Thursday, December 30, 2010

on the eve of new year's eve

and constellations projected on the boston public library.
Happy almost new year's, everyone! I hope you all have beautiful plans with the ones you love.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

I do love being around vintage clothing.

Today, my mom and I drove up to Concetta's Closet in Newmarket, New Hampshire. As of today, I'll have framed and unframed prints for sale here!
The shop, owned by Dana, is so adorable and filled with beautiful vintage clothing.
I love the silver tinsel tree and all the little vignettes.
So if you're ever in the Newmarket area, you should stop in! Concetta's is located on Main Street, but you can also shop online at Dana's etsy shop.
I hope you're all having a beautiful week and that the blizzard didn't effect any of you too terribly. Do any of you have exciting plans for New Years Eve?

Monday, December 27, 2010

a sketchbook I miss

Pages from one of my favorite sketchbooks: the beginning of '09, the winter months.
I get very comfortable in certain sketchbooks as though they are a room I inhabit, and I hate moving on to the next when one is done. Some never end up feeling as comfortable as others. This was a good one. :)

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas Eve!

I just wanted to say Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of you! I hope you have a beautiful night and tomorrow with your family and friends.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

scenic dresses

I love elaborate patterns featuring unexpected and seemingly unusual objects, hence all the wallpaper in my paintings.
Combining my love of vintage style and such patterns are these dresses, which fall into a category that I like to call "scenic dresses."
I so regret not buying this dress! Bicycle dress from Timeless Vixen Vintage.
Train dress from Timeless Vixen Vintage. This one is still available!
For some reason I really love the use of old-fashioned means of transportation in patterns for walls and dresses. I used biplanes in the wallpaper of 'The Escapist'. That whole painting was built around the idea I had for biplane wallpaper. 
I remember that in an old house my Grampa used to own and rent to tenants there was an entryway covered with horse and buggy wallpaper from the late 1800s. I know that for me, the appeal of trains and planes on wallpaper is just that element of the unexpected and the fact that these things, when old, are so romantic to me, but I wonder what the appeal is for others. Is it having the notion of travel in a place you call home?
"The Escapist (something for Anne)"
Just as beautiful as patterned dresses are ones that feature one large landscape. It's like wearing a painting. This dress is from an old etsy shop that's not around anymore.
And big, beautiful, graphic animals! How gorgeous is this rooster dress?! And again, I love how unusual and unexpected those roosters are on the bottom of a full-skirted white dress! This one is also an alumni of Timeless Vixen Vintage (this shop has amazing dresses. Someday I plan on owning one. :)
They're like children's book illustrations! 
I hope you're all having a beautiful week! I'm excited for more snow tomorrow, getting breakfast with a friend, another post office trip, and finally, going home for Christmas. 
Have a beautiful Thursday!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

my pigeon, part two

After leaving work today, I found this pigeon huddled in the entryway of a vacant storefront. I immediately could tell from its positioning and rigid stance that it had been there a very long time and that it was probably injured. Upon closer look, I could see that its wing had some blood on it and was possibly broken...
I still regularly think about the pigeon I was unable to save last year, and there was no way I was going to leave this pigeon alone. It is so cold out and it couldn't get itself off the freezing ground. The pigeon was so sweet and trusting, and was very alert and awake, so I was hoping it could easily be mended in the right hands.
I called the Animal Rescue League of Boston (I once put all the Boston Animal help numbers in my phone. I'm so glad I did!), and someone came within 20 minutes. The man who came was so kind. He lifted the pigeon's wing and the wound was a lot bigger than I would have imagined (he said it had probably been clipped by a hawk or falcon), but he said the injury was new and the pigeon was strong and will most likely be okay. He brought it back to ARL and it's being transferred to a place that specializes in wild life rescue in the morning. I'm just so happy to know it's at least in a warm place for the night. 
In a weird way, this has eased the regrets I have felt since last fall regarding my first pigeon.
I love animals so much. They are truly one of the main sources of joy in my life. They're so innocent. I feel like it's the least I can do to do my best to look out for them.
I just want to say a very heartfelt thank you to the Animal Rescue League for taking in this pigeon. I think it's amazing that you come out and pick up animals for those of us who don't have means of getting them to you.

Monday, December 20, 2010

the beds were small, but we felt so young.

Today, we had our first beautiful snow.
I walked to the post office to mail some etsy orders/Christmas packages. I really love going to the Post Office, even when the line is a mile long like it was today. There is something so old-fashioned about the whole process that I adore.
After that, I went to some vintage shops and the Brookline Booksmith, ate tomato soup, and walked home. I think it was a nice way to spend the day of first snow.

