Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Show Time!! Memphis Watercolors

The Flanagan-Managan.

The next great music star to hit Memphis, the Armstrongs, and Pops.


Two gingers and the Elmwood

The Canadians and the Hughes (and little Hughes in hiding)

Us with "The Grandmother" (as she calls herself) and my dad.

Brother Andrew and Canadian Bro-in-law, Tim. Sweet artsy friend Tirzah.

If one can have a donut, why eat anything else? We were looking for local food that tied into David's show and with three donut paintings on display, we figured, why not Gibson's?? I think we have a donut problem...

Mom extraordinaire, my stylish sister, and Erin, Ms. Amazing Graphic Designer

I'm finally getting around to posting pictures from David's show. We had a such a great turnout and so much fun catching up with old friends! An extra special treat was that 4 out of 5 of David's siblings and their families were there. Four outta five ain't bad when everyone's scattered across the states and... Canada!. His sister Biz wins the award for traveling the furthest to come to the show- all the way from London, Ontario.!

One of the most fun parts of the show was watching everyone snack on donuts and drink from their milk cartons like we did when we were 5. I think that's what I love so much about David's art- it brings out the kid in you. He has quite the knack for finding the places around town that resonate with special memories and good times. He still wows me each time he lays out a new watercolor for me to see. His talent blows my mind! So proud of you, David Butler and cannot wait to see what you come up with next!!

The show is still up for two more days at WKNO and originals and prints are available online even after the show closes!

Some of his works that were at the show:

The Arcade!

Huey Burger

The Infamous Stax

Gibson's! Many a crazy, late night spent here...

Franks Deli


Java Cabana

Monday, August 27, 2012

Monday Morning Indulgence: Hot Pink Skinny Pants

I got some fuschia skinny pants from the Loft for my birthday and have barely taken them off since! With fall approaching, I'm looking for some great tops to pair with them. These are my top two picks. Any suggestions for other good pairings??

Image Credits:Ann Taylor Loft Marissa Straight Legged Pants | Tory Burch Striped Jacket | Fleece Wrap Jacket

Friday, August 24, 2012

Turning 1 Today...

Today marks a memorable event in that I am celebrating my one year mark as a full time artist! Where did the time go? This has truly been the fastest year of my life. It really feels like yesterday that I left the 9-5 world and struck out on my own. As I look back on the past year, I am filled with nothing but gratitude and joy for all of the blessings that have been poured on us as I took a giant leap, stepping into this unknown world. We've had such an amazing 12 months and have been blown away by all of the kindness and love and support given to us by our sweet friends, family, and clients. In the past year, we've navigated small business owning, built web sites, said goodbye to precious old friends and hello to new ones, gotten a dog, road tripped to Colorado and shown art all around town. David's wrangled his first gallery showing,  I've gotten to illustrate more, and together we've sold a lot of paintings! Currently, I'm knee deep in some of the most fun and exciting projects that have come my way and cannot wait to share them. My heart is so full.

It's been a wonderful, wonderful year and I am eagerly anticipating another. To God be the glory, great things He has done!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Monday Morning Composting

Egg shells, cardboard, grass clippings, vegetable scraps, coffee grounds. These no longer go to the garbage can in our house, but rather to our compost pile. I've been composting for years, but lately, I've gotten a bee in my bonnet to recycle even more to get my compost super rich for next spring's planting. While mine is not nearly as cute as this compost bin I found at the farmer's market, it makes me excited to know that even my scraps are being used in conservation to enrich my soil. Tell me- how are you conserving every day cast offs? I wanna know!!   

Friday, August 17, 2012

Been Painting...

