Sunday, November 8, 2009

Is it really November already???

It seems that once Halloween is over, the days start flying until Thanksgiving and Christmas are upon us, and this year is no exception!

(click any image to enlarge)

(Merry Christmas to All, 6" x 24")

I realized it's about time I put two of my new Christmas prints into my ETSY shop! (In actuality, I probably should have done it even sooner than this!)

I had a lot of fun painting these last year. The print above is based on a mid-Century Santa and reindeer decoration that I put out every year. Gosh, that term, mid-century, makes me feel so OLD! After all, I am a product of the 50's!! (which is probably why I'm drawn to things from tht era)...


(Away in a Manger, 6" x 36")

And this print is based on a vintage Nativity set that I picked up for a song at a Salvation Army many years ago. I wanted to include the wisemen and shepherds in addition to the Holy Family, so it ended up being a yard-long print!!!

Hoping you all have a lovely week in store for you!!!

Donna (who's going to make lists this year to stay organized!! "Famous last words," as my mom would always say!!)

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Portrait giveaway contest...


Just a quick note to let you know that to celebrate her birthday month, my talented Amanda is having a very special giveaway on her blog, Amanda Laurel Atkins in a Canary Forest.... Leave a comment on her November 2nd post and you'll have a chance to win Amanda's giveaway prize, which is a 5x7 custom portraiture of the winner!!! How cool would that be, to have an Amanada Atkins original gracing one of your walls???
She's announcing the winner on November 16th, so hurry over to her blog and enter!!! And if you mention it on your blog, let Amanda know that through your comment and you'll be entered twice!!
Good luck everyone!!
Donna

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

And the winner is......

Congratulations to Debbie of Woolen Sails! (Sorry I'm a couple of days late posting this!) Debbie, please pick out what you'd like from my ETSY shop for your $25 shopping spree, and thank you to everyone who entered my giveaway!


Since it's October, I thought I'd share a photo of this beautiful girl who was my Halloween kitty for 16 years. Doesn't she look perfect posing with all the decorations? I hope you're all getting in the spirit of things!!
Happy October!!!!!
Donna

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Something to crow about!!

It's time for a giveaway and this little guy wants to help me announce it!


New England is starting to look very fallish these days and I thought it might be a fun time for a giveaway! Just leave a comment on this post before midnight October 9th, and then visit my ETSY shop. I'm offering a $25 shopping spree in my shop to the winner so you can pick out exactly what you'd like from an assortment of signed prints, photomats, and painting patterns. (Size 16x20 and 18x24 prints are not included in this giveaway)


There are fall prints, like this Black Crow Farm...


... a variety of sampler style prints....


Silhouette prints.....


...and LOTS of sheep prints to choose from!


Maybe you have a nursery or child's room to decorate?


Or are you looking forward to Christmas already?

I'll announce the winner next Saturday, October 10th....

Good luck, everyone - and enjoy the beautiful fall weather!!!

Donna

Friday, October 2, 2009

Cottage, Folk Art, and Primitive....

I love all of these styles. I still feel most comfortable when painting primitive and folk art styled pieces, but now that I decorate my own home in a more shabby/cottage style, I am taking baby steps toward using a lighter, brighter pallette in my paintings than I have in the past...


I'm also trying to branch out and paint something other than my standard sheep and saltboxes (which will always be among my favorite subjects to paint)...


But I think all artists enjoy stepping outside their comfort zone from time to time... These are the finished pieces that I showed you snippets of a while ago. I was going for a "cottage" feel, but I still see a heavy folk art influence (is "cottage folk art" a style?)

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend... It's been COLD here in New England lately! Hot coffee and tea weather for sure!

Donna

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

My new winter print...

I shudder to think that within a few very short months, this could be the landscape outside my front door... (Not the sheep and the quaint little village - I'd actually love that!... No, what scares me is the very thought of snow and single digit temps!)... It seems funny to be posting this print tonight as it's such a warm and humid September evening! The chilly evening temps of the past week are long gone and we're getting another little taste of the summer that almost passed us by!

"No snowflake ever falls in the wrong place." (Proverb)

Would I miss the cold and snow of New England if I ever moved away? Right now, embraced by the safety of late summer/early autumn temperatures, I'd say yes. However, I can assure you that the answer to that question come January would be completely different! So I intend to make the most of the next few months!
Wishing you all beautiful weather, wherever you are!

Donna

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Rain + Art + Breakfast = Fun

A week ago we headed up to the Three Graces Gallery in Portsmouth, NH to see all the beautiful work on display...


As you can see from the water gushing out of the downspout, it was pouring! Quite a change from the gorgeous, sunny day we had when dropping off Amanda's art (see photos in previous post)...


But just look at the beautiful window displays! No amount of rain could have kept us away!


What a perfect lamp...


... for the "Three Graces Gallery."


