Saturday, February 28, 2009

Last Practice

Caden’s hockey season is now over. Ice skating has been a great experience for our son; it has been a great outlet for his mass abundance of energy and a good way to focus that very busy brain of his. Caden has had such a fun time learning to skate and getting to know his coaches and team mates, but I think his favorite part (beyond the admiration of his many fans) was the fact that his dad was able to go out there with him as an assistant coach. Here are some shots of our handsome hockey boy today at the last practice:











Next on Caden’s sports agenda: Baseball. Stay tuned!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Square 39



Square 39” [
THE GARDEN ROOM]
By Amy E. Fraser
Medium: Acrylic Paint on 140#, Acid Free, Archival Watercolor Paper.
Size: 8.25” x 8.25”

Square 38



Square 38” [
THE GARDEN ROOM]
By Amy E. Fraser
Medium: Acrylic Paint on 140#, Acid Free, Archival Watercolor Paper.
Size: 8.25” x 8.25

Square 37



Square 37” [
THE GARDEN ROOM]
By Amy E. Fraser
Medium: Acrylic Paint on 140#, Acid Free, Archival Watercolor Paper.
Size: 8.25” x 8.25”

Monday, February 23, 2009

Square 36



Square 36” [
THE GARDEN ROOM]
By Amy E. Fraser
Medium: Acrylic Paint on 140#, Acid Free, Archival Watercolor Paper.
Size: 8.25” x 8.25

Square 35



Square 35” [
THE GARDEN ROOM]
By Amy E. Fraser
Medium: Acrylic Paint on 140#, Acid Free, Archival Watercolor Paper.
Size: 8.25” x 8.25”

Square 34



Square 34” [
THE GARDEN ROOM]
By Amy E. Fraser
Medium: Acrylic Paint on 140#, Acid Free, Archival Watercolor Paper.
Size: 8.25” x 8.25”

Garden Room Revisited

The Montshire Museum of Science and AVA Gallery & Art Center have requested donations of my work for their most important fundraising art exhibitions/auctions of the year. These two exciting art events are extremely well attended by an enthusiastic crowd of art lovers and gallery/museum supporters from far and wide and will play a significant roll in keeping these vital institutions running and serving our community.

In honor of these proceedings, I have decided to take a brief break from the Poppy painting series to paint new works as part of
THE GARDEN ROOM series. I have chosen to revisit THE GARDEN ROOM due largely to the series past popularity and saleability, as well as the fact that I am anticipating another event featuring the Poppy paintings in the near future.

Learn more about AVA Gallery HERE

Learn more about the Montshire Museum HERE
Visit
THE GARDEN ROOM

I will post more detailed information about the Montshire Museum and AVA Gallery events as we get closer to their individual openings.

In the meantime, stay tuned, I’ll be presenting the new Garden Room Square paintings as they are completed.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Seaside Mourning



Seaside Mourning” [
The Poppy Series]
By Amy E. Fraser
Medium: Acrylic Paint on 140#, Acid Free, Archival Watercolor Paper.
Size: 12” x 12”

Crimson Quest



Crimson Quest” [
The Poppy Series]
By Amy E. Fraser
Medium: Acrylic Paint on 140#, Acid Free, Archival Watercolor Paper.
Size: 12” x 12”

Citrine Glow



Citrine Glow” [
The Poppy Series]
By Amy E. Fraser
Medium: Acrylic Paint on 140#, Acid Free, Archival Watercolor Paper.
Size: 12” x 12”

Monday, February 16, 2009

Mountain Hike

Our little family strapped on the snowshoes again this weekend and went on a vigorous mountain hike. Here are some of the winter botanicals I photographed along the way:

















That fabulous few hours of sunny woodland Zen was a much needed reprieve from my current stress filled schedule. I’m being clobbered with art deadlines, events and happenings all at once and having quite a bit of difficulty figuring out what to do when! There have been lots of social events as of late, followed by a large share of procrastinating, intermingled with some painting and preparatory work for an upcoming private exhibition. Throw in some spontaneous medallion happenstance and basically you’ll find that I’m a Big Hot Mess. With deadlines looming near and no choice but to buckle down, I’m taking a deep breath, attempting to prioritize, re-organize and set forth on a seemingly impossible work schedule. So, in the spirit of hopeful accomplishment, I will be relieving you of my usual abundance of blog verbiage over the next few weeks to focus on completing my mission. But not to worry, I’ll drop off photos of the paintings as they are completed and I’ll fill you in on the upcoming details of the when’s and where’s of the events as they come to fruition. Wish me luck! I’m really gonna need it!
:)

Morning Deer

The deer are back lounging around the yard, spending their nights sleeping in the shadows of the house, and their days soaking up the sun in the southern exposure of our mountainside meadow. As we have settled into our own seasonal routines here at the home we built in Plainfield, we have grown accustomed to the routines of the wild animals in which we share this beautiful land. This time of year we always look forward to the deer’s reappearance. Their continued presence here gives us great joy and we feel fortunate to experience the lives of these untamed beauties at such a close proximity.

