I've been painting like a fiend as of late. An upcoming show in November and client work has been keeping these little fingers moving!  I've been busting out the oil paints this week and have loved every minute of re-exploring my former medium of choice. Just the smell alone is envigorating- taking me back to high school art lessons on crisp fall days. Will be showing some images of recent work soon!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Swanky Invite

I opened the most amazing invitation this week and it has been adorning my fridge for the past few days. I just had to share this- it's so beautifully done!! I wish I knew who designed this so I could give a shout out.  Well done! Here's to anticipating a great party because of a tantalizing paperie!!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Monday Morning Indulgence: Birthday Happys

Yesterday marked the passing of another year for me and I had the pleasure of spending the day with friends and family and enjoying some little treats throughout the day. I received two sweet bouquets of flowers- one of my favorite birthday happys. They adorn the table as I work this morning and are a lingering reminder of celebration for me after birthday festivities are over. A really sweet friend was over this morning and gifted me the fabulous Japanese waves notebook. I've already started scrawling a thousand to do lists inside... I'm about to indulge myself with a second latte to accompany these fun little gifts and add some adrenaline to the afternoon. Happy Monday!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Stop. It's Camel Time!

With animal prints trending like crazy and a shift towards middle eastern pattern in design, I'm starting to see more and more camels appearing and I've been fascinated by these guys. Today's color crush comes from a scene from Morocco. Camels on the beach- who'd a thunk it? Only in Africa, I suppose... 

Image Credit

Monday, August 6, 2012

Monday Morning Indulgence: Fig time!

I recently made a very exciting discovery- a fig tree in the back corner of our yard, of which I have been fantasizing about feasting on figs all month! I pinned countless fig recipes on the Pinterest and psyched myself for harvest season. And then a very, very tragic thing occurred. I walked out one day to find that the squirrels ate all my figs and I was left only with beautiful fig branches for my dining room table. And that, my friends, is the very anti- climactic end to a very anti-climatic tale this Monday morning...  I'm mourning my figs today and scrounging around for any store that hasn't sold out.  Next year, squirrels, watch out- it's my fig tree and I have to defend it...

** Update ** So I got a little carried away with this one today and turned these into printable note cards : Find them here at my Etsty site !!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Behind the Art [ Show ]

This week has been full of prep for David's upcoming art show (shows throughout the month of August and the artist reception is Sunday, August 19th 2-4 pm). We spent Monday and Tuesday hanging and packaging prints and setting up at WKNO and the rest of this week working on show promotion. The adrenaline rush of a show is always a really fun time and it's so rewarding to see all of your hard work on the walls after so much preparation. I thought I'd spend today giving a sneak peek on the inner workings of an art show.

Step 1.) Paint like a fiend. Visit David's site for an inside view of his process:

Step 2.) Find someone kind enough to show your work & set a date. This is one of the longest pieces of the process and WKNO has astounded us with their gracious hospitality and generosity in using their space. More about them to follow!

Step 3.)  Weed through your work to find a show theme/ works you're most excited about showing.

Step 4. ) Start working on presentation. Since David works in watercolor, his work has to be framed. This is some tedious work! We must select frames, purchase supplies, and then spend many evenings parked in front of the Olymics framing. The framing process includes measuring & cutting mats, getting glass cut to perfectly fit the frames, putting it all together, backing the art, and adding hardware for hanging on the back. 

Step 5.) Haul it all to your show room and start hanging. This involves spacing out the art on the walls, measuring each piece to hang evenly, spacing out some more, and moving pieces around to achieve a feng shui aesthetic that compliments the art.

Step 6.) Hope your mass emails about the show have not hit everyone's spam filters and throw a big reception! This is definitely the most fun part- watching all of your hard work (cross fingers- hopefully) being enjoyed by others.

I do have to share this really funny video that was taken mid- show hanging. All I have to say is that when you hang out at a tv station, you never know what's gonna pop out behind you... be-were....


Hope y'all can make it out to the show- we're really looking forward to it!!!  Tune into 91.1 FM today at 3:30 pm to hear David talk about his art in a live radio interview or listen online here!


Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Man Cave Time...

Illustrating is one of my favorite parts of my job and this recent illustration was one of my most fun projects to date. My friend and decorator, Lauren Hulet, commissioned this for her dad's new "man cave." She wanted him to have a special piece for his room that reflected his man hobbies of hunting and fishing. Using natural color palette with some pops of coral and blues and adding a mid-century outdoors poster feel, this is the final piece at which we arrived. Here's to Charles and his love for the out doors!!