Friday, June 29, 2007

One Third Finished

Well it’s Friday already so it looks like I have run out of time to paint. Today is the last day to drop off work for the show. Sadly, I was only able to complete one third (11/33) of The Garden Room series. Each painting ended up taking 12-15 hours a piece so I was unable to finish as many paintings as I had hoped (unrealistic expectations). However, I am happy to say that I did end up with a set that I feel work well together for the exhibition (so there’s that). Now I have matting, framing, tagging, transporting and set up to take care of and then a busy weekend ahead. After that, The Garden Room paintings will be put on hold for a bit because I have promised to make new collections for the upcoming Exalted Beauty Medallion parties. But I do still have plans to work on the Garden Room paintings before the next exhibition coming up in mid August. So as usual, it looks like yet another crazy busy summer!

Have a fabulous weekend!
Hope to see you at the show!

Square 11 [The Garden Room]

Presenting "Square 11" from The Garden Room painting series:



Square 11
By
Amy E. Fraser
Mixed Media Painting (Black Ink and Acrylic Paint) on 8.25” x 8.25” 110#, Acid Free, Archival Drawing Paper.

The Garden Room paintings are a series of bright and colorful botanical/floral compositions featuring the
Botanical Bioform Building Blocks.

Click
HERE to learn more about The Garden Room.

Click
HERE to learn more about the Botanical Bioform concept.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Square 10 [The Garden Room]

Presenting "Square 10" from The Garden Room painting series:



Square 10

By Amy E. Fraser
Mixed Media Painting (Black Ink and Acrylic Paint) on 8.25” x 8.25” 110#, Acid Free, Archival Drawing Paper.

The Garden Room paintings are a series of bright and colorful botanical/floral compositions featuring the Botanical Bioform Building Blocks.

Click HERE to learn more about The Garden Room.

Click HERE to learn more about the Botanical Bioform concept.

Wildflower Photo Gallery!

















I decided to create a colorful photo montage of New England Flora and Fauna illustrating my *Living Painting*. It consists of many of the recent Wildflower Meadow and Wildlife photographs I’ve been posting here on the blog into one permanent gallery on my main site:
AEFraser.com. Here is a direct link to the NEW WILDFLOWER PHOTO GALLERY!

Enjoy!

Porcupine

How cute is this guy?

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Square 9 [The Garden Room]

Presenting "Square 9" from The Garden Room painting series:



Square 9

By Amy E. Fraser
Mixed Media Painting (Black Ink and Acrylic Paint) on 8.25” x 8.25” 110#, Acid Free, Archival Drawing Paper.

The Garden Room paintings are a series of bright and colorful botanical/floral compositions featuring the Botanical Bioform Building Blocks.

Click HERE to learn more about The Garden Room.

Click HERE to learn more about the Botanical Bioform concept.

Meadow Lunch

Check out my beautiful, yet uninvited, lunch guest:





Oh Deer! First the Green Beans and now my Wildflower Meadow!

PLAINFIELD SHOW REMINDER!

Hey Everyone!
Just wanted to remind you that the 18th Annual Art Show in Plainfield is just a few short days away! Mark your calendars to include this beautiful art exhibition into your 4th of July week plans. You will be so glad you did!


The art show will be held at the Plainfield Town Hall Sunday July 1st through Wednesday July 4th. The hours are:

Sunday, July 1, 1-5 p.m.
Monday, July 2, 4-8 p.m.
Tuesday, July 3, 4-8 p.m.
Wednesday, July 4, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

I will be exhibiting some of my new paintings.
I hope to see you there!

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Square 8 [The Garden Room]

Presenting "Square 8" from The Garden Room painting series:



Square 8
By
Amy E. Fraser
Mixed Media Painting (Black Ink and Acrylic Paint) on 8.25” x 8.25” 110#, Acid Free, Archival Drawing Paper.

The Garden Room paintings are a series of bright and colorful botanical/floral compositions featuring the
Botanical Bioform Building Blocks.

Click
HERE to learn more about The Garden Room.

Click
HERE to learn more about the Botanical Bioform concept.

Square 7 [The Garden Room]

Presenting "Square 7" from The Garden Room painting series:



Square 7

By Amy E. Fraser
Mixed Media Painting (Black Ink and Acrylic Paint) on 8.25” x 8.25” 110#, Acid Free, Archival Drawing Paper.

The Garden Room paintings are a series of bright and colorful botanical/floral compositions featuring the Botanical Bioform Building Blocks.

Click HERE to learn more about The Garden Room.

Click HERE to learn more about the Botanical Bioform concept.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Square 6 [The Garden Room]

Presenting "Square 6" from The Garden Room painting series:



Square 6

By Amy E. Fraser
Mixed Media Painting (Black Ink and Acrylic Paint) on 8.25” x 8.25” 110#, Acid Free, Archival Drawing Paper.

The Garden Room paintings are a series of bright and colorful botanical/floral compositions featuring the Botanical Bioform Building Blocks.