Under My Feet

Here’s Tonka in his usual spot, under my feet:



He likes to laze around on the heated floors until he melts into a stupor. However, don’t mistake this adorable moment of idleness as his only characteristic: our Tonka is a cat of many hats. According to Caden our beloved fur ball has recently developed a new (rather undignified) side identity as: “The Flying Poopy Cat”. I won’t share the details here, but if you want to hear the biggest belly laugh going, ask Mr. C about Tonka’s latest escapade. Oh my… boys think the grossest things are funny.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Caden is very eager to go to his Valentine’s Day party at pre-school today. He was so excited he actually woke up an hour and a half ahead of schedule yelling “It’s Friday!” The kids have been learning love songs, making Valentine’s themed crafts and much anticipation surrounds the giving and receiving of the Valentine’s Day cards. I’ve been told that a few of the girls are making him something extra special. So when Caden and I went shopping I was looking for that special something to give in return, only to be disappointed by the selection out there. Well, I was anyway. Caden actually seemed pleased with the Lego Racer themed sticker puzzles he picked out, but he obviously knows nothing about what a girl wants! So of course, not wanting my son to disappoint his female admirers, I decided we needed to MAKE cards!

Here is the end result of the 2009 Mother and Son Valentine’s Day Card Collaborative:

Cover:



Interior:



Hearts, candy and Lego Racers; what girl wouldn’t be thrilled with that on Valentine’s Day? Seriously, how cute is that?

To learn more about the history of Valentine’s Day click HERE


Have a Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Inspiration: Nielsen







See more phenomenal works by Danish illustrator Kay Nielsen
HERE
Learn more about the life of Kay Nielson
HERE

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Caden’s Cubist Cat

Move over Picasso, there is a new Cubist in town! Check out Caden’s adorable cat drawing:



He made this masterpiece at pre-school. The assignment was an introduction to the use of the ruler to improve small muscle skills. My little artist master was the only one in his class to connect his ruler lines to create an object. Not just an object, but this magnificent cat! I am so amazed and impressed with his creativity and vision. Of all the inspirational artists I have shared on this blog, I think it will be Caden’s art that influences my development the most. The raw honesty of his expression and the joyful freedom in which he is able to portray his thoughts is something I truly envy.

Inspiration: Palmer

I love the bright joyful color, texture and movement in British master landscape painter Samuel Palmer’s “The Magic Apple Tree”:



Learn more about Samuel Palmer
HERE

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

In My Heart

Caden presented me with this drawing yesterday:



He said “That’s you Mama, as a tree, and there I am in the tree’s heart”. Oh boy, that’s some powerful stuff for a 5 year old. He is most definitely in my heart. Although I did have to hold back my critical artist’s tongue when it came to our constant debate over his use of yellow. Caden’s kindness, gentleness and generosity are the core of his personality, he is true, open and vulnerable, and I worry for that sweet little boy with every ounce of my being. It’s a tough world out there, a place where gentle giants get slain, just for being giants. Good thing he has such a ferocious tree Mama to protect him. :)

The Party Report

Lynn and Julie’s Exalted Beauty Medallion party was lots of fun. The ladies put on a delicious spread of food, beautiful arrays of fruit and veggie platters as well as a plethora of other delectable delights; including Lynn’s now famous artichoke and asparagus dip (she’s a woman who understands the necessary decadence of “cheese on your cheese”). While the ladies do put on a show stopping edible exhibit, I must say that the Exalted Beauty Medallion display also looked quite lovely in Julie’s cozy, yet elegant farm house. As usual, I forgot to take photos, even though I had the camera in my bag! Attendance was low, as to be expected in these economic times and the unfortunate below zero weather, but the group that did show made up for it in spades with a great blueberry ruckus. You’d have to be there to truly understand. Medallion sales were spread out over the collections but I’m most pleased to mention that there was a particular interest in the Lifespark collection by these bold, self assured beauties. Yay! Lots of fun ladies! Thank you again for your continued support and generosity! I am looking forward to seeing this fun group again at Martha’s party next month and hopefully at Anna’s in the near future.

