30.8.11

A Variety of Art


Today I want to share with you some special pieces of art that I was privileged to receive over the past month.  I was an art major in college, with an emphasis in Illustration, and I love when I stumble across some extra special art that's being sold on Etsy.


This first pretty little piece is by Reigruche Studio.  Alejandra has a beautiful stock of handmade jewelry and art pieces in her shop.  Her prices on her paintings are amazingly affordable and they are so so so cute.  I loved the painting pictured above and just had to have it!  I don't watch Mad Men too often but I love actress who represent the curvy girl population.  Can you guess which Mad Men character this is?


The beautiful photo of mysterious looking trees is by Rachell Taylor from No Mark At All.  I've been trying to collect black and while art to hang over my desk.  And normally I go for really modern clean crisp graphic designs, but I thought the beautiful texture and moodiness of Rachell's photograph would look beautiful next to more graphic black and white pieces.  Whenever I feel tired of living in a city, I can just look deep into the image and feel lost in the woods.


This last piece is the most important to me.  As some of you may know, my one and only grandma passed away unexpectedly in the middle of August.  I happened to get an offer from Easy Canvas Prints the day before she passed away.  So I decided to create something special to have printed that memorialized my grandma and our love for each other.  My little sister had posted a bunch of photos of my grandma and our family on facebook in the last 2 weeks so I took one of my favorite photos of my grandmother and me and edited the coloring to focus on her signature color of red with purple and blue accents (and tried to focus on how we seemed to match our outfits in a lot of my younger year photos :)
I love my grandma SO much.  She was truly my hero and constant inspiration.  And I am so thankful I have this special print, that I designed myself, to hang in my bedroom.  So much of who I am is shaped by who my grandmother was.  And to me, this image feels like it really expresses that.

Art can convey so many things:  Fun, like in the Mad Men inspired painting.  Mystery, like in the trees photograph.  And love & celebration of life, like in the image of my grandma and I.  What sort of art do you have around your home?

15 comments:

Sweet Harvest Moon said...

Love everything!

miss britney said...

love the piece you did for your grandmother :)

Alice said...

So pretty! I bought the Frida Kahlo painting from Reigruche Studio a couple of weeks ago, such great work!

Christopher Seal said...

That photo is of you and your Grandmother at a train station in Wales, when you and she and Baba went there by train from Peterborough.

Alli (One Pearl Button) said...

How beautiful, Moorea. I especially love the canvas of you and your grandmother. It's really wonderful.

kelly ann said...

I love the photo of you & your grandma <3 And YEAH JOAN! She's my favourite Mad Men character - curvy girl represent! ;)

Violet Bella said...

i love them all moorea. the one you did of you and your grandma is amazing! what a great way to memorialize her. i think this has inspired me to do a little something for my dad.

Kacie said...

Those prints are all very cool. The one of you and your Grandma is truly special.

Kacie
A Collection of Passions

Reigrüche Studio said...

Thanks so much for including the mini painting in this lovely art post, so honored!

The black and white photos in my vintage typewriter key jewelry listings are actually of my grandparents. I also have pictures of both grandmother hanging in my studio space so they are with me as I work and dream. I also like to frame really cool looking vinyl record cover art :)

@Alice- So glad you love it! How long did it take to get to you? First time I ship to New Zealand :)

Britta Cait said...

I love all of it!

Rachell said...

Wow, to know that a print of mine is hanging next to such a lovely photo of a woman who means that much to you is an honor. Thanks so much Moorea. I hope you and your family are healing after such a loss. She sounds like she was a lovely woman.

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Cheray Natalie... said...

That print of you and your grandma is just beautiful Moorea <3
I'm got random selections of art through our house - some I've done myself and others that I fall in love with when I see. The re-occuring theme seems to be "home" though... <3
Cheray x

Diana said...

;__;

The canvas you designed is such a beautiful tribute.

Naomi said...

That is such a beautiful canvas print of your Grandma, Moorea and a loving tribute to her x

Megan V said...

The photo of you and your grandma is so special and beautiful. I love it so much!!!!

Thank you for including my embroidery in the little collection of art!!! I hope it is still bringing a smile to your face :)
xoxoxoxo meg