Decor Tip: Use old books in a family of colors to reflect the season
Look at Library Book Sales, Yard Sales and Thrift Stores for old books with book bindings in the colors to accent your decor.
Autumn colors in New England are a little late this year because it has been so mild. I like it this way, considering some years
it has snowed by now. My 13 year old yorkie, Mickey, likes it as well. We can take a walk and not be shivering, so I am grateful. Right about now, I start to make preparations for the upcoming holidays. My new location, inside the Wrentham Country Store, is fully decorated with fall colors and decor, but in a few short days, on November 9th, we will transform the entire store into a winter wonderland. At 5pm we will be ready for our Holiday Open House with plenty of lights and sparkle to get you in the holiday spirit! There will be festive gift giving ideas, stunning painted furniture and refreshments for all. Bring a friend and place your names in our raffle! Can't wait to see you all! Wrentham Country Store is conveniently located on Route 140 in Wrentham at 715 East Street. May you all enjoy your time with family and friends as we say goodbye to 2017!
Summer has been hot and dry here in Massachusetts, USA. Beautiful days are getting noticeably shorter as I walk my dog in the evening. I spent July painting pieces for my Art Shanty on Cape Cod. The shanties (glorified colorful sheds) are situated down by Hyannis Harbor. The view was gorgeous. I got to meet so many travelers from across the US and around the world, as well as a few if the locals. Thanks to all of you who came by and made a purchase at my shanty in May or July. I have 4"x4" mini paintings on canvas and 4" x 6" mini paintings on wood available as well as a few 8" x 8" canvases for those of you interested. Contact me through Facebook or Instagram for availability and pricing. It's always a little bit hard to face the end of summer, so I am going to enjoy the last few weeks of August. Hope you will, too!
What a run at the Norwood Theatre of Hairspray the Musical! So much talent came together to make this production an entertainment success. I was lucky enough to be the scenic artist for this show, working with an amazing production team. I have been working with the set and lighting designers for over 12 years. I love painting and set painting is just one way that I get to do so many different techniques in a short period of time, from faux wood graining, to wallpaper stenciling and other trompe l'oeil techniques. I can't wait for the next show!
I have a collection of heart rocks that I have found on the beach over the years. I don't have many, and some you actually have to use your imagination to see the heart shape. This Mother's Day weekend, I remember my mother and her incredibly creative imagination. She wrote songs and lyrics, sang, played the piano and painted. She baked and sewed and always had a smile. I always miss her, especially on Mother's Day, but I am thankful she gave me the gift of imagination.
The clock is ticking and in a few weeks I will be opening up at the Artist Shanties in Hyannis for the weekend. In addition, tomorrow I start painting sets for one of my favorite musicals, Hairspray! The image of the week is this painted and distressed clock face. There are no hands which reminds me of how I feel when painting. It takes me to a place where there is no time. Do something you love this week and enjoy that sense of timelessness!
DO SOMETHING CREATIVE EACH DAY - Be inspired to start your next project!