Sunday, December 18, 2016

French themed holiday ornaments and wall hangings, this year's ornaments

French inspired heart with doves wall art
© Lise Winne, 2016
selling at Valley Artisans Market during the holidays, 2016

Every year Cambridge, NY has a holiday theme and the little shops that dot the main drag take part in some way. Our gallery, Valley Artisans Market, also takes part in the theme. 

This year's theme was France and this is my interpretation of the theme. It is loosely based on the folk art of France, but it is also consistent with many other paintings I have been working on and will be showing in galleries and art centers in my area starting in 2017. This is the only folk art piece in the series, but it is close enough to "my style" (the style I show in my part of the country, at any rate).

This is not a very big painting. It is approximately 7" across and on wood. Hopefully it also has some elements of the holiday too.

Here is a mini painting I made (even smaller), approximately 4.5" across on wood:
French inspired heart with doves wall art II
© Lise Winne, 2016
selling at Valley Artisans Market during the holidays, 2016

Next up are a group of mini paintings on 4" x 4" canvases I made; the one in the heart has sold:

4" x 4" mini paintings of doves
available at Valley Artisans Market during the holidays, 2016

Next up are all of the pieces I made for the show and holiday season in general except the first one I showed above:

mini paintings and ornaments (the round ornament and the dove in the heart has already sold)

The horses are reversible.

Some of the hand painted pieces I made last year for the Swedish theme are still available in my alcove at the gallery, but they are selling, and I probably won't make new ones. I don't have pictures but they are red and white and quite symmetrical. Last time I checked, there was still a tree-topper I made there too.   

I am also selling at Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council. Items include Christmas card packs, Hanukkah card packs, holiday card singles, mini holiday cards (for gifts), gift tags, giclee prints as well as other note cards in various themes (wedding, baby, anniversary), and of course, birthday cards.

Until next time ...

Monday, December 12, 2016

new in my shop: treble clefs on home decor, teeshirts, mugs and tote bags

Turquoise Treble Clef with Turquoise and Blue Border
available through THIS LINK
treble clefs come in a multitude of colors including pink, gold and purple:
check THIS LINK to be taken to the entire collection (and to purchase if you so desire)

Bear with me as these treble clefs come in a variety of colors and products. Products include mugs, tote bags, home decor (bed covers, prints, pillows, shower curtains), large round beach towels and phone cases. Some of the other variations of treble clefs are gold, pink, brown and dark purple (I show at the bottom of the post)

This is what the turquoise treble clef looks like on a mug
(the treble clef is printed on two sides of the mug):

available through THIS LINK

next up is a pillow design:

available HERE

and a tote bag:

available HERE

There are also teeshirts in any color of your choice.

This one happens to be long sleeved and in a silver color:
available HERE

Here are what some of the others look like:

all treble clef designs available HERE (and ... I will always be making more,
so check back for them ... if interested, of course!)

the whole shop is HERE  

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

new in my shop: mugs

"Unicorn with Stars":
(coupon code: ABCXYZ)

"How Angels Communicate in the Evening":
(coupon code: ABCXYZ)

"A Unicorn in Moonlight Tapestry":
available through this link
(coupon code: ABCXYZ)
(note: the watermark in the right hand side of image WILL NOT show up on your coffee mug)

"The Unicorn and the Egg"
(coupon code: ABCXYZ)

NOTE: you can choose the size of coffee mug you want in all of these images
(small or large mug) on the right hand side 
in a drop-down.

Many more coffee mug designs available throughout my shop:

until next time ... 

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

A Pawn Escapes, the unicorn as a chess piece

© 2008

This is a piece I designed back in 2008. But this is the first time it is being offered for sale on a number of products (which I share below this post).

As is usual, all of my pieces are embedded with symbolism and meaning (in the Jungian tradition). 

I started the series with pottery and sculpture, making stylized playing card symbols on hand thrown goblets. The inspiration came, initially, out of performing at Renaissance faires where there was a hierarchy: the king and queen, the council, foreign advisers, the court's performers (fools, magicians, actors and musicians), the courtiers dressed in their finest, the merchant class and the makers, the peasants, the pub musicians, the maids and servants. I branded most of my pottery for the courtier class (the finer pieces), and the merchant class (the simple glazed pieces). A couple of huge goblets with a lot of extra detail were relegated to the king and queen. 

