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Happy Halloween!~

Happy Halloween wishes to you! Hope you have a spooky day :) We're headed to the pumpkin patch with my daughter's class and the trick or treating tonight of course. Maybe we'll see a real goblin or ghost or two?

How will you be spending the day today? It's hard to believe that tomorrow will begin November. How is it possible?! Time is going so quickly now towards Christmas.

May your day be filled with pumpkin and sweets!~!
~H

Gathering the Greens folk art painting


Although Halloween isn't yet upon us, I suppose it's appropriate to be painting snow since those of you in New England are expecting such a whopping snowstorm today! I hope you are all safe and snug in your homes when this Halloween snow blows in!

I just finished this painting, which is a large one for me. I tried something new with this piece by painting my own framing border around the piece and really like how it came out! In fact, I'm working on another large piece with a similar painted on frame.

Today is also our 7th anniversary, although we're home with a little one, I hope to have a nice calm and quiet day with some cookie baking going on in a bit. We're finally getting our fall color here on the prairie, although its a bit muted since everything was so stressed during the summer heat. But I'm so thankful to have that behind us, and really looking forward to the approaching holiday season.

Hope all is well with you and yours this last weekend of October! Have a merry halloween as well! And be careful in the snow, should you have it :)
~H

New originals in the shop

Well, what a gray and rainy day we're having here today! The bad weather cancelled a school field trip to the pumpkin patch, but it seems a wonderful day for nestling in and getting some painting done.

I've put these two paintings in my etsy shop this morning, they are on their best behavior and looking for a new home!

The first painting is "Pumpkin Town" and she is so sweet! Perfect for display all autumn long. The second is "Clara and her Doll" which I painted from the inspiration of an old daguerreotype from the 1850s. She's holding an Izannah Walker doll.

Hope you and yours are safe and warm this late October day!~
~H

Christmas Card--- final preorder Day!

Its hard to believe, but Christmas is just right around the corner. I'm really excited about it this year. I just can't wait, its such a warm, beautiful, and magical time. We found our church last year on St. Nicholas Day, and I'm looking forward to going through the season of Advent and the Christmas celebration not just as visitors but as real confirmed members. I know it will make things even that much more special!

I'm also very pleased to be able to offer a bit of my art to you all as Christmas postcards which are perfect for Christmas greetings. Remember too that postcards are actually less expensive to send-- just ask your postal service worker for postcard stamps :) It's also a very nice way to support a small handmade business-- because that's what I am!~

Today is the last day that I'll be taking preorders for the postcards. If you usually send out a large quantity of cards, this is the way to go to guarantee that you'll get exactly how many you need. For information on pricing, card images, and ordering visit THIS POST.

Many thanks to those of you who have already ordered! I cant wait for you to see them, and I hope that they bring you and your loved ones much joy!~
Thanks again,
H

Tasha Tuesday

Well, hello there! And welcome~
I'm happy to report that after a bit of a summer hiatus, the tradition of Tasha Tuesdays here at Audrey Eclectic is now officially back to celebrate one of my favorite artists--- Tasha Tudor.

If you're new and haven't read my Tasha Tudor series before, I hope that you'll be in for a treat and perhaps grow to appreciate her as well. Although she's now gone, Tasha's influence on many American artists, gardeners, foodies and free thinking spirits is still very alive and well. Born in the early 20th century in New England, she cultivated for herself a life that was inspired by all her passions--- history, early American life, gardening, writing, painting, animals and what we'd now call 'off the grid rural homestead life.' If you'd like to learn more about her, there are many beautiful books about her life and work, as well as a website and museum that is run by her family.

I've been thinking about Tasha more lately as the season slowly mellows into fall, and then quickly behind it, the Christmas season. We're now reaching those days that start with chill and fog--- I hadn't seen fog in so many months I'd almost forgotten it existed until this past Sunday when the world was suddenly a ghostly gray.

Fall is also a good time for teas, and Tasha was an avid lover of tea time in the English style. For my birthday I received a canister of Harney & Son's "Royal Wedding Tea" and it is so good and rather fancy! I dont think I've ever had such fancy tea-- with its gauzy tea bags filled with loose leaves and petals. Of course I had to drink it out of a fancy cup as well.

