I truly am blessed with wonderful family and friends that came out to my art opening reception last night at Rusty Cottage. The incredibly talented shop owner and Vintage Queen Liea Spano-Baily had invited me to exhibit my new work at her Antique shop last Fall, and allow friends in Hampton Roads to see my work for the first time. A bit scary to put myself out there! I have been working with professional artists now for about 13 years, never really letting on to many people that I am an artist myself. It has only been in the last couple of years that I have really stretched myself studying Mixed Media, assemblage, taken workshops and worked hard to create a look and feel that is quite my own. What a surprise that it was received so well last night! I am so grateful to all who came out and supported me on such a cold night. A BIG THANK YOU to Liea who believe in me and took a chance on me to allow me to have this exhibit and reception at her shop! Thanks to Wanda - my best friend for helping me get organized and making her world-class brownies, and to several of you out there who spread the word and shared my post cards with friends! I also want to thank Brianna Card,, extraordinary photographer for capturing some great images! Take a look! See more of Brianna's work here. My art will continued to to be exhibited at Rusty Cottage through the weekend. Be sure to come by and check it out - 10 am - 6pm Friday and Saturday & Sunday 10am-5pm.. AND Rusty Cottage has their Vintage Market this weekend - so there will be lots of vintage finds on sale!
My mom has this way of making everyone feel warm and welcome in her home! She loves the company of good friends, great food and playing games! So it is no surprise that when she turned 70 she started holding her own Birthday parties. Each year she invites all her girlfriends and her daughters for an evening of laughter, story telling, and seeing who can spin the most hysterical tale. This year was the best yet - as many shared silly stories from their childhood or adolescence and we even heard learned how porcupines mate! (Don't ask!) Mom - you are my favorite woman - someone who inspires me and challenges me to be a more Godly person, and to love unconditionally (even when you have a headache!) I love you Mumsey!
So at the end of the year, Mom and I decided to take over the sunroom like we occasionally like to do, and transform the space into a working studio. We had a great time experimenting with several techniques that I had learned - and I am happy to say I came up with my own new surface treatment on canvas that was my own creation! Keep reading - I just might reveal it! We were having such fun, and making such a great mess (that neither of us wanted to clean up anytime soon) mom insisted that I stay through the weekend to see who could get the most pieces done. It was quite a challenge and we both were able to get a lot accomplished. I left NC with 7 new works of art! I was thrilled and came back home to continue making more messes in my own studio -and on it went up to 20 new pieces! Now to begin the framing process (yuck) for this upcoming show in Hertford...
So my sweet friend Liea at Rusty Cottage asked me to bring some of my handcrafted items into her store for her big Christmas Sale. What fun I had putting some little pretties together for the big day - and we had even more fun in the store on Saturday when I joined her to meet all her customers! I think I talked too much that day - woke up without a voice the next day! But we had some kind of fun spreading Christmas Cheer!
Gotta have comfort food for post storm clean up right? And nothing's better than warm pumpkin muffins to bring in crisp November weather! I found a SUPER easy recipe and changed it up a bit to call it my own. Warm muffins in 30 minutes with 3 ingredients: (you are gonna love this!)
Easy Autumn Pumpkin Spice Muffins
makes 12 muffins
Ingredients - are you ready for this>
- One 18 oz box cake mix - spice or butter pecan
- One 15 oz can of canned pumpkin
- Two TBSP pumpkin pie spice (I like Trader Joe's)
Mix all ingredients together., Add a little water if it appears a bit thick. Spray muffin pan with baking spray or line pan with paper muffin cups. Spoon equal amounts of batter into prepared muffin cups or pan.
Bake for 20 minutes in preheated 350 degree oven. until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Pour yourself a cup of tea and EnJoY your simple easy warm muffins!
You just got to love this guy's sense of humor! What better way to prepare for a storm than buy art? I headed out in the beginnings of the storm for groceries (okay - comfort food - you gotta have that during a storm- right?) And I happened to catch this sign as I turned onto Pacific Ave. I put my iPhone at risk just to roll the window down with gale force winds sending buckets of water into the car - but I had to get a shot of this sign! You can never have enough art, right? In the midst of the wind howling outside (yes, stiill!) and Gracie running under my legs every so often to hide from the noises outside, I am working on new ideas for upcoming art projects. It amazes me how much my mind gets into an idea and I can't wait to get a sketch on paper and try out a new technique, or just start experimenting with things to see where it takes me. Funny how the excitement of a storm gets my creative juices flowing! I guess my motto is "Prepare for Storms...Stock up on some creative ideas! .......Stay tuned!
I want this blog to be about art - but life gets in the way a little doesn't it? It's been two weeks, since we said goodbye to Little Totsy. She was my faithful companion for 15 years, and she is terribly missed! Gracie has been moping around the house, and I do ok until I see her going up the stairs looking for her little friend and then I have a moment of sadness. Totsy had such a good life and many adventures. She had a cute little waddle due to her rather large bottom. This made her teeter-totter a bit and that is how she got her name. She was a terribly inquisitive little dog and was constantly getting into things - bags of groceries I sat down on the floor for a ,moment, a guest's purse, even a tin of fudge and cookies last Christmas! She was 15 years old, mostly deaf, partially blind, but she even got into an extra bag of dog food the day she died. She was the constant naughty child who got sent to the corner quite often but always made me laugh! We will miss you dear little one and Gracie and I know we will see you again in Heaven!
I was so blessed today to get so much accomplished for the upcoming Art on the Perquimans Art & Craft show! I have pulled together a few fall themed arrangements as well as some little novelty vintage items. Here are just a few to tempt you to come on down to the show! Saturday October 6th, 10am-4pm at the Perquimans Rec Center 310 Granby St, Hertford NC.
It's a new day in my life as I celebrate this past Friday night's opening reception for the Three Generation of Wynns Art Exhibit at the Perquimans Art League Gallery in Hertford NC. This was an exhibit showing works of my mother, Margi Wynn who has been doing watercolor for many years, Brady Armstrong my 11 year old nephew, who really excels in mixed media collage and my Vintage Art Assemblages and collages.
It was a lovely fall evening with many patrons stopping by to view the art, have some refreshments and visit. Most importantly I sold three works in the span of two hours. This is the shot in the arm that I needed to get me going with this new career that has attempted to get off the ground several times. Many thanks to all my friends who encouraged me and prayed for me over the last few weeks as I finished up work for this exhibit. They installed 17 of my pieces and It was such a rush walking into the room and seeing all of our work displayed together. And extra special thanks to Beckie Webster and Nancy Garret for making the two hour drive down Friday night to surprise me with their support!
It was really a special night for Brady who showed several of his friends his work, as well as took the hand of many patrons and escorted them in to see his art. He greeted everyone with a smile and made them feel right at home!
Be sure to view the slideshow below!