Friday, October 25, 2013

Family visits, art museums and graves...

You know I am always good for it. Sorry if you missed this post but it is better late than never and all that sort of stuff. My brother Sean came to Atlanta for a visit so I got busy. We toured some family graves with a little road trip about an hour away, to Cartersville, Georgia. Had too many great meals out, saw a lot of amazing art at the beautiful High Museum and generally had a good time. I also got my lovely Autoharp tuned and learned some songs. I am pretty delighted with it. I promoted my art and thought of some art I want to create this winter. I thought about the future and worried about it all as well. That's all I have got for you this week- but there are photos.... 

This is my great great Grandad's brother and his wife. 

This is their child

This is the high museum

This is me and my brother Ben and Sean

This is one of the best gifts ever, my lovely Autoharp from Stewart.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Stories, paint, dreams...

Hello Lovelies!

Another Friday already!? This is the beginning of the sixth week of my being in Atlanta, my how time flies! This week I have done a little painting and some promotion of my new prints and I am happy to report that six prints have already found homes! I am very pleased with the result and grateful to all who have chosen to live with my work. I still have many prints in stock so please check them out in my shop if you haven't already, don't forget to look at my affordable original small works as well.

I decided to write a little story to go with each print.

Through the years, over time, across history, mothers, daughters, sisters and friends, we remained strong after many had been broken. Celebrate the power within those that came before and those that will come after with this popular print. Click to buy.

Whether brothers and sisters talking at night or couples chatting and telling tales, whether you surround yourself with your family of origin or have a found a new family of perfect partners in crime... "We know the stories in our hearts are true." This archival print is a great way to remember. Click to buy.

Are you and your partner holding your hearts gingerly like kittens or know of a couple that is? This lovely print makes a great wedding, civil union, anniversary, or any day gift for all that celebrate the wondrous frailties of the human heart. Click to buy. 

In other news, these new small works on paper materialized this week. Fragments of my Scottish adventures no doubt coming to the surface. I can almost feel the cool wind, the sea breeze, the hills and sense the haar.

Well, I think that is all I have for you this week. Next week I hope to have more art, inspiration and excitement to share with you all. Until then, you know what to do!

Friday, October 11, 2013

Lights, camera, prints!

We know the stories print waiting for a new home 

Hello! I hope you all have had a good week. 

Here's what has been going on in my art world. I now have my new business cards for my Etsy shop expertly designed by Stewart Bremner! They look great in real life and I am so excited to send them out with all of my new orders. 

New cards for my shop Artmaven
Speaking of orders, I am very excited to share that I now have a range of very affordable and beautiful, archival prints available in my shop! I started small with just three designs and has eighteen prints made in total just to test the waters. I am thrilled with the quality of these reproductions and so pleased that I can offer them at such affordable prices so that people who have expressed interest in this particular body of work can now have them in their homes. 

Gingerly like kittens
We remained strong
In other news, besides launching these new prints and preparing my Etsy shop for the holiday rush, I have been returning to painting, this time in a series of small abstract landscapes based on my memories of Scotland. I am just getting started but it has been lovely to be making again. 

Work in progress, small abstract landscapes
Action in my mini mobile studio as I set the grounds for more abstract landscapes
These pieces will find their way to my Etsy shop soon, but in the meantime, I hope you will visit my shop and get yourself a print or two or one for your friends. I love being able to share this part of the story with you all and am very grateful for your support. 

Until next week, keep fighting!



Saturday, October 5, 2013

Needs must.

Things have been busy and productive this week in my art world. "Necessity is the mother of invention" has been the saying that has gone through my head off and on all week and it seems to be working. Fellow artist and dear friend Jennifer Libby Fay and I have been back at it with our organized weekly online art meetings. This has been extremely helpful for the both us.

This week I picked up some much needed art supplies from Dick Blick. It was a bit overwhelming to be in such a large art supply store at first, however slowly but surely I found my way around and the supplies I needed. I picked up some watercolor paper, colored pencils, drawing pencils, paint, tape and varnish.

I had my business cards created solely for my Etsy shop this week, designed by the ever talented Stewart Bremner. I have never had cards just for my shop before, this seems like an important part of bringing my shop to the forefront. I should get them soon. I am very excited to see them.

I also had 18 archival fine art prints made of some of my recent work created. I am looking forward to seeing them when they get here and getting them into my Etsy shop as soon as possible. Many people have asked me about creating more prints of my work and I am so glad that I will be able to provide these new works at an affordable price for many to enjoy.

Besides all of these nuts and bolts, I also managed to paint a small piece. It may never see the light of day but it was a good start on an idea I have been carrying around in my head for awhile. I hope to have some new original art to show by next week as well.

Everyday we paint is a victory... yes it is!