Thursday, December 31, 2009

2009 Year End Review

Here is what happened in 2009:

13 Painting Exhibitions/Competitions:
* N.A.W.A. 120th Anniversary Exhibition at Penn State

* N.A.W.A. Small Works Competition
* Dr. Schell
* AVA Silent Auction
* N.A.W.A. 120th Annual Exhibition
* Montshire Museum
* N.A.W.A.’s Artrageous Competition
* Plainfield Annual Exhibition
* AVA Gallery's 16th Annual Juried Summer Exhibition
* Cornish Art Show
* Wildflower Meadow Solo Exhibition AVA Gallery
* Red Roof Gallery Holiday Group Exhibition
* AVA Gallery Annual Holiday Group Exhibition

41 New Paintings:
* 21 Poppy Paintings
* 9 Garden Room Squares
* 4 Blackberry Blossom Paintings
* House in the Meadow
* 6 Meadow Tales
+ almost 200 Hare sketches

12 Medallion Showings:
* Lynn and Julie
* Martha
* Penny
* Monica
* Nancy
* Melissa
* Keely
* AVA
* Nancy
* Hanover Inn
* Red Roof
* AVA

6 New Medallion Collections:
* The Syncopation Collection
* The Snowflake Collection
* The Wildflower Collection
* The Flourish Collection
* The Reliquary Collection
* The Divinity Collection

Ongoing Medallion Exhibits:
* AVA
* Wolfeboro Casuals

Photography
* 80+ Photographic Presentations showcasing flora and fauna from “The Living Painting” See: Photography, Wildflowers and Wildlife

Caden Focused Projects:
* Rocktacular Birthday Bash
* 2009 Halloween Costume
* Christmas Ornaments

Current Projects:
* Opera North (Deadline January 29th)
* The Loon Project a fundraiser for David's House (Deadline February 7th - details coming soon)
* 2 New Exalted Beauty Medallion Collections: Geared and Athena (coming soon!)

That's it for The Year End Review of 2009! As you can see from my list of Current Projects, 2010 has already begun with a bang! I’m looking forward to completing the projects listed above as well as many more art endeavors this year. I hope you will continue to join me as I chronicle my journey in painting, medallion making, inspiration, family and life!

Best wishes to you and yours in the New Year! Have a happy, healthy and productive 2010!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas Ornaments

Here are the Christmas Ornaments Caden and I made:



Here are a few on the tree:







We made these festive decorations out of Shrinky Dink, Sharpies and colored pencils. I think Caden’s ornaments are absolutely adorable! He worked so hard on these that when it came to giving them as gifts (as was the original plan) he had difficulty parting with them. Admittedly I did too, so as a compromise he said I could give his grandparents pictures of the ornaments (so they could still be proud of what he made). I also suggested that in addition, he could make his Grandmothers some Shrinky Dink earrings out of his three favorite ornament designs:



Pretty cute huh?

Christmas Ornaments 2008

Christmas Ornaments 2007

Caden’s Masterpieces

Here are the “Masterpieces” Caden created as Christmas gifts for his Grandparents:

A Bear for Old Barry and Grammy



A Deer for Papa and Nani



A Fox for Grampie and Monica



I love his Animals! I can’t wait to see what his grandparents think.

Here are Caden's 2008 Christmas Masterpieces

Christmas Tree

Here is this year’s Christmas Tree:



And here is a closer look at our new Christmas Tree topper:



I don’t LOVE it any more then I loved the big star but it was good crafty fun and apparently that’s what matters. Caden thinks we should make a new topper every year. This lovely Christmas Tree Angel is made out of a paper towel roll, a plastic cup, wrapping paper, tissue paper and acrylic paint.

Christmas Tree 2008

Christmas Tree 2007

Christmas Tree 2006

Christmas Card

Here is this year’s Christmas Card:



This one features “Rudolph” By Mr. C.

Here are some examples of Fraser/Perkins Christmas cards past.

