29 January 2010

One World One Heart ~ A Magical Carpet Ride ~ 2010

Some of you may know about the One World One Heart event that was created in 2007 by Lisa Swifka. I first read about it on a friendly blog last year and thought, “Oooh, what a fun and fabulous idea.” At the time I was so new to blogging that I did not participate.





The other evening while catching up on reading posts of my favorite “blog beauties” I found out that this annual event started this week...for the fourth consecutive year.


So I clicked and clicked and clicked and found A Whimsical Bohemian. I read all about the inception of this event and also learned a little about this “Bohemian” whose art is to die for {that’s my opinion and I am sticking to it}, who also just happens to be a California girl, and who created and organizes this event.



~ The Story ~

The original idea for this giveaway event was to bring bloggers together from around the world ~ bloggers who may never ordinarily meet. This event tightens the gap of the art blog community and enables us to interact, discover new and wonderful people, not to mention marvelous art and design. And in the process of all this we give a gift from our hearts to a new friend and possibly win a gift or two for ourselves along the way.


This international event unites this giant community of creative bloggers. It is an opportunity for those of us who are still relatively new in the art blogging community to meet and interact with those seasoned bloggers and hopefully establish delightfully new relationships.


So now that you know the story and now I do too, I am getting on the Magic Carpet ~ along with almost 800 other bloggers. I am not sure who will find me, but for those of you who are new visitors I hope you will like what you see here at Italian Girl in Georgia’s studio and come back often.


Lisa’s “Goddess of the Sun” {I want that gorgeous piece!} painting gave me the direction I needed for the Magic Carpet Ride theme and I decided to give away two giclee prints of these bright sun faces ~ to spread a little sunshine around the world.



~ My Art ~


~One Sunny Disposition ~


~ Sunny Disposition Too ~




This is how they started. Some of you may remember these unfinished sketches from
here.


The original pen and ink drawings were painted with gouache {one of my favorite mediums because of the saturation you can achieve with the paint}. They have been sold to a gallery and look fabulous framed in square tangerine coloured frames {just to give you an idea}.





I am giving away two giclee prints {one of each} of these paintings, which have just as vibrant colour as the originals. They are printed on an acid free, heavy weight {140 lb.}, cold press Strathmore watercolour paper. The image size of each is 7” x 7” and the over all size is 8” x 10” which will fit in a standard size frame.







These are artist’s proofs {A/P} and initialed in pencil by me. {I will be offering these prints in my shop in limited edition quantities later on this Spring ~ those will be printed in series of 25 and numbered.}



~ How to Enter ~


To enter the drawing please leave a comment and let me know a bit about you. The deadline to enter for everyone participating is at the stroke of midnight Sunday, February 14th. I will randomly select a winner from those of you who leave comment here and announce the winner on Monday, February 15th. Good luck!



Don't forget to click on the badge below or on my side bar to be magically transported to A Whimsical Bohemian and see the list of Magic Carpet Ticket Holders hosting their own giveaways in One World One Heart.




Have fun everyone and thank you to all of you for stopping by.



Ciao amici,

Suzanne

25 January 2010

A Lifetime of Roses


Today on this day of my seven year wedding anniversary, I thought I would write a bit about one of the most cherished flowers of our time ~ the rose.


My home is infused with these beauties ~



~ whether it be a tiny hand made porcelain rose from Germany I received as a gift when I was a teenager,



a vintage perfume bottle,



or a turn of the century antique compact from my Grandmother's bureau.





Details on lovely pieces of vintage furnishings I have collected,






decorative arts and remnants from wrought iron garden gates,



and those special pieces of furniture that I have hand painted.



Paper roses stashed up on a shelf in a rustic wrought iron basket,



fresh roses tucked in an old Victorian bird cage,




books about roses,





which have inspired me to paint...




...those plucked from our garden and placed in a simple silver cup,


or petite crystal vase.



Silk roses that adorn the back of my wedding dress I designed...seven years ago,



a funky silver rose ring my husband {and son} bought for me when we were in Cabo San Lucas,



and crystal baubles in the shape of rosettes dangling from this 1920's chandelier in our bedroom.



My comfy chair,





a fragile and favorite porcelain cup and saucer {too pretty to use},



and a pair of perfect porcelain angels holding rosebuds ~ keepsakes from my childhood bedroom.



{My mother had saved these for me all these years ~ we used to have them hanging on the wall in my hot pink bedroom with plastic flowers in them ~ that was a long time ago!}



Now they watch over me carefully perched on top of a dresser.


I once took a ceramics class and attempted to make a rose topiary tree...


