I’ve talked about Sweet William before since I’ve been a fan for quite awhile… I guess that’s why I perked up when I noticed a bit of a new direction in their recent work and felt incredibly inspired by it! I admire designers and artists who experiment outside of their comfort zone (and of that of their clients) and like this fresh look into the creative mind of Sweet William. They’re not changing their overall aesthetic at all, but they did just add-in a couple of new archival quality prints of paintings that are a bit different from all of their other things. And I like it…
I think it is daring and needed (for our own sanity!) at times to break things up. What do you think? Most artist reps out there would frown on my opinion and I can see why as one does need to be consistent and marketable with their vision and work to stay afloat, BUT I still applaud it when creatives allow themselves space and freedom to experiment and evolve.
When money enters the room, we tend to stick to creating what sells and forget the fact that we began as a creator, as an artist, and that we owe it to ourselves to let our passion and vision come before money and fame. I am such a believer in this.
I think these prints are great – nice work, Sweet William!
(images: sweet william)
Hello friends! I brought up the topic of window decals yesterday and lots of you wrote in about how much you appreciate how modern they’ve become. I even got an interesting comment from a reader, Janice, who told me that an artist that I really like, Shanna Murray, has decals now too for the walls or the windows — those currently in her online shop are for decoration but she is soon to roll out others for both decoration and privacy and I can’t wait to see them. I think Shanna’s work is just so cute. There are even some decals with sweet words.
About her collection of decals, “Created from Shanna’s delightful drawings and lettering, this line sets itself apart. Simple, charming decals in matte and metallic finishes appear hand-painted, and are at once modern and a nod to nostalgic days gone by… The decals are easy to install, simply peel away the back paper, stick to wall, burnish to wall with tool provided, and carefully peel away top protective paper.” I love the sweet touch that one of these can bring to a home, don’t you? I also like that some are available in gold or silver outside of the charcoal or white options. I find gold and silver so festive and think they’d be a charming touch to a home or even an event…
PSST: Do you have her gorgeous new desktop calendar? She collaborated with Nikole Herriott and Michael Graydon on it. You can click here to save it and use it on your computer. I love mine, the icons stand out so nicely on it…
(images: shanna murray)
I’m about to wrap up my week but first, I’ve been dying to share a visit that I had with Jennifer Davis and Amy Rice with you! When I was in Minnesota last month and I simply had to visit the opening night party for Jennifer and Amy’s art exhibit because hello, I had too… I mean, I have about 7 of Jennifer’s paintings (I’m a massive fan) and so when I heard she’d be showing her work the same week that I was going to be in St. Paul for my book tour, I made it an absolute priority to meet her. After five years of following her work, it was due time to meet the lady who has so much of her work in my home!
From her color palettes (love her shots of black and neon pink!) to her quirky characters who display a range of emotions from melancholy to fear, timidness to hopeful, I find her work touching, engaging, meaningful and altogether mesmerizing. Amy Rice is another amazing talent, also based in MN, so to have a chance to meet them both in one evening was a total moment for me. Here they are, such a lovely duo.
Amy Rice (L) and Jennifer Davis (R)
I was in la la land surrounded by these gorgeous paintings. There were many more that I didn’t have time to photograph, but at least you can see a few of my personal favorite groupings. I’m more motivated than ever to purchase another piece for my collection so I may contact Jennifer to see what’s available from the show. I wanted so badly to buy something in person but I was in a rush to my book signing cocktail party at The Creative Connection so I was in and out in a flash. I wish I had spent more time chatting with lovely Jennifer and Amy – I really do.
And in case you wonder… Amy and Jennifer were both even nicer than I imagined. Jennifer made me feel so welcome, she’s very warm and sweet, and now that I met her the work on my walls means so much more to me. I often wondered if I met her if I’d feel the same, better or worse? Do you know what I mean? Sometimes we have this perception of what someone is like that we’ve only met online and then you meet them and it’s slightly different. To own a lot of someone’s original paintings is nothing you do everyday, you really have to love and connect with the work, and I have formed quite a bond with all of Jennifer’s pieces that make me smile whenever I pass by them. That’s why it felt a bit scary to meet her in person – had she been completely different, rude even (hey, it happens!), I would never look at the work the same and I’d have to live with those paintings, and that sour memory, for years. Meeting Jennifer made me HAPPY. I want to buy more of her paintings now that I have connected with her warmth, graciousness, kindness and sincerity. The paintings in my home are suddenly very much alive and more meaningful than ever because Jennifer has a heart of gold.
Jennifer, I know I’ve made you blush but really, from my heart — thank you for being so awesome!!!
Perhaps we shall meet again… I’d love to curate an art show and invite these two very special ladies to be part of it, so perhaps someday very soon.
(images: holly becker)
Are you looking to add some bold color to your home on a budget? You’ll love this… I recently heard from artist/designer Nancy Ramirez from Toronto who told me about her small art print shop called Cozamia where she sells her colorful work. I love these and find them so energizing and fresh – but most of all very unique! I like how modern and graphic they are as well as versatile, they would fit into many different homes and decor styles.
I love that most of these prints begin as paintings that Nancy then develops further digitally. Do you spot any that suit your taste? My personal favorites begin with the lovely Audrey but also include the abstract and gorgeous Wild Herringbone, Brittle Stars in raspberry and Electric Garden in blue. I’d love to own Brittle Stars though, I can totally picture this in my living room!