Thursday, December 18, 2014

NATIONAL FREE SHIPPING DAY!

Today is 
NATIONAL FREE SHIPPING DAY!
This is an annual, one-day event held in mid-December, designed to make your last minute Christmas shopping a little bit easier (and less expensive)!

Click on any of the items below to be led to my Etsy shop, Gillyflower Cottage.







Thursday, December 11, 2014

LAST CHANCE FOR CHRISTMAS COMMISSIONS

Christmas is right around the corner!
I'm especially busy these next few days working on commissions for Christmas gift giving.  If you are interested in commissioning a home portrait, tea cup tale, a print of one of my paintings, or a copy of my children's book, "O is for the Big Oak Tree", now is the time to order!  I can guarantee your order reaching your doorstep by Christmas if purchased by Friday, December 12th.  Click on the photos below to place an order,  or go directly to my Etsy shop to see what's available. 

 Pen and Ink Home Portraits in two sizes.

Your favorite tea cup set upon your own "story".

 
            My ABC book, O is for the BIG OAK TREE, (for ages 2-7)
and a personalization option for grandparents.

Prints of my botanicals.

Paper prints and gallery wrapped canvas prints of my oil and acrylic paintings.


Check out my shop for all listings, or click on the photo above for those specific listings.

Thanks so much for looking today!
-Nan


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

CHRISTMASTIME IN CHICAGO

Tomorrow, my husband and I are spending the day in Chicago!  That means seeing all the window displays, the street musicians, lunch in the Walnut Room to see the big tree, and all the lights and bustle of Chicago at Christmas. 

It also means a visit to one of my favorite home decor stores with a few paintings.  Here are two of the paintings we're bringing along, with one more in the works.

 "At The Barre"
Using a Degas sketch for inspiration, this is a large painting (24 x 30) on a deep gallery wrapped canvas.   Minimal use of color makes this painting all about the dancer and her dress.  

"Purple Posies and Chartreuse II"
Another larger scale painting, (24 x 24) this is a second version of a painting I sold a few years ago.   The colors are vibrant and happy, and the flowers are full of papery texture due to the use of "fiber paste".


And, last but not least, some in-shop photos from 
The Village Boutique Clothiers 
in Wauwatosa.  
Barb has placed my paintings among her beautiful clothing, scarves, 
and home decor with color in mind, and the shop looks beautiful!  There is so much to look at - walk slowly through this pretty shop so you don't miss a thing.  Thank you, Barb!





Thanks for looking today!
Nan



Friday, December 5, 2014

MY PAINTINGS IN THE VILLAGE OF WAUWATOSA

I have some exciting news to share!

My paintings can now be found in this beautiful boutique in downtown Wauwatosa!


The
V I L L A G E   B O U T I Q U E   C L O T H I E R S
is an Anthropologie-like shop located in the old Robertson Ace Hardware space at 1417 Underwood Avenue.  Old hardwood floors, creative displays of beautiful clothing, jewelry, and home decor, all surrounded by vintage pieces and built-ins left from the old days of Robertson's store.  This is really a stunning shop and I am thrilled to have my paintings  featured! 

"Blue Poppy"

 "Sun Cherry Zinnia"

 "Autumn Gold Zinnia"

"Orange Poppies"
 20" x 24" Acrylic


And today,  I'm staying at home to work on a commission for a home portrait.



There's still time to order your custom home portrait for Christmas gift-giving.  You can find it here:


Thanks for looking!
Nan


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

BALLERINAS, CHRISTMAS, AND A SALE

B A L L E R I N A S

Lately I've been reading a book on Edgar Degas, which has in turn been inspiring me to paint some ballerinas.  I just love using the rich colors for their costumes and the challenge of trying to replicate some of the poses of the Degas models.  My ballerina watercolors below are available as high quality, professional prints.   Just click any of the dancer portraits below and you will be taken to the listings in my Etsy shop.


 

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C H R I S T M A S

The personalized items in my shop make great Christmas gifts.  These include my Home Portraits, Original ABC Book, and Tea Cup Tales.  Click on any of the listings below to be taken directly to my Etsy shop where you'll find clear explanations and several examples of each item.  Remember, the personalized items below take time, so order now to receive in time for Christmas giving!