Click HERE to learn more about The Garden Room.

Click HERE to learn more about the Botanical Bioform concept.

Square 5 [The Garden Room]

Presenting "Square 5" from The Garden Room painting series:



Square 5

By Amy E. Fraser
Mixed Media Painting (Black Ink and Acrylic Paint) on 8.25” x 8.25” 110#, Acid Free, Archival Drawing Paper.

The Garden Room paintings are a series of bright and colorful botanical/floral compositions featuring the Botanical Bioform Building Blocks.

Click HERE to learn more about The Garden Room.

Click HERE to learn more about the Botanical Bioform concept.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Sunday Meadow Break

Good Morning!
I thought it would be nice to take a break to check out what is currently growing in the Wildflower Meadow:

























Ahhh. Lovely. Okay, back to work.
I am way behind. So much for completing two paintings a day! I’ve tried; I’m just not fast enough. And there is always *everything else*. For instance, I was in the studio all day Friday and Saturday working my butt off but it mostly consisted of pre and post party whatnot (updating, reorganizing, restocking, and web stuff…) so I wasn’t able to get much painting done. However, today is a new day! I returned from an invigorating Sunday Morning Walk with the beautiful lady Christine, walked in the door, had breakfast with my men and whipped up a giant vat of Turkey Chili to simmer all day. So now I’m feeling energized and organized and ready to paint my brains out! So get ready – The Garden Room Squares are on their way. :)

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Party Report

Hey Everyone!
I’m checking in with the Exalted Beauty Medallion Party Report! Last night’s party hostess was Susie, my most fabulous Mother In Law and long term medallion supporter (read: Medallion Junkie). As usual, she went all out and put together a fabulous spread of delicious delights. Thank you Susie!


Susie is THE party expert – a true hostess with the mostess. We had a really nice time and I was able to set up in one of my favorite party spots – Susie’s Sun Room! It is a really pretty space with lots of light and a great backdrop for the medallions. I actually remembered to bring my camera this time but I forgot to bring the artwork that I usually include in my medallion presentation! Argh. Oh well, I suppose everyone who was there is already extremely familiar with my art but...

Anyway, despite the missing display items and my overwhelming need to get some table cloths – I finally took some pictures. These are just some quick pre-party shots to give you a general idea of the Exalted Beauty Medallion party set up. I know – lots to improve upon, but I usually have only about an hour and a half for set up and I display 500 necklaces so… Excuses excuses! Whatever! :)
Here are the display photos:









The beautiful model seen above is my divine Mother In Law Susie. I am behind the camera - suddenly realizing that I have yet to straighten all the boxes!

Exalted Beauty Representative Lynn was unable to attend last night’s event (because she is in Florida!) and she was sorely missed by all! Lynn has a true skill when it comes to picking just the right medallion for each person and we count on her esteemed advisory skills as well as her comedic talents! Everyone wish Lynn a VERY Happy Birthday today! Yay! 29 AGAIN! (Hey Lynn-e you betta be there next time or I’m not sharing my secret Nuts-n-Berries recipe with the Slip-n-Slide crew!)

Friday, June 22, 2007

Square 4 [The Garden Room]

Presenting "Square 4" from The Garden Room painting series:



Square 4

By Amy E. Fraser
Mixed Media Painting (Black Ink and Acrylic Paint) on 8.25” x 8.25” 110#, Acid Free, Archival Drawing Paper.

The Garden Room paintings are a series of bright and colorful botanical/floral compositions featuring the Botanical Bioform Building Blocks.

Click HERE to learn more about The Garden Room.
Click HERE to learn more about the Botanical Bioform concept.

Square 3 [The Garden Room]

Presenting "Square 3" from The Garden Room painting series:



Square 3

By Amy E. Fraser
Mixed Media Painting (Black Ink and Acrylic Paint) on 8.25” x 8.25” 110#, Acid Free, Archival Drawing Paper.

The Garden Room paintings are a series of bright and colorful botanical/floral compositions featuring the Botanical Bioform Building Blocks.

Click HERE to learn more about The Garden Room.
Click HERE to learn more about the Botanical Bioform concept.

Watchful Mother

This morning was very busy for our mother fox. I shot some pictures of the very tired looking mom watching over the tornado of movement through the ferns below. The kits were running around like little crazies while mom was yawning up a storm. All I could see was leaves flying and bits of fur bouncing up and down! Poor lady, I can relate. :) I never did catch a good shot of her yawning but I thought I would share some pretty pictures of mom on patrol. Look closely and you will discover how I figured out this was Mama Fox.







Thursday, June 21, 2007

Square 2 [The Garden Room]

Presenting "Square 2" from The Garden Room painting series:



Square 2
By
Amy E. Fraser
Mixed Media Painting (Black Ink and Acrylic Paint) on 8.25” x 8.25” 110#, Acid Free, Archival Drawing Paper.

The Garden Room paintings are a series of bright and colorful botanical/floral compositions featuring the
Botanical Bioform Building Blocks.

