Friday, November 21, 2014

Bust Craftacular is here!

 Tomorrow is the Bust Magazine Bust Craftacular holiday fair at the Cyclorama Center in Boston's South End from 11 am to 6 pm! I am SO excited!
I love to make special things for each fair I do. For this one, I did a limited edition of 5 hand-watercolored prints. I had so much fun making each one different.
And new post card packs! "Flora and Fauna in Technicolor."
And lots and lots of double-sided ornaments, per usual.
If you're in the area, you should come by! They are creating a cat cafe with adoptable cats from Broken Tail Rescue. That is my favorite part, I think.
xo, Amanda

Sunday, November 2, 2014

animals and literature

Boston-based arts organization Glovebox has made me the November Artist of the Month, and my little interview is up now. 
Thank you so much, Glovebox, for making November (my birthday month, the orange month) even more special.
xo, Amanda

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

First Annual Art Walk in the Park in Cambridge

This upcoming Sunday!
On Sunday, August 24th, I'll be selling my prints and post cards alongside some of my favorite Boston artists! Held in MIT's University Park Common in Cambridge from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. I'm especially excited for this event because I get to contribute coloring pages to a kid's table, and there will be food trucks!!!! Come by and say hi! :)

Thursday, July 31, 2014

see the jungle when it's wet with rain

These two new paper dolls are available in my etsy shop now!
Sadie of the Sea paper doll

Eliza the Explorer paper doll
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I hope you all have a wonderful first day of August!
Love, Amanda

Sunday, July 27, 2014

website unveiling

After all this time, I finally have a legit website! My domain name of amandaatkins.com used to lead to this blog; this blog is now merely amandaatkins.blogspot.com. A weird, little change in my (sentimental) art life.
The truth is that things have changed so much in the promotion department since I started keeping this blog. This used to be my main way of communicating with people who liked my art. Now things like facebook pages, instagram, and twitter have taken the place of old-fashioned blogging.
As someone who spent her whole life journaling and drawing in sketchbooks and being obsessed with writers, I do love the sort of notebook-quality of a blog that holds everything together in one place.
I take comfort in knowing that this blog will never end. Even if no one were ever to read it again, I think I'd still post just for my own sense of keeping track of things. :)
So here's to change, and here's to blogs, and here's to you guys for reading it, especially those of you who have been reading it for years. 
All my love,
Amanda

Friday, June 27, 2014

Silver-plated

 Creature of faith
acrylic on masonite, 11x14"
This lady was inspired by all of the beautiful, colorful, and, sometimes, silver-plated representations of Mary that I saw in the churches while I was in Venice.
Mary has always been a comforting figure to me. I love seeing her standing calmly in the yards of family homes in my neighborhood. 
The title is about faith in all things good, including the good in one's self.
An 8x10" print of "Creature of faith" is now available in my etsy shop. :)
I hope you're all having a beautiful end to June!
xo, Amanda

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Burlap Ladies

Last week, I painted three ladies on 8x10" burlap-wrapped flat-board canvas. It was so much fun to experiment with new materials! I love the texture of the burlap. All three originals are listed in my etsy shop (frame not included). 
I hope you're all having a lovely weekend! 
xo, Amanda

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

To Flannery and to peacocks.

 I recently completed a commission that was a lot of fun for me - a portrait of the Southern writer Flannery O'Connor. I'm ashamed to say I have never read her writing, though years ago when I worked at a bookstore there was a beautiful volume of her stories with a large graphic of a peacock feather on the cover, and I was always tempted to buy it. The brief description of the stories' contents on the back cover struck me as a little dark, and that is what kept me at bay.
While working on this piece and researching Flannery, I learned that she felt her critics sorely misinterpreted her in this way, and that she did not feel her work to be as dark as it was made out to be. Knowing what these stories are about, and knowing that Flannery did not perceive them to be as dark as most interpreted, makes me want to read them now - to see what softness they reveal and to read more deeply past their plots.
When I was asked to do this piece, I wanted to honor Flannery. There were only a few things I solidly knew about her before beginning this piece, one of them being that she loved peacocks. Now that I know her better, I know that she faced incredibly difficult times, was passionate and determined in her career as a writer, and loved and was fascinated by all kinds of feathered creatures. For me, anyone who truly loves and cares for animals is a beautiful person. I look forward to reading some of her work this summer.
I hope you are all enjoying a lovely April! After a long winter, it seems that spring has finally come to Boston. xo

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Spring Sale

Prints are buy one, get one free in my shop through April 13th! 
Purchase one print and let me know which free print you'd like in the 'message to seller' box.
Happy Spring! xo

Friday, April 4, 2014

Noye's Fludde

Last week, by chance, I saw a sign in front of Trinity Church in Copley Square announcing their performance of Benjamin Britten's Noye's Fludde this weekend. Like me, you may be familiar with Noye's Fludde due to Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom. Since Noye's Fludde is one of the most enchanting parts of that film for me, I knew that I would be going. And I knew that I must bring Julia. :)
 (Noye's Fludde performed in Moonrise Kingdom)
(Noye's Fludde performed in 1958, one year after its debut, at the fourteenth Aldeburgh Festival. Photo copyright Aldeburgh Museum).
Britten's opera is based on a 15th century play from the Chester Mystery Cycle and was written to be performed by amateurs. Britten asked that it be performed in a church or large hall as opposed to a theater.
I teared up as children walked in herds up the aisle of the church holding animal masks to their faces (which no doubt they made themselves) and sang "Noye, Noye, Take Thou Thy Company." Waves were created by fabrics in various shades of blue billowed back and forth between two young actors. The chorus was provided by the church choir and various Boston and Cambridge children's orchestras. 
The audience was asked to sing along with the hymns. The percussions and trumpets and horns and voices in this opera are impeccable. 
Photography and video was not allowed during the performance, but I felt a sense of relief at that. I enjoyed the beauty of everything without worrying about capturing it. Just as it is Moonrise Kingdom which led me to Noye's Fludde, it is by the means of Moonrise Kingdom that I will keep the beautiful experience I had tonight.

It was a beautiful evening.
I hope you are all having a lovely Spring so far!