Happy Holidays!

Wreath Cake

Here is a fun and festive holiday treat:





I call this the Christmas Wreath Cake. This cheerful sweet is quick and delicious and quite the holiday hit!

Ingredients: White bunt cake and white frosting, covered mosaic style with 2 bags of mint chocolate M&M’s.

If you are interested in another quick, easy and fabulous holiday treat, check out my *Famous* Snickers Brownies posted last Christmas.

Enjoy!

Holiday Havoc!

This is THE most last minute Christmas ever! I’ve been so wrapped up working on the Opera North paintings that I barely noticed the days whizzing by. I cannot believe that TODAY is Christmas Eve! It’s unbelievably wretched having a major deadline in the midst of the holiday season! I only hope that my darling boy will forgive me for squeezing all the pre-Christmas fabulousity into a few craftacularly busy days. The Mr. has accused me of being a slave driver this week, but my past life ordains that (as a preventative measure) I pack in as much old fashioned Christmassy goodness into my darling son’s brain as I possibly can, whether I’m given 4 weeks, or in this case, a mere 4 days!

Needless to say, it has been an utter whirlwind of Christmas Chaos beginning late Sunday morning with decorating the Christmas tree that the boys had picked up during the annual trip to Noda farm. Twelve sets of lights and Three hundred ornaments later… Monday was spent baking dozens upon dozens of cookies (Oatmeal Chocolate Chip, Double Chocolate Chunk and Chocolate Chip and Walnut) to give as Christmas gifts and working on a new set of Christmas Ornaments that turned out to be surprisingly time consuming. Tuesday the Christmas Ornament project continued to take the majority of the day but we somehow managed to make time for Caden to complete three Masterpieces before bedtime. Wednesday the new ornaments were hung, Masterpieces were framed, earrings were made, and the last minute scramble to get organized amounted to very little as I attempted to prioritize the last of the Christmas Crafty fun. This morning, true to my usual last minute form, I woke up at 4am to dig through the hundreds of Caden pictures to print the annual grandparent photo sets. I also made Christmas cards, a new Christmas Tree topper and baked a wreath cake for my MIL’s annual Christmas Eve bash.

If I didn’t quite pull off “The Best Christmas Ever” in my 4 days packed with the home-sweet-home of it all and the extensive crafty love, there is still more Mother and Son baking ahead (Sugar cookies and Gingerbread dough are awaiting in the refrigerator). And the Mr. and I did manage to purchase an abundance of material goods that would be sure to delight even the greediest of spoiled children on Christmas morning. But I have to say, the pile-o-presents is more about our desire to give, then Caden’s desire to receive. He’s such a good boy; he told us that he would be happy with whatever we decided to give him (except that it would be really really great if he could have the new Wii Super Mario Brothers). Speaking of which, I better stop lollygagging, I still have wrapping to do before the party this afternoon! I’ll post the Christmas Craft photos before I sign off for the holiday!

Have a Merry Christmas Everyone!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Peaceful Playground



Title: “Peaceful Playground” [Meadow Tales]
By: Amy E. Fraser
Medium: Acrylic Paint on 140#, Acid Free, Archival Watercolor Paper.
Size: 12” x 18”
Date of Completion: 2009

Here is the spot in our yard where the Meadow Tale “Peaceful Playground” took place:

Holding Court



Title: “Holding Court” [Meadow Tales]
By: Amy E. Fraser
Medium: Acrylic Paint on 140#, Acid Free, Archival Watercolor Paper.
Size: 12” x 18”
Date of Completion: 2009

Here is the spot in our yard where the Meadow Tale “Holding Court” took place:

Watering Hole



Title: “Watering Hole” [Meadow Tales]
By: Amy E. Fraser
Medium: Acrylic Paint on 140#, Acid Free, Archival Watercolor Paper.
Size: 12” x 18”
Date of Completion: 2009

Here is the spot in our yard where the Meadow Tale “Watering Hole” took place:

