By request, I’ve created a new colorway for this very popular collection. In the near future there will be additional color ways available including: Grey, Rose Pink, Light Blue, and Teal.
This is hand painted, watercolor artwork of flowers I painted from life. I’ve worked it into a “French Antique Wallpaper” feel so that while it is new art it has the feel of vintage antiquity. Some of the elements included are antique handwriting, hand painted leaf swirl border with an interior that has a velum look. I’ve also included botanical butterflies, printer’s ornament decorative etchings and other vintage elements.
These are set up for weddings, but you can change the text to use them for any party, celebration or business corporate event.by
I thought I would share a little since it’s been so ridiculously long since I posted here. I do have a good excuse – we have moved! I thought I would also share bits and pieces of my new studio as it’s coming together. I always enjoy seeing where my artist friends work and thought you might enjoy a sneak peek as well. My color palette in the studio is a little retro. The wall color is from Martha Stewart’s paints “Smokey Aqua” it’s an aqua that pushes almost to the green. It’s sunny and bright and goes really well with my totally fun red glitter vinyl 50’s stool we got from Target about 10 years ago. I have a mix of some great chintz fabrics, the window chintz is butter yellow with tan, pink, burgundy and a touch of red. I’ll show more of that later when we get the tools out of the way so I can do the important stuff – ie DECORATE!
As we are nearing the end of our family’s move I realize, I hate moving, but am loving it now that we’re almost done. We moved half an hour closer to town though still very much in the country. We have another fabulous (though different) view, are near friends and church and enjoy an almost non-stop summer breeze. There are still boxes in the corners of several rooms, but almost everything now has a place and I’m actually starting to REMEMBER where that place is, LOL!
My sweet husband worked until 1 o’clock this morning getting my art studio nearer to completion. He has created a corner work space repurposing items that have been in almost every art studio I’ve used for the past 30 years and yet he’s making them new and wonderful. You would have loved watching him carefully “distressing” my newly painted but repurposed shelves. He’s mister anal-retentive and he actually very carefully “randomly” distressed them while I just grab a piece of sand paper and go at it. It made us laugh so much looking at how different we are from each other and yet how well we work together. I have a couple of in process pictures today and I’ll post things as they get set up and finished. Any suggestions you might have are greatly welcomed!
It’s been fun rethinking how I do my work and getting a chance to reorganize my work areas. I’ve thrown and thrown and thrown away some more. I’ve donated things I realize I’ll never use (like my wooden mannequins for drawing) since I just don’t paint people!
My computer/office work area is public as part of the great central area of the house. No chance to hide my mess any more so I’ve actually been doing better at keeping it organized. Wonder how long that will last, LOL!?
I’ve discovered new ways to organize that are working really well with my own natural bent. Costco has great plastic “shoe box’ sized stacking boxes that are 100% transparent so you can see what’s in them. I was able to condense all of my crafting supplies into a single shelf in my studio closet and will only need to bring out the box when I’m working on a project. Soooo easy! I was amazed at just how much fits into one of those boxes and how sturdy they are when stacked. Living in the country, lids are VERY necessary as dust is everywhere at all times. My tools got dirty and dusty in the open drawer system I had before.
The view out my window goes all the way to the high sierra, snow-capped peaks which you can’t see here. I have a beautiful pastoral view close in and my beloved mountains as well. The flowers in the window are my window boxes that line the front of the house and patio. I loved where we were before and I love where I am now. I am learning with the Apostle Paul -to be content in any state that I find myself.
All of this brings me to today’s devotional thought – sometimes God wants to move us whether we like it or not! Being comfortable isn’t very high on His list of priorities for us. In fact, in my experience He’s pretty happy when I’m UNCOMFORTABLE enough to let Him change what He needs to in my heart. Has that been your experience as well?
I’ve also learned that “Father truly always does know best!” His plans for me are always for my good and he imagines so much more for me than I would have ever thought for myself. I’m learning every day to trust him more and to delight more in His surprises. One of my favorite things about our new location is that I get drop-in guests now. We were soooooo far up in the mountains that nobody came by unless they had really good reason or time to waste, LOL! Now friends pop in on a whim and we love it.
3 He has given me a new song to sing,
a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see what he has done and be astounded.
They will put their trust in the LORD.
4 Oh, the joys of those who trust the LORD,
who have no confidence in the proud,
or in those who worship idols.
5 O LORD my God, you have done many miracles for us.
Your plans for us are too numerous to list.
If I tried to recite all your wonderful deeds,
I would never come to the end of them.
NEW! Personalized art prints suitable for framing. Available for wedding or anniversary gifts. Personalize with your names and dates. Sizes available both 11″ square (fits nicely on a 12″ scrap book paper in a 12″ scrapbook) and 12″ square (fits stock frames designed for scrapbook pages).
I began my business many years ago as a calligrapher. At the time I didn’t know how to paint or draw. In designing calligraphy pieces for people I discovered that I needed to find ways to add color and interest to them and thus began my journey into the world of art.
For many years we had a framed print line that we sold at craft fairs all throughout the state of California. Our favorite being the Harvest Festivals. Not a fall passes by that we don’t reminisce fondly about those days (amazing how memories of the pain and exhaustion passes after time, LOL!)
We also wholesaled our product to about 4,000 stores during the 90’s and up until 2006. At that time it simply became too much to manage with the growth of my licensing business and the time commitments that were involved. We have continued to sell to individuals over the years and have made dear, dear friends with many of our repeat customers – you know who you are 🙂
With my venturing into Zazzle this past year and especially with my growing wedding invitation business, it’s been much on my heart to bring back the calligraphy line but in a new way, with new art for a new generation. Today is the very first piece that I am releasing. These are being sold as prints that can be framed or displayed in a scrapbook. You can order them and take them to your local Michael’s or frame shop. They can be framed without mats or matted and framed as suits your decor.
