August 05, 2010

St. Frida the Divine

"St. Frida the Divine with Poppies"

Frida is such a powerful figure to me on so many levels, I've longed to paint her but hesitated. I've decided there is no doing her justice I'll just try to pay tribute. 

The original is mixed media, the poppies I made by hand and collaged on. I was inspired by the Veteran's Day blooms that my Grandmother wore when I was a little girl. Forevermore poppies represented loss and strength of a feminine nature to me.

I'll be back to teaching next week so I'm very happy to have this piece I've been working on ready to share with you.  Sometimes I feel like I'm swallowed up at the beginning of the school year!  This year I have a new art room which is large and shiny but I'm still in a state of overwhelm of arranging and organizing it. 

All in all though the fall is my favorite part of the school year. The anticipation and eager faces of all those young people starting that adventure of Junior High, nothing like it really! 

 If you have young people in your life (or adore picture books like I do!) please take a look at this book I just got for my classroom,  It is poignant, dreamy and powerful. A beautiful introduction to Frida for even the youngest child. 

"Frida" by Jonah Winter illustrated by Ana Juan

August 01, 2010

"Winter's Muse"

In the middle of this summer heat wave I'm so happy  to reveal "Winter's Muse" book one to you!
I've spent several years painting the Winter Queen, on the cover she lies sleeping but soon she will awake....

I'm so excited in fact I've brewed up a special offer, its for a limited time and includes a custom drawing for you!

The Winter's Muse package includes

 *one copy of "Winter's Muse"

*an original 4x6 custom key word sketch

Cost 25.00

Please allow 2 weeks for delivery

Please leave the word you would like me to work from in notes to seller when you check out. Please keep in mind I work intuitively and your sketch will be an original made just for you. 

Of course you can also purchase the book separately, both are available in my etsy shop

*tosses snowflakes* oh but they melt quickly here in Florida!