As an artist I love looking back on work I’ve done to see how my style has changed and progressed over the years. I’ve always been diligent about taking pictures and documenting paintings and projects but there are a few that got away. I refer to them as my “lost paintings.” I know other artists probably go through the same thing. My friend Shari sold her first painting at age 19 and in her exact words it was her “absolute favorite painting” that she ever painted and she doesn’t have a picture of it.
You should immediately bookmark the blog What My Kids’ Art Says (and submit your kid’s artwork too)! I first found the link to this unique site on Design Mom and totally agree with her prediction that it will be the next big thing.
Dan Consiglio’s blog gives me some hope that I will be able to understand the meaning behind all the glitter, cotton-ball, hand-print-turkey, macaroni artwork that my daughter is going to create in the next decade. You will love his humor and sarcasm… even his profile blurb had me chuckling: I have three kids. I know art. I think we’re done here.
I submitted the below masterpiece created by my daughter Sienna and it was reviewed recently. But you’ll have to visit Dan’s blog to read for yourself his interpretation. I knew my child’s use of washable animal stamps was genius, but his review only confirms it for me.
If you have any type of area dedicated to crafting, painting or general projects in your house (or want to) you HAVE to pick up a copy of Cloth, Paper, Scissors’ new special publication Studios at your local bookstore (in the magazine section). It showcases 25 inspiring studios that are amazing. Seriously, you have to pick it up just to see Tim Holz’s studio…it looks more like a store and I am SO envious of his organization. I love to see where people work…..if you have photos of your workspace send me a link and I’ll put together a “studios” post!
My parents have been visiting which means I have had free time galore this week! I put up more shelves in my studio and it motivated me to clean up a bit. I am very thankful that my husband has dedicated an entire room as my studio. He puts up with a lot. Many times I have projects going on simultaneously in the dining room, outside on the patio, in the garage, on the driveway ….anywhere I can find space. I took photos of my newly organized studio and share them below!
My sewing side of my studio…..
The “everything else” side of my studio…..
My desk is just a 3 foot wide door I bought at Home Depot one day and placed across 2 small bookshelves. I built shelves above and around my workspace using a track system. All you need is a stud-finder and a drill and a skill-saw.
I use old cigar boxes that I pick up at cigar stores to hold stamp sets, carving sets and other things I want to keep together in one place.
Spools of thread……
Pens, pencils, crayons, markers…..
Little jars of little things…..
Paint brushes worn to the nub…..
A stash of old journals…..
Favorite journaling and crafting books just within reach…..
Jars of buttons and stamps…..
A shelf of trinkets and random finds…..
A random stash of stuff in a drawer…no idea where I got the roll of “Jesus” tape…..
Orphaned photos I picked up in antique stores…..
Here is Sienna getting into my ribbon (and…yes…she is still wearing Santa/Frosty pjs in April…it is a battle I lost). I can’t imagine any space more tempting for a 2-year-old than an art studio. Last night we were having a dinner party and I found her in my studio trying to thread the sewing machine…and amazingly she was getting pretty close to having it threaded!
Have a great Friday!
There are two “lost paintings” that I wish I had photos of:
One was my first “real” painting as an art minor in college. A distant acquaintance of my husband’s family bought it in 1999 for a few hundred dollars. It is one of a pair of paintings I did…..the unsold half of the pair “Ephemeral” hangs in our house today. I don’t even think I signed the painting I sold.
The other painting is a reproduction of Gustav Klimt’s “The Kiss” that I painted as a mural in our first house. It was almost 9 feet tall and 4 feet wide on a wall as you climbed the stairs to the 2nd floor. The finished mural had a gold dusting I did over it to make it shimmer just slightly. The photos to the left were taken of the mural in its beginning stages. Almost to the day I finished the mural the house next to my childhood home came up for sale and we jumped on it. The mural helped sell our townhouse but because I was finishing my MBA, starting a new job, packing a house, renovating a new house…..I never got a photo of the finished product. I’ve wondered many times if it is still there or if it has been painted over. I never signed it. No owner will ever know who painted it.
Update: My mother read this blog post today and says she is going to visit and knock on the door of my old townhouse when she is back in NC to ask if the mural is still there 🙂