Friday, September 28, 2012

Intertwined

Have you ever met someone in your life and you knew within the first few minutes that you adored them and wanted to be their friend??? I felt that way about Margaret Becton. I'm pretty sure the year was 1998 and I was sitting across this little table from her during skit day at Rush at La TECH. All I really knew about her was that she was a pretty brunette from Neville who was into art and my sorority wanted her BAD!! I have no idea what we all talked about that day but I knew she was special and we would be friends even if she didn't "go Alpha Chi!!" Well, she didn't go us. Broke my heart and she ended up going to that other purple sorority next door..ha! Thankfully though, I saw Margaret in our art classes for the next few years. Then, life progressed on. We graduated and we both got married. We continued down our paths creating art, working, etc. From time to time, we would call, catch up and encourage one another about our art. Life was smooth sailing...for a bit. Six years later, I got divorced and Margaret had a baby. Then, a little bit later, she got a divorced. Many phone calls and texts went back and forth during those rocky times. Fast-forward a little bit, and I got remarried, and she got remarried.. and then She had another baby and then I had Mr P. Life is back smooth again for us, just very busy. Our lives have paralleled in so many ways since 1998. Good and Bad. And Im so thankful to call her my friend for life AND, I am very proud to show my art with hers once again. We thought it was only fitting to call this show "Intertwined". Everyone is invited to come see our show. We are having an opening reception at Margaret's Gallery on Sat. Sept 29th from 5-7pm and for the Downtown gallery crawl on Thurs. OCt 4th from 5-9PM. You will see some gorgeous landscapes by her and some dramatic abstracts by me. And we will also be selling the latest designs by Mr P's Tees.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Style, Staying True and Inspiration

 
Image on a tag from Anthropologie
 
 
  I got in a discussion the other day at Mr P's therapy session with his "godmom", Melanie, about what my goal was for Mr P's Tees. What was the BIG dream???... For me, it would be to sell my designs to Anthropologie! I love that store and everything about it. Its creative, unique, etc etc.  This talk really made me think about what our style is and what the feeling is that we want to convey. Mel gave me that tag above for inspiration...Love it!
  Hubs and I went down to the Saints game this past weekend without Mr. P. It was so nice to ride down for the 5 hours and actually be able to TALK to each other. Such a rare thing these days. We talked about our goals, ideas, dreams, etc. Had a blast down there and was tired, but felt recharged too. Saw a few things I took pics of..
In hotel in New Orleans right outside elevator
 
Painting in Hotel Room..Loved vibrant colors
 
  We both agreed that we did NOT want our tee/onesie business to be cheesy...which is very easy to do when you are dealing with babies. I hate all those baby shirts that say "show me the boobies." Uggggg   We want our line to convey US---artist meets hunter.... We want artsy creations that involve animals-and right now, we want those animals to be ones from Louisiana. Voila-the Armadillo design.
 
Amadillo Design by Mr P's Tees
 

 It is tough to be ORIGINAL these days.... I do not want us to be chasing trends, but have the confidence to come up with our own thing. Ive had people offer suggestions all day long as to what we should do, and its always what is out there now.
  The same thing goes with creating paintings....it is so easy to just paint something to sell because you need some money...but does that really respresent "YOU"?? I went to an art opening the other night at the Masur Museum of Art of the work of Eugene Martin. He was an incredible artist who truly stuck to his guns and painted what he wanted and not what he thought would sell. Because of this, he had many homeless nights, but is now recognized by his outstanding work. Where is the happy medium in paying your bills, but still being true???
   As far as what inspires me... I try to take pictures of things out in the world that inspire me. Sometimes its another piece of art, a piece of furniture, a neat color combination, etc and use bits and pieces of that to come up with something all my own. With my painting, a heavy influence is what find of mood I am in too. Emotion def speaks volumes through charcoal and paint.

 Painting in my garage that I am currently working on.
 
 

 I can't tell you that everything I create is successful, but as long as it is true to me, then I've succeeded. Thanks for listening  :)