i absolutely love decorating. i always imagine in another lifetime, i would live out my dream of being an interior designer. alas, all i have at my fingertips for now are paints, paper, and a ton of frames i've collected over the years, so i've decided to live out my fantasy via blog. isn't that what all good bloggers do any way? whenever i paint a new piece, i actually kind of imagine it in a super fancy space, flocked with gorgeous furniture and amongst luscious fabrics. it's almost as if the room i imagine the painting in emerges simultaneously with the painting itself, so, here goes pulling together imaginary rooms for you to enjoy!
for my painting "peony" i picture it being the bright accent in the room. i really love silvers and grays with my pieces because i've always felt that the sharp metallic hues give the soft watercolor a harder and more sophisticated edge.
you can find all these pieces via the links below!
lately i've been very inspired by the abstract art i've been finding out there. i love the way bold colors and shapes can transform the mood of a room and lighten up the gloomiest of days. i've found some amazingly bright pieces over on great.ly, so i've gathered them added them to my boutique! you can grab all these lovelies for your own space here.
moving is a lot more stressful than i imagined. now that my wee little business is the size of a 10 ft truck, it wasn't exactly a week long process. i think this month has been the first time (since october!) that i'm feeling like i actually *live* here, and not just inside of a cardboard box fort (although box forts can be fun).
i finally have had time to make some plans and think about what i want to accomplish for the year, all while actually decorating a little bit. here are some snaps from my new life up here in jersey city :)
(the prints in the first photo are from the lovely clare elsaesser. i am thrilled to have such a grown up bedroom here!)
(you can also snag the white peacock feather in my shop - prints and original are available)
i'm excited to have a calm little snow day (even if the blizzard wasn't as major as they expected!) lately i've been painting with lots of bright colors, but i have always enjoyed working in black and white as well. check out some of my newest paintings, and enjoy 40% off today and tomorrow with code SNOWY.
you can find the original paintings and prints in several sizes of the new paintings up on maiautumn.com
i've been busy working on lots of new illustrations and having fun cooking, so it was only natural to start thinking about creating a series of food prints! i'm also having a 40% off sale - use code YUM on maiautumn.com this weekend! :)
i've been so busy moving my studio and making art that i can't even believe how long it's been since i last posted! perhaps i'll have more time next year, but for now, enjoy 50% off maiautumn.com with code JOY, today only!
i am SO excited to be a part of a new site that is all about connecting talented makers with people who will love their creations. it's all stitched together through a community of the world's most talented bloggers, curators, writers and designers. i am extra excited, because i have been selected to both curate my own little boutique, as well as sell my artwork through the site! very cool stuff.
i have always loved searching for and sharing beautiful things (ahem - if you've known me since way back in the days when i had curated fey handmade, then you'd know that i was quite the hunter-gatherer!) so this new platform gives me that same opportunity to find lovely things and share them with my readers and fans! woohoo!
above, is some of the work of kuzana ogg, from bakersfield, ca. her patterns and colors are almost trancelike, and her description of the process for creating her work is equally mesmorizing.
"Color and its application remain the focal point of my work. Textile design devices such as block print, ikat and repeats are also prevalent here. However, in the current work, pattern is disrupted; partially obliterated in some areas, completely articulated in others. Mark and imagery are developed through an indirect method of ghosting colors and line fragments. This layering and attention to stroke, produce a lustrous and complex surface, open to interpretation."
after a ridiculously long spring full of craft fairs, i am finally able to get back to making some art! my mantra during all those shows was simply this - keep going. i made it through - a little bruised and exhausted, but i survived! grab this (and all my other prints!) at 40% off this weekend with code KEEPGOING on maiautumn.com, if you need a little inspiration for your own space.
some shots from project 365 are also getting prettier now that summer is upon us :) i just love my garden right now!
two new things i've been trying out lately have been a series of abstracts, and continuing the series of oil paintings i started last year. check out the newest:
prints of "skylark" are available on Society6 for now (if you are interested in the original, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org). custom portraits are also available! i have a new one in the works that i'll be sharing soon :)
all in all, i'm having fun just playing around with new ideas (as always) and enjoying this warmer weather. i'm looking forward to slowing down and making a lot more art this summer, so hopefully i'll have time to pop in more often over the next few months :)