Perhaps you’ve already met.
Just in case, allow me to introduce two of my favorite artists, Anne Lawson and Pauline King.
Sometimes you fall in love with an artist’s work, knowing little about the artist themselves. In this case I fell in love with the artists through blogging, then discovered their work.
Earlier this year, Anne shared one of her recent creations on Instagram: the gorgeous pumpkin you see below. It’s painted with watercolors, then over-stitched with a variety of threads. It’s stunning and it’s mine! I framed the piece using a floating glass frame without a mat, so that I can enjoy the piece front and back.
I connected with Anne’s blog many years ago. She’s a botanical artist living in Australia, a retired teacher and a wonderful soul. I’ve enjoyed watching Anne’s work evolve. She’s always trying new things. As a life-long lover of botanical art, I’ve really enjoyed learning about Anne’s process.
Anne describes herself as “a Melbourne based artist, who is inspired by the natural world. [Her] small art works are available in [her] Etsy shop.”
Anne blogs at Anne Lawson Art. She also publishes a fortnightly newsletter which you can subscribe to here.
Here’s a photo of it framed and hanging on my home office/craft room wall.
Pauline King dabbles in a number of mediums. She’s a painter, a crafter and a mixed-media artist. Those who follow Pauline are familiar with her gorgeous light catchers, personalized to the receiver with colored beads, glass and charms. They’re bouncing light in homes across the globe. You can see more of Pauline’s work in The Contented Crafter’s shop.
The beautiful and ethereal piece you see below came from Pauline’s heart.
She created it for my sister whom she’s never met, but of course has been hearing about for years. When Sharon received the piece, she exclaimed “it’s as if she knows me!” Sharon loves Halloween, witches, cats and purple so you can imagine her delight when she opened it.
Since she was redoing her floors, Sharon asked me to hold this for safe keeping, and of course I happily obliged. Today I picked it up from the frame shop and will return it to my sister this week.
Sharon originally wanted to frame it in black, but when she read Pauline’s blog and saw the piece on a white tray, she decided to frame it in white instead.
Sharon also decided to base this year’s Halloween costume on The Wise Woman. Stay tuned for pics.
Meanwhile, here is a lovely quote from George Sand:
The artist vocation is to send light into the human heart.