First Battalion



Title: “First Battalion” [Meadow Tales]
By: Amy E. Fraser
Medium: Acrylic Paint on 140#, Acid Free, Archival Watercolor Paper.
Size: 12” x 18”
Date of Completion: 2009

Here is the spot in our yard where the Meadow Tale “First Battalion” took place:

Toad’s Transgression



Title: “Toad’s Transgression” [Meadow Tales]
By: Amy E. Fraser
Medium: Acrylic Paint on 140#, Acid Free, Archival Watercolor Paper.
Size: 12” x 18”
Date of Completion: 2009

Here is the spot in our yard where the Meadow Tale “Toad’s Transgression” took place:

Garden Frolic



Title: “Garden Frolic” [Meadow Tales]
By: Amy E. Fraser
Medium: Acrylic Paint on 140#, Acid Free, Archival Watercolor Paper.
Size: 12” x 18”
Date of Completion: 2009

Here is the spot in our yard where the Meadow Tale “Garden Frolic” took place:

Meadow Tales

Last November I began a series of sketches of Jack Rabbits that I cross bred with the Snowshoe Hare and tweaked and messed with until they became my very own, kind of surly, Amyesque bunnies (Yes, sometimes I imagine myself as a mad scientist). These newly evolved Fraser Hares are now covering the studio in almost 200 various poses and expressions just waiting to be released from the walls (and the confines of my convoluted brain). I’ve had numerous concepts and ponderings pass through my ever changing mind over the past year, but not one has seemed *just right*. So in the studio the Fraser Hares remained, living out their lives around me as I completed other projects, but still waiting patiently for me to decide what to do with them.

However, the concept of the “Meadow Tales” provided a brief intermission for my poor neglected little bunnies. When I was first invited to have the solo exhibition at AVA, the plan was to have a floral focus. The concept “Wildflower Meadow” seemed obvious, as most of my paintings over the past few years have been inspired by the flowers grown here in the Wildflower Meadow. But along the way, “House in the Meadow” came to fruition and I noticed that some of the Fraser Hares had escaped into the meadow painting.

As many of you have witnessed from my endless wildlife photography, our Wildflower Meadow is filled with a diversity of life that goes well beyond the butterflies and bees. That was when it dawned on me that it might be entertaining to see what the Hares did if I let them out to play. It was! Eventually the Hares antics were caught in paint and included as a sub-series into the “Wildflower Meadow” exhibition. The “Meadow Tales” illustrate various adventures the Fraser Hares had on our land.

My hope is that the “Meadow Tales” continue to play out, leading to new, exciting, more fanciful stories. We shall see if that is what the muse wishes after the Opera North project. In the meantime, I’ll be presenting the first six “Meadow Tales” along with photographs of the yard locations each painting was inspired by. I’ll apologize in advanced for the un-manicured state of the location shots – they weren’t originally intended for public viewing. :)
Enjoy!

Current Project



I’m thrilled to announce that I have been commissioned by Opera North to create the look for their 2010 season! I am currently working on the drawings for what will eventually be two large paintings for Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” and Puccini’s “La Bohème”. These paintings will be the main feature of Opera North’s extensive marketing campaign, forming the centerpiece of the season’s identity. Very exciting stuff! I will keep you informed as the project progresses.

Friday, November 27, 2009

HOLIDAY MARKET

The Exalted Beauty Medallions will be on display at the Hanover Inn, Saturday, November 28th:



THE HOLIDAY MARKET
Saturday November 28th 10am–5pm
Hanover Inn,
Hanover, NH 03755

The Northern Lights parents group Team Lights will be hosting the Holiday Market: featuring a variety of high quality local vendors, artists and crafters, a silent auction, a kids craft table and a raffle.

Free admission.

For more info contact:
Margie Lim-Morison
mlim-morison@colby-sawyer.edu

Click Here to find out more about the Hanover Inn

Hope to see you there!

