Welcome to my blog! I am a silk painting artist - having dabbled in a number of areas of artistic expression - oil, acrylic, watercolor, pen & ink. I ventured into silk painting a couple of years ago after I took a workshop with renowned artist Olivia Batchelder of Laguna Beach, California. What a wonderful and inspirational teacher she was! Since then I have been forever hooked with anything to do with textile design/silk painting. I find the dyes that I use (French imported DuPont) are so vibrant - unlike any other medium I have ever used. I am slowing finding my "niche" in the art world and would love to inspire and make other people happy when viewing or wearing my work! Check back often as I am always adding more scarves as I paint them.
My blogs are www.paintingonsilk.blogspot.com, www.lauriepyszkowski.blogspot.com and www.lauriesfavoritethings.blogspot.com
Don't you just love these jewelry designs? I can't wait to buy them now that I've made a little money painting. These beauties are the work of Donna Silvestri. I first met Donna and her husband Greg at the Daisy Days Spring Show at St. Catherine's. I was fortunate enough to have a booth right next to hers and I was amazed at all the traffic she had - and you can see why! Her work is very innovative and I've seen some jewelry people try to copy her work but its just not the same. There is nothing like owning an ONU piece - the imitations pale by comparison. You can find more of here stunning creations at http://www.onujewelry.com/. Her work has been featured in many popular magazines lately - including Good Housekeeping.
Here is another piece by K. Jurick - I get updates almost daily from this wonderful oil painter - how awesome to be able to paint like that! She also painted a little beauty of a blonde woman with an umbrella, and I wanted to buy it - but it sold even before I could get a chance to bid on it! See more of her work below in other postings here...
I was selling my scarves at the Capital One Holiday Fair here in Richmond and a fellow vendor creates these awesome cakes! Eatable art! Wow, now I need a special occasion to hire her! You can find information about her and her awesome looking cakes at http://www.cakesbybarbara.net/.
My daughter, her friend and I recently took a trip to All Fired Up in Richmond - its located right on Cary Street (on the right hand side). What a fun place! We created our own designs out of wet clay (hand building). Next week after the clay dries we go back to paint and then fire our designs. You can pick a clay piece that has already been made or make your own. The gals working in the shop were very helpful. You can even spend an afternoon on their pottery wheel. Studio fees were very reasonable. You can also take a class in creating glass - see the picture up here on bottom left. Check out their website at http://www.getallfiredup.com/
This jewelry is awesome! Hand crafted and totally unique. Very popular here in Richmond - she makes the jewelry herself and uses a unique form of crochet and antique beads to create her work. Visit their website at http://www.onujewelry.com/
I saw this artist at Richmond's Arts in the Park held this past May. One of these artists there really caught my eye. Her watercolors and mixed media works are stunning! You can find more of her work at www.vsfergus.com
Oh what a beautiful place Maine is - especially in the summer. I spent all of my summers growing up on an island off the coast of Maine - Swans Island. It's about a 45 minute ferry ride from Bass Harbor (Mt. Desert Island area). Kind of remote and not a whole lot to do there, but as kids we made our own fun - picking berries, of course going to the beach, digging clams, making beach glass and driftwood art, fishing, boating. How idyllic it was and I realize now how lucky we were to have experienced those wonderful summers there. My grandmother was the island nurse, so she lived in a beautiful victorian house, similar to this one posted here. I have always admired this house on Swans...wish I could be there! The top two photos are of the lighthouse and a view from the sea!
How I love these little oil paintings! She is one of my favorite artists! I bought a few of her paintings last year and I just love looking at them. You can find her work at www.janethillstudio.blogspot.com.