I only took a couple of photos inside... one of the girls next to the lamp...


...and one of Amanda next to her work on display...


After browsing the gallery, it was time to get our umbrellas out and make our way over to The Friendly Toast....


The perfect end to a fun day in Portsmouth...
Hope you are all enjoying the first day of Autumn wherever you are!
Donna

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Three Graces Gallery - Portsmouth NH ...and... Space 242 - Boston MA

Our busy Amanda is once again taking part in...


...the Teeny Tiny Art Show...


...at the Three Graces Gallery in historic Portsmouth, NH...


The view out the rear windows of the gallery...


...taken September 1st, when we dropped off her artwork.


And then last Friday, August 28th...


... we attended the Artist's Reception at Space 242 in Boston, where our Amanda is having a solo show along with fellow artists Scott Murry and Ellen Crenshaw...

I love how they lettered the door with each artist's name and the title of their exhibits...

Amanda caught up with lots of her friends from school...













Here's Amanda with some of her art.


And here she is taking some pictures of her own, which were hopefully less blurry than some of the ones that I took that evening!!


And here she is getting some sisterly love and support... awwwww.....

So happy that you are living your dreams, honey!!!

Love, Mumsy

Friday, August 28, 2009

Christmas in Autumn?

With the fall right around the corner, it got me to thinking about my craft shows days... Back when I was painting for fall & winter craft fairs, or painting items for myself or as gifts, I'd spend late summer and all through the fall season painting furiously for Christmas...


... so, if you're a painter, I guess it's definitely not too soon to start thinking Christmas!


I just listed this "Woodland Santa" sled in my ETSY shop as an e-pattern.


It originally appeared in the Winter 2007 PaintWorks, so if you have this issue you already have the pattern...

Wishing you all much painting inspiration for the upcoming holiday seasons!!!

Donna

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

An art giveaway...

...at my talented daughter's blog, Amanda Atkins in a Canary Forest...


The blue link above will take you to her giveaway post. Just leave a comment and you'll have a chance to win a signed print of her very popular tattooed lady ("And with unspoken ease, I was your pet"). This is the same art that appears on The Beautiful Untrue CD by Jerry Fish & The Mudbug Club. And if you mention her giveaway on your blog, be sure to let her know in your comment as you'll then be entered twice!

Good luck, everyone!!

Donna

Saturday, August 22, 2009

CREATE...


... such a powerful word!

So powerful that when I spotted this pearl CREATE sign a couple of years ago (at Katie's Rose Cottage - she has the coolest things!!), I wasted no time in ordering it. Until I could decide where I wanted to place it, I temporarily hung it over the top of my (Target) etched mirror... It still hangs there, to this day, and now I can't picture it anywhere else! It doesn't hurt that it is right in front of my painting desk, either (a little subliminal message perhaps?)...


I have lots of my favorite things on top of this junktique find bookcase... The two white iron lamps (lots of neat detailing in the bases) were from a favorite junktique store that is no longer in business (sad for me but probably good for my wallet, although these lamps were a steal!)... When Amanda was in high school, she took a pottery class... I just love this mug with the upside down handle. It's hard to see (unless you enlarge the photo), but it she embossed roses all over it... so pretty!
Amanda also made this cool "here's looking at you" piece of pottery (my title, not hers). I love the colors and think it's so unique!!


A vintage Mary bust sits on a hand-painted cigar box, which in turn sits on an old vanity mirror (I painted the gold a pretty pink)...
I love it when I'm on a creative roll and don't look up for hours; but for those times when I have "artist's block," I at least have some pretty neat stuff to look at while trying to get the juices flowing again!
Donna (wishing you all a creative weekend!!)

Friday, August 21, 2009

Inspiration is only a mouse-click away!

I was so disappointed...


...when Mary Engelbreit's Home Companion magazine ceased publishing.


Just look at the array of ME magazines that I spread out on my loveseat (which is covered by this baby crib comforter - one of my favorite junktique finds)... See how all the covers match the colors I decorate with? Is it any wonder that I always felt right at home in her magazine?


ME Home Companion and Country Living are the only magazines I subscribe to (now it's just Country Living, and I'm not that thrilled with changes they've made lately, but that's another story)...

Perhaps someday I'll receive an envelope in my mailbox from ME Home Companion telling me that the presses are up and running again, because there's nothing like hunkering down in a comfy chair with a favorite magazine. Turning actual pages beats scrolling with a mouse any day (at least in my book)...

But - since there is no ME Home Companion (for the time being), I've found the next best thing! I just learned that Mary Engelbreit has a blog!!! So now I can get a regular ME fix again, even if it does mean mouse-clicking instead of page flipping! You can click on the link in my sidebar, or just click HERE to be whisked away to a most lovely and creative blog!!!

Happy reading!!!

Donna