Friday, July 29, 2011

of cabbages and kings

Boston was cloudy and cold today. Some leaves have already started to brown and fall, and it felt like Autumn. After work, I wandered around the Copley farmer's market. All the vendors have replaced the early summer vegetables with the late summer ones, and all different kinds of sunflowers (my favorite part).
I hope you have a lovely end of July! xo, Amanda

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

turning a new leaf

I set out to scan a newly finished painting this morning only to find that the scanner I normally use was out of order. This means that I need to find a new place to scan, or just save up for a new scanner (preferably the latter). We shall see what happens!
I might not be posting as much in the month of August as I will soon have a new job and a new apartment, both  of which "begin" on September 1st. Ahhh! So until then, I'll be packing, preparing, and warding off stress. I'll post here as much as I can, hopefully with scans of recent paintings! :)
xoxo, Amanda

Monday, July 25, 2011

Betty Crocker's Outdoor Cook Book, 1959

My mom and I took a trip to Oh My Gosh, a vintage store in Sterling, MA, today. I got this cook book with recipes for outdoor food-making (enlarge pictures for recipes).
On the way home, we met some Belt Cows. Cows are my second-favorite animal, after dogs, of course. :)
I hope you're enjoying the remnants of July!
xo, Amanda

Friday, July 22, 2011

summer evenings

We are in the middle of a heat wave, like much of the rest of the country.
Last night, my friend Eleanor and I decided to explore the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel as encouraged by a doorman who saw us gazing through the window at the piano in the bar (Eleanor is an amazing jazz singer and musician!).
Even though it is perfectly fine to wander around the lobby, it was so incredible (and so quiet in the evening) that it felt like sneaking around somewhere we weren't supposed to be.
taxidermy in the halls!
We decided to have drinks in the bar. Eleanor's came with a giant pretzel perched on top, as though it were an olive on a toothpick or a slice of lime. 
The whole place is just so old and it's like the history is embedded in its walls. You can practically feel the generations past when you're there, see the dresses and the lipstick and the suits.
Yay spontaneous summer nights in the city!
I hope you're all doing well with the heat. What have you been up to? 
PS - Writing about the old feeling of the Fairmont brings this commercial to mind. I think it is still one of my favorite commercials ever!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

cygnet update

 Swan shell from H&M, vintage necklace from americathebeautiful on etsy.
I love this swan blouse I stumbled upon in H&M! I can't wait to wear it.
I'm getting so excited for the fall. In my head, I've always been on a "school year calendar," so September always feels like the start of a new year to me.
Lately, the morning air and evening air has just been feeling like back to school time. It's a little premature, maybe just wishful thinking. I love the air in autumn. 
I FINALLY updated my portfolio, splitting my paintings into their official series and expanding the sketchbook and paper doll sections. Oh, and getting product ready for MICE! Something else very autumn to me: selling my stuff in a craft-fair style setting. We always helped my mom with her craft fairs every autumn and winter. It makes me so happy!
I hope you're all enjoying July!
xoxo, Amanda

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

anatomical hearts are a tie to my past.

One of my high school classmates contacted me a few months ago to commission a piece for her boyfriend, also an artist, who has a penchant for all things Mexican folk art related. She wanted a portrait of herself done in this style to give him for their anniversary. 
Frida Kahlo was one of my first favorite artists, and in college I adored putting anatomical hearts in almost everything I did. The heavy symbolism used in Mexican folk art is one of my biggest influences and still carries over into my current work. Needless to say, I really loved working on this piece!
I hope you all have a beautiful Tuesday and something summer-y planned.
xo, Amanda

Monday, July 11, 2011

two little ladies

Two new original paintings measuring 4.25 x 5.5" in the shop! I had fun painting them. :) Can you tell I'm already looking forward to wearing fall clothes?
"Only green dresses" available here.
 "Made for Autumn dressing" available here.
I hope you're all having a beautiful day!
xoxo, Amanda

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Grey is safe. I like the black ones.

My lovely friend Kat just sent me the most beautiful elbow-length black gloves, found during one of her treasure-hunting adventures. They are an important symbol in my favorite movie, Shopgirl, and so they make me very happy. Also, elbow-length gloves are one of those things I've always wanted to own. 
I hope you're all having a beautiful week!
xo, Amanda

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Sunday, July 3, 2011

sparklers and fireworks

"rarities unleashed"
acrylic on masonite, 9x12"
available as a print here.
Happy 4th of July! What are your plans for the big day?
xoxo, Amanda