Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Sneak Peek: Reliquary

Here is a first look at the NEW Exalted Beauty Medallion collection “Reliquary” in the sunlight:

Sneak Peek: Divinity

Here is a first look at the NEW Exalted Beauty Medallion collection “Divinity” in the sunlight:

Monday, March 30, 2009

Happiness is…

Finishing two new Exalted Beauty Medallion collections!

Divinity:



Reliquary:



And then teasing you with images of just the backs! :)
Don’t worry, I won’t make you wait too long. I’ll post a preview of these two new collections very soon!

Play Party

Caden had a great time at his friend’s “Messy Play Birthday Party”, but thankfully they forgot the messy part. Here are a few fun moments from the day:



Such Turkeys

The Wild Turkeys are here again making their usual Spring ruckus:









You know Spring has officially arrived when this age old performance begins. I can’t help but think that I know a few guys who learned their social skills from these Turkeys! Can’t you just picture those muscle guys on the beach? I’m predicting lots of cute and fuzzy turkey chicks this season.

Buzzzzzz

Here’s a happy sight:



The bees were everywhere Saturday; wearing my bee
Mindworks medallion must have brought good luck. I’m feeling very hopeful about the future of my Wildflower Meadow!

Here’s some interesting info about Bees:


Bee Dreams
Blessed Bee
Bee Symbolism

Saturday, March 28, 2009

2009 Medallions

Wondering what I’ve been up to lately? I’ve been very busy sculpting and painting new Exalted Beauty Medallions! With all of the recent Medallion activity I thought it was time to add some new collections to the catalog for 2009. I’ve been listening to your wants, needs and wishes and have spent the past few weeks designing new medallions based on the elements the majority of your requests seem to have in common. What’s the result? The Exalted ones design essentials are color, with metal and a bit of sparkle. They also tend to favor the extremely labor intensive hand painted finishes. So to please my glorious queens of fashion, I’ve been slaving 12 hours a day to create two collections of clean lined geometrics (inspired by the continued enthusiasm over Sparkling Elegance and Prophecy) as well as an exciting new collection of flowers (inspired by the original Floral collection and the most popular floral medallion shapes created in the collections since). I’m going for bold designs that make a big first statement but will also keep the eye lingering over the finer details. Bet your dying to see them right? Well they are SO not done yet! In the meantime you will have to content yourself with this…

Here’s a first look at the new color glazes:



I’ve mixed these ten fabulous shades of glaze based on the Pantone 2009 color report. I’ve chosen Lavender, Fuchsia Red, Salmon Rose, Slate Gray, Lucite Green, Palace Blue, Dark Citron and Vibrant Green from the spring palette as well as Purple Heart and American Beauty from the fall pallet. I will be incorporating the gorgeous vibrant colors above with metallic neutrals such as pearl white, sequin black, bronze, copper and gold.

“Spring traditionally evokes a sense of freshness and new beginnings, with sprouting shoots and blossoming flowers that inspire designers to breakout of the winter doldrums. Bright colors return to the top 10 list for spring ’09, as designers incorporate vibrant pops into their collections, yet temper the vibrancy with deeper, translucent or neutral tones. “New York’s fashion designers encourage hopeful attitudes with lively colors, while sophisticated, grounded hues address the need for stability in times of economic uncertainty,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®.”

To learn more about the Pantone color report go HERE

Stay tuned! New Exalted Beauty Medallions are coming soon!!!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Southern Comfort



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

Reliquary Guard



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

AVA Medallions

I am thrilled to announce that a special selection of Exalted Beauty Medallions will now be available for purchase at the AVA Gallery & Art Center’s new retail section!

AVA Gallery and Art Center

11 Bank Street
Lebanon, NH 03766
(603) 448-3117
www.avagallery.org

Deer at Rest



Monday, March 16, 2009

AVA Auction

The AVA Gallery & Art Center’s annual Silent Auction is happening again soon! Save the date! You won’t want to miss this very exciting event. AVA’s Silent Auction always draws a large, enthusiastic crowd of art lovers and AVA supporters who will have the opportunity to view and purchase works from the region’s finest artists.

I have donated this piece:



Square 41” [
THE GARDEN ROOM]
By Amy E. Fraser
Medium: Acrylic Paint on 140#, Acid Free, Archival Watercolor Paper.
Size: 8.25” x 8.25”

Silent Auction Exhibition and Pre-bidding: March 28th - April 4th, 11am-5pm
Silent Auction and Final Bids: Saturday, April 4th, 5:30-7:30pm

I hope you will join us in supporting AVA Gallery & Art Center.

Inspiration: Brewer

Do you remember this photo I shot in February?



I’ve been thinking a lot about where one goes with their sources of botanical inspiration. Many find a moving subject in nature and attempt to recreate an exact likeness and others go far beyond to create something profound like this biomorphic piece by Gary Brewer:


Two Blues
By Gary Brewer

The piece above is from 2002 and as amazing as it is, the work keeps getting better. Stop by
Gary Brewer Art to see jaw dropping orchids as well as many other incredible works of fantastical botanical art. You will be inspired!

First Game

Caden had an amazing opportunity this past weekend. He was invited to move up from his Learn To Skate class to play in a tournament game with the “big kids” (mostly 7 year olds) of Learn To Play. He was “stoked” for his game and was absolutely thrilled with the fact that his grandparents and aunty Lynn were able to be there to support him for his big first game. In the end the other team didn’t show up but the LTP team scrimmaged against each other and Caden was as happy as could be. Here are a few somewhat blurry moments from Caden’s first hockey game:









Friday, March 13, 2009

The Schell Collection

I am very proud to announce that these seven paintings are now part of Dr. Thomas G. Schell’s exquisite and extensive art collection:


Dark Confession


Woodland Mist


Autumn Encroaches


Ox Eyed Daisy


Blue Daisy Duo


Double Daisy


Ox Eyed Daisy Colony

Some of the pieces above will be on display at
Dr. Schell’s office, presented amongst many other amazing works of art in his beautiful gallery like office setting. Dr. Schell’s collection is by far one of the most impressive private collections of art I have seen in a long time and I am sincerely honored to have my work included. He is a collector of distinctive taste, as well as an artist in his own right and all around great guy. (Who, by the way, my son absolutely adores, so you know he has to be pretty awesome). Read more about Dr. Schell HERE.

Thank you Dr. Schell!

Random Ramblings

I have had the recent honor of becoming acquainted with writer Jennifer Shell of Random Ramblings. You should go check out her blog, it’s a great read! She’s fun and quirky and apparently a fan of my floral paintings so she must have fabulous taste in art! Stop by and see her soon, I think you’ll enjoy your experience into her “slightly deranged mind”, I know I can definitely relate!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Cosmic Countess



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

Desert Heirs



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

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Weathered Splendor



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

Forest Gathering



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

Martha’s Party

Martha’s Exalted Beauty Medallion party was a smashing success! Our hostess with the mostest, the lovely and charming Martha, did such a terrific job! The party was so much fun, Lynn and I had a blast! There was a fabulous group of women that attended to partake in Martha’s exquisite hospitality. The food was absolutely phenomenal and I’m told Martha whips up one mean apple martini! It was wonderful to see many of the ladies from last month’s medallion event as well as the many new faces introduced to the Exalted Beauty Medallion scene. The response to the Medallions was fantastic and I am very excited about all of the new potential party hostesses that planned to book soon. Martha’s party went by in a blur as I was kept busy making length adjustments. There was quite a discussion through out the evening of convex versus concave chests, to show cleavage or not to show cleavage, the choices of bare skin versus fabric, resulting in how the medallions should lay on each person. It was fascinating to see what a difference having the pieces set at each individual’s preferred length made. Despite the slight bit of confusion it admittedly caused (in a crowd this size), I am very happy to know that the customized pieces will be worn more frequently as the art jewels are best seen on the perfect setting. It is these amazing, confident, beautiful women who truly bring the Exalted Beauty Medallions to life; its one thing to see the medallions in a box and quite another to see them worn on the right woman. As far as the sales trends of the evening; the Rounds conquered with a third of the total purchases made, and purple was by far the most popular color of the night. I heard lots of talk of spring but only two floral pieces were purchased, with most sales leaning toward the geometrics of Mindworks, Oracle, Daybreak and Prophecy. Click HERE to see the updated Exalted Beauty Medallion catalogs. Well, I think that’s all for the Martha party report. I have Penny’s Exalted Beauty Medallion party coming up on Friday April 10th. In the intervening time, I’ll be focusing on the Poppy painting series and presenting those pieces as they are completed.

Coyotes

Early one morning a huge pair of coyotes moved silently through the backyard. If I hadn’t happened to be washing my paint brushes at that very moment I would never had known they were here. I attempted to take a photo of their unearthly presence but the darkness swallowed those sleekly moving shapes as quickly as they had appeared, leaving only these very large tracks as evidence of their dreamlike passing:



I know beyond seeing these tracks that they are out there, as I’ve often heard their mournful call, but seeing and hearing are two very different experiences when it comes to these mysterious creatures.

