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Beachy Splash!

Beachy Splash!

News: PopUp Gallery, beachy announcement, new art bowls, ocean magnets, new payment options, webstore update, and shrimp tacos!

Painted Octopus Bowl ©EclecticDawnArtsThere are WAVES of artwork being prepped for the PopUp Gallery here in Danville next Saturday! (EDIT: event is now over) My friend, Rebecca Wright, is heading up this community event, a free opportunity for new artists to dip their toes into the show world without setup fees. The Gallery walls will be constructed of used palettes (I love the recycled aspect of this). I am excited to be a part of this event, and hope to see you there! Here’s an article from the Danville Register Bee about the event: http://www.godanriver.com/entertainment_lifestyles/lifestyles/new-art-exhibit-to-pop-up-saturday-in-danville/article_92785470-52e5-11e7-8fb7-d73f27b500f3.html Link will open in a new tab.

There is new artwork up in my etsy shop! Other etsy shop updates: you can now check out as a guest, and there are more payment options than before!
Ocean Ornaments and MagnetsPainted Leatherback Baby Turtles Bowl ©EclecticDawnArts
We’re working on getting items up in our on-site shop, too! Check out the adorable ocean-themed driftwood magnets and ornaments which are woodburned and embellished with colored pencil. Colorful beachy boho! They can hang anywhere year ’round to bring a bit of the beach to your corner of the world! The newest painted bowls include turtles, octopus, leatherback babies, a stylized sea urchin, and an aboriginal Kiwi bird. My Exotica Pandora station got a workout while I was painting, with the sounds of Martin Denny, Don Ho, Bruddah Iz, and Don Tiki floating through the Kukui Lagoon while creating all this artwork…more to come!

The next project is SURFBOARDS as wall art. I have always dreamed of painting surfboards, and they are impossible to find here, so I decided to cut out my own smaller version to paint! More on those next time.

©EclecticDawnArts Tribal Turtles Bowl in purple and blue ©EclecticDawnArts Tribal Kiwi Jewelry Tray, handpainted wood art wall art surfboard template

Here’s my fun ANNOUNCEMENT from Southport, NC – and nope, my beach hair don’t care!

Heading to the Myrtle Beach or Outer Banks area? Stop at The Painted Mermaid in Southport, NC, where you can adopt some of my artwork. Be sure to tell Amy (the owner) and Laurie that Eclectic Dawn sent you! I am so excited to have my work in such a colorful, eclectic place FULL of vibrant energy, repurposed love, schparklez, feminine empowerment, humor, mermaids, shells, and an artistic beach vibe…MY PEOPLE!!

SUMMER RECIPE

It’s time for one of our summer favorites in the Ventimiglia household: SHRIMP TACOS! We like ’em spicy, but you can tone ’em down, if you must. *wink* Easy, fast, and DELICIOUS, they pair nicely with a tiki cocktail (choose a cocktail from my “Treasures from the Kukui Lagoon” book).
Shrimp TacosI make a quick marinade which doubles as a dressing using a small bit of olive oil, Rose’s Lime Juice, a splash of lemon juice, a bit of oregano, cilantro, salt and pepper, Burman’s, cayenne, garlic, and honey. I never measure. If you like garlic, use more. If you don’t like cilantro, use less. The honey offsets the heat nicely.
I use about 2/3rds of that mixture as a marinade for the shrimp (about 15 minutes in a ziplock), and set aside the rest for the taco fixin’s, which consist of avocado, grape tomatoes, romaine hearts, a bit of Mexican corn, and just a few black olives, roughly chopped. You could add some black beans (my hubby’s not fond of them or they would be LOADED). I  chop all the fixin’s, mix them together, then toss with the reserved dressing RIGHT BEFORE we are going to eat.
While heating up a cast iron skillet, warm up some flour tortillas (I warm them in the toaster oven JUST long enough to give them some character – or if you want to get fancy, warm them in a cast iron skillet).
Sear the shrimp in a skillet just long enough to cook. Toss the fixin’s with the dressing. Put some of the fixin’s and some shrimp in your tortillas, drizzle with fresh lime juice and hot sauce, and EAT! Super easy, super fast, super YUM!!
With love and gratitude,
Eclectic Dawn

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Spring Decor Tips

Spring Decor Tips

SPRING DECOR TIPS: Spring! It seems like we’ve all got a bit more energy; longer days, flowers blooming, and more sunshine. Remember to slow down, look around, and have fun and restorative moments in between your spring cleaning tasks! Want a fresh feel in your home for Spring?

