Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Stained Glass Botanicals

Last Sunday, after completing the botanically inspired Shrinky Dink rounds, I suddenly became disenchanted with the original test medallion design. I decided to take a break as I let my subconscious rework it. Uh, unfortunately, taking a break meant that I was completely sidetracked AGAIN and I started an entirely new collection (so much for that painting series I was going to introduce!). Oh dear, nothing like having three new medallion collections going at once and a medallion party scheduled in just over two weeks! Silly me, apparently there just wasn’t enough stress and stuff happening right before Christmas!

Anyway, eventually I had an epiphany…

After I made a bunch of these:



I decided that, with the addition of color, that they were much too dark. They needed some light, like sunlight through a stained glass window… Duh, Stained Glass? Okay so I really am blond, but whatever, I usually get it eventually! Uh, have I mentioned that I get up at 4 am? Yes, I’m brain dead for a reason! Anyway, so my next move was to make some of these:



Then I tacked on some packing tape to the back, dropped in the completed Shrinky Dink disks, filled them with resin, and now they look like this:



I’m MUCH happier with the addition of *light*. The only problem is that, now, instead of my traditional black lacquered backs, there is a clear window where you can see my colored pencil work on the backside… Not so sure how I feel about that. Here are the Stained Glass Botanical BACKS curing:



You'll have to wait for the catalog to see the fronts!


Overall, I’m feeling somewhat naked and indecisive about these, but the Stained Glass Medallions have been such a hit in the past that I felt compelled to give it another go. However, much to the dismay of my equestrian fans, I couldn’t seem to make myself complete any new Stained Glass horses! But don’t worry; I think the new collection I’m working on will satisfy all of your Animal desires! Ah, just so you know, I’m working on an Animal Medallion collection - nothing dirty! :)

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

AVA Drop Off

So, despite the snow (and our super scary driveway), I made it to the AVA Gallery in time for the drop off. I submitted two pieces from the Garden Room series. Here’s a picture of my Mr.’s waiting patiently in the new lobby as I filled out the paperwork on the paintings:



I hope to see you at the Opening Reception for AVA’s Annual Holiday Sale and Show on Friday, November 30th, 5-7 pm. I will post a reminder next week!

Have a great Thanksgiving everyone!

Snow

We’ve had our first serious snow fall this season…



Apparently this guy shares my thoughts on the subject!
Poor old Jack! Time for the compost pile!

Ice Hockey

Caden was so anxious to try out his new ice skates that this frozen puddle served as a practice rink…



Apparently Caden’s enthusiasm has led to the Mr.’s decision to build an ice skating rink in the back yard…
Oh dear!

Wild Turkeys







Tonka can’t wait for Thanksgiving!

Beautiful Buck





Friday, November 16, 2007

Side Tracked

I was planning to bead/photograph/catalog the new Uterus Medallions this week but I got completely side tracked while entertaining my son with his recent Shrinky Dink craft project. I had an overwhelming urge to play too! So what happened? Well, I came up with a new “Stained Glass Medallion” design that I’m planning to call the “Black Ink Botanicals”. A mouthful, I know, but accurately described. I’m open for title suggestions! Anyway, here is a picture of the work in progress:



As you can see, I still have up the *Thinking Wall* from the Botanical Bioform series, so it probably won’t be a surprise to hear what the primary source of inspiration has been. :) Here is a closer look at some of the Shrinky Dink rounds before baking:



I’m still working on the drawings and seriously debating about the addition of color… And quite frankly, after working the countless hours sniffing Sharpie fumes, I’m feeling some trepidation about baking them. The last time, creating the “Stained Glass Medallion” collection, there was only about a %50 survival rate on the finished pieces. Not good. Eventually, I’ll get brave enough to risk it. Please wish me luck!

