24 March 2017

Gypsy Garden Girls

About six months ago on a random day I picked up my paint brushes, watercolors, and a roll of canvas paper and began painting...

{My first girl, perky Poppy, painted with watercolor on canvas paper.}

...for the first time in a long while.

{Mod Morning Glory, watercolor on canvas paper.} 

Happy faces.

{Meet Peony, a bright blue eyed Garden Girl, watercolor on canvas paper.}

Gypsy Garden Girls.

{Quirky Autumn, watercolor girl on canvas paper.}

Each one with it's own eponymous Gypsy Garden Girl name.
Named after a flower or season.

{Emerald eyed and harlequin styled Hibiscus, the first Gypsy Garden Girl to grow on gallery wrapped canvas.}

There was not a purpose to this, other than the fact that it helped me get my creative mojo back.  It had been a tough year personally and this turned out to be a sort of "art therapy" for me.  My goal was not to show in a gallery or to sell.  It was just to paint.  And as I was painting one, I was thinking of what the next one I wanted to create would look like - sometimes working on more than one art piece at a time. 

I was painting happy faces.  
And flowers.  
With bold strokes of color.
With emotion.
With expression. 

{Sassy and seductive Camellia, watercolor on canvas.}

I suppose each evolved showing an expression or feeling that I was perhaps emoting at the time I dipped my brush into the syrupy paint on my palette and stroked it onto the paper or canvas.

{Luscious Lily, watercolor on canvas.}

Each has her own savvy signature style.

Then these lovelies started to sell...prints in my Etsy Boutique and through commissions...so I decided to paint the flower girls on gallery wrapped canvas instead of sheets of paper, just in case I have the opportunity to hang them in a gallery show at some point.

{My most recent flower garden girl, Primavera - watercolor on gallery wrapped canvas.}

I have an endless collection of ideas in my head for these Gypsy sisters.  As many ideas as there are flowers in a botanical garden.  More will grow in my studio as the inspiration moves me and time allows.  For now this collection of six savvy sisters is available for sale in my Etsy Boutique and I am adding them to an assortment of licensed items in my Zazzle shop.  

I happily accept commissions - if you have a favorite color or garden flower - let me know and I will paint your girl.

Thanks so much for your visit.

Happy Spring.

Ciao amici,
Suzanne

26 February 2017

A Carpet of Camellias

A little note to say hello...


Hope all of you are having a wonderful winter.  We here in the South are feeling a hint of Spring already.

Been busy working on fabulous interior design projects, getting ready to announce our 2017 dates for Summer Arts Camp, been painting a colorful collection of Gypsy Garden Girls, and thinking that soon I will be returning here on a more regular basis sharing the beauty I see and create.

Ciao amici,
Suzanne

19 December 2016

Christmastime

Wishing you JOY this Christmas
and blessings
throughout the New Year.


I am hopeful that I will be 
back after the New Year 
sharing my stories here
with you once again.

Merry Christmas,
Buon Natale,

Suzanne

23 May 2016

Head in the Clouds

I've been laying low and staying quiet these days, but my head has been in up the clouds.  For some personal reasons, I am going to stay quiet for a while longer and take a short break from this blog.


I hope that you will follow me on Instagram to see my clicks and other work, until I return here at some point later this year.


I appreciate your loyalty.

Ciao amici,
Suzanne

15 April 2016

Creating a Little Sunshine on a Rainy Day

 Friday afternoon inspiration.


Faded yellow tea roses
{a gift from my husband for no reason},


the Diary of a Rose Lover
{by Henri Delbard & illustrated by Fabrice Moireau}, 


a one-of-a-kind hand made cherub pendant with vintage gold bow, 


my "LOVE WHO YOU ARE" clutch
{made by PAPAYA! Art}, 


an antique perfume bottle, 


le fleur, a vintage French flash card,
and a few more delicate pieces are some of the items I scattered on a gallery wrapped canvas inspiration board, creating a little sunshine on a dreary and rainy Friday.

May you be inspired this weekend.

Enjoy.

Ciao amici,
Suzanne
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