28 January 2013

In Focus


~ Happy Monday Friends ~


{The Columns ~ College Avenue, Macon, GA}

Wow, I just looked at the number of posts I did in previous years and I spent almost half that amount of time here last year...I'm sorry.



{The Columns ~ College Avenue, Macon, GA}

I really need to step it up a bit, don't I?  I so enjoy my visits with you and sharing my stories, photographs, projects, and more...but just did not have the time to indulge in it last year as much as I would have liked.  Nor did I have enough time to visit your blogs as often as I wanted to.  


{Rose Hill Cemetery ~ Macon, GA}

Obviously, when Italian Girl in Georgia is absent from here it is a sign that my other work is going well, which is a good thing.  


{Rose Hill Cemetery ~ Macon, GA}

I am passionate about my work in the architectural and interior design field, and when that work is not available I re-invent myself to meet the needs of my clients in some other aspect of design and grab a creative job when I can.


{Rose Hill Cemetery ~ Macon, GA}



{Rose Hill Cemetery ~ Macon, GA}


{Rose Hill Cemetery ~ Macon, GA}

Recently, I was commissioned to do a series of large format black and white photographs of iconic architectural buildings and structures in my town.  

{I originally shot these images in black and white, which I loved making ~ they were not manipulated and changed into black and white.}  



{Central City Park Pavilion ~ Macon, GA}

This job was for my dentist {and friend} who late last year purchased an abandoned building which used to be a tavern she hung out at while in college.  

{I don't think she would mind if I mentioned this, since this place has a very special meaning to her. And even more so now that she owns the building and it is her place of business.}



{Saint Joseph's Catholic Church ~ Macon, GA}



{Saint Joseph's Catholic Church ~ Macon, GA}

She re-designed the building and it's now a beautiful dental office.  I love it when unused spaces are re-invented.  I wish more was done with abandoned buildings that clutter our landscape throughout our country ~ whether they be vacant big box retail spaces or those smaller structures with historical value.} 



{Old Coaling Tower ~ Macon, GA}

And because of the building's historic significance she wanted to pay homage to it by only using photographs of Macon in the office as the art work.



{Mercer University ~ Macon, GA}

This was a wonderful project that allowed me to focus on and explore my adopted town in ways that I had not before ~ through a black and white camera lens.  The architecture here is truly magnificent {which I appreciate daily} and shooting the details of my subjects was an adventure.



{Mercer University ~ Macon, GA}
 
 My new photographs will be mixed with several vintage photos, along with a couple of my client's own work in the waiting room and throughout the exam rooms.


{Rose Hill Cemetery ~ Macon, GA}

Shown throughout this post are some of the images my client and I selected {and some of the out takes too}.  



{Rose Hill Cemetery ~ Macon, GA}


The collection is in production now and being framed in gallery style archival white mats and black frames.  Installation should be in a couple of weeks ~ just in time for the ribbon cutting ceremony.



{Rose Hill Cemetery ~ Macon, GA}

Enjoy.  

{I'll be back soon, even if I do not have a lot of words to write, but just to keep in touch.}

Ciao amici,
Suzanne

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Connecting with some friends here this week.

25 January 2013

A Melody of Vintage Sheet Music


Today is my ten year wedding anniversary and I thought it would be a sweet day to share with you a couple of new romantically inspired mixed media art works I have recently completed.


Le Soir ~ “the evening” in French ~ and our evening will be spent Italian style {of course} at our favorite local ristorante.


 This petite gallery wrapped canvas is just six inches square and one and a half inches deep, painted with bold brush strokes of acrylic paint and gesso in shades of cream.  


The pretty dress is a perfect gown for the symphony or opera ~ made from original vintage sheet music and embellished with pearls, paper posies, and a hand dyed seam binding ribbon sash.  

Classic.


 The night sky is filled with musical notes and double flower blooms with pearl centers and a full moona vintage rhinestone bauble {formerly an earring}.  A vintage French vocabulary card “le soir” was the inspiration for this piece.

A girl’s night should be so romantic


 Le Trésor ~ “the treasure” in French ~ and in my life.  My husband and because of him, my son, are my precious treasures.  When I found the
French vocabulary card with these words, “le trésor, I knew I had to use it on this art piece.


 This gallery wrapped canvas is painted in the same bold brush strokes of cream and ecru acrylic paint and gesso as Le Soir.  