Uterus Impersonation



By the way, if you are wondering, the new profile picture is supposed to be my interpretation of a Uterus. Okay, so it isn’t as obvious as I had hoped, but with all of the serious uterus discussion as of late, I figured it was time for a laugh! Just trying to keep things light as I wait another week for results, laughter always seems to be the best medicine.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Mixed Reaction

I finally finished the Uterus Medallion backs yesterday:



Many thanks to those of you who were brave enough to comment on these. I had no idea they would receive such interesting and diverse responses! Both positive and negative! Many of you have stayed silent wondering why I made these. Well, it’s obvious from my recent posts that I’ve been thinking about the uterus a lot, so I wanted to make the best of my experience by getting back in touch with some old issues. Through painting and sculpting I was attempting to reanalyze my feelings from a fresh (older/wiser) perspective. I’m admittedly anxious about the situation but not all out wallowing in depression. These Uterus Medallions didn’t evolve out of anger, but out of respect for an organ/symbol that I have had a long standing relationship with. My feelings about it are of course often conflicted, perhaps occasionally less then positive due to my experiences, but in the end, that is part of where the respect and admiration has grown. For better or worse, the Uterus is what we as women are made of. Its presence (or for some of us, lack there of) has shaped us, defined us and separates us as women. It offers us as many challenges as it does gifts. That’s pretty powerful, don’t you think?

Besides that, I apparently have a bizarre sense of humor because these completely amuse me. I’m really looking forward to hearing people’s responses, both good and bad. I’m very open to criticism. I’m happy to hear if you don’t like them and why. Some people will see the Uterus Medallions as a positive sign/symbol of femininity and others will react strongly against wearing a *body part*. That’s okay, isn’t it?

Anyway, whatever your thoughts, I do think I might have a market where I am going today. I have my LEEP procedure this afternoon and I plan on wearing this:



Shhh, don’t tell anyone but I’m secretly hoping to generate some orders at the hospital today!

Caden’s Pendants

My 4 year old son is turning out to be quite the jewelry designer. Check out his super adorable Shrinky Dink pendants!


Blue Deer

Sunset

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Silent Auction Report!

After the Exalted Beauty Medallion party I managed to make it back in time to attend the Artists Reception at the Silent Auction for the Philip Read Memorial Library. The Plainfield Town hall was full of admirers of the many amazingly beautiful handmade books. I was so impressed with the quality of the art and the diversity of styles and subject matter! It was truly something to experience. I didn’t get to stay long because Mr. C had a huge meltdown but I was there just long enough to discover that at least one of my books received some early bids! Yay! Thank you! Here’s an overview of my quick spin through the auction:













I will be going back for a more intense look at the books soon and of course to place my bid! The auction is open on the following dates:

Wednesday, November 14, 2-8 pm
Friday, November 16, 5-8 pm
Saturday, November 17, 2-8 pm
FINAL BIDDING

Call (603) 675-6866 for more information.

I hope to see you there!

Tammy’s Brunch!

Oh My! Are you ready for the Tammy Party Report?
Well, it was GREAT! I was a little concerned about the last minute-ness of it all – mostly on my end due to my endless computer/communication issues, but Tammy and Katy REALLY pulled off an amazing party! They were fabulous hostesses and invited a wonderful group of people. They were so much fun! I felt as if I had known everyone my whole life! And of course Lynn, my partner in crime (otherwise known as the Exalted Beauty speaker and representative), knew someone from high school! I swear she knows everyone! No matter where these parties’s are located – that woman runs into someone she knows! It’s crazy! And it always adds an interesting dimension to the party chit chat!

And really, the Brunch idea was fantastic! The beautiful and humorous hostess Tammy put out quite an amazing spread of food; gorgeous homemade quiches, brownies, cinnamon rolls and all kinds of delicious baked goods. Yum! Complete heaven! And let’s not forget the Mimosa’s! Brilliant! I don’t know why the early afternoon party hasn’t happened before? It was perfect! And as far as set up, I was so pleased with the abundance of natural daylight because normally it’s a bit of struggle to properly light all the pieces displayed at the night parties. Don’t get me wrong, the night parties definitely have their benefits as well! Anyway, great fun, lots of sales and I’m hoping it will also result in another party with the Famous Exalted Beauty Medallion Spokes Model Julie B. before Christmas!

Don’t worry, I still have some dates open for December, but contact me SOON if you want an Exalted Beauty Medallion party before Christmas! Keep in mind; Exalted Beauty Hostesses earn Medallions just for booking! More Medallions are earned based on the number of sales at the party. Plus, Hostesses can earn even more medallions if they secure a new party hostess! So you can save some money on your holiday shopping and provide a fun environment for your friends and family to shop for unique one-of-a-kind handmade hand sculpted jewelry as well. Medallions come in pretty bags and boxes and make excellent gifts! And just because it’s such hard work shopping, you deserve a little something for yourself, so (to ease the guilt of self indulgence) I will continue to offer the Buy Three get a Round Free SALE until 2008!