When being in that situation long enough, it is interesting how a performer finds himself conforming to a role, even though it is all make-believe! At times I resisted it, feeling my modern self inside an olde gown. At other times I felt like Mozart in the film Amadeus, all too happy to show my irreverence as he did to the Prince-Archbishop of Salzberg. But mostly I found myself conforming, and ruminating on why, late at night. 

With eyes wide open in the dark, I thought long and hard on whether I was a conformer, or on the outside of conformity. Where was I comfortable? Artists have functioned very well on the outside of conformity throughout history. After all, it is hard to be a genius when you are tethered to someone else's tightly defined role. An artist's mind roves, and explores, and insights happen mostly when he breaks out to investigate. 

But, I found that when "the queen" entered into my performing space, that I was bowing to her just as the other faire workers did, and calling her "m'lady", and attempting to please her with my best songs and performances, songs which I felt had the magic to move her to laughter or tears. In fact, I would look right into her eyes, as if she was the only one in the room. If I felt she was getting too uppity (high and mighty), I might sing her a song cloaked in meaning with disapproval at its core (much the way Shakespeare wrote plays like King Lear, MacBeth, and Hamlet, and still managed to play them to his queen without getting his head cut off). 

Since I was a performer, and a court performer at that (we performed Dowland, who was a real court composer under Queen Elizabeth), I did not have a voice much beyond my music, and its lyrics. I was surrounded a lot by very chatty clever courtiers (actors) who would jest, provoke, scheme and challenge each other to a game. 

Renaissance faires usually have a bunch of games: human chess, jousting, sword fights, archery, and so on. There are also a lot of games (and intrigue) being played in court (mock court).

Anyway, I felt that I was in the same class as the court fools and actors. I have talked about the fool symbolism in my work before in this post

In my early days as a potter-by-day and musician-by-night, I sgraffito-ed more fools into my work than just about any other symbol. There is a reason why that symbol was so compelling, and perhaps I will talk about it some day. The gist of it was that I felt "voiceless" in the same sort of way the fool in King Lear was not listened to. The fool also represents "the subconscious", and in King Lear literary scholars have often attributed the fool to Cordelia (the daughter who is thrown away over a competition with her siblings). The fool also represents the wise part of the brain, and he is a type of canary in the coal mine as well. In so many ways, I felt that I embodied the fool, right down to being an artist.

So, in the context of the Renaissance faire, the feeling that I was part of the performing class of the fool was still there, even though I sang like a bird and had more a voice than King Lear's fool. Still, lyrics can seem like the riddles that fools tell to some people. 

By the time I got around to making "A Pawn Escapes" (the piece featured here), I was thinking about games quite a bit, particularly chess and cards. Although I don't play games often, my mother's side of the family had a tradition of playing all kinds of games, and when I found this piece in the computer, it stirred up some issues in regards to that family. 

Games are a way for children to learn how to count, strategize a plan, to keep to stringent rules. The family comes together with the thought of having fun together, and bonding, but at its core, games are about competition, maneuvering, winning, and losing. In cards, you can lose by virtue of having a lousy hand (just as you can in life). In chess you can lose by virtue of having an inability to have foresight, intuition, and a scheming manipulative mind which can look ahead at all of the possible pitfalls and/or gains. In chess you are equals in the beginning, but the whole point of chess is to take away your opponent's power so that you have the upper hand, and in the end, have all of the power and control. I have to ask here: why did someone make up a game like that??

So, I was looking at that family's judgments and pecking order. I would describe the family as ascribing to a very rigid hierarchical structure where members are ranked in terms of their worth. Others, looking in, would probably define the family as an authoritarian family. Authoritarian families are like the Trump family (and in worse-case scenarios like the Godfather family or the Augustus Germanicus family of Caligula). They put a lot of emphasis on "winners" and "losers" and a fallacious perfectionism based on fantasies of how a person might be thinking and feeling, and what their intention may be (indulging in, and unconvincing in, mind-reading). I recently consulted with a lawyer, and I am allowed to say online that my mother and I are estranged, and have spent a great deal of our lives in that state. So, if I sound like I am not a part of her side of the family, it is because, in large part, I am not and was not (not of my own choice, and at her husband's prompting). But having that thrust upon me (and not because I was a bad daughter or did bad things), I have probably never felt all that comfortable with that family. In many ways, I feel like a different breed, born to the wrong family, with only a few genes in common.

