My Passion Flowers came yesterday! These from the the Passion Works I spoke of last. Melly just seems to always be right there....she's so funny! We do have another dog, but she's shy.
Each Passion Flower is unique, brings a smile to my face! and brightens up the place until some real flowers can begin to shine.
You can also get the flowers on a stem....this is the 'rusted flower'.
The idea is to turn this little part of the yard into the 'Rodrigvitz Memorial Sculpture Garden'. Mr R is busy making plans on the ground and I have a few tall columns that I have wanted to paint and mosaic for some time. Those along with the Passion Flowers will be just lovely!
We also bought one of the Passion Houses, this one just spoke to me...they are put together with jig saw - like pieces,
and the wonderful painted images are on both sides.
A little diversion while I continue to make bags and other fun things for my May sale. These are called Ginny bags after my friend who inspired this particular design. Ginny has a wonderful seasonal garden business that I will introduce you ALL to when she opens next month.
I love how the flower detail drops onto the body of the bag on these San Miguel's.
Looks like it's shaping up to be a beautiful weekend to celebrate Earth Day!
I'm gettin' close! The bag is packed with all my supplies, I have completed as many trades as I possibly could and my carry-on is bulging!!
I am excited and a bit anxious but know I am going to come away with a new wealth of knowledge and creative ideas. I have a feeling I will return with an abundance of goodies that I would love to share....so....please, visit while I'm away and leave a comment. I will pick a couple of names to send off some ArtFest LOVE when I return!
I receive so many inquiries about my bags I thought I should begin posting specials here.
I use Mexican or French oilcloth with either nylon or webbing materials. This is a cute little spring bag, chocolate brown nylon body with lime green, orange and red sewn appliqued French oilcloth Gerbera daisy detail. This particular oilcloth has photo screened images that really pop! The bag measures 8" x 10" with green plastic handles, 2 little interior pockets and a magnetic snap closure.
I sell my work through my website, but I don't have the ability to update the images on it as often as I'd like, so the blog is becoming an alternative to getting the new product images out there. I also have an Etsy Shop but have not been good about keeping that stocked......I just seem to have so much more fun here blogging!!
So, there you go.....don't forget to sign up for the One World One HeART drawing that will take place in 2 days!!! Spring is near!
I had a couple of orders for aprons to make this weekend so I thought I'd make myself one too (like the cobbler's family who never has shoes?? I don't have an apron). I'm taking this to ArtFest! in just 2 1/2 weeks! I made as many trades as I could, about 50 and still have supplies I need to buy.
The green apron is for Heather, so they'll be 2 Rodrigvitz Style apron's running around.
I found the rack that the bags and apron's are hanging from in the trash behind a store last week. I heard that retailer's just throw these things out when they need to spruce up but have never seen any before.
I grabbed it, cleaned it up a bit and it works great to keep things organized in the studio as well as display for shows.
I doubt I'll be getting too much more done before the end of the month because Tess is coming home for spring break on Wed!! Woo hoo!!
Then I'll need to set a date for my annual Spring Sale...and get busy sewing....maybe the Saturday before Mother's Day? I deck the yard out in oilcloth brightness and invite everyone in, you're all invited of course! I know I usually love to plant my pots that weekend but if it's nice folks will enjoy getting out and doing a little shopping I hope.
Thank you everyone who came out in the cold to our Holiday Sale! Katy, Arabella and I had a wonderful weekend and plan to do more shows together in the future. Here are some pictures from the weekend.
Katy's studio/house looked so festive with my bright oilcloth bags and placemats, Katy's beautiful clay paintings and Arabella's metal work and birds alighting on branches and stones.
ooops, that's tape in the photo.
We're are going to begin planning a Garden Spectacular show and sale in the spring. We have some very interesting, fun and creative garden spaces and are going to fill those spaces with artwork. Keep a watch out....we'll be giving hints throughout the long winter in anticipation of this exciting event!
Merry Christmas....Happy Hanukah...and salutations to everyone celebrating life and light this month!
Come to Katy Diver's studio on Dec. 16th and 17th, 1238 6th Ave, Longmont (between Lincoln and Grant sts) to see some great gifts for your last minute shopping. Katy Diver creates wonderful clay sculpture wall art, house portraits, fountains and more. You know my work, but I always have some fresh, new surprises and Arabella Tattershall whose metal work always delights!
Here are some artwork images to get you in the mood...
Oh wow, now this is the topic I've been waiting for! I am ALL about color. I love natural colors and that does not mean shades of brown and neutrals. Colors in nature are flowers and gemstones, deep rich color like this flower arrangement from my friend Chris's garden (this winter when everything is brown and I need to remember the colors of summer and fall I will do a post on Chris and her giant pumpkin. She is an artist in her garden, I pittle, she creates!
In my studio as in my home color abounds! If you have cruised by blog you have seen many examples of how I use color in my work. Here's another!
I don't believe I have a FAVORITE color combo. I can pretty much make a case for all color combinations. For the fall I have used a lot of pink, green and brown on my bags but I must admit this is mostly because I get some resistance to my use of very bright colors all year round.