Last year I made a wreath for the daughter of a sweet friend of mine. This year that little girl's younger sister is big enough to realize that she wants one too. So Miss Amelia will be receiving this cotton candy pink wreath soon!
If you have a little girl in your life who would love something similar, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or place an order through our Etsy store if you will need shipping outside of the Houston area.
One of our big corporate clients has a standing order for eight wreaths every year. These woodland wreaths are what they will receive for 2013. They are a departure from our usual wreaths which tend to have a lot more sparkle, but for some reason doing something more down home and traditional just felt right this year.
If you happen to love the look of this wreath, we can do a similar custom order for you. Just drop us a line at email@example.com, or head on over to our Etsy shop to place an order if you will need it shipped outside of the Houston area.
It's been a busy weekend here! Several more wreaths are complete, and the one above is listed for sale on Etsy, ready for whoever buys it first! We've been prepping a bunch of wreaths for our upcoming show at the Houston Heights Holiday Home Tour on December 6-7th. Details can be found here.
In the meantime, we'll keep posting sneak peaks here and on Facebook!
We now have a fully functioning Etsy shop. It only currently has one listing for custom orders, but we'll be adding more on a daily basis. Favorite us, and check back regularly for new updates!
We've linked through to it on our wreaths and decor page to make is easy for you to browse. Join our list of collectors today!
December is swiftly approaching, so NOW is the time to place your orders for Christmas wreaths and centerpieces. I'll add a page soon where you can order directly. I'm also opening an Etsy store and will post the link once that is up and running.
Here's an example of what is heading your way. 24" decorated wreaths start at $125, and 30" wreaths start at $200. Larger sizes are also available via custom order, as are centerpieces and decorated garland.
Please email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to place an order. We can do custom pieces in addition to what will be listed online. We look forward to hearing from you!
Today as I was cleaning out a closet and rearranging where things are stored, I came across some paintings I had forgotten I still had. I'll post them here and on Facebook. Please let me know if you are interested by emailing me at foxfiregalleries(at)gmail.com.
First up is "Innocence Lost", oil on canvas, 12" x 24". I love this piece, but unfortunately don't have space for it. Here is a close up of the detail of the eye.
Next is an untitled watercolor on paper. Image is 8 1/2" x 11", matted in white with indigo trim to 16" x 20".
**UPDATE** This untitled piece has been SOLD!
This one would be great in any room with a muted color scheme. Or, if your room has deep blue or purple walls, once you frame this piece, it will really pop against the dark walls.
At any rate, I'll keep posting these blasts from the past as I unearth them.
I have a love affair with spray paint and its ability to breathe new life into formerly sad, beaten down objects. Given my recent need for chairs at my kitchen table, combined with the desire to revive something old rather than simply buy something new, I decided to undergo a little furniture refinishing adventure.
The first subject (or victim, depending on your perspective) is a formerly old and rickety dining chair that I found at a local thrift store. (Old and rickety were the exact adjectives used by the sales lady when I asked about its price). For a whopping three dollars I brought home this beauty:
I know, calm down, pick yourself up off the floor. She's just too much to behold with her lackluster finish and garish red (and stained!) cushion. BUT, she had a great shape, and I knew that new fabric and a coat of spray paint would free her inner fabulousness.
To start the process, I flipped the chair over to unscrew the seat, and it appeared that a former industrious chair-improver had filled the screw holes in with wood putty. I was incredibly disappointed, until I poked the putty with my screw driver and noted that it easily gave way. Elated, I gleefully scraped away the putty until I realized that it was actually some sort of cocoon and the biggest nastiest larva I had ever seen was now smushed all over my screw driver.
(My apologies for not recording that discovery with some National Geographic quality photography. I know you must be disappointed).
And guess what, this first larva had siblings in the three other holes I had yet to venture into. Sadly four little mystery larvae sacrificed their lives for the beauty of my dining room.
