Thursday, February 26, 2015

A CHANGE OF VIEW

 Both views have beauty, but a change of view can also be exhilarating!

From yards and sidewalks covered with snow, 
to a beautiful turquoise sea.
From the snow capped seedpods poking up in my garden, 
to bougainvillea and hibiscus in full bloom.
From the moan of bitter winds howling around our windows,
to the constant, rhythmic crash of the surf.

Toss trusty paints and brushes into the mix, an artist that 
never fails to inspire, and the gift of time.




A new watercolor in the shop - shown here as it would look in a mat and frame . . .
And showcased as a more modern piece - a large print.

 The original or a print - now in my shop!  Just click the photo above to go to Etsy.










Saturday, February 21, 2015

SOLD! TWO OF MY FAVORITES!

What a fun way to cap off what was already a fantastic day.  Two of my favorite Cezanne-like paintings sold today and will soon be on their way to Virginia!

"Ripe"
8 x 8 oil on deep 1 1/2 inch gallery wrapped canvas

"Pomegranate, Peach, and Pear"
8 x 10 oil

Makes a girl want to paint!  
No oils along with me - it's a little complicated traveling with oil paints - but
I do have my favorite watercolors, pens, and plenty of good paper!



Thursday, February 19, 2015

SKETCHING AGAIN . . . ON CAPTIVA

It's kind of comical to hear the weather forecasters warn of being prepared before braving the elements today.   Yes, it's a little cold by Florida standards, but still paradise for these Wisconsinites!  
And now it's time to pull out my sketchbook, pens, and watercolors, which have started to get a little dusty since the flurry at Christmastime.

Being in Florida always reminds me of my parents who moved here upon retirement.  They're no longer here but the memories of them are everywhere and I think that's one reason I love it so much.  And, it doesn't hurt that this is the perfect place to get away from the cold and snowy winters of the upper midwest!

So, to start out my vacation sketches . . . my mom's geranium.






Friday, January 16, 2015

A DAY FOR A WREN

Supplies are gathered.  No paintbrushes.  No pens.  Today is a day for a wren!


A favorite textile artist, Abby Glassenberg, has made available some patterns for her own version of the beautiful little wren.  So, today, a friend and I will be doing our own version of this bird using vintage handkerchiefs - just in time for Valentine's Day.

Abby Glassenberg Design

 It's only January, but I'm looking forward to spring and the return of birds to our frozen state.  
There are so many great children's books and poems written about birds.  I think maybe the wren could be great inspiration for a children's story . . .

Just one little sampling of good, old-fashioned children's poetry involving birds:

There was an Old Man with a Beard

There was an Old Man with a beard,
Who said, "It is just as I feared!—
Two Owls and a Hen, four Larks and a Wren,
Have all built their nests in my beard.

I would love to see some children's illustrations for this one!

Thanks for looking today!
Nan



Tuesday, January 13, 2015

VALENTINE'S DAY IS FAST APPROACHING

We're almost halfway through January and this is my first post of 2015!  I think I got pretty burned out from the pre-Christmas painting/drawing frenzy and needed a little break.

  So today, with a fresh dusting of fluffy snow on the ground and really cold temperatures again, I'm staying home ALL DAY LONG.  Time to get ready for a Valentine's Day craft night with these ideas from Pinterest.



And on my own . . . some paper mache/hand painted teacups using a pattern from one of my favorite folk artists, Ann Wood. 

Ann Wood









Wednesday, December 31, 2014

FAREWELL and WELCOME

Farewell to 2014.
It was a wonderful year and I learned so much!


Now we're balancing on the last petal of 2014 and in just a few hours a brand new year will be opening up right before our eyes.  I have no doubt that it will be a beautiful one, filled with new opportunities, new experiences, and new challenges.  

May we all go into the new year with a smile on our face and a 
sense of adventure in our heart for all that it may bring.

*****

New in my shop . . . "Word Paintings" - large scale art with a message.

"I LOVE YOU POSIES"
24 x 24 inch acrylic/paper 
on canvas


"A SPLENDID TIME"
acrylic/paper on canvas
30 x 40 x 1 1/2 inch 



Thanks for visiting 
and 
Happy New Year!
-Nan





Monday, December 22, 2014

MORE PAINTINGS AT THE VILLAGE BOUTIQUE CLOTHIER

There are four new paintings and prints looking quite at home 
among the beautiful home furnishings and clothing at
The Village Boutique Clothier 
in Wauwatosa.  
The whole shop is decked out for Christmas and
filled to the brim with beautiful things!