In the context of that family, I was the one without a voice, the one with the harp, the one so far in the background as to be falling out, continually superseded by someone else's voice or agenda. 

Of all of the people from that family, an uncle was the only one I resembled and could identify with. I was born on his birthday. We were both teetotalers. We were both artists. We both had the same moral standards. I saw more of him, in my teenage years and twenties, than anyone else in that family. My father resembled that uncle more than I did, right down to the same profession, to the same attitudes about that profession (housing for the poor), to fighting for moral causes, to the same religious faith, to artistic aspirations, to personality, sensitivity and compassion. My mother's choice of picking my father was based on that resemblance (I believe). Since my uncle and father were "there" for me, I became like them. 

So, when I came upon this piece from 2008, it seemed to speak to me about all of those issues. The pampered unicorn, a pawn, is escaping. Is he like the Buddha, who was lied to by his parents, and has to know for himself what life and his own personality is really about? 

Here are the common symbolic meanings of the piece (the same writing from my on-line store):

* unicorn: purity, innocence, the divine, enlightenment, magic. The unicorn has been known to be an independent creature of high intelligence and to be able to purify water and to get rid of the toxicities of life for itself and others.
* millefleurs: abundance, growth, fertility, creativity, freedom from hunger, heightened respect for nature
* playing card symbols: rules, games, the elements (wind, fire, water, and earth), the seasons, the four motives, and the struggle with various forms of opposition for victory.
* escaping: feeling confined by a role (thus the need to flee), going into another form of life for a different perspective, cracking the egg, cutting Mommy's apron strings or Papa's control
* pawn: the ordinary, restriction of movement, restriction of hierarchy (unless it goes through a minefield, i.e. getting to the 8th square where it becomes a queen), being and feeling used by more powerful "players", someone else's puppet or tool or plaything

"A Pawn Escapes" is part of a series having to do with chess (and hierarchy). The pawn in this case is a pampered unicorn with an elaborate copper collar and a red mantle, and he most likely belongs to a King or Queen. He is escaping. "Pawn" also refers to being or feeling used.

Since the unicorn has just "fled the coop", we don't know the outcome. We only know that he has the desire to escape. What he escapes is a lush garden (plenty of food), but the promise of more flowers is outside the opening he is jumping through.

.... "and has the ability to purify water" -- Lately, I have become involved in the native American cause "The Water Protectors" at Standing Rock, North Dakota. 

At this point in my life, being inspired to make so many pieces in this style is foreign to me, especially as I take on challenges these days which speak to a much wider and contemporary audience. But I can see why I was on that path, and what it evolved to.

Here are some other products with the image:

framed print -- (buy here if interested, choose your own frame and matting from the drop-down):

tote (buy here if interested -- choose your own background color from the drop-down if you don't like the default color):

greeting cards (buy here if interested -- wholesale prices if you buy a package of 25 cards, choose your own background color from the drop-down if you don't like the default color)

Many more products are available with this listing including phone cases, wearables and home decor.

Until next time ... 

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Fairy Queue

Fairy Queue
© 2016
available for sale as a print (in a multitude of sizes), and as home decor and other products through this link at LISE WINNE.NET
or available for sale as a 11 x 14 hand signed giclee print HERE 

If you have been following along, I started a series featuring altered photographs. The last one was "A Dragon Confides in a Fairy" (viewable HERE). In this piece, I feature a procession of fairies with flowers, a butterfly  and fairy orbs. 

Here are some details of the piece:

detail: at the back of the queue

detail from the middle of the queue

detail from the beginning of the queue
(notice how their clothing is adorned with butterflies)

Here are just a few framing options that you can customize through (many more combinations are available, but these are some samples):

gold frame with mist mat

green frame with snow white mat

beige frame (plc8) with mist mat

 purple frame with purple mat

This is the original photograph that it came from. It was a windy day, which is why the hair is flying and the Wizard's cape is blowing back. You can tell I changed a lot including clothing colors, putting wings and pointy ears on the figures, taking the glasses off of another figure, and putting them in a different background with all things associated with a tiny fairies (big flowers, large butterfly, orbs, nature):

derived from an original photo

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Vigilant Unicorn

Vigilant Unicorn
available HERE for sale
I tell how to customize below

This piece is from 2012, and I still have the original ACEO (without the border) for sale HERE.