It's also a time of harvesting and a time for nestling in. If you've ever seen photos of Tasha Tudor's home, you know that it was perfect for nestling! So filled with old treasures, sweet furry creatures, and lots of knitwear. All of which I love.

Too soon this season of brilliant colors will be over and we'll start sinking into the waning colors of winter until a brilliant blanket of snow comes to liven up the world. It will probably be many months still before we see any snow out here on the prairie-- and I'm curious to see if we have another blizzard and determined that this time we will be ready for it! No more clearing snow with the garden shovel for me ;)

I hope that you have a beautiful Tuesday and take a moment to enjoy a quiet moment of peace.
Happy Tasha Tuesday,
~H



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~Sleep in Heavenly Peace~

I just finished this painting up the other day. It feels strange to be thinking about snow and Christmas so soon after such a brutally hot summer, but time definitely marches on!
This painting started with more of a feeling--- just that quiet peaceful feeling that comes from being safe and warm inside while the snow falls and transforms the world on the outside. This past winter we got our most epic snow ever--- and while there were some nervous moments (we Okies don't seem to deal well with snow!) there were some very restful and pleasant ones. The Christmas Eve of 2010, we even had a blizzard and were unable to go anywhere on Christmas Day. Luckily I had a turkey thawing in the fridge for what I thought would just be sandwich meat, but it turned into a little Christmas feast, just the three of us, while the snow glistened and blew outside. It is such a sweet memory to me now.





This painting is meant to channel a little of that feeling, and I hope you like it! The young mother and her baby are nestled in a nice knitted shawl and patch work quilt, while the snow falls outside on the prairie. My plan is to display this painting and several others at a gallery event I'm doing at Deep Fork next month. I have a feeling its going to be a great exhibition and I hope that the paintings are received well! If you're in the OKC area between Nov.19 and mid-January, you can stop in and see the art and enjoy some amazing food!~

Well, there is much more painting I need to get done. Til next time...
~H




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Christmas Card Pre-Order


This year I really wanted to do something special with Christmas cards and have been making plans about it for months now. I created some new images and love how they turned out! I am now ready to send off my first order to have postcards made, and thought I would give you all a chance to place preorders if you so wished. Here are the cards I'll be offering for Christmas 2011:

"A Christmas Eve Story"


"The Birds' Guardian"


"Madonna and Child"
This will be the back of each postcard, I really like how it turned out!

I know it's just October, but Christmas has a way of sneaking up on us! And if you're one of the growing number of folks who want to vote with your dollars and support small business and handmade artists, then this would be a great way to do so! I would love to be a small part of your Christmas cheer and celebration this year by lending my art to your holiday greetings!

To preorder your cards, please email me at audreyeclectic(at)gmail.com to tell me which design you would like to order and the number you would like to purchase. Will then send you a paypal invoice for the amount plus $3 shipping. If you need an alternative way to pay, just email me and we can work something out.

*This preorder will last until Wednesday Oct. 26 when I will be placing the order

Here are the prices for cards:

10 cards $10

20 cards $18

35 cards $30

50 cards $45

Please don't hesitate to comment here or email me if you have any questions! I'm so excited to be offering Christmas Cards to you, my friends and family, this year!

Off to paint some more!~
H

Autumn Delights

Kitty on a prettily spooky porch taken on our trip to Eureka Springs last week

It's turned out to be a quiet week here on the little blog, but that doesn't mean I haven't been working! I've been preparing some larger paintings and also it is fall break, and I've got a little one at home with me for most of the week.

The weather has turned cooler for the moment and we're getting into the spirit of the season--- putting fake headstones in the flower garden, and baking yummy things.
I made this rustic apple pie this evening and featured it over on the What Would Ma Ingalls Do blog. I've had sort of a change in focus over at that little blog....It will still keep its Ma Ingalls flair, but also be a little more about modern life on the prairie and a bit of suburban homesteading. I thought it was still very much in the vein of what Ma was about, so I hope you'll come on over and take a look :) I even gave it a fresh make over!

