Friday, December 31, 2010

The Art of 2010

Here are some of the art pieces I created in 2010:

The Opera North Project: “La Bohème”:




The Opera North Project: “Don Giovanni”:




The Exalted Loon:



The Exalted Beauty Athena Medallion Collection:




The Exalted Beauty Geared Medallion Collection:




Caden’s Satyr Costume:



Meriden Library Logo:



The Exalted Bird Bistro:



2010 was a year for change and transition; I stepped away from my past routine of floral series, sculpting multiple medallion collections and participating in numerous exhibitions to try “something different”. Overall, it was a year to slow down, to rethink, recharge, and reevaluate. I backed away from marketing and promotion and dropped all but one of my regular galleries/exhibition venues, and instead, took on a smaller number of larger, more involved projects created for a company, cause or institution.

Cuts were needed to free up some of those self inflicted pressures and demands placed on my time. All of that go go go seemed like a lot of unnecessary stress with out enough return. There are more important things in my “big picture”, like my family (and my sanity). But perhaps in the future, *some* downsizing could happen in the Caden department as well; I’m often told that too much time is devoted to my son’s art related projects, Birthday extravaganzas, Halloween costumes and miscellaneous events when he would be just as happy with something less involved. I guess he is getting older and more independent, so conceivably I could devote a bit more time to my own art :).

So now what will I do with all of this free time? Okay, so it’s not a lot more free time but hopefully I can get organized enough to dedicate myself to the painting series I’ve been dancing around the past year or so, entitled “The Legend of Hare Terra”. As many of you know, I’ve long been dreaming of creating a fairy tale series, either in the form of paintings, or something that combines writing, painting and sculpting. Except, up to this point, time constraints, outside distractions and various other obligations have continued to disrupt that plan. Let’s face it; I am my own worst enemy when it comes to taking on additional projects. But as 2011 nears, I’m feeling like maybe I will finally be able to FOCUS and make a true commitment to a more long term project. My big plan for 2011 is to *Just Work*, and see what evolves. However, before I can settle into “The Legend of Hare Terra”, I will need to finish up one last giant batch of work in progress; namely the 300 piece Exalted Beauty Empress Medallion collection! I have already invested over 400 hours into the Empress Medallions; so as tedious, time consuming and utterly boring as it will be to finish them, I know they will be worth it. With any luck, I will be able to begin the Hare paintings in mid to late February.

That's it for the year end review of 2010! Thank you so much for your interest, support and encouragement throughout the year. I sincerely appreciate each and every one of you! I hope that you will continue to join me as I chronicle this next phase of my journey through the Exalted Beauty Empress collection and then onto the land of “Hare Terra” in 2011!

I wish you great joy and success in 2011; may all of your hopes, dreams and ambitions for the New Year come true!
Have a wonderful, happy, healthy New Year!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The Exalted Bird Bistro

Here is the first look at my submission to the “Feed The Birds For David” project (a fundraiser organized by Eastman Recreation for David’s House):

















The Exalted Bird Bistro
By Amy E. Fraser

25 artists were given a rough sawn pine bird feeder built by Ken Hamel to interpret however they were inspired. Below is an example of the original bird feeder design:



For the creation of “The Exalted Bird Bistro” I removed some of the original parts and then added a variety of wooden craft pieces, such as pre-cut circles, knobs, dowels, molding trim, and beads. The finish is acrylic paint and industrial strength varnish. “The Exalted Bird Bistro” is approximately 19” long x 13.5” wide x 15” tall.

For more information on the “Feed The Birds For David

Contact: Charlie Taber
Call: Eastman Recreation (603) 863-6772
E-Mail:
Charlie@eastmannh.org
Website:
http://eastmannh.org/

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Christmas Card

Here is this year’s Christmas Card:



This one features “The Christmas Penguin” By Caden Fraser Perkins (Age 7).

Hope you all are having a wonderful Christmas day!

Christmas Ornaments

Here are the new bird themed Christmas ornaments Caden and I made to go with this year’s bird house Christmas tree topper:








These colorful Christmas bird ornaments were cut out of watercolor paper, drawn with sharpies, watercolor pencils, varnish and glitter with gold plastic beads for eyes.

Bird House Tree Topper

This year Caden wanted a Bird House to top the Christmas Tree:



So I made this delightful little wonder out of recycled boxes, acrylic paint and glitter.

Christmas Tree

Here is this year’s Christmas Tree:



Go
HERE to see our Christmas Trees from years past.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Caden’s Masterpieces

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

A Bear and Ladybugs for Old Barry and Grammy



A Salmon For Grampy



A Moose with Roses for Papa and Nani



Artist: Caden Fraser Perkins (Age 7)
Size: 11” x 14”
Medium: Acrylic on Watercolor paper

We also made bookmarks out of the set:



How cute is that? I’m absolutely thrilled with how these paintings came out! I think they are amazing!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Christmas Chaos!

