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Surfboards and Chickens

Surfboards and Chickens

Summer is flying by! Whew! I dove in to more new projects as soon as that was over. More surfboard pieces are in process, and some are in the shop. Background colors are done, and more ocean creatures will be appearing over the next couple of weeks. The current boards have ghostly sea turtles, tribal turtles, jellyfish, a plankton party, and an aboriginal octopus. (All art ©Dawn Schmidt Ventimiglia/Eclectic Dawn Arts. All rights reserved. Please visit our Licensing page for usage information.)

Sea turtles, work in progress by Dawn Schmidt Ventimiglia of Eclectic Dawn Arts.Turtle surfboard by Dawn Ventmiglia of Eclectic Dawn Arts..Plankton Party on a surfboard by Dawn Schmidt Ventmiglia.Jellyfish surfboard art by Dawn VentimigliaAboriginal octopus surfboard wall art by Dawn Schmidt Ventmiglia.

BTW, if you are a member of the VIP Club, you will get a “heads up” before the pieces are posted so you get first dibs on the new artwork. The VIP Club is FREE, and 0ccasionally, VIPs will get a chance to enter giveaways for artwork, too.

Large tree down in storm.Last month, I heard and felt the LOUDEST rumble, almost like that earthquake we had here a few years back. I thought it was an oddly long peal of thunder or maybe a truck. Nope. That’s wasn’t it. OH, NO!! It’s a TREE FALLING!! I grabbed Lola and dragged her to the inner bathroom in case it was heading toward the house. So thankful that it didn’t! Absolutely unreal that the loud noise was all the way behind our back fence! That 120′ tree fall from a portion of our yard ALL the way across our neighbor’s back yard to the edge of the next neighborhood. The photo of the tree? That’s just a bit more than half of the tree!
It did take out some other trees as it fell, but nobody else was hurt. A BIG chunk is going to a sawmill, and another piece is being carved to honor the tree. My friend, Michael, traded some art time with me, so I painted his Shamo rooster, Siddhartha, and he is chainsaw carving a Moai (Easter Island statue) out of a chunk of the tree! John and I will now have a permanent piece of our woods in the form of a cool piece of art from my friend, Michael. Below, you can see the piece I painted for Michael (pre-clear coat) and the reference photo I used. Certainly the most unusual pet portrait I’ve ever done. Remember, I do take commissions for pet portraits! I’ve done llamas, manatees, roosters, dolphins, dogs, cats, and other creatures!
Shamo rooster that the portrait is based on. Shamo rooster surfboard by Dawn Ventimiglia of Eclectic Dawn Arts.
In July, Miss Gigi, the adorable and wacky Chi mix that we rescued from being PTS went to her new home with our  friends, Tracy and John. Almost a year to the day after we took this frightened, unsocialized baby into our home, she went to her furever home. Gigi and DawnShe still has a ways to go to conquer her fears, but I am SO proud of how far she has come, and Tracy and John are doing a great job keeping up with her training! Miss Gi has settled in nicely with her new dog-bro, Jax, and cat-bro, Bob. Happy Adventures, Gigi!
I hope you like the updated beach look of the site! Enjoy the waning moments of summer, feel the magic of the eclipse and the shooting stars, and find something to be grateful for every day.
GRATITUDE ATTITUDE,
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 Arwen’s place. 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! (EDIT: Our silks are now at The Painted Mermaid in Southport, NC!)
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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