I was going to start the year off with a flurry of art activity. But then, on the way back from picking art up that was not going to be in last year's Anton Holiday Show, had a car wreck. The entire back interior exploded, shattering the bins that held my artwork. There was one canvas painting that was too large to fit in a bin, so I had left it loose. I picked it up to look at it, and by some miracle it survived completely undamaged.
That painting was a bit of a style breakthrough for me. I actually created an entire series of Lilac art to cement the idea in my technique. For a long time I was seeking a way to bridge the gap between my watercolors which contain black ink work, and my acrylic paintings, which have not. Using a very liquid acrylic and a really tiny brush, I discovered a way to bridge that gap! I have 3 sister paintings available in the series, but this one is definitely gracing my home as part of my private collection. A reminder that there is an unseen force guiding us all through the turmoil that life can bring.
The accident, well that definitely stalled all of my plans. Shortly after, our main water line had to be replaced. We could not afford to pay for another car and the repair bill on the water line, I decided to take a break from driving for the remainder of the year, if not longer. Since I had to rely on a ride any time I needed to leave my home studio, I have not signed up for many shows. In fact, just the one from early Spring and this year's Holiday Market at the Anton Art Center, because it is really a short ride from where I am. Luckily, if you are not near Mount Clemens, Michigan, you can purchase art from my website!
You may have noticed a few pieces have been hidden from view, because they will only be available through the Anton Art Center this November and December as part of their annual show and fund raiser.
In the meantime, you can visit back soon as I will finally be placing additional art up for sale! As always, thank you for your support, feel free to share this post, and contact me directly with any questions as comments are turned off due to a crazy amount of spam!
May you have an artful day!
Early Spring flowers are in bloom, and as I am learning about Michigan native wildflowers, discovering that they really are not very present in a suburban setting. I picked up a few packets of seeds at the WAM annual conference, and will be distributing them in my flower bed. For 27 years I have refused to use chemical fertilizers and weed killers on my property. Dandelions, flowering ground covers and Purple Dead Thistle (called that because there are no pricky thorns on them) feed several varieties of wild ground and honey bees, along with the usual butterflies and bumble bees. I am currently a member of the Wildflower Association of Michigan, and have donated funds to continue their mission to educate us on how we can help support native habitats. My gardens thrive with organic compost and some sweat equity to weed out the invasives by hand! Floral watercolors are inspired by the blooms on my property. You can see me create them in my Fine Art For Small Spaces group feed. Check out my Flora section to see the finished pieces. My most recent series is Floral Portraits, very minimal and most with no background. Every year I am inspired by nature to try something new! Take a journey through my shop and be inspired to bring some nature art into your life. If you want to reach out to me, just send an email. Have a lovely spring!
I am back in the art show swing, and kicking off 2023 with the Michigan Wildflower Association. I joined as a corporate sponsor, and have been invited to offer my watercolor flower art as paintings, prints and greeting cards during their Annual Conference! Here are the details: PLANTING NATIVE IN A CHANGING CLIMATE
March 5, 2023
Kellogg Center, East Lansing, Michigan
I have given all the art a refresh with trim, modern metal frames and changed my pricing to a dollar a square inch (to help us all during these crazy economic times).
I feel very strongly that we need to support our wildflowers as much as our wildlife. Creatures such as bees, prefer flowers in their original form and actually avoid pollinating versions created by us. Wildflowers is where the ecosystem really gets its fuel.
As an artist, I am excited to learn more about wildflowers, and document them in their native habitat, (picking them is an absolute no-no) as well as creating new artwork based on my observations.
You are always welcome to visit my website Fine Art For Small Spaces and see what I have to offer! Stocking stuffers, greeting cards, paintings and more for you to enjoy! Connect with me on FaceBook in my public group and see video clips of paintings coming to life. I hope to see you in person or online soon!
We approach the half way point this year, and so much has taken us by storm. This year has been marked by both world and personal loss. Please stay with me while I restructure my online store to survive this year financially. Your continued support in this trying time is truly appreciated. My actual sales will be handled by Square through a linked free store platform that remains entirely secure to fulfill your shopping needs. This transition has taken longer than expected, as have many other things for all of us this year. Stay safe, stay healthy. See you on the other side! If you need anything fulfilled prior to all the items being reloaded onto my site, please reach out to me at email@example.com. Remember, every day is a new opportunity to let joy into your heart.
Winter in Michigan can be difficult. I have been hibernating from the cold. Luckily, the day after the groundhog declared an early Spring, the boulevard in front of our home was filled with the largest flock of robins I have ever seen! They have been swirling about our neighborhood for the last two weeks, their bellies full of dried winter berries, about fifty or so, mixing with the starlings, waiting for Winter's last goodbye.