   
Also, January 1st is right around the corner!  Order now to receive your Botanical Calendar, professionally printed and filled with my original watercolors.

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AND A SALE!!!

Also . . . just a reminder that all botanicals (both originals and prints) are 33% off until December 14th.   The Blue Poppy below is just an example of the botanicals available.




Thanks for looking!
Nan


Sunday, November 23, 2014

A NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM

Last night was the reception for the opening of a new exhibition -
T H E   D O O R S   O F   C E D A R B U R G
sponsored by the Cedarburg Art Museum.


The museum was just glowing and all decked out for Christmas.  What a fun night made even more fun when dear friends attended to show their support!

And . . .  one of my teacup portraits for a friend.   A few days ago I offered a free Tea Cup Tale watercolor to two of my blog followers.  Here is the first one,  all ready to send her way and based on her mother's china pattern, Aynsley's "Autumn Gold".  Now, on to the second tea cup.   


Thanks for looking!
-Nan









Wednesday, November 19, 2014

UPDATE!!! FREE TEACUP WATERCOLOR OFFER

Update! My teacup watercolor offer is now closed. I have two "takers" and since they came from different directions 
(one from Facebook and one from my blog) 
I'll be doing both of them.  However, if you REALLY want your own tea cup tale watercolor - the listing is still in my Etsy shop.  :-) 

Tomorrow is going to be a really cold day in Wisconsin - a high of 19° and windy.  A good day to stay inside and paint, and that is exactly what I plan to do.  

I'd like to paint another tea cup, but this time I'd like to paint someone else's (and tell someone else's story)!  In case you're not familiar with my tea cup tale watercolors, check it out by clicking the photo below.


I will need a photo of your special tea cup (I'm looking for a floral china tea cup here) and about a 
75-100 word story to go along with it.   But for now,  just let me know if you're interested.  We'll worry about the rest later.  Also, if you'd rather just have the tea cup painted and forget the story, that's okay too!



So, if you'd like a personalized piece like this - free of charge - please comment below.  Just tell me a bit about your tea cup and the story that goes along with it and I'll pick one to do.  My little gift to one of my readers!  Don't be shy!  Leave a comment!


(Also, tell me if you want your coffee black or with cream. ) 

:)

-Nan




Tuesday, November 18, 2014

ORIGINAL BOTANICALS CHRISTMAS SALE - 33% OFF!

C H R I S T M A S   I S   C O M I N G!

And every single one of my original botanicals is on sale - 33% off!   There is plenty of time to wrap them up and put them under your Christmas tree - a gift of original art for someone special!  Just click on any of the listings below to go directly to the sales page of my ETSY shop.  



CUSTOM PERSONALIZED GIFTS
Custom personalized items make great gifts also and take a little extra time to prepare.  From "Tea Cup Tales", to Home Portraits, to my ABC book (with original art, alphabet poetry, and a personalized grandparent portrait page), there is something for young and old. To receive them in time for Christmas, please click the items below.




Thanks for looking!
Nan

(Botanical 33% off sale runs until December 14th at midnight.)





TEA CUP TALES

In all my sorting and sifting of closets and cupboards, I came across my collection of tea cups from Great Aunt Pearl.  What a treasure and memory of such a fun lady who was full of personality.  Combine that with the online pen/ink/watercolor sketchbook course I'm in the middle of which is led by a lovely Australian woman whose love of a good cup of tea inspires her to paint many of the beautiful cups it's served in.  So I put together a listing in my shop that was inspired by this class.  A beautiful china  tea cup surrounded by meaningful text - in my case, a bit of the story of Aunt Pearl.


Do YOU have a special tea cup, piece of china, or vase etc. that tells a great story?  Send me your story (100 words or less), along with a photo of the item and I'll immortalize it in pen/ink/watercolor.



Such a unique tribute to a special person you want to remember in a really special way.  This also creates a memorable way to honor a loved one, or give it as a wedding gift featuring a watercolor of that chosen china/pottery pattern or special piece along with the little love story that led up to it.  You could even buy a new mug or teacup that would match the artwork and wrap them up together.  

You can order your own version and receive it in time for Christmas giving.
Click the photo below and check it out in my shop:




Thanks for looking!
Nan

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