 "Resting in Pink"
(An 8 x 10 print, matted and framed to 16 x 20")

"At The Barre"
(30 x 40 inches on deep canvas)

"Blue Poppy"
(16 x 20 inch print in wood frame)

"Dancers in Blue"
(8 x 10 inch acrylic in heavy, ornate frame.  Finished size approx. 14 x 16 inches)


I hope you'll stop in to see them!
-Nan










Thursday, December 18, 2014

NATIONAL FREE SHIPPING DAY!

Today is 
NATIONAL FREE SHIPPING DAY!
This is an annual, one-day event held in mid-December, designed to make your last minute Christmas shopping a little bit easier (and less expensive)!

Click on any of the items below to be led to my Etsy shop, Gillyflower Cottage.







Thursday, December 11, 2014

LAST CHANCE FOR CHRISTMAS COMMISSIONS

Christmas is right around the corner!
I'm especially busy these next few days working on commissions for Christmas gift giving.  If you are interested in commissioning a home portrait, tea cup tale, a print of one of my paintings, or a copy of my children's book, "O is for the Big Oak Tree", now is the time to order!  I can guarantee your order reaching your doorstep by Christmas if purchased by Friday, December 12th.  Click on the photos below to place an order,  or go directly to my Etsy shop to see what's available. 

 Pen and Ink Home Portraits in two sizes.

Your favorite tea cup set upon your own "story".

 
            My ABC book, O is for the BIG OAK TREE, (for ages 2-7)
and a personalization option for grandparents.

Prints of my botanicals.

Paper prints and gallery wrapped canvas prints of my oil and acrylic paintings.


Check out my shop for all listings, or click on the photo above for those specific listings.

Thanks so much for looking today!
-Nan


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

CHRISTMASTIME IN CHICAGO

Tomorrow, my husband and I are spending the day in Chicago!  That means seeing all the window displays, the street musicians, lunch in the Walnut Room to see the big tree, and all the lights and bustle of Chicago at Christmas. 

It also means a visit to one of my favorite home decor stores with a few paintings.  Here are two of the paintings we're bringing along, with one more in the works.

 "At The Barre"
Using a Degas sketch for inspiration, this is a large painting (24 x 30) on a deep gallery wrapped canvas.   Minimal use of color makes this painting all about the dancer and her dress.  

"Purple Posies and Chartreuse II"
Another larger scale painting, (24 x 24) this is a second version of a painting I sold a few years ago.   The colors are vibrant and happy, and the flowers are full of papery texture due to the use of "fiber paste".


And, last but not least, some in-shop photos from 
The Village Boutique Clothiers 
in Wauwatosa.  
Barb has placed my paintings among her beautiful clothing, scarves, 
and home decor with color in mind, and the shop looks beautiful!  There is so much to look at - walk slowly through this pretty shop so you don't miss a thing.  Thank you, Barb!





Thanks for looking today!
Nan



Friday, December 5, 2014

MY PAINTINGS IN THE VILLAGE OF WAUWATOSA

I have some exciting news to share!

My paintings can now be found in this beautiful boutique in downtown Wauwatosa!


The
V I L L A G E   B O U T I Q U E   C L O T H I E R S
is an Anthropologie-like shop located in the old Robertson Ace Hardware space at 1417 Underwood Avenue.  Old hardwood floors, creative displays of beautiful clothing, jewelry, and home decor, all surrounded by vintage pieces and built-ins left from the old days of Robertson's store.  This is really a stunning shop and I am thrilled to have my paintings  featured! 

"Blue Poppy"

 "Sun Cherry Zinnia"

 "Autumn Gold Zinnia"

"Orange Poppies"
 20" x 24" Acrylic


And today,  I'm staying at home to work on a commission for a home portrait.



There's still time to order your custom home portrait for Christmas gift-giving.  You can find it here:


Thanks for looking!
Nan


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

BALLERINAS, CHRISTMAS, AND A SALE

B A L L E R I N A S

Lately I've been reading a book on Edgar Degas, which has in turn been inspiring me to paint some ballerinas.  I just love using the rich colors for their costumes and the challenge of trying to replicate some of the poses of the Degas models.  My ballerina watercolors below are available as high quality, professional prints.   Just click any of the dancer portraits below and you will be taken to the listings in my Etsy shop.


 

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C H R I S T M A S

The personalized items in my shop make great Christmas gifts.  These include my Home Portraits, Original ABC Book, and Tea Cup Tales.  Click on any of the listings below to be taken directly to my Etsy shop where you'll find clear explanations and several examples of each item.  Remember, the personalized items below take time, so order now to receive in time for Christmas giving!

   
Also, January 1st is right around the corner!  Order now to receive your Botanical Calendar, professionally printed and filled with my original watercolors.

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AND A SALE!!!

Also . . . just a reminder that all botanicals (both originals and prints) are 33% off until December 14th.   The Blue Poppy below is just an example of the botanicals available.




Thanks for looking!
Nan


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