  • Put away heavy, dark curtains and install lighter, slightly sheer curtains to let in more of that wonderful spring light.
  • Add more plants to your living areas, or a vase of spring flowers to your table.
  • Pack away “heavier” decor items (ie: massive dark pottery pieces), trading them out with lighter objects (think open weaves, thin profiles, bright colors). Example: swap out the heavy velvety throw on your couch with a light colored lacy throw.Spider Plant and Shells
  • How about a basket of pretty shells on a coffee table with vintage crochet work underneath? You can almost hear the ocean and feel summer coming!
  • Swap out dark wall art with brightly-patterned fabric in a frame.
  • After the danger of frost has passed, set a couple of pots of flowering plants at your front door to to welcome you and your guests home. It sets the tone before you even enter the home.
  • Remember, think bright, light, airy…open the curtains and let the sunshine in!

dev1SPRING PROJECTS: We also made time to visit friends and delve into some new projects. Recent commissions have included  a white rose, the story of Jesus in four parts, two elephant bowls, a decorative bowl for cellphone/keys as a sister to a piece I painted for Christmas, and a custom sign for The Vintage Idiot Re-Tiques. The Kukui Lagoon is HOPPIN’! (photos are below)

We took a day to deliver the sign to our friends, John and Tracy, in Woodlawn, VA. Their house is chock full of AWESOME thrifting finds, re-purposed items, and special items with great stories behind them. (photo: the new sign in their booth at Briar Patch, Galax) We had a great day of thrifting, laughing, and meeting the goats down at road at Cranberry Acre, too (Arwen makes divine scented soaps, and omg, she has the most glorious sewing room). Miss Lola came along for the ride and got to meet Jax, too. Sometimes it is QUITE alright to mix business with pleasure, as it refills your artistic gas tank. Thanks for the wonderful day, Tracy and John!

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SPRING SAVING: As promised, here are a few of the Cocktail Kitsch aprons in the shop.

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mt1602.lotuslove1_tb silks3.2016ALLSPRING SILKS: Spring means budding trees, sunny skies, daffodils, red bud trees, and tulips. Much of my work is influenced by the colors and lines of nature, and in spring there is such a vibrant quality to the new light, it makes me want to shout in color! The silk tapestry project certainly accomplished that!
Customers have been asking for small tapestries to hang on their walls, but with limited wall space, they want something smaller and higher-end than hippie tapestries. Using shibori and tie-dye techniques, I created these luscious silk mandala tapestries (tapestries that look like kaleidescopes or lotus flowers), and at 35″ square, they can be used as scarves, table accents, or wall hangings. And they make awwww-inspiring gifts!

SPRING BOWLS: After commissions, aprons, and silks, it was back to painting my world culture-influenced monkeypod bowls (my favorite projects). This work is so meditative, and the pieces just “become” what they are meant to be. I start painting the bowls, and before I know it, hours have flown by! Here are a few recent pieces…

mid mod bowlHenna Inspired BowlTribal Hammerhead

Tribal TurtlesTribal Horned Toad Whale Fluke Bowl

SPRING GIGGLES: I LOVE getting photos from clients, and this one made me smile BIG, because I love the gentle voice of Bob Ross (RIP)! Connie had just settled in to work on some pages in “My Mother’s Garden” coloring book, wheconniebobrossn she noticed who had popped up on the tv to create something pretty right along with her…Bob Ross! How perfect – creating happy trees together! Thanks for the photo, Connie! <3

And that’s it for our April Newsblog issue!  Remember, live with Gratitude Attitude for the simple things.
xo
Eclectic Dawn

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