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Aloha Shirts and Surfboards

Aloha Shirts and Surfboards

New Ocean Art! If you’ve been waiting to get something new for the beach corner in your home, now’s your chance! I added more surfboards to the shop. There’s the “Ghost Trio” surfboard with three swimming sea turtles (now available at The Painted Mermaid in Southport, NC), “Aria”, an intricate and strong tribal octopus surfboard in black and red, and “Plankton Party” with mandalas and dancing plankton in teal, blue, and purple. You’ve GOT to see them to believe the wonderful ocean energy in them – each is unique! Shipping is included, and each comes with a metal hanger (not attached).

Aboriginal octopus by Dawn Schmidt Ventimiglia. Ghostly sea turtles artwork by Dawn Ventimiglia.
The “Curiously Curated Goods” department in the EclecticDawnArts shop is now live. Yay! I hunt for items in colors and styles that will work with your beach cottage and retro theme homes. We’re just getting the department started, but there’s already some interesting pieces ready to ship to you, so grab your favorite pieces before they are scooped up by someone else.

Ocean ornaments by Eclectic Dawn Arts.Two dozen glittery ocean diorama ornaments are in the process of being photo’d, and will be up soon are NOW UP in my etsy shop, and they are guaranteed to make you giggle! I’ve got whales, snails, sharks, penguins, and more. The ornaments are not just for the holidays. You can set one among your shell stash for year-round smiles, or hang one in your cubicle for whenever you need a beach “moment.” If you want to know WHEN items hit the shop,  join our VIP CLUB! It’s free, and you’ll be get a note from me when I add new items to the shop (generally once or twice a month), plus I’ll send along a coupon code for you to use in our etsy shop.

Curated pre-worn Hawaiian shirts at EclecticDawnArts.comDo you know about Aloha Fridays? It’s the custom of wearing your favorite Hawaiian shirt on Friday. Well, we’ve got a bunch of beautiful vintage and pre-loved shirts ready to ship, and they will be up soon are now up!! They will only be here at EclecticDawnArts, not in the etsy shop.

With all the turmoil in the world, be sure to be kind to one another, and find some beauty in each day. I am grateful for your friendship and support.
Eclectic Dawn


Before and After

Before and After

Camper christening day!Camper on a cake.Sometimes you keep plodding along on a project and don’t quite see how epic it is until you look back to the beginning to compare the “before” and the “after”. Hang on, this is a philosophical post!

We had a tiny “christening” party for the camper this last weekend. I decided to put together a video and some “before and after” collages so folks could see the scope of work that this project entailed. I didn’t expect the images to have such an emotional impact on me, but because they represent everything we’ve been through in the last couple of years, I got a wee bit verklempt looking through the photos. The project was a repairing and renewing in so many ways. Taking endings and making them into beginnings…ch.ch.ch.changes…

(Here’s a video of before/after shots and the christening! Full screen is best viewing; if you want to read the text on the collages, just scoll down this page to see the collages.)

BEFORE/AFTER collages:

Front of camper. Camper, aft. Camper, starboard side.

vintage camper, port side camper kitchen yellowstone dinette

rear bed in the camper interior of vintage camper what's in the camper cupboards?

My art is about “before and after”, too. The journeys to find the pieces to paint, how they are prepped for painting, and what they become as they are painted. But their story doesn’t end there. The “after” also includes the future and the energy that they bring into their new homes! I’ve also had “afters” come to me years later in the form of notes from long-ago clients, which are such an unexpected and delightful blessing! Below: A “before” of my bowls and two of the pieces I finished last week. “Blue Eye” (hamsa hand) and “Yucca” (dot painting) are now in my etsy shop.

Vintage bowls to sand and paint!  Blue Eye Hamsa bowl  "Yucca" painted bowl with lots of dots.
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It’s the same thing with the camper, and in LIFE! The “after” of any project, any experience, doesn’t end in a single moment — the “after” continues on, weaving itself into new beginnings and new “before’s”. Life is really a circle, not a beginning and ending.
New beginnings for old items: (below) Vintage tins from my dear friend, Tracy, now reside in the camper cupboard. The portable mini bar that I made was embellished with items from my Gran (earring), John’s mom (red felt interior), and John (a pull from his long-ago cabinet shop). The vintage Thermos was my Granny’s (and brings back funny memories of fishing with her), the trivet is a cherished gift (also from Tracy, who loves vintage as much as I do), and the SOB cup was from one of our long trips to GA/FL. All of these things, which had their “ending” somewhere else…now have new beginnings with us. That makes my heart smile.

Mini bar made of found items.  Vintage tins in the cupboard.  Vintage items on the counter.

Until next time…cherish ALL of your moments…the gritty, dirty, messy “before’s” as well as the joyous, shiny, oh-my-God-we-got-through-it “afters”. They ALL matter. And the “afters” lead to wonderful new beginnings.
Gratitude Attitude,
Eclectic Dawn