Sunday Fun-Days

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I’ve been teaching myself to digitize my artwork. This is a combination of my hand lettering and an abstract Watercolor flower.  I decided that it might be fun to create a new way to share artwork…. so….

Introducing a new art game – kinda like Cards Against Humanity except you pick the answers from your life instead of a pile of cards (and you decide whether or not it’s humane…)

To play, simply put your choice of fill in the blanks in the comment section or print the piece, add your words and share (#whimsyvillefun) or post on Whimsyville’s Facebook  Page under today’s post (Jan. 24, 2016) . Best original answer wins a ‘digital’ version to print out …. tell me what you are thinking, good or bad….

Have a great week – Love, Ann

 

The birth of the Whimsical Love Story Map

Really, the last time I posted was July 4th ? it’s October.

So WHAT AM I working on ? Whimsical, Romantic, Sweet little love story Maps.

Earlier in the summer, I was hired by Ben through CustomMade, to create the perfect little love-story map for his bride Rebecca as a wedding gift. Totally his idea.
He was so great to work with – you could actually feel the love for his lady, in the emails he send to me about their short life together thus far – all the things and places that they have shared to date (and I am certain which will become many, many more).

Finished Work

Off went the art piece. Earlier this fall, I heard from a wedding guest that Ben showed the framed work at their wedding. I am humbled to have been a tiny part of such a great beginning !

I want to share the amazing process with you all – for inspiration –

The couple shares space – whether it is all over the US like Ben & Rebecca or just in a single town. As long as there are things to say, places they hang out together – an apple farm, an airport, a shopping mall – it makes no difference how close or how far – it can become their romantic, original watercolor painting, their Whimsical Love Story Map !

The couple or a friend of the couple, shares their story with me. They provide a list of places and perhaps sentiments or quotes and then ideas for icons – one of Ben’s was his home town of Buffalo – so we had a Bills helmet, the falls, snowflakes and the city hall building to work with. This would have been fine if it all occurred just in New York State too – this process is easily adapted to a small area.

Ben provided little snippets of their relationship – where they met, the first ‘I love you’, the popping of the question and all the things in between that led up to the wedding. You can provide details or I can ask for feed back.

Once this list is accomplished, we begin the map. I send little sketches of the areas, you provide feedback. I adjust, we agree and they are then placed permanently on the map! The map is hand painted with Peerless Water colors , cured and sent to you matted and ready for you to frame. It really is that easy.

I hope that you consider doing this for your next wedding gift – it is a heartfelt, original way to express your love for the happy couple.

All inquiries answered promptly. Estimate depends upon number of drawings. Pricing begins at $ 75.00 it generally takes a minimum of three weeks to complete the work.

– Hope you enjoyed this brief snip-it into the art of Whimsyville.

Sweethearts…

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It’s that time of year when publicly, you exclaim your love by purchasing cards, gifts , flowers or a lovely dinner for your sweetheart.

Um No. I am fortunate – I have had the same valentine for 20 years yet it seems like just yesterday we were married. To celebrate Valentines day there is always a small piece of art. They sit on the mantle and then get stashed away with the others sometime in March or eventually become overshadowed by Senior Pictures or birthday cards. Yet there in the drawer of the armoire, are 19 pieces of my heART- a testament to the love that still feels new.

The jellyfish – and some artists

I think if I was the one that named this creature,  i would have used jellifish as opposed to jellyfish. The first coming out of literally no where – was marker and watercolor – done in an hour with coffee. The second, 16 x 20 on canvas and in acrylic was more like three hours without coffee.

Funny thing – paintings look nothing like my drawings – but they don’t have too, I guess. The green jelly looks like a hamburger – from far away.  I really admire artists whose work is constantly ‘them’. I guess I am still finding me.

The acrylic painting is in the Etsy Shop:
Not sure where the paper/watercolor will end up. Might make a good print….

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