treat for the littles and bigs  ~ cake pops made with an oreo truffle recipe and a cupcake mold.  Only one word needed here:  Delicious.

If in need of an elegant and tasty way to show your love, nothing beats Dipped strawberries.  Box your berries up and present them as a gift or serve them on a plate surrounded by pink, white and red roses!

Je t'aime, mon amour.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Monday's in my studio

A glimpse back at this past Monday's art class.

Our sweet cat Roxy likes to hang out on the art table in anticipation of the artists weekly arrival.  As soon as the ladies gather in my studio Roxy will begin looking for her favorite art bag in which she'll hide and take a little cat nap.

A few different views taken from around the room.

Roxy in her favorite spot - inside the art bag.  The best place to hide from a room full of painting, gabbing, laughing artists ~ yet close enough for a little loving if so needed.

It's been the consensus in our art class that a painting cannot be signed until it has received a final critique and been given the nod of approval by almost all members of the class.  Sometimes there is a great sigh of relief and cause for celebration when one can finally sign their name.  This past Monday we had reason to celebrate!

Karan Alan received a nod from all, including one from her best critic and the model for her portrait painting - her beautiful teenage daughter.  I wish I had a close up of the painting because Karan's composition and use of color is incredibly gorgeous!

And so this week comes to a close.
Thank you for your visit.  Please feel free to join us again next week, Roxy will be waiting!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

A little more love

For your valentine
Having a husband and son who surf, I know it can be difficult to find a Valentine card that suits their personality.  So I've been playing around with ideas and thought it would be fun to add humorous quotes to a few of my prints. 

Surfing Valentine Prints

I've been searching for you everywhere.

I love you more than my surfboard!

You're swell retro surfing Valentine

All the prints are produced with high-quality archival pigment based inks on luster paper with beautiful color, which won't fade so your favorite surfer can save your love note forever.  I've also added a sturdy backing so they can be placed on an easel or framed and hung after Valentines Day, making them a gift that keeps on giving!
I'm still playing around with humorous Valentine quotes for surfer boys and beach babes and will be adding more here soon.  Stop on by and feel free to let me know what you think!

Monday, January 16, 2012

In My Studio

Creating an art studio filled with hearts, love and creativity.
A whole new world.  Every turn a surprise, every moment red-letter.  Let me share this whole new world with you.  Liberally taken from "A whole new world" by Aladdin.
There's nothing like the thought of Valentine's Day to get one's heart soaring, and one's mind churning with creativity.  At least not in my studio where paper, in the colors of red, pink and purple, have been folded, cut and shaped into a kazillion little hearts all waiting to be strung together.
And pom poms, in the same luscious colors, along with a string of purple beads, now adorn the chandelier,  creating a dazzling display with which our cat would love to play.  The chandelier is hung right above my art table, and it has become one of Roxy's favorite decorations.
The art manikins, standing above my display board, have been linked together with a bit of pink rick-rack and each hold a pink heart.  I'm thinking the use of these decorated manikins would create a fun Valentine's drawing and painting project for my art students - maybe on watercolor paper!  Seriously, for the month of February, how cute would that be?!

I love having my studio decorated for the holiday and will be adding and posting more images throughout this week - so please come back to let me know what you think.