...it was one of the most difficult projects I have ever undertaken! One of the roses fell off in the kiln and the instructor put it back on the tree...but not quite where I originally had it growing. Kudos to those talented ceramicists out there.


Roses embellish my environment so subtly every day, and yet without obvious intent seem to be an integral part of the design of things around here. I do not think of my home as frilly or overly feminine at all, but taking this closer look you would never know that I live here with a house full of males ~ husband, son, and now rabbit.

With all this chit chat about vases of roses in silver cups and crystal vases, tucked here and there you would think that we had the state botanical gardens in our back yard. Oh, so not so...we have only three rose bushes...



...which produce these pretty delicate white roses that are so precious and delightfully fragrant. {Growing roses in our climate and landscape is a bit tricky, but I have had success with this variety.}


So, last month we planted three new rose bushes in our back garden ~ tea roses by the name of Rosa Whisper. These I know will be stunning. Let's just hope the ladybugs keep the aphids away.



I know that roses are not a unique subject to photograph, paint, or draw, there are so many layers of each one to capture with the lens, brush, or pen ~ not to mention their classic beauty. But I love photographing, painting, and sketching these glorious flowers and creating art with them in some form or another.


I will show you soon some beautiful one of a kind booklets and paper gifts I have made that are now available in my Etsy shop and some fun products that I have created in my Zazzle gallery too.


Thanks so much for your visit.

Ciao amici,
Suzanne

19 January 2010

House of Gucci


Who doesn’t love a bunny? I love them all. Peter Rabbit is one of my all time favorite stories and Beatrix Potter's illustrations continue to make me smile.


Does the title of this post confuse you? I'll explain ~ please read on...


My first pet rabbit was a common pure white one my parents gave to me when I was about eight or nine years old. Just a mutt I named “Muffy ~ fluffy Muffy ~ not a very original name, but a typical one for a little girl to name her pet bunny.




Later as a “grown up” I got my first Holland Lop. Living in an apartment at the time, pets {dogs, cats, snakes, and other creatures} were not allowed although I did have a parakeet that my landlord was aware of. I thought that if I was clever enough I could sneak my little flop eared fuzz ball in without my landlord knowing a thing. I know, I know…shame on me, but I couldn’t resist.






He never found out ~ even though in the courtyard garden behind my apartment lettuce, corn, carrots, and other veggies started mysteriously growing. Unbeknownst to the guy I paid my rent to, I had emptied the litter box in the back and the rabbit poop had fertilized the soil. The lettuce was fabulous and organic, to say the least!



When I moved to Georgia from the San Francisco Bay Area, my second Holland Lop, Guido, came with me. It was an adjustment for both of us of course, but he found his way around this big house often hiding in the cavernous fireplace and playing on the terrace nibbling on fresh herbs.


Although he was a fierce Italian rabbit, he was getting old and died in the early winter.



Guido 1996 ~ 2002

I promised my son that one day we would get a bunny rabbit ~ rabbits are marvelous pets and bring so much enjoyment to a home.





They are fabulous with children, they can be trained just as you would train a cat or a dog, they can be walked on a leash and romped around with on the grass. They are silly critters and all have unique personalities. The average life span for a house rabbit is anywhere between five and ten years ~ a definite investment of time and love.






...We just had to convince my husband, Mr. McGregor.



And with the persistence of a little boy...








...and my charming ways, we did.





So now, about seven years after Guido the Mobster left us, we adopted an orphan rabbit this weekend from The House Rabbit Society.





He’s the cutest darn thing ~ one ear up and one ear down {like the Playboy bunny}. Part Holland Lop {the dropped ear} but a mix of other breeds as well, one of which may include a breed called Lilac because he has a hint of lavender dove grey fur mixed in with the caramel coloring. He was left in a box at a pet store. He is about four to six months old and was rescued by the North Georgia Chapter of the House Rabbit Society. He has a twin brother who is just as cute and also will be going to his new home soon.




Gucci 2009 ~




I am pleased to introduce Gucci ~ our very stylish Italian house rabbit who we hope will be with us for a long time.







If any of you ever consider adopting a pet rabbit, you can gain a wealth of information from the House Rabbit Society. I have used their resources many times. Just click on the badge below for a link to their home page.


When I began this blog I was so bunny deprived that I adopted a virtual bunny in honor of Guido. My “virtual house rabbit” sits on my side bar right above my tunes and plays around when you click on him. Some of you may already know him. If you have a moment you can feed him a carrot.
You can adopt one too, if you are not ready for a cuddly house rabbit.





So that my friends, is my bunny story. I hope you have enjoyed it. Now I must hop to it and get some real work done. Thanks for stopping by.




Ciao amici,
Suzanne

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