Christmas Chaos returns, the annual squeeze it all into a mad screaming rush is currently in progress. I was working on the David’s House project and totally lost track of time. I had hoped to complete the piece early but regrettably I was unable to continue if I wanted to have any kind of Christmas for Caden. So far it feels a lot like a replay of last year. I thought we were going to be on the ball this year, we even went to Noda’s early (in the midst of a winter rain storm) to get the tree. But in the blink of an eye, it was suddenly Sunday, December 19th. Almost too late to do much of anything! We did manage to get the tree decorated and Caden has been working diligently on gifts for his Grandparents but unfortunately it has been a struggle because he’s been feeling under the weather the past few days and finally woke up with a full fledged cold this morning.

Here is my dedicated little Elf (hat and all) working his butt off on the annual Grandparent Masterpieces:



What a trooper! Meanwhile, I’m not feeling nearly as motivated, I think I’m coming down with whatever Caden has and I haven’t even begun to put a dent in my Christmas to-do list! As you can see from the previous posts, I did dig up the School Photo and the Hockey Picture, so at least I have a start to one of the annual grandparent gifts. Hopefully, with any luck, the Elf and I will have some Crafty Christmas goodness to share soon. :)

Hockey Picture

School Photo

Monday, December 13, 2010

Meriden Library Logo

Here is the first look at the logo I designed for the Meriden Library:



For a limited time you may go HERE to see a larger version of the Meriden Library logo in Sepia tones.

I’m told this image will soon be on Meriden Library cards, tote bags and various other Meriden Library merchandise. Very Exciting!

For more information contact:

The Meriden Library
Library Director - Mary King
P.O. Box 128
22 Bean Road
Meriden, NH 03770-0128
(603) 469-3252
E-mail meridenlibrary@comcast.net

November

What happened to November?
We rolled out of October’s Halloween madness and blasted right through November with lots of giggles and mayhem! Some of my favorite highlights from November:

The Hot Mama’s Club
A fun filled evening with wonderful, beautiful, engaging women, sharing adventures, hopes, dreams, goals and ambitions. It was hilarious and enlightening. I love this group of women! I can’t wait for the next meeting!

Jeannie’s Wine Tasting and Medallion Exhibition
Jeannie’s party was AMAZING! I love Jeannie and the wild crazy positive energy that surrounds her. This sexy little spitfire has charisma to spare and she’s absolutely contagious! Jeannie put a new twist on the Exalted Beauty Medallion Party by turning it into a Wine Tasting event as well! It was so stylishly sophisticated! I would definitely recommend this concept as an option for my future Medallion Party hostesses. The three best wines won Medallions as the prize. Congratulations to Clara, Deb and Beth! I was most honored and grateful to have had the stunning and gracious Clara as my assistant for the evening. It’s kind of a big deal to set up shop and Clara truly was awesome! The party was so much fun! Jeannie’s guest list consisted of 30 of Plainfield’s finest! Many of the guests were mothers of Caden’s school friends and it was so incredible to see these fun fabulous beautiful ladies in a relaxed setting letting it all hang loose. A Huge Thank You to Jeannie and Clara! And to all of the extraordinary women who have been so supportive of the Exalted Beauty Medallions!

Thanksgiving
We had a marvelous, relaxing Thanksgiving at home; filled with all of our favorite Thanksgiving traditions and dishes.

In-between:

Hockey Hockey Hockey!
Hockey started in late October and has been happening 3-5 days a week ever since! Hockey not only happens at the rink, oh no, we have a hockey training center set up in the basement, hockey diagrams discussed before dinner and hockey training videos studied on weekends. Oh my! Have I mentioned I’m not exactly a fan of hockey?

And where’s the ART?
Well, instead of going right back to work on the Empress Medallion Collection as I had anticipated, I was completely side tracked when I was asked to design a logo for the Meriden Library (which we adore). How could I refuse? Caden and I are at the Meriden Library an average of 2 days a week! I was also invited to create a second piece for David’s House. The Library image is now complete and the David's House project is still a work in progress.


To learn more about the Exalted Beauty Empress Medallion Collection in progress go
HERE and HERE. Click HERE to go to the Exalted Beauty Medallion catalog.

Here is a link to
The Loon Project that I completed for David’s House in February of this year. The new project is entitled “Feed The Birds For David” Honoring David’s House at 25 Years (in 2011). I will post more information about Eastman Recreation's new David’s House fundraiser in the near future.

In the meantime, stay tuned, I’m going to share the Meriden Library image next!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Happy Halloween!

Once again Halloween arrived early this year. Much to my surprise I was able to complete Caden’s costume in time for him to go to the Halloween shindig at KUA last night. But before he partied in his furry best, I brought him to Saint Gaudens for a photo shoot. Here is Caden in his Satyr costume:













































If you can’t tell from the over abundance of photos, Caden and I had a blast! Apparently I’m just mad for my new stinky goat boy muse. The weather was perfect, the sun, the setting – all absolutely gorgeous! And most importantly, Caden! I’ve never seen a Satyr with those moves, that drama and such attitude! It was hilarious! Caden had great pose ideas and totally got into the part! My 7 year old son truly was amazing to work with; he lasted an hour and a half, through 300 photos, and I only had to pay him one chocolate bar for his most excellent modeling services! He also didn’t seem to mind the celebrity treatment he received by all who witnessed him in his goaty garb! We had a fabulous time!

Hope you are enjoying your little critters this beautiful fall weekend!
Have fun Trick or Treating!
Happy Halloween!