Once all my nasty little friends were removed from the chair, and I and my screwdriver were thoroughly disinfected, I rubbed the chair down with alcohol. Normally I would use mineral spirits, but I was out, and determined to move to the spray painting stage quickly. I also skipped the sanding stage because the chair's finish was so old and broken down and didn't really have any spots that needed smoothing over. (The other chair I purchased will need sanding, but that is for a different post!)
I primed the chair with a spray primer and then painted it with two thin coats of Valspar Golden Maize, and then a couple thin coats of a spray sealer. After recovering the chair with some lovely outdoor fabric I found at Joann Fabrics, this is the result:
I think she's a much happier chair after her rehab. Total price: less than $20 (and four larvae, but how can you put a price on them??). The chair was $3 at the thrift store, fabric was less than $5 plus two cans of spray paint around $5 each.
I could get used to this thrifting thing. Minus the bugs.
One last post about our recent show, Psalms for the City, at Houston's First. I wanted to share a few photos I took before the crowds arrived. This is a counterclockwise tour around the exhibition from where you enter the front of the lobby.
I unfortunately missed shots of a few of the panels due to crowds blocking the work. If any of my fellow artists provide me with their photos, I'll update the post. Missing below are John Robertson, Eric Hartley, Alicia Ashdown, Jeff Austin and Lori Latham.
Websites for the participating artists are linked after the jump.
This week we had our monthly meeting for our art community, Imago. One of our discussion topics was reflections on the show that just ended and how it affected us as artists and volunteers.
As far as the show as a whole goes, it was wonderful. Great art, glory to God, etc etc. But from my personal perspective, I'll be honest: I was a bit disappointed when I first looked back on it.
One of the things I love most about participating in this annual show is the opportunity to talk to the people who come to see the art. On Sunday mornings and on Meet the Artist Night, we as the artists stand by our paintings and discuss our inspiration, our process, and the challenges we encountered in completing our pieces. Hearing others' input on my paintings is a joy for me, especially since they often provide an outlook I never would have without speaking with them. This particular year, however, my painting was situated that there wasn't really a place for me to stand near it. I would have been smushed between artworks and would have felt as though I was on display as much as the artwork was! For this reason, I stood back from the artwork, and spent much more time simply observing the reactions of people rather than interacting with them. I'm a talker by nature, so quiet observation can be a challenge for me. So I was a little disappointed.
Most adults would casually walk up to peruse the art, spend the requisite amount of time reading the placard with the description of the piece and media, and then move on to the next display. However, most children I observed grabbed their parent's hand and dragged them to my painting to see the picture of the little boy. Children have a fascination with other children. I've seen it in my own kids when we read books, watch movies, or go to the playground. Kids connect with each other on a level that I think many adults have forgotten. Kids don't have walls built that prevent immediate connection, whereas many of us grown-ups have built fortresses around ourselves as we have aged.
I enjoyed watching the passion of these children as they ran up to the painting to look closer and ask their parents questions. And then it struck me: our Imago group is changing our church's culture. See, many of us raised in Protestant churches (especially Baptist, in my personal experience), didn't see art around the church as children. Sure there may have been a marketing poster for an upcoming sermon series or clip art with the projected song lyrics during worship, but no displays of art that really made you think, or that encouraged worship of God.
The presence of art in the church is still a foreign idea for many. But here's the thing, the first action God took in Genesis 1:1 was to create . He is our Creator God, and we are created in His image. It is in the very substance of our being to create, and He has blessed us with this drive to create, and yet as a group we have excluded this gift He has given us from the very place we built specifically to worship Him.
But now, after watching these children race up to the art over the past three weeks, I realize that this generation, my sons' generation, will no longer say that art wasn't present in the church. They will think about art, and ask questions inspired by the art, and through the process, I hope God will become a little more real to them. To be a part of that change is an honor.
Acrylic on Canvas
I'd like to introduce you to my completed piece for the Psalms in the City exhibition hanging currently at Houston's First Baptist Church.
Only one more week left for the exhibit! Come see me and the other artists Wednesday night at the Meet the Artists Reception from 7-9 pm. Details are here at the Imago website.
The show comes down after the last service Sunday evening, April 7th, so catch it while you still can.
Hope to see you there!