Here is another version:

Here is how to do it:
On the right, click on prints, and then find framed prints.
Alternatively, go HERE where the framed prints are
click the arrow where it says framed prints on the right hand side
Then you'll see a tab come up just underneath it
You'll see a bunch of tabs running underneath the "framed prints" 
(and underneath the tab, you'll see the framing possibilities --
note: the frame defaults to a black frame -- yuck, but you can change that)
Anyway, up where the tabs are, click on 1. for the size print you want.
Then click on 2. for the frame.
You'll notice right before all the little square pictures of frames, you can choose a frame color.
*The first one is in the gold section (click on VN7).
*The second one is in the gold section too (click on 4VS).  
Then click on 3. for a mat color
*The first one is "Mist matte" which is in the second row towards the end.
*The second one is "moss green matte" -- in the fourth row all the way to the end of the row
I usually go for the Somerset Velvet paper. It has the best picture quality for my taste,
but if you want to save money and it is going in an area where sun will hit it part of the day,
or in a bedroom, then the archival matte paper is fine.

Here are some pillow possibilities using the same kinds of sliders and swatches
(pillows here):

using the customization colors and sliders it is:
R (105) G (98) B (58)
or #69623a

Here are some other possibilities you can get by playing around with colors:

The reason for all of these possibilities? To go with your decor.

Here is a greeting card with a light green background:

This background color is:
R (215) G (220) B (193)
or #d7dcc1

Here is how it looks as a tote bag
(tote bags are $19.98 for the smallest, and 
$24.25 for the largest):

Here is how it looks as a shower curtain (cool, yes?):

More products are available in this design HERE.
My continually growing on-line shop is HERE (note as of this writing it is a new shop).
Again, the original, a very tiny drawing, as of this writing, is for sale HERE for $25.

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Millefleurs Triptych (with Unicorn) in a variety of prints and products

Millefleurs Triptych with Unicorn, Cranes, Rabbits and Dove
available HERE for sale
I tell how to customize below
(please note: the prints are in a limited edition and I will still be honoring the limited edition whether my real or digital signature is on the print. The limited edition is 1,020). 

This piece is from 2014 and you can read about it on my other post, but for the sake of this post, I am going to tell you how you can get various possibilities in my shop with some framing and home decor.

Here is another possibility:

Here is how to do it:
On the right, click on prints, and then find framed prints.
Alternatively, go HERE where the framed prints are
click the arrow where it says framed prints on the right hand side
Then you'll see a tab come up just underneath it
You'll see a bunch of tabs running underneath the "framed prints" 
(and underneath the tab, you'll see the framing possibilities --
note: the frame defaults to a black frame -- yuck, but you can change that)
Anyway, up where the tabs are, click on 1. for the size print you want.
Then click on 2. for the frame.
You'll notice right before all the little square pictures of frames, you can choose a frame color.
*The first one is in the gold section (click on PAZ2 on the top row).
*The second one is in the gold section too (click on PAZ2 right next to it).  
Then click on 3. for a mat color
*The first one is "Chinese red matte" which is the near the last row.
(note there is also one called Chinese Matte" that doesn't look quite right, and they are next to each other, so be aware of that)
*The second one is "sandstone matte" -- kind of in the middle of the swatches 
After you are done with that, click on 4. 
I usually go for the Somerset Velvet. It has the best picture quality for my taste,
but if you want to save money and it is going in an area where sun will hit it part of the day,
or in a bedroom, then the archival matte paper is fine.

Here are some pillow possibilities using the same kinds of sliders and swatches
(pillows here):

This one is R(125), G(8), B(8)

This one is R(29) G(83) B(29)
or #1d531d

This one is R(217) G(94) B(106)
or #d95e6a

There are also cell phone covers and tote bags as part of the listing
again, all products available for this listing here 

Or go to my whole shop HERE

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Unicorn in a Pink Heart

Unicorn in a Pink Heart
© Lise Winne
for sale HERE

This piece is brand-spanking new. It is actually a "digitized piece" that I worked on for a long time. It originated from this piece. It has a different kind of heart around it, plus it has the deep red vine border design. The eye color of the unicorn is also green and the hummingbird has a bit more green in it than red.

