Wednesday, April 25, 2012

ART - America Martin

I LOVE the art of America Martin. 

See her new show currently at Wally Workman Gallery in Austin.

If I could, I would describe to you why I am drawn to her paintings.
 Her use of color, and her broad, simple strokes are magical.

 Clearly they capture my love of color, and people and life... in a big way.

Beyond that, though,
it's difficult for me to put into words why certain work appeals to me.
 I just respond, emotionally and visually.

I feel it.

I just know when I love a painting, a sculpture, a piece of art.

America does a much better job of describing her work here for you.
 Take a minute and watch the video.  

Isn't she a doll?

All photos mine, taken at Carver Hill Gallery in Rockland. Maine.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

A Modern Farmhouse

Posting on my blog is waaaay down on the priority list these days.

 I've got a graduating high school senior, and this month and next are crazy busy. 
 We are frantically enjoying every busy minute and I know great design and design blogs will be waiting for me when life slows down and I have an empty nest in a few months.

  Meanwhile, I  received a notice from Garden and Gun today and love this modern farmhouse in South Carolina featured in their latest issue.

Take a sneak peak here, and then move on over to their site for a full look! 


Monday, April 2, 2012

Lover's Eyes at the Birmingham Museum of Art

The Look of Love Exhibit, at the Birmingham Museum of Art , showcases a collection of antique lover's eyes collected over the years by a couple from Birmingham. 

I have written before about Lover's Eye's here, and continue to be intrigued by them.
 I became aware of them in the paintings of one of my favorite artists, Fatima Ronquillo.

Fatima has recently completed some new work, adding lover's eyes sometimes boldly, and sometimes in subtle ways, as in the ring of this beautiful creature below.

Fatima's work (and images shown here) can be found at Wally Workman Gallery in Austin.

Lover's eyes are hand painted miniatures of single eyes, given to loved ones as tokens of affection and/or remembrance.

Some sources claim the tradition was inspired by the Prince of Wales when, in 1785, he proposed to Mrs. Maria Fitzherbert, with a miniature of his own eye. 

There are those who believe otherwise.
 Read more on the website of Candice Hearn, romance novelist, here
She  gives a really interesting history.

The exhibit showcases the collection of ophthamologist , Dr. David Skier and his wife,  Nan, of Birmingham. 

The couple began collecting these little gems when they stumbled upon a lover's eye at an antique show in Boston. 
They were captivated by it and the rest is history, as they say!

To learn more about the origin of Lover's Eyes,  check out the Five Minute Museum

If you live anywhere near Birmingham, Alabama, check out the exhibit for me!


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