Behind the scenes, I have been working hard to bring you new greeting cards, and prints. In the coming days they will be available through my website. If you are a wholesale customer, you can find these at Faire.com. This year I will be releasing live and taped video of new paintings as they emerge, so follow me on Facebook to keep in the loop!
Spring is a wonderful time to refresh your home and office decor, and with free shipping even an original painting is within your reach. What we see every day affects our happiness level, even if it is just a glance as we rush about getting ready for the day. It is important to fill your space with images that spark a connection to nature.
The gallery pages have been updated to show what is currently available locally. I am happy to announce that you can find original paintings and greeting cards at Circare for a limited time in St. Clair Shores. I am there on a trial basis, so if you stop in and purchase some of my art, they will continue to offer it!
Most of us have had this happen. We go to a party and bring a gift, then realize with ever growing dread that someone else brought the exact same thing. That gift registry should have prevented it...but, alas someone didn't bother to check the list and now you know that your hostess will probably be returning two of the three rice cookers...see that robin in the middle? Yes, whispering will ensue.
So I did a little experiment....I gave away random pieces of art for my husband's friends to bring home and keep....and they were thrilled. Over the moon, because each one was real, unique, their very own to treasure.
When you give the gift of an original piece of art, you can relax because no one else will have the same one, ever again. The original, the one with the details that brag this is unique will be theirs!
A unique item such as original art, is a perfect gift for any occasion such as a wedding, housewarming, or simply a thank you for doing business with you. You would be surprised at how special they will feel, no matter what you decide upon!
p.s. below are pictures of the art that was given away in case you were curious!
My father loved pine trees. He planted them everywhere he could. Every summer we would drive up north and toil to water his seedlings. There were well over 50 of them. I think they reminded him of the mountains where he grew up. As I got older I really began to appreciate how they could enliven the dreary winter landscape with their pop of color, and whispering fronds. Alas, a fire took his many decades ago, but I had one in my urban yard that served to honor the memory of what was.
I spent the better part of 2017 fussing over dozens of pine cone paintings. I was grieving the loss of our red spruce. I counted the rings in the stump before they ground it and found that had lived next to the garage for over 70 years. I only enjoyed its beauty for 27 years. It was a piece of northern respite in a seriously urban landscape. I spent many a summer gazing up at its branches marveling at the creatures that flitted to and fro in the branches covered in cones. One of the few things that still connected me to my childhood was gone.
I didn't even realize it was a red spruce until I decided to learn more about the beautiful tree that was lost because of a high wind that nearly uprooted it. It was leaning badly towards the driveway and there was no way to accommodate it. In my online meanderings, I discovered some beautiful things about pine trees. All over Europe they are a symbol of peace. Personally, I find the cones to be a symbol of hope. A promise of renewal. Many species don't germinate until after a fire has ravaged the countryside. Thinking about the fires that swept through California last year, this fact gave me hope that nature would replenish the landscape if we just gave her some time.
All to often we are impatient for things to renew after an event. We want our spirit to heal right away, but it takes time. Nature takes her course and things will be different but life always proliferates and things shall be renewed. What are your thoughts? I would love to know!
This was the week when all of us, no matter our faith, took pause to remember, reflect, cherish each other, and plan for betterment in the upcoming year. Hold on to that which inspires you most and makes your soul sing!
It has been a whirlwind year, and summer is a distant dream in this season of crisp air and falling leaves. Your thoughts are turning toward the holiday season and there is so much to do, and so little free time! Below is a short list of places where you can find unique nature art for gift giving this season. More details on each of these to come soon!
But WAIT. . .you probably haven't even purchased greeting cards! Well, I've got you covered! If you love shopping on ETSY you can find them here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/FineArt4SmallSpaces
The cards will be live on this home site soon, under the category Greeting Cards
Here is the short list I promised for where you can find unique Art and gifts:
Anton Art Center, 125 Macomb Place, Mount Clemens MI 48043
Telephone: (586) 469-8666
Blaufenster Gallery, 17114 Kercheval, Grosse Pointe, MI 48230
Telephone: (313) 640-4530
Fairfax Quality Market
899 Beaconsfield Avenue, Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230
Telephone: (313) 822-7074
See you soon for more information about these locations, and what you can expect to find there!
I finally decided that my art business needed a logo that reflected what my brand is all about. It took two months of revisions to decide on this combination of image and fonts. So many people have asked my why a bird, that I decided to write a blog post to answer that question.
Nature art is more than a landscape, it also speaks to us about the creatures that inhabit the world. The bird symbolizes the freedom and flight that nature art will give you every time you view it.
Many of you have also wondered why cursive letters, when all the world is talking about how cursive will no longer be taught. Perhaps it won't be taught formally, but behind the scenes, a quick search about instructional books for hand lettering reveals that cursive will never go out of style.
Elegant art deserves an elegant logo. Let me know what your thoughts are about the logo and the cursive controversy!