In my store, you'll notice that you can customize, and that there are other products than just prints. Following are just a few customization options, and how to do it. 

Here are some framing possibilities:

This one is with the art work size set at 20" x 24"
(the 20" x 24" is a large size, so go smaller if you'd like):
This is a copper frame with a "manor white" matte

Here is how to do it:
On the right, click on prints, and then find framed prints.
Alternatively, go HERE where the framed prints are
click the arrow where it says framed prints on the right hand side
Then you'll see a tab come up just underneath it
You'll see a bunch of tabs running underneath the "framed prints" 
(and underneath the tab, you'll see the framing possibilities --
note: the frame defaults to a black frame -- yuck, but you can change that)
Anyway, up where the tabs are, click on 1. for the size print you want.
Then click on 2. for the frame.
You'll notice right before all the little square pictures of frames, you can choose a frame color.
This one is in the copper section (click on VN4 on the top row).
Then click on 3. for a mat color
This one is "manor white" which is the fourth one in at the top.
Then click on 4. 
I usually go for the Somerset Velvet. It has the best picture quality for my taste,
but if you want to save money and it is going in an area where sun will hit it part of the day,
or in a bedroom, then the archival matte paper is fine.

Here is another possibility:
size: 12" x 14"
mat: Williamsburg Red Matte
frame: Silver (RWB13)
note: some of the frames have a mixture; 
this one has silver and gold even though it is in the silver category.

Here is how a pillow looks ...  
(you can also customize these with different colors and making the picture bigger or smaller on the pillow)
another possibility:
If that isn't enough, what about a duvet cover ...
Maybe a teenage girl might like this.
(these are also customizable in terms of colors, by the way)

Then there are totes
(also customizable)
These square totes are on this page in a variety of sizes 
There are also more here and here

Here are some phone cases (i-phone case and galaxy phone case -- all in a number of sizes)
Phone cases are here
There are also greeting cards in this design, but I don't think I need to show them. They run $5 for an individual card or $45 for 25 cards ($1.80 each). 
$1.80 each is definitely a good price if you have a store you are selling out of, or if you are an individual doing bulk mailing.

Sometimes I like to ask myself, with each new design that I put out, would I buy this design? The answer is yes. In fact, the duvet cover would look great in our new place and it will probably go there. Not every design looks good on a duvet cover, but that one does: it is the right kind of dimensions to fit the kind of space the duvet cover allows. My second choice would be the pillow in the dark red version.

It has been exciting opening a new on-line store. There are many more designs to come, but the process of listing is laborious, as you can imagine.

another link to my entire on-line store with so much more to come

Thursday, September 1, 2016

the uncensored Valley Artisans Market interview with Debra Ann Salat

by DebraAnn Salat

I did an interview of DebraAnn Salat, but my questions, and some of the answers were rewritten by someone else (without conferring with me). This is the unadulterated version, which I think better reflects "a co-operative gallery interview" from member to member than the dry version that was published.

(A special thank you to DebraAnn Salat for the experience of interviewing her and her beautiful work)

L: I noticed when looking around the gallery, you have a theme going with hands. What do hands represent to you? 

DebraAnn: Hands represent life to me. They are pretty much at the center of every interaction, every connection. We use them to comfort, nurture, nourish, create, in love, even in anger. I like to use them in my art because they are simple but all life comes from them.

L: To me, when I look at your pieces, there is a message of healing and hope. That is the predominant message I receive. Then there are a lot of heart symbols: little sewn hearts with embroidery on them, and even framed work with hearts. Is there a message in this for us? Do you want a more compassionate world where people put healing one another, loving one another, and being thoughtful of one another ahead of other concerns? 

DebraAnn: I learned how to embroider during a very traumatic time period of my childhood. I have always used the needle arts as a soothing presence, as a meditation to bring peace and tranquility to my life. I like to translate that peace into my work so I am glad that you see them that way. Like most artists I use my art to express my emotions, be they peaceful or chaotic. I almost always end up in peace if I let myself go there. I would love a more compassionate world and think it would be if more people picked up an embroidery needle or a paintbrush.