Click
HERE to learn more about The Garden Room.

Click
HERE to learn more about the Botanical Bioform concept.

Square 1 [The Garden Room]

Presenting "Square 1" from The Garden Room painting series:



Square 1
By
Amy E. Fraser
Mixed Media Painting (Black Ink and Acrylic Paint) on 8.25” x 8.25” 110#, Acid Free, Archival Drawing Paper.

The Garden Room paintings are a series of bright and colorful botanical/floral compositions featuring the
Botanical Bioform Building Blocks.

Click HERE
to learn more about The Garden Room.

Click
HERE to learn more about the Botanical Bioform concept.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

The Garden Room

So what is the new painting project that has been taking me so long?
I will try not to bore you (too much) with the lengthy list of trials and tribulations because it is SO tedious (and I’m extremely short on time with all the parties and shows coming up) so I will just sum it up by saying that I have finally decided to close out the Botanical Bioforms concept with a series of 33 square botanical paintings entitled *The Garden Room*. The series began as bold but simple graphic/illustrative botanical compositions featuring the
Botanical Bioform Building Blocks
, drawn with black ink on 8.25” x 8.25” 110#, Acid Free, Archival Drawing Paper.

The inspiration for *The Garden Room* series derives from the accumulative thoughts of the Botanical Bioforms concept over the past 6 months along with a concentration on my Wildflower Meadow. I have also been thinking about textile design and pen and ink Illustration (William Morris, Aubrey Beardsley, decorative flower and leaf designs, floral ornaments, Victorian foliage designs, Katsushika Hokusai… the list of inspiration is endless and ever changing).


At one point while I was working on these images I realized that I was subconsciously creating the pieces as décor for my future garden room, hence the series title *The Garden Room*. With all of this planting and great new stuff sprouting up everywhere I have been doing a lot of daydreaming about building an addition off of the dining room (much to my Mr.’s dismay!). I’m envisioning a room that is soft, sunny, pretty and feminine that would be the perfect spot for rest and relaxation. Doesn’t everyone dream of a space like that? With that in mind, I am striving to create paintings that are bold, bright and colorful but still calm and soothing enough to evoke that warm, sunny, happy, relaxed feel one is looking for in a garden themed room.

The original plan for this series was for me to *try something different*. I wanted to keep the process relatively fast and simple by adding color to the ink drawings with markers and colored pencils. My intention was to put the focus on the black line work with the goal of creating a flatter look similar in style to the Japanese woodblock prints that I so admire. However, after completing a few of the pieces in colored pencil I decided that I REALLY didn’t like the end result. The color was too flat. So I came to the frustrating conclusion that the finished images would make me MUCH happier in paint. Not good. The real issue being that my usual painting process will add many, many more hours to the project then I was anticipating. Ugh. I have already invested over 200 hours into *The Garden Room* series so I can’t quit now. But, with everything coming up, I don’t know how I will find the time to complete all 33 images. Unfortunately, I don’t see another acceptable option that will satisfy me... A true dilemma!

Anyway, so this is where I stand at this point in *The Garden Room* series:


1. The 33 pen and ink drawings have been completed and made paint ready (that means that they have been coated under many layers of acrylic medium so the paper wouldn’t warp and bubble too severely when paint is applied).
2. The 33 under paintings have now been completed as well (the paper eventually held and stopped curling with the additional weight of 12 pennies taped to the back of each piece, but we won’t go into that!). In the under painting stage I have attempted to color coordinate the set of paintings in a way that one could select any combination of pieces to create a personalized set to match their own décor.
3. The black architectural gallery style frames have been custom made and are arriving here at the studio on Friday.
4. My spot in the show has been reserved.
5. I have the fabulous mat designer Heather from Bean’s in mind to make mats for whatever paintings I am able to finish and decide to include in the show.

So now I am working like a mad woman to complete the final acrylic glazing process. I love this part because this is where the real *magic* happens!
Check out my beautiful new glaze colors:



Pretty exciting huh?
Well, normally it would be for me, but now I am in a panic because I only have a week and a half left to complete my mission and a million other things happening all at once! Susie’s Medallion party is THIS Friday night. I have exciting new display items shipping here this week, so in addition to painting, I’ll have to figure all that out and reorganize my Exalted Beauty party presentation as well. And then the last day of the Plainfield show drop off is NEXT Friday night! Oh my! Tick tock! Oh and by the way – if you’re wondering about *The Panic*, it is due to the fact that I must complete ALL 33 paintings in time for the show because right after that I have more Medallion parties scheduled and I promised to make new Exalted Beauty Medallion collections! Oh dear. What was I thinking? Is anyone else picturing me running around like a headless chicken? :)

Keep checking in because I will begin revealing the finished Garden Room paintings as they happen. I hope to put up two or more a day until the show! Or not? Wish me luck! :)

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Meadow Mix

Today’s Wildflower Meadow presentation is a colorful mix of wild pretties I thought you might enjoy: