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Lately…

Sorry things have gotten a little bit slow here on the blog. It is definitely not a sign that there is nothing going on! The truth is that I’ve been so busy working and painting and making new things that I haven’t had much of a chance to think about blogging. We are gearing up for the National Stationery Show which we’ll be attending in May, and now is crunch time. Here are a few photos of some work in progress, which you can look forward to seeing more of in the future!

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:: Carrie ::

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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Sea to Shining Sea

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Where the Buffalo Roam

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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 ::

The Sky

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I’m working on a few kind-of-large landscape paintings for a new project, and it has been really challenging, but so fun. It’s stretching me for sure, which is a good thing! Last night I painted this sky with big white clouds. I definitely have a thing for the sky. Big, huge, sweeping, cloud filled skies. The more dramatic, the better. I’m guessing this comes from growing up on the prairie where there are wide open spaces with unobstructed views in all directions.

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If you scroll through the photos on my iphone you’d see my obsession. Here’s just a few from the past several months…

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:: Carrie ::

A Man, A Boat, and A River

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Last Wednesday afternoon, after we finished up at the gift show, I hopped in a cab and made a beeline to the Metropolitan Museum of Art on the east side of Central Park.

I love the Met. LOVE it. It’s huge.  There is so much to see. SO many AMAZING things to see. You can’t take the whole thing in during one visit. There’s no way. I’ve been trying to make short visits there every time I go to the city, and pin-pointing just a few things that I want to look at.

This time I literally had one painting on my list. One big, huge, gigantic masterpiece. Washington Crossing the Deleware. Painted by a German-American artist, Emanuel Leutze, in 1851. It’s a depiction of General George Washington’s crossing of the Delaware River on Christmas night, 1776, during the American Revolutionary War.

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Did I say that it’s huge? It’s really big. 21 feet wide, and 12 feet tall, in a FANCY gold frame with a big eagle, and banners, and arrows, and other regal looking things on top. It makes a statement, for sure.  And those folks that run the museum know how to show it off. It’s the only piece of artwork hung on one wall that sits at the end of a series of gallery rooms. You can see it coming for a long time before you get to it. Sort of builds some suspense until you actually get there and can stand right in front of it.

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It’s a great painting, of course. I mean, it’s hanging in the Met! It is beautiful and dramatic, and painted with GREAT skill. All things that I appreciate. But, what sets it apart from all of the other great paintings at the Met is it’s size. You can’t ignore it. It makes a statement.

In this case, I think bigger is better.

I’ve been itching to do some larger pieces of artwork lately, and I think seeing this painting has sealed the deal. Probably not 12 feet by 21 feet, and I’m sure it will never end up in the Met, but it may be time to break out the big brushes.

:: Carrie ::

This Week in the Art Room

At our school we have a big multicultural celebration coming up.  Each grade is studying a different continent or country, and we’re doing a bunch of art projects to go along with what the kids are studying.

My first graders are super lucky.  They’re learning about Australia.  Australian Aborigines are those people who are native to Australia, and they make some pretty cool paintings.  They like dots…lots and lots of dots.  So, we made dots too…lots and lots of dots.

Lots and lots of dots, in lots and lots of colors.

 

We’re thrilled with how these turned out, the kids did such a great job!  They’re going to look incredible when they are all hanging up together.  Makes me happy just to look at them!

 

:: Carrie ::