May 24 2013

getting squirrely!

remember this painting that i started FOREVER ago???
well… i’m finally going to finish it!

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ha! as i just scrolled down, i noticed that the unfinished painting… sits atop an unfinished dresser.
notice a theme here? ugh.

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sometimes when i really like the direction a piece is going, i almost panic and don’t want to finish it, afraid i’m going to mess it up.
this is a bad habit. one that i really need to break.

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a close up of my progress.
i hope to be back here to show you the finished piece by weekend’s end!
xoxo-m

May 20 2013

blooming goodness

i just wanted to say a quick “hiya”!
i’ve been spending quite a bit of time in the studio painting this past week.
it feels real good.

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and p.s. i really want to make one of these tables!
or a pillow like this!

May 13 2013

artist studio: cart before the horse

a short while back i had the privilege of visiting artist  jo james, of cart before the horse, in her studio.
i wish i would have had time to tell you about her sooner, as i’d like to better portray ALL the details & feelings i had from our wonderful visit!

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for one though- let me just say i was CRAZY INSPIRED!
inspired by their sold-out-to-a-creative-life way of living.
inspired by their contemporary folk art style.
inspired by her home and collection of artwork.

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i can’t say enough good things about her.
she & her husband, dylan whom i didn’t get to meet unfortunately, ooze of genius creativity.
she is as kind, beautiful, fun and original as her art is.

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a yummy vegan lunch she so kindly prepared for us.

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their capacity for creating unique characters is brilliant.
childlike yet refined.

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and their genius continues- check out this video her husband made! it’s awesome!!!

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nail care has never been my thing, don’t judge!

their pieces are mostly limited edition and each one is made to order.
treat yourself to more of their imaginary handmade works of art here.
as you can see by this one-of-a-kind gallery, there is NO END TO THEIR CREATIVITY!

check it out- they’ve also launched a kickstarter for their Mobile Art Studio!

thank you jo for the visit. i look forward to our next meet up!