Thursday, March 29, 2007
have you ever wondered how i come up with the names for each design? there are several ways but they all lead back to my childhood or what i've learned along the way...
before me....is dedicated to the woman before me who have so painstakingly cleared the path for me to have the choice to do what i love...
i have attached a poem expressing that on the piece with an old photo of my great grandmother, jessie. when i saw the original picture of this board dated to the 1880's, i felt that the center symbolized the garden, and the different paths each one took, the upper gold corner represents the light that they are searching for, while the lower eggplant corner symbolized the growth that has not yet come to fruition....
i was discussing with another artist the other day over coffee and bananas (i know, rather strange), and jenni is preparing for her opening of a piece that will be shown in a matter of weeks...
she has traveled to europe and to her old roots in the north, tracking down unknown relatives, filming, editing and recording their lives to include in this historical piece that she has created, which also includes history of her family through fabric art....
so how do you let the person who is viewing your work understand the whole meaning of the piece? do you leave it abstract, tell a little, tell nothing. i myself like to know something that gives the piece meaning if it isn't obvious, that links me emotionally to the piece....i don't want to be left standing thinking, what is that?, hmmmm....if an artist tells me instead that they created this piece to show the excitement and diverse colors of their childhood, then i smile instead of just walking away....and i'm involved then....and i will remember....
how do you feel, would you like to know as much as possible, a little, or is it not important to you if you just love it? let me know... diane
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
a BIG congratulations to my friend jennifer lanne...
she is now an earth angel, (which i have always known), but she is now working with jen, the leader of the angels and showing her work with earth angels!
you know i have gone on and on about jennifers wonderful work....her landscapes fill me with peace at the end of a hectic day...while her wonderful florals feel my heart with joy and hope....i've surrounded myself with her work throughout my home...it makes me happy...and i believe that's what art is all about...how it makes you feel, and how it becomes part of you by evoking certain feelings.
so i invite each and every one of you to look at her wonderful pieces, whether it's floral, fauna, landscapes or the priceless cherries in the bowl...at earth angels (link to the left....be sure to click on the paintings at earth angels to see jennifers work) i've already talked to jen this morning, and she said jennifer's pieces are flying out the door!! show your support for jennifer on her first day of angels...and always for earth angels, where jen brings american artists and their work to you!
have a great day! I'm so happy!!! good going jennifer!!
Saturday, March 24, 2007
Thursday, March 22, 2007
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Saturday, March 17, 2007
Friday, March 16, 2007
i just had to share this with you, i just LOVE it! nancy thomas has a new series, home and heart! and i know many of you collect her pieces, so if you haven't heard, this is what is next....i just love all that red!! you will have to check out her site, click her name to the left, under artists that i love....
what i myself especially love, is nancy's monthly series...and i like that she gives me a choice as to what the subject of the month is..., whether its children, natural beauty or animals....if you haven't seen nancy's work, i know you'll love it, it makes a room cheerful....so congrats to nancy, i can't wait to get mine!
well believe it or not, they are calling for snow again in the mountains....oh well, a touch of spring weather is how it always seems to go, before it truely sets in....i noticed today that the robins are back, and as happy as i am to see them return, i know that we will have at least one more good snow to make me worry about how they are doing! so today instead of opening the door in the studio, i built a fire to keep off the chill....and it probably will be the last one i'll have for a long time...
take care of yourself and yours...and have a great weekend! diane
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
i also talked to mary myers.....she was painting faces on her nutcrackers....what fun! i can't wait to get the uncle sam piece that i ordered....it will make the perfect touch in the studio this summer.
i'm working hard and long hours in the studio so many thanks to all of you who have found pieces that "you just have to have"! i just love being in my studio in the spring....i can leave the door open and get a wonderful breeze, and just outside i have a wonderful garden so i can take a walk and see what is starting to come up....today i noticed the bleeding hearts are making their way up.....i think they are my favorite...lifes not at all bad from my view...
Sunday, March 11, 2007
Saturday, March 10, 2007
i am on jennifer's email update list so i see immediately what new paintings she has just finished creating....and i know to let no time go between her updates and my letting her know 'i just have to have it'!
so i wanted to share her wonderful talents with you, you can click on her site to the left and read all about her, and see the wonderful world that she has created for her and hers in the country living article, check out her pieces and sign-up for her emails too. thanks jennifer, i just love it!
i finally received my copy of the april country living magazine! i was so happy to see that game boards were everywhere! thanks so much tisha, you are the best! and thanks to all of you that have called and mailed....i wouldn't be able to live this artists life if it weren't for all of you!
Thursday, March 8, 2007
i'm busy fixing up the studio "springy", moving game boards around the walls so that my immediate vision is full of bright colors, some colorful garlands here and there and some fresh tulips....it's a happy place to create. today i will be painting the gypsy game board, its so bright and colorful....this board isn't up on my site yet, but you can see it on my previous blog, the second one.
a big thank you to dawn....my web site creator.....dawn is fiddling here and there making some updates......poor dawn....is teaching at a university in france for 2 semesters, and then staying longer to travel around europe....lets all feel sorry for dawn....when she says "i'm tired of paris, i'd like to go out to the countryside"... but we web cammed each other, and it was so funny and wonderful to see my friend after all these months....
Sunday, March 4, 2007
Friday, March 2, 2007
well i've finally made it to the much talked about blogland....who would've thought...my thought process is veryyyyy long.....first i heard of 'blog', and didn't know what they were talking about.....then, i found out and thought, well that won't last....and then to my.....oh i'll never figure it out....to my most loved thought, oh that sounds like so much fun...i'll figure it out! and it is fun!!!
i hope to entertain you with my learning along the way, but i felt it was a much more fun way to stay in touch with all of you and send you pictures of my surroundings...
what will make this really fun, is hearing back from you, love those happy comments, and send photos of those game boards that are hanging in your homes too!! it's a beautiful sunny day, until the snow hits tomorrow.....so i'm off! diane