52 Fridays #19 – Maine

Gentle Readers,

After another week of sickness (argh!), 52 Fridays is again being published on a not-Friday.  As well, since I had less time to work on this collection, I sourced everything from Etsy.  Usually, I work from a variety of resources.

Regardless of my “off week”, I found myself really responding to each of the artists I’m sharing with you.  This isn’t always the case with Etsy, in my growing state-by-state experience.  So yay for Maine Etsy artists!  You’ve got some fine bodies of work. Thanks!…

Maine Artists painting

Yellow House by Jennifer Judd-McGee - Northeast Harbor

Maine landscape painting

Marsh Road by Mary Ann Cary - Cape Elizabeth

Maine jewelry artists

Little Sea Swimmer from Tuizui collection by Ann Jenkins - Bar Harbor

Maine fiber artists

Custom Little City Kid Portrait by Melissa Crowe - Portland

maine woodworkers

Hobbit Hole Garden House by Wooden Wonders - Thorndike

Maine potters

Raku Red Crowned Crane and Moon by Rocky Mann - Bar Harbor

customized ceramic pet sculptures

Customized Dog Clay Sculpture by Indigo Twin - small town 🙂

Maine artists

Hand Printed Wallpaper, Bird Design by Modern Bohemian - Portland

Maine artists

Seagull by Kathryn Robertson - Machias

Maine fiber artists

Moon and Trees Batik by Suzanne Drown - South Portland

Su-su-su-zani!

Today I’m going to acquaint you with my latest love, the Uzbek Suzani.  These are traditional embroidered textiles from Uzbekistan, which are used functionally in the home as well as for special celebrations.  The stylized designs often refer to literal objects, such as legumes, vines, and tea pots.

I love them for their vibrancy, forms and graphic nature.  If you like them, you’ve GOT to check out Tribal Chase.  As a matter of fact, if you like textiles at all you should check them out.

Uzbek Suzani Patterns

(sourcing: calico corners, tribal chaseuzbek textile)

Because I’ve not been able to stop thinking about these lovely fabrics, I felt I had to try to sketch and paint some approximations.  I did these babies last week.  They were really fun.  It was nice to get lost in paint for a while…

sketches

Bluzani

Bluzani ii

Bluzani (detail)

Bluzani ii (side)

The design possibilities for suzani inspired art are just about endless.  Really a fun project, and if you can draw a circle (or even if you can’t – mine are wobbly!)  then you can work out a pattern.

I may have exorcised my Suzani obsession for the time being… but I’m thinking that Kilims would be great inspirations for a new project…

52 Fridays #18 – Louisiana

Lots of birds and color this week…  it must be Spring!

Louisiana painters

Broken Wing by Donny Gallagher - Youngsville

Louisiana painters

Through the Streets by Terrance Osborne - New Orleans

Louisiana artists

Gunshot Landscape by Margaret Evangeline - New York (via Louisiana!)

bird paintings

Lories by Hunt Slonem - somewhere north of Baton Route/ St. Mary Parish/ Kingston, NY

Northern Louisiana painting

Wildflower Road by Karen Mathison Schmidt - farm country, Northern Louisiana

louisiana jewelry

Key to Your Heart by Kiki Huston - New Orleans

rashida ferdinand

Vessel by Rashida Ferdinand - New Orleans

new orleans art

This You Must Know by Brad Benischek with Berman Black - New Orleans

Baton Rouge artists

Fox Mug by Barbara Donovan - Baton Rouge

bright bird painting

You are Beautiful by Julia Eves - New Orleans