I have a new painting to share with you soon too! It's a winter painting and I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out! So come back soon!~
~H

Hello!

Taking a break from the painting table to say hello. It's that season again, and I'm painting some new pieces for a gallery event next month in OKC. I wanted to show you my bluegrass family band painting, shown above; the mama plays the autoharp, and the girls play the fiddle and mandolin. The little girls were inspired by photos of my granny as a little girl, growing up in the Ozarks in the 30s and 40s. She was a cutie!

I'm also working on a mother and child piece that will be a wintery scene. Its near finished now, but this is a photo of it with just a bit painted in. These paintings look so strange, with floating figures and blocks of dark space before they're completed. I thought you might like to see.

Back to work!
~H

Projects

I'm back in the saddle with my art work and it's nice to be getting things done. I wanted to share with you this latest painting that I finished before we left last week, my "Dashing Young Sir." I made him as a companion to my other traditional Americana style portrait "Susannah and Mercy Butler" and I think they look nice hanging together.
I plan on taking both these paintings out to Blue Heron Antique Shop soon so that they can hang out with all the real antiques and look generally sweet and charming. Hopefully they'll call out to someone as well and get a new home!
I also started on a few little dolls for upcoming shows, and its been forever since I've made some dolls! Maybe even a year? I just had the urge to make some as a fun change. Here they are all sewn up and prepped for the fun painting, sunning themselves on the back porch.
Of course all this was overseen by Henry, the art dog, who quite frankly was more interested in chewing on rocks than me prepping dolls and canvas on the porch. I caught a photo of him giving me 'the Elvis face.' He's now passed out at my feet, having worked so hard ;)

Well, back to work! Can't wait to show you all my projects when they're done...
~H

An October Jaunt

Things have been so quiet around here for the past few days because we were off wandering through the Ozark Mountains, as we're apt to do from time to time. My birthday and my husband's birthday and our anniversary are all around this time, so we went off for some general celebration and recuperation.

We stayed at one of our favorite haunts (hehe) the Crescent Hotel up on the mountain above the little artsy and old timey town of Eureka Springs, AR. We started our day in the dining room of the old hotel with its black linen cloths and glowing chandeliers and coffee that I love. Then we'd jaunt about town visiting the shops and restaurants that we've been to so many times that it feels like a second home.

It was a trip that I, for one, really needed. Sometimes you have to rest the mommy brain and I was languishing in a bit of an artistic rut. I love working at home on my art, but sometimes it can be like painting in a bit of a vacuum of direction and inspiration. Wandering around those steep little streets also helped solidify my longing to be a shop keeper. I would love to have a little nest of a shop, packed full of my creations, and just paint in the corner and visit with people as they came and went (and bought lots of art!). Trying to find the right direction and venue for one's work can be tricky business. Many people go the consignment or wholesale route, or the licensing route, but I think my inclination at the end of the day is to create an entire world for my art and you, who buy the art. From the creation to presentation. Blame it on Type A tendencies ;)

So, it seems I've returned with a rested brain, new inspiration and some long-term goals. Not too shabby for a little trip to the mountains!~ I look forward to sharing more new pieces with you....

~H

Back From Wandering

Well, I'm back from a little jaunt in the Ozarks, rested and filled to the brim with inspiration and the fire to paint. Can't wait to share more with you! Hope you had a lovely weekend and are enjoying some pretty autumn weather.....

Inspired Dwellings

Hello there, dears! I am back after a long few days of everyone but the dog falling sick in one way or another. But we're all more or less on the mend and it's back to work for me.

Lately I've been enjoying some hoarding tendancies when it comes to old magazines. Because, to me, the only thing better than a new magazine to look through is a new old and cheap magazine full of art inspiration. My favorite old magazine to snatch up at the antique mall is Country Living. I love the magazine now, but I also love its more rustic incarnation in the 80s/early 90s when New England style houses were all the rage.