Look for many more in the days and months to come. What I love about this option is that I can do 30 or more versions of 1st Corinthians 13 and not have to have a catalog that shows them all! The next designs to come will be my best sellers “Lord, Help me to Build a Healthy Child” and “To Build a Lasting Love.”
Also shown in this post are the Wedding Invitations that match. This collection is called “Trellis Rose Vintage” and has a wide range of wedding related products created to match. Perfect for spring and summer weddings, the collection will be fully finished by the New Year. Click on any picture to go to that item in the store.by
For those that aren’t familiar with the Zazzle marketplace, there are literally billions of products available from millions of artists, photographers and designers. Each day, Zazzle selects 30-40 of those products to reflect what they felt were the best and/or most interesting new items created that day.
I have been blessed to be selected many times in the four months I’ve been active at Zazzle, but this last week I was really pleased to have my products selected 3 days in a row. It’s quite an honor and a reward for your hard work. Thank you, Zazzle!
The contemporary flower design was a lot of fun to create. So many of these contemporary designs are just drawn and colored in on Photoshop. I love to bring watercolor art into contemporary design and give it a flair that flat graphics will never achieve.
This collection was created out of the art work I designed for my “Paradise” fabric collection with Studio E Fabrics. There are three different collections within this collection which makes it perfect for the bride that hates “matchy-matchy!”
And finally, a contemporary baby girl baby shower or birth announcement. One of the things I love to do with my Zazzle store, is play with creating more contemporary work than might be my usual. This “Circles ‘n Booties” ensemble is a great example of mixing classic Audrey Jeanne art with a contemporary twist.
I am just 1400 visits away from 700,000 hits! Thanks one and all for taking time out of your day to let me share my art and my heart 🙂by
Before I left town last week I had a “play day,” which is what I call it when I don’t have any particular assignments on my desk and I just feel like drawing and painting whatever comes to mind. This little girl contemporary whimsical floral art is the result. It is available in a variety of formats for birthday party invitations and soon will be available for baby girl birth announcements and baby shower invitations. Just click on the link above to go to the store if you would like to see it and the other products offered.
ON THE PERSONAL SIDE — FAMILY MEANS EVERYTHING DOESN’T IT? I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in regretting that we don’t get to spend enough time with those we love most in this world. Sometimes the requirements of making a living get smack in the way of enjoying life 🙂 However, this past week was spent with a wide assortment of family members. Some we haven’t seen in years and some we just met for the first time — all were enjoyed and loved very much.
Our son Scot and his new bride Naomi, joined their hands in marriage this past Saturday. We wish the day could have continued in the old testament version of the 7 day wedding feast. It all goes past way too quickly and suddenly the day you have awaited for months is well on its way to becoming a memory.
We had a delightful time meeting Naomi’s family and enjoying the talents of her mother, Patricia. Patricia pulled together not only a beautiful event — but had to change venues the day before the wedding due to the intense thunderstorms and rain. So the outdoor reception and wedding in a charming classic white chapel was suddenly moved to the larger (and drier) sanctuary. The move transpired with only a slight hitch here and there and in the end no one that attended would have thought that this venue was “plan B!” Congrats to her and her family.
My camera was eating batteries so I will try to get photos from my kids to post a little later in the week. Our son, Scot shed a tear as his beautiful bride came down the aisle and they really didn’t need lighting for the stage, as Naomi’s shining countenance lit up the entire church. We couldn’t be more pleased with Scot’s choice of a wife, she is a wonderful mother, a true friend to her new husband and has a delightful sense of humor to boot. Welcome to the family Naomi!
We also had the pleasure of spending some time with Brownlow Gifts’ design team while we were in Dallas. They are one of my favorite companies to work with not only because of their incredible quality of product and creativity of design, but because of how darn much fun we all have together!!! Thanks for the laughs and the warm welcome.by
LINK TO VICTORIAN ROSE HEARTS KIT IN STORE (On sale for $4.78)
LINK TO VICTORIAN ROSE HEARTS PAPER PACK IN STORE (On sale for $2.73)
A BRAND NEW, NEVER OFFERED BEFORE digital clip art kit and matching Paper Pack, just in time for scrapbooking, card crafting or digital crafting your projects for Valentine’s Day! But this kit has a much wider appeal than merely this holiday. It’s filled with red roses fresh from my garden and an abundance of hearts in ever shape and color so it’s perfect for all those romantic occasions like Weddings, Anniversaries and Love. I included the Valentine’s word art pieces at no charge in this kit, so that my International customers who don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day will still get the full value.
It was such fun to actually get to create some fresh, new art! In between creating the portfolio pages for my new agency, MHS Licensing and Art for the walls for the CHA Winter show in Anaheim and wrapping up my newest fabric collection that will be out later this year (in June I believe), I snuck into my studio to play a little!
This kit will be on sale for two weeks only (until January 22nd, 2009) at 20% off so if you’re looking for a deal keep that in mind!
I forgot to post a winner for the first of the month. Boy, do I really miss Deb D 🙁 I would never have gotten to the 8th without a gentle reminder — okay, not so gentle!!! The winner is the lady who wrote the first comment on December 18th, 2008’s post. Congratulations to the winner! She gets a $5 gift certificate to use in my store. CONGRATULATIONS!!!! (to find the comments, go to the date’s post, scroll to the end of it and at the bottom will be a small link that says “comments.” Click on it and it will show the entire post including its comments).by