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The Great Wide Open

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We are SO excited to be able to introduce you to our newest collection of art prints! We call this series “The Great Wide Open”, and it is the celebration of the beautiful, majestic places of untouched America. What you see here is the culmination of several months of work. From concept, to painting, to figuring out the logistics for production, to photographing them, it took several of us many hours to get to this point. But we are thrilled with the outcome, and just filled with pride in knowing that hard work pays off!

We all put in a lot of time and effort in our own ways, but I guess the whole idea for this project started in my head, so let me TRY and describe to you where that came from. This might get kind of wordy, and formal sounding, but I’m going to go ahead and say it…

I’ve always been drawn to big wide open spaces. Those untouched parts of our country, places that still look the same as they did before our nation existed. Places where you can see for miles and the sky is big and huge. This may come from growing up on the prairie in central Missouri surrounded by farmland as far as the eye can see. But, I also love the view from the top of a mountain, or gazing out over the vastness of the ocean. Give me a clear view of the sky and I could watch clouds float by all day long. There’s something about being in a big place and feeling so small, that makes me appreciate the grandness and beauty of the world, and I wanted to capture that in some way. Each of the five paintings included in the series are based on photographs that I took, or memories of places that left a big impression on me. The words and text are hand painted as well, and come from the songs “America the Beautiful” and “Home on the Range”.

So, that’s how I would DESCRIBE this collection to you, but if you are more of a picture person, like I am, here are some photos so you can SEE this series and how it developed, from concept, to a painting on my studio table, to the final piece…

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Waves of Grain

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Sea to Shining Sea

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Where the Buffalo Roam

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Wild Rocky Mountains

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Cloudy Skies

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We hope you are clearing a spot on your wall for one of these! The series includes five original paintings which are reproduced as prints on birch plywood. They are available in two different sizes, finished with a sturdy oak frame, and sealed with a UV coating to last for years to come! For more information and to purchase one of these you can see them in our shop, right here.

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:: Carrie ::

Anthropologie + 1canoe2

We have been lucky enough to get to work with the awesome people at Anthropologie on a couple of projects recently, and you can now find them in their stores! This series of notepads – a menu planner, a to do list, a while we are out notepad, and one for taking messages – are only available at Anthropologie stores, and in their online shop.

We also worked with them on a set of tea towels featuring our calendar design. It includes all 12 months on three towels, and it will brighten up any kitchen! This towel set is also exclusive to Anthropologie, so scoop them up while you can!

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Last Friday we FINALLY received a huge shipment of new 1canoe2 goodies! There were several misadventures with this shipment, but all 2400 kilos of notepads were rolled/pushed/pulled up our driveway last week. ( I shudder to think what my neighbors thought about an 18-wheeler being parked in the street)20121023-101354.jpg

Welcome to the Let’s Eat, This Week, Acorn, Barn, and Hello! notepads!  Carrie painted all of these designs which we had made into lovely little notebooks bound with a very posh linen tape at the top.

Plan your weekly menu and grocery list:

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And finally: our exclusive Anthropologie notepads! We worked together with some fabulous gals at Anthro and we’re in the process of delivering pallets of them to be sold online (soon) and at their stores.

We have so  many new projects in the works right now! New recipe cards are coming soon. Get excited!