So that’s about it for the Party Report. I will note that there was a much larger interest in *recognizable imagery* at this event, such as the Stained Glass pieces and the Floral/Botanical shapes, as well as medallions from the Fish and Countenance collections. My previous selling trends had me believing abstract shapes were where it was at now, but, what sells continues to change from group to group. Overall, I think variety is key, so I will follow my whimsical muse wherever she leads when it comes to designing new lines. Even if that means making Uterus medallions! You never know! How can you predict what people will want until you sell it?

Anyway – A great big Thank You to my terrific hostesses Tammy and Katy! It was a blast getting to know you! Thanks again! I look forward to seeing you at the upcoming parties!

Thursday, November 08, 2007

The Uterine Army!

Here they are! The Uterine Army:




Also known as the new Exalted Beauty Uterus Medallion collection!
So what do you really think? Have I completely lost my mind? Well, I’ll let you mull these over for a few days while I try to get organized for Tammy’s Medallion party. I’ve been putting off my usual party preparations as I’ve been consumed with creating these. However, now that the Uterus fronts have been completed; it’s time for me to get back to business! Besides, these need to cure for at least 3 days before I can work on the backs. With any luck, I’ll get to that on Monday and have the Uterus Medallions strung, photographed and cataloged by the end of next week! But in the meantime, on to more mundane tasks, there are labels to cut, boxes and bags to make, catalogs to print, records to update, lots and lots of necklaces to reorganize and restock... I should really hire an assistant. :)

HYSTERIKOS

Hysterikos: Gr hysterikos, suffering in the womb

So you caught me, as much as I have tried not to think about it, it appears that I’m still obsessing… but this isn’t a new obsession, I have had Uterus on the brain for most of my adult life. I’ve found it helps me to create art from these thoughts and feelings. Here are some abstract Uterus pieces from a series I painted in 1998 entitled, Hysterikos:











If you would like to learn more about my Uterine thoughts from that time period, read “
Chapter 9 UTERUS” from my book Dissecting The Western Woman Artist; An Artist's Dialogue

On a related note, check out this great site:
Screaming Uterus

Enjoying the female body part art theme? Go to this site:
BIOEPHEMERA

So what does all of this Uterus stuff have to do with my current Uterus on the Brain syndrome? Well, I’m attempting to prepare you for the fact that I just made a whole collection of Exalted Beauty Uterus Medallions! Uh oh, I can hear your reactions, I know what you’re thinking… but really, don’t jump to conclusions, wait until you see them before you begin to form your opinions. Come back later today, I’ll post a sneak peek!

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Madeleine: SOLD



Speaking of shows… While I was busy blog slacking last month I forgot to mention that my painting Exalted Beauty: Madeleine, SOLD at The National Association of Women Artists 118th Annual Exhibition. Oddly enough, it was the only piece sold out of the 230 pieces exhibited this year at the Monroe Center for the Arts in Hoboken, NJ.

And just in case you are wondering, the image Exalted Beauty: Madeleine, will still be included/offered with the set of future Exalted Beauty limited edition lithographs... uh, that is, IF I ever get around to finishing the Exalted Beauty painting series!

Upcoming Gallery Show!

Don’t forget to mark the calendar for the upcoming Annual Holiday Show and Sale at AVA Gallery November 30th through December 29, 2007! The Opening Reception will be on Friday November 30th; 5-7 pm. Join us in the festive holiday celebration, shop for unique art and crafts or just come to check out all of the amazing improvements completed during the gallery’s renovation/reconstruction. The NEW AVA gallery is definitely something to experience! If you have any questions, call AVA Gallery at (603) 448-3117. I’ll post a reminder as we get closer to the date.

Schedule Conflict

Oh dear, I scheduled two events on the same day…
I am very sorry to say that I will not be able to attend the Artists Reception for the Silent Auction to benefit the Philip Read Memorial Library on Sunday November 11th. I totally spaced and booked a Medallion party with Tammy for the same day! So, um, if you are NOT one of the fabulous ladies invited to Tammy’s Exalted Beauty Medallion party on Sunday then please, please go to the Plainfield Town Hall between 1-4 pm to show your support for the library and our local artists!

