Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Mission Accomplished

At least I hope to say, "Mission accomplished!" very soon! It seems as if I haven't accomplished much at all this summer. I'm doing something every day, but some of this and some of that is not getting one entire project completed. I hope by the end of July I can look around and finally see some finished projects. :)

However, I can't take off the entire summer without working on handmade items for my shop, so I have made another set of angel wings and a wreath.

These angel wings are made from an old church hymnal dated 1951. I don't make these very often anymore as they are time consuming, but I thought I'd do a set once in a while so I wouldn't forget how I make them. When I designed them a few years back, I didn't write out instructions... which is something I guess I should do at some point.

The more traditional round wreath... possibly it's round shape is the only thing traditional about it... was made from a 1956 World Atlas and Gazetteer book. I decided to make a more colorful wreath instead of my usual ivory and black theme.

I've not abandoned my painting. In fact, I can hardly wait to get back to painting. I just have a few more things to do before I clear off my workspace and say hello to canvas and brushes and tubes of paint again!

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to visit my art blog! :)

Take care and God bless,

Monday, July 1, 2013

When One Door Closes...


Remember when I was sooo disappointed that I didn't make a juried show for this fall? I think I wrote about it here... or maybe it was in my newsletter. Anyway, it's true... when one door closes another door opens! Near the first of June I received an email from the owner of Splash Festivals asking if I'd like to participate in one of her fall shows... in Georgia! This lady does the famed Norcross Art Fest, which is the one I'll be doing, as well as several others. If you are on Facebook, you can see lots of photos taken at previous Norcross shows here.

I was so excited to be asked, because it is by invitation only. I have talked with the owner a few times already and I sent in my confirmation today! So it's really going to happen! Yikes! Now I am nervous, anxious, and have butterflies in my stomach just telling you about it. Jessica, my daughter and show helper, and I will pack up the first weekend in October and travel several hours to Norcross (just north of Atlanta) and spend the weekend setting up, meeting all sorts of people, selling, taking down, packing up, and driving back home. I'm sure we'll have loads of fun spending mother / daughter time eating out, staying in the hotel, and talking and laughing while on the road!

There are expenses, and plenty of them I have found out since making plans, such as the booth fee, hotel, gas, food, all the paint and canvases I'll have to buy before I can even paint something for the festival... and can you believe I don't even have a canopy yet? I never needed one at the Lavender Festival, but I have to have one for this show. So, throughout the summer I am going to be offering some small art pieces here and there... a festival fundraiser of sorts. :)

For this festival fundraiser, I have several original poppy seed pod paintings in shabby chic, cottage style, easel back frames. The artworks are acrylic with pen and ink detail and they measure 2" x 3" not including the frames. They are signed on the back of the art (#12 is signed on the front). These minis are sweet and simple and perfect for a thoughtful, one of a kind gift.

And guess what?
These originals are $15 each, but if you order 3 or more, you get them at $12 each!
Shipping is $5 no matter how many you get. International customers, please email me for shipping charges.
Just email me (lanamanis {at} gmail {dot} com) with your choice(s).

#1, 2, and 7 are sold ~ thank you!
(yes, i missed the number 8 so it jumps from 7 to 9)

I have more original paintings as well as prints in my Etsy shop, Lana Manis Designs.

Thank you for looking!

Take care and God bless,