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Monthly Archives: April 2017

  • Mother's Day 2017 Gift Guide!

    Mother’s Day Gift Guide

    Happy Mother’s Day! Well – almost. Mother’s Day is the one day of the year that we stop and thank the women in our lives who taught us how to make our bed, pick out our own clothes, and, more importantly, take on the world. To be a mother is among one of the most selfless and unpredictable projects that a woman can take on. This year, show some appreciation for that special motherly figure who faced the challenge head on and impressively managed to raise well-rounded children while showering them with grace, patience, and unconditional love. Instead of the usual perfume and flowers, how about adding an extra personal touch with a new canvas artwork! Wall art is a staple for spring home décor, and she can admire this thoughtful gift all year long. Here are some one-of-a-kind gift suggestions that will make your one-of-a-kind mother smile!

    Gifts for the Nurturer:

    You And Me Giraffe - Pink

    You and Me Giraffe in Pink by Cathy Walters

    Alpaca Love

    Alpaca Love by Eli Halpin

     

     

     

    Gifts for the Fashionista:

    Figurative - Taking A Stroll

    Figurative - Taking a Stroll by Donna J. West

    White Skirt

    White Skirt by Christine Schwimmer

     

     

     

     

    Gifts for the Gardener:

    Bold & Bright Florals II

    Bold and Bright Florals II by Laura Dro

    Big Roses

    Big Roses by Maren Devine

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Gifts for the Nature Lover:

    Barn Owl On Coral

    Barn Owl on Coral by Eli Halpin

    Nests & Berries

    Nests and Berries by Eli Halpin

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Gifts for the Beach Goer:

    Large Shoreline

    Large Shoreline by Alison Junda

    Floating Jellyfish Aqua

    Floating Jellyfish Aqua by Eli Halpin

    Gifts for the Dog Mom:

    Best Friend - Sweet Old Dog

    Best Friend – Sweet Old Dog by Cathy Walters

    Dog Collection - Bulldog

    Dog Collection – Bulldog by Catherine Ledner

  • Meet Maren Devine

    Meet Maren Devine

     

    Maren Devine finds inspiration all over, and she tries to return the favor as much as she can. “Magazines, being outside, looking at other people’s work, that’s all very inspiring,” she says. “And Instagram has been a wonderful source of people and inspiration.” Devine posts her own work on Instagram, providing inspiration for others. “I try to post at least once a day,” she says, “and sometimes more than that. New works, a lot of paintings, prints, that kind of thing.”

    Once she has the spark of an idea, though, Devine lets her imagination take over. “I love doing flowers. Previously, I would work from ones around the house. Now I make them up. They’re more abstract. I do use subject matter [as a starting point] but I find if I don’t have a preconceived idea of what something should look like, I like the end result better.”

    This idea of trusting her instincts has served Devine well over her career. She earned an MFA and worked as a designer, but when her daughters were small she went back to school and became a high school art teacher. “I loved teaching high school,” she remembers. “The students were so fun to talk to. They were fearless. There is a lot of happiness being around high school kids.”

    But she also started painting every day, and quickly realized she’d missed working with her hands. She started showing her art. And soon she knew she was ready to make the leap and start working on her own art full time. She says her husband was a major supporter of that decision, which helped her take the important step.

    Devine loves being a full-time artist, and she says she always has music playing—any music. “If I have music on everything goes better,” she explains. “I love jazz and old music like ’70s or new stuff that my daughters are listening to. Anything that sounds good that day. It just puts me in the mood. I’ll just have it on in the background. I don’t sing along,” she adds. “That would not be good!”

    In addition to flowers, Devine finds herself drawn to painting marshes, probably because she remembers them fondly from her childhood. “We’d go for drives to the marshes [she grew up in Florida and New Orleans]. My paintings remind me of that. We did a lot of traveling growing up. We even have them in South Texas, where I live now, that look very similar. Some of the ones I paint are memories I’ve had or pictures I’ve taken from driving down the coast.”

    Devine says she loves color but doesn’t have a particular favorite. “Right now I like a lot of blue,” she explains. “I love pink too. Last year I was using a lot of lime green. It always changes.” She pauses. “But if you looked at my paints you’d think my favorite color is pink. I have one large box for each color but two for pink. I can’t not buy a tube of pink paint. I love them all: the light ones, fuchsias, magentas…”

    Maren Devine considers for a moment, perhaps letting inspiration find her again.

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