L: Why did you choose embroidery as your medium? Like: why not painting, or drawing or another art form to express yourself? What is it about embroidery that holds a sway for you? 

DebraAnn: I have been embroidering since I was a 6 year old. Being an artist came much later in life. I can do more with an embroidery needle than I ever could with a paint brush, it's something I've been in love with since childhood. My embroidery is very organic, it starts out with a simple design that I hand draw but all the details come from a needle. It is why if you pick up two of my heart ornaments they may have the same subject but they are never identical. I also look at it as a meditation, a soothing of my soul.

L: How does embroidery make you the person that you are? How does embroidery and the imagery inform, or transform, your life? 

DebraAnn: Well it keeps me peaceful and even keeled. If I am embroidering all is right with the world. When I'm not embroidering I am an anxious kind of person and quite talkative, when I am embroidering I am at peace, quiet, contemplative. It transforms my life as it helps me to banish my demons. I process my feelings and create peace within myself. As I mentioned earlier I have always been embroidering something but it has taken on more importance since I have begun to self express this way. Since it has become an art rather than a craft.

L: Which brings me to my next question: how do you want your images to effect others? When they put up a framed piece on their wall, what kind of feeling would you like to transfer to them when they look at your work? 

Debra Ann: I would like them to feel peace and see the chaos of every moment. We live in a tangled twisty time period filled with emotions of all sorts, I'd like them to see the twisty turns of chaos come together to find peace. The hearts mean a lot to me because I tend to do them when I need them. If I need a little joy i embroider a little joy. If I need peace i embroider a little peace. They relate to people that way too. I had a piece accepted into a group show and while I was standing there a woman came up to me and said she loved my work which she had seen at VAM and had given one of my joy hearts to her sister who was quite ill so she could bring a little joy into her life. It was a huge light bulb moment that what I was hoping to accomplish I accomplished. It's one of the nicest compliments art related I have ever received.

L: I have been with you in this co-operative gallery for 5 years. To me, you represent the perfect example of a co-operative artist who is out for the group. You always have something sweet to say when a member is sick and needs a work replacement. You always inquire how people are feeling, and there is a general sense of warmness and concern for others in your personal make-up. Part of being in a co-operative is "talking other members' work up" with customers which you do with ease. I assume that these qualities come naturally to you, that you didn't have to "work at it" when you joined. I'd love to hear why you joined, and how you feel about the co-operative gallery experience as opposed to common galleries where you put your work on consignment? 

Debra Ann: I have a very good friend who is an artist here at VAM. I had a not so wonderful experience in another coop and she convinced me to jury and 5 years later I'm still here. I feel so honored to be part of Valley Artisan Market. The camaraderie and pure talent of everyone here has meant so much to me especially in the years following my divorce. It was quite painful and my fellow coop members were just so wonderful during that time. I feel blessed.

L: I notice that in the other part of your working life, you enjoy working with people, in a team. Who is the real Debra-Ann Salat? The hermit artist or the outgoing team player? Obviously you are both, but who predominates in your mind, do you think? 

Debra Ann: The real DebraAnn Salat is a contradiction. I'm a waitress in my other job which requires me to be outgoing, smiling and kind all the time. I'm a relatively happy person most of the time but I am also an empath which means I pick up other people's energy. I try to keep myself outgoing and smiling to counter others negative feelings. My art allows me to be a hermit and process my feelings and just be. I tried to just be an artist and found the isolation and lack of human interaction wasn't a very good thing for me so I'd have to say I'd like a healthy balance of both. Without my art I probably couldn't be a very good waitress and without human interaction I'd probably not be as good an artist.

L: Where would you like to see yourself in 2020 in terms of your work? What kinds of themes and concerns would you like express? Do you see yourself still making hearts and hands? 

Debra Ann: I'm hoping to still be able to make beautiful hands along with other things and still be making my hearts. Everybody needs a little heart to hang on their doorknob to remind them of what they love.

L: Are there any other things you would like to say about your work? 

Debra Ann: I am so thankful to my grandmother who taught me to embroider as a child. I make custom pieces and do bereavement work where I will finish an unfinished piece of hand embroidery or teach someone how to finish it themselves. I can be reached at VAM, or by telephone or email.

links for DebraAnn Salat: