Art is such therapy during difficult times. I find that it has helped me through the most difficult days. And with Christmas now coming in just a few short weeks, it's always a great escape to spend time in my studio. I am able to let go of everything and be in the moment while I create pieces that makes me happy.
This time of year, it means Christmas ornaments and paintings of wintery days...all that sparkles like snow when the sun shines and turns the world a beautiful white wonderland. Time to think about making gifts for family and friends, too. I'll try to share a few of my latest Christmas creations, like the little snow girls on golden sleds, now in my Etsy shop, and soon on the trees of my family!
I look forward to spending more time with my husband and son, as school lets out and children are home for the holidays. Is it snowing yet?
Although it's still early August, I'm already preparing for Halloween and Christmas shows.
Below, is my upcoming schedule, and I'd love to meet you at one of these shows. Also, you'll find a variety of other talented artists at these venues, so be sure to mark your calendars now!
I look forward to seeing you at one of these outstanding events!
Saturday, September 15 • 10 am - 4 pm
Tinsel and Treasures Folk Art Show
Veteran's Memorial Building
400 Hartz Ave., Danville (across from Starbucks)
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Saturday, September 29 • 9 am - 2 pm
Halloween & Vine
Hermann Sons Hall
860 Western Avenue, Petaluma, CA
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Friday, October 12 • 6pm - 9 pm
Saturday, October 13 • 10 am - 4 pm
Spirits in Sanford
Jeanine Taylor Folk Art Gallery
211 East First Street, Historic Downtown Sanford
Last week, my husband and I jumped aboard a bus headed for Winter Park, Florida, to tour Leu Gardens, the Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens and the The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art. What a treat it was!
Our traveling companions were 50 of my fellow St. Augustine Garden Club members, whom I recently joined officially last month. We learned much about what types of plants grow in the northern part of the state and what might work with what, we plan on creating, as a New Orleans courtyard in our backyard.
Afterward, we headed to lunch on our own and happened upon a delicious little restaurant, the Paris Bistro. We sat outside, had a glass of wine and quiche of the day. Then, we were awed by the world’s most comprehensive collection of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany. I just can't explain the beauty of the leaded-stained glass windows - many of which came from Tiffany's own house after it had burned, jewelry, paintings, art glass, and of course, gorgeous lamps. We had no idea what to expect, but I can tell you we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves! On the way back, the bus load of us sipped wine and munched on cheese, crackers and cookies as the final capper to the day! I encourage you to take a local garden or museum tour. What creative inspiration it provides!
Speaking of tours....hop on over to the amazing:
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Each week the faculty of Artful Gathering will be announcing a featured blog to visit.
You can hop along with us until the final destination blog is reached, and where ONE Grand Prize winner will be chosen at Random for a chance to win a $200.00 e-gift card from Jerry's Artarama!!!Two Runner Up winners will also be chosen at random for a chance to win a $25.00 e-gift card from Jerrys.
Each week I will announce the next featured blog for you to visit, and there you will find a new secret word or words that you will need to collect along your way from blog to blog. Once you have collected all the words from each blog you visit, they will work out to say a very artsy phrase. Here are the rules:
Remember to collect all the secret words. These words will work out to say a very artful phrase, and you'll need all the pieces to be eligible for the final prize drawings!
I can hear the sea calling, as I prepare for my next show, Glitterfest Spring, in Southern California, Saturday, March 19. Not that I will be visiting the Pacific on my trip, but I have been researching and reading about the ways people enjoyed the treasures brought forth by the ocean. You see, in times past, ship captains would come home after a long journey at sea and present their loved ones with shell encrusted boxes. These signs of love make me so nostalgic, and I am creating my own take on the long ago tradition. This along with other boxes will be available at my booth.
Additionally, I have been learning more about the lore of mermaids, who were believed to be as fickle as the sea itself. They were thought to be fierce like a raging storm and then quickly become peaceful and serene. I love the mysterious nature of them, along with their magical beauty. All of this lead me to create my next folk art workshop at Gilding the Lily in Fullerton, CA, to be held Sunday, March 20, the same weekend as Glitterfest. "Enchantress of the Sea" is a glass theater, and you can click here for more details and to register.
Can you hear the crashing waves?
I am in high production mode for my upcoming Tinsel and Treasures Folk Art Show, Sept. 18, in Alamo, Ca and Glitterfest Fall, Oct. 2, in Santa Ana, Ca. But...I managed to paint an original Halloween watercolor postcard and list it on eBay. I was inspired by a vintage postcard with similar Halloween elves hurrying scurrying, and thought I'd put a different spin on the little creatures.
If you like my watercolors, I will have originals for sale at both shows and many of my prints. Please stop by to say hello! Happy Haunting...Iva
I belong to an eBay group known as PFATT, or Primitive Folk Art Tea & Talk. And it was with great anticipation that we decided to bring back PFATT Tuesdays. This is an event that takes place once a month, on a Tuesday, with an art challenge of a specific theme. We all create something with that theme and list it on eBay on Tuesday. So to kick off the renewed PFATT Tuesday fun, Alice in PFATTland became the subject of our art.
In the midst of creating some spring time rabbits, I decided to turn one of these little guys into the worried, "I'm late, I'm late, I'm late!" rabbit of the classic tale. My mixed media doll is now listed on eBay and was such a delight to create! Head on over to read all the details and for more pictures.
Don't forget, you can use the search term "PFATT" in the eBay search window to find all the other Alice in PFATTland creations. We have some amazingly talented women in the group and you won't be disappointed with the artistic eye candy available. Down the rabbit hole we go!