Friday, February 06, 2009

N.A.W.A.’s 120th

You are cordially invited to the National Association of Women Artists, Inc. 120th Anniversary Exhibition.



Please Save the Date!
The exhibition is open February 20th – April 26th 2009 in the Robeson Gallery
Public Reception: Thursday, April 2, 2009 5-8 p.m.

"The National Association of Women Artists, founded in 1889, fosters awareness of the monumental contribution of women to the history of American Art."

Contact HUB-Robeson Galleries
814.856.2526
241 Hub-Robeson Center
Penn State University
University Park, PA 16802
www.sa.psu.edu/galleries

This exhibition was juried by HUB-Robeson Galleries Director Ann Shields.
My piece “Textured Poppy 1” was selected for this exhibition:

Three Year Anniversary

Today I’m celebrating the three year anniversary of the first Exalted Beauty Medallion party!

Right now I’m getting ready for tonight’s Exalted Beauty Medallion party hosted by super sister duo Lynn and Julie! The party will be held at Julie’s house where I had my very first medallion party back in February of 2006! It has been an amazing journey since then and I’m not sure that I would have continued along this path if it hadn’t been for their generosity and support. Lynn has served as my favorite cheerleader and side kick (otherwise entitled: Chief Exalted Beauty Representative) since day one and has been “the voice” for my works at the parties. I have a terrible time tooting my own horn so she does the honors with a flourish that more often then not leads to my extreme embarrassment. But I have to keep it fun for her, right?

I’m really looking forward to a great night out with this fantabulous group of women. While preparing for tonight’s event, I once again realized how unbelievably privileged I am to be doing what I do. I am so fortunate and genuinely thankful to create art for a living. Despite the general air of fun and silliness surrounding the Medallion parties, these events are really important to me. I have been blessed to have the most incredible customers on earth. I am so grateful to these wonderful ladies, my customers, who are my family, friends, neighbors and my community. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate their encouragement, suggestions and enthusiasm for the Exalted Beauty Medallions. I have deeply enjoyed creating these art jewelry sculptures for them and challenging myself to come up with new and inventive takes on the polymer pendant in their honor. Most of all, I am fortunate for their joy and satisfaction with the end result. These satisfied customers have lead a positive Word Of Mouth advertising campaign for me that absolutely could not have been bought. The Exalted Beauty name brand recognition (and the stories told regarding the instances) have been both heart warming and rather unbelievable. In three years, I have sold almost 2,000 Exalted Beauty Medallions while maintaining stay at home motherhood as well as a fairly respectable painting and exhibition schedule. Ninety percent of my medallion sales have been made at home parties. Each new party is booked based on a referral, a friend of a friend, and more often then not, by repeat customers.

What do I attribute my success to? Creating quality, one of a kind art, with heart, in the conscious knowledge that any one of these pieces could be purchased and cherished by someone I care about. That matters to me; by in large my customers know me and my family, their continued good opinion counts. My customers are not the faceless masses. While the option to pursue on-line marketing through venues such as E-Bay, Etsy, etcetera, are readily available, I actually prefer the one on one human aspect of the Medallion parties. I really enjoy meeting the people who will be wearing my work. I want each and every one of these fantastic people to know that I respect them enough to give them the very best of me, and that I stand behind my work. That is also why I only create work that I am truly inspired to create, not just output based on popular styles and trends in hopes to make a quick buck. I refuse to sacrifice my artistic worth to become a factory for finance. Because of this, I still get immense satisfaction from creating the Exalted Beauty Medallions.

Anyway, thought I’d take a moment to acknowledge this somewhat monumental event in the history of the Exalted Beauty Medallions. I have a very busy weekend ahead so I’ll be back next week with The Party Report as well as some inspirational posts to keep you busy while I transition from the drawing and research focus of my long term project back to painting more works in the Poppy series. Up next is a reminder about my upcoming painting exhibition at the HUB-Robeson Galleries at Penn State University. Have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Cold Encounters

Take a closer look at these winter hearty natural textures:











Winter compositions offer an elegant subtlety of light, shade and color that often goes unnoticed in the more brilliant, sometimes garish palettes of spring and summer.

Inspiration: Patterson

Check out Heather Patterson’s striking botanically inspired piece entitled “Moonlight Forest”:



See more paintings by abstract artist Heather Patterson
HERE

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Branching Abstracts

Line, shadow and bold sections of color turn these botanicals into gorgeous abstract paintings created by Mother Nature: