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.