To learn more about Eastern Coyotes go
HERE

Inspiration: Jan Toorop







Find more images and information about Dutch painter Jan Toorop HERE

Monday, March 02, 2009

Square 42



Square 42” [
THE GARDEN ROOM]
By Amy E. Fraser
Medium: Acrylic Paint on 140#, Acid Free, Archival Watercolor Paper.
Size: 8.25” x 8.25”

Square 41



Square 41” [
THE GARDEN ROOM]
By Amy E. Fraser
Medium: Acrylic Paint on 140#, Acid Free, Archival Watercolor Paper.
Size: 8.25” x 8.25”

Square 40



Square 40” [
THE GARDEN ROOM]
By Amy E. Fraser
Medium: Acrylic Paint on 140#, Acid Free, Archival Watercolor Paper.
Size: 8.25” x 8.25”

The Floral Period

Do you think Picasso ever imagined his life’s work would eventually be compiled into chapters like his Blue Period or his Cubist Period?

I think many artists unintentionally go through these “periods” or phases of interest and development in their work. Looking back, I myself have had an African Period (1990-95), a Pagan/Feminist/Surrealist Period (1996-2006), and currently, the Floral Period (2006-to date).

What caused such a drastic change in my art/subject matter from the provocative to the more traditional? The changes in the body of an artist’s work are often affected by age, emotion, environment and life circumstance. Art is Life. In my situation, I felt as though the flowers chose me, but perhaps it was largely influenced by the circumstances of moving, building the house, planting the meadow and motherhood. The flowers are calm and pretty and painting them has provided me with the much needed moments peace and tranquility in what is otherwise a loud crazy life as the mother of a Wild Monkey Child. The floral paintings acceptance, popularity and saleability hasn’t exactly hurt my continued interest in them either. In college I had imagined myself pursuing more thought provoking, cutting edge subject matter with my art. But as time passed I’ve become a wife and mother, living in the country, leading a much more domestic life; those life changes tend to modify one’s perspective. Occasionally I do long for my former angst, but for now, I am content painting the florals. (However, I do have a “long term project” in the works that may or may not evolve into my next art historical period, but that remains to be seen.)

From 2006 to date, the “Floral Period” can be summed into 6 floral series consisting of over 153 paintings:

FLORAL GALLERY
DECORATIVE BOTANICALS
TAPESTRY GALLERY
NIGHT GARDEN GALLERY
THE GARDEN_ROOM GALLERY
THE POPPY GALLERY
TEXTURED POPPIES

Side Note: For the sake of accuracy, I should note that 45 non floral paintings (12 Abstract Spirals
, 14 Exalted Beauties, 4 Cancer, 5 Duplicity, 10 Textured Beauties) were also completed during what I’m entitling the “Floral Period” as well as an additional 2,957 unique, one of a kind, art jewelry sculptures otherwise known as the Exalted Beauty Medallions. Perhaps this should also be referred to as “The Medallion Period”? :)

How does one know if their current period has ended and the work has reached its final plateau? Inside, I think you just know. If one’s life remains the same, then most likely the work remains the same, and unfortunately such consistency can lead to complacency and creative stagnancy. For example, if you feel you’ve developed a recognizable art gimmick or an “art style”, then you’ve probably “jumped the shark”. Or perhaps you’ve just lost your enthusiasm for your previous obsession and need to move on to regain interest in your craft. However, if you’re still feeling a real passion for what you’re doing, like I am with the florals, then see it through. Don’t change for the sake of changing or because others long for the type of work you created during another period. Answer only to your own passion. There will be fans for your new work, even when you’ve perhaps disappointed the fans interested in your previous works. Be true to who you are at this moment. The reality is that the most conspicuous evolutions in one’s art are usually caused by negative and unforeseen circumstances such as war or other severe forms of emotional upheaval (such as divorce, illness, injury or a loved one’s death). These are not the circumstances most would seek for the sake of removing oneself from an artistic rut. So, if you feel you need to move onto your next art historical period, I recommend moving, changing your studio, taking a sabbatical in Tahiti or simply challenging oneself to step out of ones comfort zone and seek fresh sources of inspiration, like THESE
or THESE.

I hadn’t really meant to go off on this whole “Floral Period” tangent; it’s just something I’ve been thinking a lot about while I’ve been painting (for obvious reasons). Anyway, I just finished another set of Garden Room Squares and will be presenting those next! Stay tuned!

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