Thursday, February 19, 2015

Shop Update

There are some new things in my etsy shop:
 These new watercolors (measuring 4.25 x 5.5" each) are listed in the Original Paintings section of my shop
and my "I Love Pizza" girl is now an 8x10 print in the Signed Prints section.
Happy mid-February!
xo, Amanda

Friday, February 13, 2015

the elephant valentines

As you've perhaps noticed over the years, I like to commemorate Valentine's Day on this blog by sharing what I call "the elephant valentines."
The Elephant Valentines were hand-painted (or sometimes hand-crayoned) valentines created by e. e. cummings for his wife, Marion Morehouse.
There is so much to love about these valentines: the ever-present elephant, who seems, to me, to be a symbol of friendship, loyalty, playfulness, and gentleness; the beautiful, painterly, made-by-hand, labor of love quality; the simplicity and the tradition.
Valentine's Day will forever for me be an elephant holiday, thanks to e. e. cummings. 
I hope that you all have a beautiful February 14th, no matter how you celebrate!
Love, Amanda

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Local Love

 Today I tabled at the BCAE's second annual Local Love pop-up shop. Snow threatened to put a damper on the day, but wonderful people braved the weather to come out and shop. I want to give a heart-felt thank you to all who came!
 This is my super cute and talented friend Alaina, who just began her calligraphy and paper goods business, Extras by Alaina. It was so fun to have a friend nearby.
 I taught portrait painting in this room a few years ago. It was enchanting to teach here. I had found out that Sylvia Plath had taken poetry courses at the BCAE long ago and it thrilled me.
 I spent the day prior to the show back home at my parents' so I could finish up some ideas. I really love the task of making. I found the above gold oval frame at Saver's and thought that my new whale girl would be perfect in it.
 I also relished the fact that I was going to be in a Valentine's Day show (I love Valentine's Day!) and, for the first time ever, crafted some valentines with my artwork.
I hope you all had a beautiful weekend!
xo, Amanda

Monday, January 5, 2015

paper cranes

My painting "Prelude to a peaceable detachment" is featured on the cover of the Paper Nautilus 2014 poetry review. I received a copy in the mail, and it is a silky-smooth book in paperback size. I love it. :)
I am thrilled any time my art gets to be combined with the genius of other people's literature. Books and the written word are great loves of mine. My biggest thank you to Paper Nautilus for making me part of their anthology.
xo, Amanda

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