AVA Holiday Exhibition!

You are cordially invited to AVA’s Holiday Sale and Exhibition:



I will have paintings and Exalted Beauty Medallions on display at AVA:

November 27- December 30

The Opening Reception is Tonight!
Friday November 27, 5-7pm


AVA Gallery and Art Center
11 Bank Street
Lebanon, NH 03766
(603) 448-3117
http://www.avagallery.org/

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

I’m up at 3am again sneaking in a few hours of work time before the Thanksgiving festivities begin, lots of new and exciting things happening here at the Exalted Beauty studio, so one must do what they can to keep up! I truly have so much to be thankful for this year, dark circles and swollen eyes are but a small price to pay to have it all!

For instance, the special time spent with Caden yesterday, helping to make his vision come to fruition was something I’m very thankful for. My imaginative child wanted to make a turkey medallion with me, so here is the result of our Mother and Son collaboration:



Adorable right?

Hope you all are enjoying the holiday!

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Nancy’s Party Report

Nancy’s Exalted Beauty Medallion party was a titillating triumph! This is the part where I was going to post a naughty picture of Jackie suggestively modeling her new Snowflake medallion but instead I will present these very lovely G rated shots of my glamorous Aunt In Law Nancy and The Divine Mz. Jacquelyn posing in the sun room where I’ve had the honor of setting up not one, but two medallion exhibitions this year (Thank you Nancy!!!):



Here’s a closer look at my beautiful in-laws modeling their new Snowflake medallions:



While you can see for yourself how completely adorable Nancy and Jackie are I’m afraid my photos did not do the set up in Nancy’s stunning new sun room justice. It really did look great! I attempted to provide a more through visual report for the event; but unfortunately my few photos of the room with its crowd of medallion shoppers turned out as a blur (I was obviously quite distracted!).

Nancy’s Medallion party truly was a wonderful event with a phenomenal turn out. I was delighted to see many familiar faces and thrilled to be introduced to some really great new women! Many of my previous party hostesses were in attendance as well (The Exalted Royalty!). It was really an amazing time! I had so much fun! Everyone greatly enjoyed Nancy’s unique menu of delicious home made soups, along with her fabulous gourmet accouterments and deserts, not to mention the giant mountain of chocolate chip cookies which were absolutely to die for! Rhonda’s colorful array of Jello Shots were also big hit! An entertaining evening was had by all. Nancy is totally the hostesses with the mostess! And a huge thank you to Jackie for all of her hard work setting up and taking down the extensive medallion display! You Ladies Rock!

The Sales Trends for the evening leaned heavily toward the new Snowflake Medallion collection (only 12 left!) Nancy requested (she obviously has exquisite taste and I should honor all of her collection requests!). Pieces from the Pearl Blossom collection were also a big hit and then the remaining sales tended to be spread evenly across the rest of the collections (of which there are a total of 49 to date). White was the most purchased color of the evening. This result is in stark contrast to the Sales Trends at my recent AVA Wildflower Meadow exhibition. Kiku (AVA’s Exhibition coordinator) reported that COLOR was what everyone was seeking from the Wildflower Medallion collection, along with an inclination toward the two-tone pieces and the more whimsical designs with balls.

Sales from both events have been posted, click HERE to see the updated Exalted Beauty Medallion catalogs.

If you would like an opportunity to see the Exalted Beauty Medallions in person, they will be available at the following events:

AVA’s Holiday Sale and Exhibition
November 27- December 30
Opening Reception:
Friday November 27, 5-7pm

AVA Gallery and Art Center
http://www.avagallery.org/

THE HOLIDAY MARKET
Saturday, November 28th 10am – 5pm
Hanover Inn,
Hanover, NH 03755

The Holiday Group Show
November 20 – January 2
Red Roof Gallery
http://www.redroofgallery.com/

Friday, November 20, 2009

Red Roof Opening!

You are cordially invited to the Red Roof Holiday Group Show!