Instead of losing specific images in a giant pile of magazines and then not knowing where to find them again, I thought I'd start cataloging and sharing some of my favorite homey and arty images here. The photos from this post come mainly from the December 1994 issue of Country Living.

At this moment in time, if you were to ask me what my dream house would be, I would say a traditional style New England salt box filled with rich wood floors, brick hearths and lots of rich color and simple furnishings. I'll start with the doorway above, right down to the kitty. I'll take it all, please.
If you ask me, the only thing better than one silhouette is more silhouettes. I love how they look massed together like this. When I see rooms filled with silhouettes it just makes me fall in love. The stockings on the mantle are so sweet too.
And here it is, my dream bedroom! Isn't this room just gorgeous?! The rug! The hearth! The folk art! The homespun bedding! oooh, even a basket of knitting! I just want to walk right into this image and live there. I think I'm really coming to love the simple line of early American furniture and fixtures because they aren't as foofy (real word?) or over the top as Victorian pieces. Before the industrial revolution, most of people's furnishings, cloth, clothing, everything was handmade. Even down to the nails. I love that.
This hearth photo appears on the cover of this specific magazine and I love it. Of course I love the folk art portrait above the mantle and all the old dishes and pots and pans. I also love a good garland, and evidently this particular year yellow yarrow was all the rage. I think it appeared in atleast 3 or 4 different stories in this magazine. Perhaps there was a sale on yellow yarrow that year ;) but I love the unexpected dash of yellow in the Christmas decor, how absolutely homemade and hand done it all looks. It just warms my heart and makes me long for the holidays.

Anyhow, hope you liked looking through these old photos with me! I think they're so inspiring, no matter that they're over 20 years old now. When things are timeless, they never grow out dated.

Whats your favorite decorating era? Or are you thoroughly modern? What inspires you?
~H

Post Cards from Pumpkin Town

I'm so happy it is October! Now it's really truly fall. Now no one will raise an eye brow that we've got the halloween decorations out--- its time for any and everything pumpkin, for chillly brisk days and ooooh, knitted things! Bats and cats and afternoons of watching The Worst Witch back-to-back at least two or three times.

Now that the first show of the season is over, I'm trying to settle in and keep the creativity going. I have a little one with a lingering cough, which we did our best to remedy with a spur of the moment trip to the pumpkin patch (she hasnt coughed too much! Perhaps it worked?). We also took our pup to the annual Blessing of the Animals at our church, which was such a lovely event (he was very well behaved).

Now we need to get the pansies planted and start hoarding spring bulbs. I cant wait to sketch and get to painting. So many things I love about this month. So many great moments when you're in a Pumpkin Town state of mind.....
~H

Indie Emporium 2011

Well, we are back! Indie Emporium 2011 has come and gone and it was a really great show. Thanks to much help from my lovely bearded assistant, we had our best show yet at our biggest booth yet! We had a nice corner booth to display all out things....

The cups did well, and I met many a Jane Austen and Jane Eyre fan! What is so fun about these shows is finding so many kindred spirits who love the same things you do--- in my case old timey girls, good books, spooky autumn scenes.

Your local Audrey Eclectic Folk Art Peddler
Here's a shot of the rose pins and the knitted hats. I was surprised actually at the success of the knitted hats. I made them to put the roses on, but people were wanting just the hats sometimes, lol. Which of course is fine by me!

And I couldn't talk about this craft show without talking about this! The Square. It's the new thing now in crafting. You order the little white square (plugged into the top of the iPhone), sign up for the service (which is totally free!) and voila! You can now take all major credit cards at your craft booth. You only pay a tiny fee per transaction and I think this little accessory played a big part in making this our most lucrative show to date. Many of the vendors at this show had this, I know it will soon become a must-have for all crafters. It used to be, people only brought cash to these shows and if they found something they loved that exceeded their on-hand funds, it was just too bad. Now, it's not a problem! Just swipe the card! :D

All in all, it was a really good show. I met some really great vendors and customers as well. I hope everyone that bought a little something (or big something) from our booth loves it! It's always such a pleasure to do this show.

Now, to rest a bit and then paint some more!~
h