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A Mother’s Apothecary

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A Mother's Apothecary

I wanted to share with you what I created about a month after my Mom passed this year. This piece just came to me one day and I feel like she inspired it. I was tearing up making it, part of my grieving process. This is an altered cigar box that I had for years but never knew what I wanted to do with it. I knew it was a special box and I didn’t want to mess it up. The thing I liked about this box was the sliding cover to close an open this piece. This has become a treasured piece in my home that I just can’t part with. It’s in my studio on a shelf and I know that I can look at it and grab whatever I need for that day.

Mom and my youngest Lily Bean a few months before our world changed. I get my creativity from her. <3

Mom and my youngest Lily Bean a few months before our world changed. I get my creativity from her. ❤

I knew even though my mom is gone she is still with me in spirit, heart, how I raise my own daughters and I know she would want me to have all of these special things in my life. A mother’s love is never truly gone even when she is. She will always be a part of me and I will see her again one day in Heaven. This is my little medicine cabinet. These special things are: Love, Joy, Faith, Wisdom, Courage and a dash of Luck. This piece has a lot of heart and soul.

I altered this piece to look very vintage, I put the date 1908 just because. I’ve included bits of paper, canvas, paint, buttons, stickers, bottles, jewelry, micro beads, pearls as well as a broken piece from a pair of vintage reading glasses to see things closer. I hope you enjoy this piece as much as I do. Feel free to ask or comment on it.

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xoxo

Aimée

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Just off a dry spell … an art dry spell

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I’m so happy  no, ELATED that my art dry spell has been broken! Grateful to my fellow artist friends who have included me in some online courses as a teacher, see The Graceful Artist & Soul Food, You can still sign up for both of those online courses. They have taken the sledgehammers to my creative block and have chipped away at it for some time. I can come up and breathe creativity again. I’ve missed colors, getting my hands messy or clothes messy for that matter. I’ve missed peeling gel medium off my hands and finding random paint splatter in my hair. I’m FREE! Thank you Jesus!!! I’m not myself when I can’t create so not sure how I survived 5 months without doing art. Guess I needed the break.

Happy to show you my first piece of art since the dry spell has broken. It was freshly painted over the last 2 days. I call her “Olive”.

Olive

I’m currently hooked on the AMC show “Hell on Wheels”One of my favorite characters on the show is “Eva” who is a woman constantly redeeming herself from dark situations. She is played by Robin Mcleavy and she does an incredible job. I found out that she is based off of an actual person during that time which got me digging for more of her history. I found out her name was Olive Oatman and she lived with 2 different tribes of Indians after her family was brutally murdered. The Mojave indians tattooed her face to show she was a slave.

"Eva" played by Robin McLeavy.

“Eva” played by Robin McLeavy.

Olive

Olive

Google her and you will find out much more than I’ve blogged about. There are books written about her and I think a movie as well. I had never heard of her until last week. I’m such a history nut and thought you’d like that bit of info as well. She is the inspiration for my first painting. I even created a time lapse video of how I created it. The video is a bit blurry at first because I didn’t have my equipment set up right but I couldn’t go back and recreate it so I had to deal with it. I hope you enjoy it! I am working out the kinks and plan to do more videos as I can!

Thanks for reading!

Aimée

Who’s ready for some SOUL FOOD?

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I know I am! This is a BIG deal because I’ve never done anything like this before but I’m honored to have been asked to be a part of this super cool project! I’m still figuring out my personal details but these graphics will do the talking for now! 🙂 Spread the word!!! Honored to be working with artists I completely ADMIRE and look up to! YAY!

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Click here for more info and to sign up! Everyone congregates in the kitchen! Join us!!!!

Aimée

Today’s Art

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Today's art

Today’s art

Today’s art is digital and I used my new Sensu stylus and iPad 2 using the Paper app. I just started an art-a-day challenge on FB if you want to join me. I will try to remember to post my art daily on the blog, if not it will go here.

Today’s art

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Today's art

This is a revised painting that I did today. The old piece I did probably in 2008 and hated it but kept the canvas. Today I layered on more paper and painty goodness and this is what emerged. 🙂 I just started an art-a-day challenge on FB if you want to join me. I will try to remember to post my art daily on the blog, if not it will go here.

Tea at Nana’s

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My latest piece of art. 18″ x 24″ mixed media on canvas.

This was a spontaneous painting and I really love how it turned out. I got sick of not having done any art in a really long time and took out my paints and started at it. This is what came out! After I had done the underpainting I realized it had reminded me of my dear Nana and how we used to have tea together and sometimes sit on her porch. It’s a happy, cheery piece and I haven’t decided if I’m going to sell the original or not. I am however going to have prints made. I hope you like it! I really enjoyed the process and want to paint like this again!