Friday, August 21, 2009

The Cat is Out of The Bag

It's true, I can't keep a secret. Last week my newsletter readers enjoyed exclusive savings of 25% off everything on the shelves at Other Peoples Flowers store and 20% off all art at OPF Studio. This week the savings are for you! Head on over to the store or the studio where everything is on sale and marked down. There are still a lot of unique treasures and art left and I'm listing new items every day! Don't miss out on your favorite items ~ the deals are going fast!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Imagine My Surprise

When I opened the mailbox today it was full of surprises ~ one was this copy of the new Fall issue of Belle Armoire Jewelry.
I was recently contacted by editor Christen Olivarez asking me to submit some of my work for the Winter issue and I am excitedly waiting for that edition to be published, but I had no idea why I was receiving this issue until I flipped through the pages and found an interview of Ruth Rae and Kelly Snelling, the two authors of the book "A Charming Exchange" that I was lucky enough to be included in. Being a part of the original charm exchange and the resulting collaboration of artists for the book project was an opportunity that continues to bless me to this day. Be sure to pick up a copy of Bell Armoire Jewelry and read the interview as Kelly and Ruth get set to auction off the jewelry that was made for the book to benefit Breast Cancer Research.

And speaking of blessings, I received an unexpected gift from my mother in the mail today as well. At the bottom of the encouraging card she wrote the words "I wish I could be there with you" and my heart just about burst.

Mom, you are here with me every single day. Every time I look at my own daughters or my son I see you in their faces. Your light and your life shines in their eyes. When they laugh or tell a joke I hear you in their voices. I think of you when I look out my window and see the birds in my yard. I feel your heart when I am moved with compassion for an injured animal or angered at an injustice in the world. When I walk through my studio I remember painting ceramics and making Christmas ornaments at your side as a child. Every time I look in the mirror you are there. Somewhere along the line of my life the words "you look like your mother" stopped making me cringe and started making me feel very proud.
~ I love you mom ~ You are with me always.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Shhh....Don't Tell Anyone....

I'll let you in on a little secret...
I've been having a ball this summer exploring the flea markets, auctions, and estate sales and finding some really amazing and unusual objects for collecting and creating. There are some new categories at the store for you to explore and you may have noticed that some of the best items are flying off the shelves lately.


My newsletter readers know the key...exclusive offers and savings just for them. Want to know what they know? Sign up for my newsletter (see the sidebar) before Monday and I'll let you in on the secret.....but shhhhh....don't tell anyone....

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Abstract Small Works - A Heavenly Language

In the works of many Abstract Expressionists I see not only abstract paintings, but a yearning and groping for the heavenly language.~ Makoto Fujimura
It's true - I've yearned and groped for a way to express this thing inside of me. I have no words, only impressions, powerful, that pull and stir at my soul. A knowledge buried within, written on the very core of my heart, that there is something more. Something else I was created for.

Something more then this, something more then this. Something more. I long to connect my spirit to His.


It is pure, it is Truth, it is light, it is Love. Love so pure and full of truth, light so radiant I cannot bare to look at it long. I cannot speak. Nothing comes from my lips.

but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. ~ Romans 8:26

Abstract small works continues my exploration of an unlikely marriage between wax and wire. Look for them at OPF Studio today.

And speaking of abstract works ~ one of my favorite abstract artists, Mary Beth Shaw, was showing at Galena, IL a few weeks back and I was lucky enough to meet up with her. I have vowed to own one of her large paintings, see behind us, ~ someday ~ sigh. But until then I'm hoping to catch her class at Valley Ridge next month and maybe some of her extraordinary talent will rub off on me!

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

A New Song In My Mouth - Revisited


It seems to be the month of revisiting old works. You might remember this collage titled "A New Song In My Mouth" from an earlier post. This week I felt a couple of my previous works really needed to be framed before I could call them finished.

One of my favorite elements of this collage is the antique handwritten sheet music which dated to pre-1900s. I love the look of it floating across the antique paper book cover behind it. The colors are rich, warm and inviting. Something I am having a difficult time capturing in my photos.

The frame is created from reclaimed wood I've salvaged from an antique wood tack box. One nice purple bruise resides on my arm as a testament to the difficult (but satisfying) task of deconstruction.

A New Song In My Mouth is a 9" x 11" collage/encaustic created on cradled canvas from antique papers, book cover canvas, textures, and encaustic wax. The collage is finish framed with naturally patinaed reclaimed wood from an antique tack box ready to hang.

To purchase "New Song" email me at crystal_opf@comcast.net or visit OPF Studio at Etsy.