The Opening Reception is TONIGHT 6-8pm!



Featuring the work of: Amy E. Fraser, Mary Jane Morse, Susan Paramenter, Dave Tibbetts, Gary Hamel, Anne Davey, Isobel Cochran, Lynette Carsten, Robert Carsten, Sheryl Trainor, Becky Powell, Judy LaLiberte, Jean Gerber, Lilliana Paradiso, R. A. McQuade, Shaunna Duffy Smith and Sue Schiller.

Please join us tonight, November 20th, from 6-8pm for the opening reception of this deliciously diverse exhibition!

Red Roof is filled with new and exciting works in oil, watercolor, pastel and photography, covering a wide variety of subject matter.

Appetizers and Beverages will be served and the artists will be available to discuss their latest works.

Click HERE to see a preview of this beautiful exhibition!

The Holiday Group Show
November 20 – January 2
Opening Reception:
Friday November 20, 6-8pm

Red Roof Gallery
11 High Street, Route 4
Enfield, NH 03748
(603) 632-5143
http://www.redroofgallery.com/

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Virtual Exhibition

I’m heading to AVA this morning to take down my Wildflower Meadow exhibition. However, I thought it would be fun to let “Wildflower Meadow” continue as a Virtual Exhibition here on the blog. Check out the excellent display Kiku and Jack made of my work:

























You might notice that there are quite a few new (never before seen mystery) works on the walls. The new pieces are the result of the previously mentioned “Hare Obsession”. I will be revealing the Meadow Tales series very soon. Stay Tuned!

If you missed the "Wildflower Meadow" exhibition and would still like a chance to see my work in person this Holiday season, I’ll have medallions and paintings on display at:

The Holiday Group Show
November 20 – January 2
Opening Reception:
Friday November 20, 6-8pm

Red Roof Gallery
11 High Street, Route 4
Enfield, NH 03748
(603) 632-5143
http://www.redroofgallery.com/

AND

AVA’s Holiday Sale and Exhibition
November 27- December 30
Opening Reception:
Friday November 27, 5-7pm

AVA Gallery and Art Center
11 Bank Street
Lebanon, NH 03766
(603) 448-3117
http://www.avagallery.org/


AND

THE HOLIDAY MARKET
Saturday November 28th 10am – 5pm
Hanover Inn,
Hanover, NH 03755

Hope to see you there! :)



Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Syncopation Medallions

Here is the first look at the new Exalted Beauty Syncopation Medallion collection:



“Syncopation has been an important element of musical composition since at least the Middle Ages. For some musical styles, such as jazz and ragtime, syncopation is an essential part of their character.”
To learn more about Syncopation go HERE

Click here to see the new Exalted Beauty Syncopation Medallion catalog!

Wondering how Syncopation came to fruition?
Here’s a glimpse into my creative process: My main goal was to create something fun and abstract that coordinated well with some new accent beads I recently purchased. The first thought was to mimic the splashy painterly feel of the new beads. But somehow the original concept evolved and the medallions took on a life of their own. While I was sculpting, an odd feeling of familiarity set in, as if there were a memory or sensation tugging at my subconscious, but the answer as to what these medallions were, or felt like, refused to surface. At first I was thinking circuitry, motherboards or even alien spaceships, but it was my son Caden who determined that these pieces looked like brass instruments! That was the “ah-ha!” instant. He’s obviously brilliant. So I shared this with my friend Nina and she came up with the equally brilliant collection title, Syncopation. Love it. So there you have it, the story of how the Exalted Beauty Syncopation Medallions came to be.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Snowflake Medallions

Here is the first look at the new Exalted Beauty Snowflake Medallion collection:





For a closer look, check out the SNOWFLAKE MEDALLION CATALOG!

[FYI: I will not be accepting orders until after Nancy’s Medallion party on Friday, November 20th. One of the perks of being a Exalted Beauty Medallion Party Hostess is getting first dibs on new collections.]