The glamorous gown is also created from original vintage sheet music and similarly fashioned and styled as its companion.  The full sparkly moon {the matching vintage rhinestone earring} shines in the night sky and double vintage sheet music and pearl blooms are a melody on the canvas.

Stunning.


 Both of these mixed media art pieces are wonderful as a pair {as are my husband and I}, but also beautiful as independent, unique creations.



 These little blank canvases sat on my studio table for a month or more before I finally came up with the concept for these two lovelies and now they are available in my Etsy shop, sold individually or as a pair.  They would look wonderful hanging in a special spot in your bedroom or studio, or simply placed on a pretty desk or bookshelf.  

For details please visit my Etsy shop.


Since my husband makes my heart sing, I made this heart for him using original sheet music from the song, "Love Is A Many~Splendored Thing."  


{'Did not even realize I had this particular score when I designed this piece.  Perfect!}

 Wishing all of you a sparkly night sky filled with romance this weekend.

Ciao amici,
Suzanne

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Spending a little of my time this week joining some of these friends.


13 January 2013

The Year Ahead ~ 2013


It's not too late to start planning your year...



...and marking your new 2013 calendar with all sorts of wonderful things to do.

January ~ February
 March ~ April

The images shown on this calendar, Sandy Footpaths & Picket Fences, are close to my heart and made during my time spent in Seaside, Florida during the spring and summer months each year.  

May ~ June
 July ~ August

I hope these photographs will inspire you to take some time and wiggle your toes in the sand this year.


September ~ October
November ~ December

And even if you do not get the chance to wiggle your toes in the sand, take some time to dream.





I am happy to present this first edition of the Italian Girl in Georgia ~ Monkey Treats 2013 Calendar...a collaboration between me and my son Matthew.


Matthew is my little boy who loves his bunny Gucci, his cavapoo Guss {who shares his birthday}, math, riding his bike, tae kwon do, and painting.

January ~ February

March ~ April

His love of the arts, encouraged by me {of course}, began when he was just a toddler.  Using scraps of white mat board as his canvases, he paints his creations.  His medium for the art works shown on the months of this calendar is watercolour.  The style is what we call modern~folk art~impressionism.

May ~ June

July ~ August

Some of these paintings were made when he was just about four years old and several more recently.  When this went to press, Matthew was eight years old.   We affectionately titled this collection of his art, Monkey Treats which was what he called his favorite Curious George fruit snacks when he was just learning to talk

September ~ October
November ~ December 

Some of you have seen his charming and whimsical paintings before, for sale as individual fine art prints in my Etsy shop ~ thank you to those of you who have purchased his work.  {All the profits from the sale of this calendar and his fine art prints go toward his college education ~ truly.}


As always, I appreciate your visit today and as you visit throughout the year.

Ciao amici,
Suzanne

05 January 2013

Pretty Pinks


I love carnations.  
I love their spicy fragrance and blooms that seem to last forever...



...and their old~fashioned charm.

 

I brought home this heavenly bouquet for Christmas and had these long stem blooms mixed with Frazier fir in a cobalt blue vase on our mantle.  It was lovely.

 

When we took down our Christmas tree and all associated limbs throughout our home, I saved these petite pinks and snipped them to fit in an Italian style rustic stone planter.

 

The other day, the light was so soft outside that I grabbed my camera and shot these dreamy images of the carnations on my dining room table.  The light coming in from the wall of paned windows provided a beautiful bokeh backdrop.

 

These flowers remind me of my Mother a little bit.  When I graduated from high school {a million years ago} I had a bouquet of pink carnations delivered to my Mom.  {My Dad helped me with the surprise that day.}


This sweet smelling bouquet is still making our noses tickle  ~ nearly two weeks since I brought them home from the market.



Happy first weekend of the New Year.

Ciao amici,
Suzanne

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PS
It's been a while since I joined the Pink Saturday fun, so I am linking up!

01 January 2013

The Colour of the Year


Happy New Year Friends!


Wishing all of us a happy, healthy, prosperous and creative 2013.

Ciao amici,
Suzanne

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PS
The Pantone colour of the year ~ EMERALD.  {It's my birthstone and I was inspired ~ see my Pinterest board.}

Pantone describes this colour as lively, radiant, lush ~ a colour of elegance and beauty that enhances our sense of well-being, balance, and harmony.
 {Sounds good to me.}
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