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P.S. - Here is some of my favorite Christmas music (traditional and non-traditional) if you are needing any. :)

Sunday, December 19, 2010

"I was born with an enormous need for affection, and a terrible need to give it." - audrey hepburn

Claire of Mamushka Marie recently made this numbered guide to "pretty girl prints," and I thought it was so sweet of her to include me among these talented artists. 
I've had Caitlin's "Dear Diary" print hanging on my wall for two years now (it's her imagined version of Virginia Woolf, if I remember correctly), and it inspires me every time I look at it.
I hope you're all having a beautiful weekend!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

the teaching of art and literature in a light blue dress.

Every night, I have vivid dreams. Sometimes they are good, sometimes they are bad. Rarely are they about my career, which is why these two dreams stand out to me. What makes them so special is the sense of absolute completion I have in them, all related to the "job" I hold.
The interesting thing is how unique the
jobs in these dreams are, yet how similar they are to what I do and hope to do in real life. The details are always incredibly specific and crucial to the happiness I derive from the job.
The first dream was had several months ago. 
In it, I was a teacher of literature, but in a very abstract way. I was teaching adults how to let literature feed them creatively in order to pursue their own artistic endeavors. I was wearing a light blue dress and the class was taught outside in a field. I remember waking up and groggily thinking, 'I need a light blue dress so I can teach literature.' (light blue has always been the color of my literary-side in my very synesthesia-oriented brain). 
The second dream occurred last night. In it, I was a writer of essays, and all of my essays revolved around color. In the dream, I lived in a large house on the beach with several friends. I was barefoot and drinking tea, and had a beautiful wooden desk surrounded by mosquito netting. I was writing about a pale green-blue. The contents of these "essays" were highly personal, but they were written as though my opinion on the colors were scientific facts. In the dream, I was blissfully wrapped up in the fact that this was my job.
I love the contentment I felt in both of these dreams. I love what I do in my waking life, and I know I'm on the right path (and it is always evolving), and I feel like I am ever-slowly reaching that contented feeling. So, what I take from these dreams (and mostly these are things I have always known, anyway) is that I want to teach and I want to write, I love encouraging others to find themselves through literature (as it has so well served me in such a way), and blue truly is my favorite color on so many levels.
What do you all want to be when you grow up?

Thursday, December 16, 2010

the illustrated love story of a boy and a whale

I present to you the cover of my first fully-illustrated children's book, "I Looove You, Whale!" by Derrick Brown! It's published by Write Fuzzy, the children's division of Write Bloody Publishing, and can be purchased here.
I do not yet own a physical copy, but I cannot wait to see the inside and will be sure to share some photos. I hand-painted the illustration for the cover, but did strictly line drawings for the interior, which were digitally colored by an amazing designer named Josh Grieve.  .
Josh sent me these a while back - these are the first two pages. They were my favorite to draw, and I'm madly in love with how he colored them. Everything has an antique-y, old-map type feel, which is exactly what I'd hoped for.
I hope you're all having a beautiful wintery week!
Lots of love,

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

tree stars

I love Boston in the winter.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Depending upon the Nature of the Beast

I'm really excited to announce my second solo show, "Depending upon the Nature of the Beast (a show of fictional fiction)." It opens at Three Graces Gallery on Friday April 1st, 2011!
I absolutely love Three Graces. I've done their bi-annual Tiny Show 4 times now, and every time I go I am blown away by how beautiful the space is. The back windows look over the ocean and the front door faces downtown Portsmouth. I'm very grateful to be having a show in such a lovely place.
I'll keep you all posted on the progress of the show, new pieces, etc!
I hope you're all having a beautiful week.

Monday, December 13, 2010

everything's coming up sunflowers

I love this song.
I have a deep-seated love for 60s girl groups in general. In 8th grade, my sister Courtney, myself, and our friends Abigail and Lindsey (also sisters, still two of our best friends :) would constantly listen to a CD of girl group songs from the 1960s, and we even recorded our own version of "Leader of the Pack" by the Shangri Las. 
"Be my Baby" by The Ronettes is one of my favorites.
Thank you to everyone who came to Mass Market! I hope you all have a lovely Monday.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

almost Mass Market!

Tomorrow is Mass Market!
I made my 'Silver in E Minor' painting into a pack of holiday flat-cards. Each pack is $12 and comes with 8 (5x7") cards and 8 beautiful cream colored envelopes from Paper Source.
Once again, it's in the Mass Art gym at 621 Huntington Ave in Boston from 11 am to 5 pm.
Hope to see you there!!
p.s. - the nominal M.M. entry fee benefits the Fast Friends Greyhound Rescue, so wonderful!