Since I’m in a Snowflake state of mind I thought I would also share this amazing Snowflake photography: SnowCrystals.com (which I found extremely inspirational) and one of my winter favorites:



Snowflake Tapestry
By Amy E. Fraser
12” x 12”

Acrylic Painting on 140#, Acid Free, Archival Watercolor Paper.

Enjoy!
And stay tuned!
The Exalted Beauty Syncopation Medallion collection is coming soon, along with more detailed information on my upcoming holiday exhibitions
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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Upcoming Exhibitions

The Holiday Group Show

I will have paintings and Exalted Beauty Medallions on display
November 20 – January 2
Opening Reception:
Friday November 20, 6-8pm

Red Roof Gallery
11 High Street, Route 4
Enfield, NH 03748
(603) 632-5143
http://www.redroofgallery.com/

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AVA’s Holiday Sale and Exhibition

I will have paintings and Exalted Beauty Medallions on display
November 27- December 30
Opening Reception:
Friday November 27, 5-7pm

AVA Gallery and Art Center
11 Bank Street
Lebanon, NH 03766
(603) 448-3117
http://www.avagallery.org/

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Nancy’s Medallion Party!

I will have Exalted Beauty Medallions on display (invitation only):
Friday November 20th 5:30pm
"Hidden Valley"

Lyme, NH 03768

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HOLIDAY MARKET

I will have Exalted Beauty Medallions on display:
Saturday November 28th 10am – 5pm
Hanover Inn,
Hanover, NH 03755

For more info contact:
Margie Lim-Morison
mlim-morison@colby-sawyer.edu

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Hope to see you at these exciting art events!

Also - stay tuned to the blog! I have two brand new Exalted Beauty Medallion collections on the way, Snowflake and Syncopation are coming soon!


Mama’s Famous!

Of all the things I’ve done to try to make an impression on my son, the costumes, the birthday parties, the creative playtime, the crazy adventures, acting as his lifelong personal slave… the thing Caden is most impressed with? This spot in yesterday’s Valley News:



“Daddy look! Mama’s Famous!”

This is the last week of the “Wildflower Meadow” exhibition at AVA.

October 23rd - November 18th 2009

AVA Gallery and Art Center
11 Bank Street
Lebanon, NH 03766
(603) 448-3117
http://www.avagallery.org/

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Happy Halloween!

Well it’s that time of year again and my darling boy once again made a special costume request of his Mama. This year my wild 6 year old decided he wanted to be a Rotten Rocker (also referred to as a Dead Rock Star) for Halloween. After all of the Rocktacular Birthday Bash hoopla I wasn’t surprised by his request but I was stumped as to what exactly it was that he wanted. Quite a bit of time was spent searching the Internet trying to determine what his vision was and it seemed that it was somewhere between Beetle Juice and Punk so I did my absolute best to fulfill his vivid imaginings and came up with this skullorific vision:































You are probably wondering why Halloween came a few days early this year? Well, to be honest, I wanted to shoot the costume while it was still fresh and when we could take the time to get good photos instead of snapping rushed pictures at Caden’s various chaotic Halloween events. Caden will have two Halloween parties tomorrow, as well as a multitude of Halloween events to go to on Saturday. I am sure there will be lots of playing and running around (ADD sugar) and I doubt that my questionable sewing techniques will hold up to much of the inevitable wear and tear. Whatever the case, having our little pre-Halloween Cemetery photo shoot this afternoon extended Caden’s much loved holiday experience by yet another day. He had an absolute blast and really got into the part. By the way – that’s the *Rocker* face! My little 6 year old totally thinks he is a Bad Ass! What can I say? Hilarious! He LOVES the camera and I really enjoyed seeing my creation in action. It was a great time for us both! :)

Click the links below you are interested in seeing Caden’s previous Halloween costumes:

Ghost Costume 2007 (Age 4)

Goblin Costume 2008 (Age 5)

Have a Happy Halloween Everyone!