Here are my book cover submissions:



And there are over 100 more to choose from! I promise that you will still have tons of fun with out me! Please! Go! Bid!


Scroll down to find out more about dates and times for the Silent Auction.

Dinner Guest

Sunset

Fall Play







Apple Thief

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Self Portraits: A Hint

You may have noticed that I’ve alluded to a new painting series in process? Well, it’s kind of strange and personal and it’s based on my experiences in the society of women. I haven’t quite figured it all out just yet, so, I’m going to hold back on the introduction/discussion of what I’m working on for a bit longer. But in the meantime, I thought I’d ease you into my concept by giving you a sneak peek into my thought process. Here are some quick self portraits:



If the words angry or bitchy come to mind, then I’m on the right track! Don’t worry; I’m pretty sure this will all make sense in the end!
:)

Silent Auction!

You are cordially invited to the Silent Auction of Artist-Designed Handmade Books! There are over 100 artists participating in this unique auction of decorative and functional art created to benefit the Philip Read Memorial Library.

Please join us on Sunday November 11, 1-4 pm for the Artists’ Reception.
Or if you can’t make it for the Artists Reception you can still stop in to place your bids during the week:

Monday, November 12, 5-8 pm
Wednesday, November 14, 2-8 pm
Friday, November 16, 5-8 pm
Saturday, November 17, 2-8 pm for the FINAL BIDDING

The Silent Auction to benefit the Philip Read Memorial Library will be held at the Plainfield Town Hall in Plainfield, NH.

Call (603) 675-6866 for more information.

I’ll try to post another reminder on Sunday.

Hope to see you there!

Rainy Breakfast

Thought the Mr. would like to see that his weekend wild apple picking was put to good use this morning. The fawns were quite pleased when they found the unexpected treats for breakfast today:



Unfortunately I wasn’t able to get a great photo of them actually eating the apples because the rain made the majority of my shots blurry. Oh well, maybe tomorrow… well, that is if the squirrels don’t steal the rest!

Web and E-Mail Down

I’d like to apologize to those of you who have been inconvenienced by my website, blog and e-mail blackout. Apparently all of the above have been down since Friday evening due to an unexpected change of ownership at my host. Not sure what happened there (since I wasn’t notified until it was too late), but it looks like everything is finally back up and functioning as of this morning. With any luck the transfer/migration issues have been resolved. Keeping my fingers crossed and desperately hoping the change of ownership will be for the better. Maybe this will lead to the resolution of the e-mail issues that have been plaguing me over the past few months? Yeah, right. As before, if you are still having trouble getting your orders and party bookings through to my e-mail at: Amy@aefraser.com, please try again my using other e-mail address: aefraser@tds.net. I am very sorry for any inconveniences. Thank you for your patience and persistence! I look forward to hearing from you! :)

Friday, November 02, 2007

Biopsy Results

So, the Biopsy results are in and unfortunately the news isn’t as good as I was anticipating from the Doctor’s initial observations. Apparently I have pre-cancer/Dysplasia (AGAIN). The news isn’t awful, considering the 4 years of neglect… Meaning, I’m trying to be optimistic about the fact that I caught it before it became an invasive cancer, instead of dwelling on the fact that it is the first stage of cancer. Right now it is still treatable. While I am relieved that it is in the early stages, I’m still feeling stressed and anxious. I’m scheduled for a LEEP (Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure) in a few weeks. I hate anything related to getting back in the stirrups! So there will be no happy dance after all. And because it is in my nature to obsess, I found myself needing to paint something. What came out of me were these 4 abstract pieces based on microscopic views of the Cervical Cancer virus:









When I was first thinking about painting these I had dramatic titles in mind like “Portrait of a Killer”, “Painting the Murderer”, “Inner Rot” or “The Death Within”… but as the paintings started to evolve, the visual rendering of the Cervical Cancer virus didn’t seem nearly as scary as the reality. In fact, now that the paintings are finished, I kind of think they are earthy and pretty. Maybe I’m just totally warped from all the Beautiful Death conceptualizing from last fall? Whatever the case, I doubt there is a big market for Cervical Cancer Abstracts anyway, so I’ll stop my wallowing and get back to the other project I’ve been working on for the past month. I’ll let you know more about that in the near future.