A peak inside the process of my latest piece, “Bottomless Blue” which was 4 days, 5 layers of watercolors and 1/2 bottle of frisket in the making. It’s an honest look into all that goes into making a seemingly simple painting.
I love that it shows my mistakes (Oops, some color leaked under the tape) and my fix (crop, crop, crop). Even Molly makes a guest appearance.
Do you want to have some real life Brown Bear Studio Calendars for the new year? Well, they are finally here and they are gorgeous, if I do say so myself. They will be available in the shop until the end of January 2014 so get ‘em while they’re hot. If you would like to get one of my other artworks on a calendar, feel free to e-mail me at hello [at] brownbearstudio [dot] com or request a custom item via etsy. I aim to please!
This will be my last desktop calendar (for a while at least), I’m starting a new endeavor, AMANDA BROWN DESIGN where I will be making desktops wallpapers to keep your computers looking pretty. Visit there and bookmark it to see what is cookin’: http://www.amandabrowndesign.com
I’m so excited to share with you all my Nebula Line of Infinity scarves available on etsy!! This are a labor of love and oh so much planning, failing and then finally getting it perfect. They come in 5 different patterns (Aquila, Monoceros, Northern Lights, Cat’s Eye and Little Ghost) and 2 styles (Single-Loop Infinity and Double-Loop Infinity) and each one is made of luxurious silk crepe de chine and sewn by yours truly. They would make the perfect Christmas present or just a little something special for yourself. I’ve already worn mine out and about and got a ton of compliments so you are sure to get a bunch of positive attention with these lovely adorning your neck. If these are a hit I will certainly make some more patterns and designs. The future is bright!
It’s starting to get gray and dark out there so I thought I’d bring some color into this place. I decided to try a slightly new format. I’m getting bored with the typical calendar style. Have a great month everyone!
There are few things easier that allowing yourself to get caught in the rhythm of the day-to-day. The city beeps and the earth sighs day into night into day again. Before you know it a month has gone by, but have you experienced it? This is one of the daily struggles as an artist; to not get tripped up by the trappings of the “big picture” and see deeper beauty in everyday.
I was talking with a friend yesterday about how we New Yorkers have a tendency to look past things, sometimes both little and big. A classic example is when I was walking around my old neighborhood and thought to myself, “why the heck is it so crowded?!” I was next to the Empire State Building. That may seem like a BIG thing to miss but if you never look up, you would never know that building was any different than the thousands of others you are surrounded with. Unexpected wonders can be found everyday if you just take the time to look. Whether it’s hidden in a dark corner of a forest or painted on a crumbling brick wall in East Harlem.
I guess I’m writing this as a challenge to myself and encouragement to others, to see the beautiful details in your daily life. Whether it’s little birds bathing in an open fire hydrant or the way the sunset reflects off of glass. Our schedules may be full but what makes our experiences full are these tiny pleasures that can be drawn on for comfort or inspiration. This is my long winded way of saying, stop and smell the roses, my friends.
Every month, when I release these calendars for everyone’s desktop, I end up rambling about something like the weather or how fast the year is going… Yep, I thought about all of those things when I realized it was October. Maybe I should just say, “Have a great month, all!” and just leave it at that?
Do any of you remember my list of goals I put together a while ago? Well, here is a step towards accomplishing one of them: creating my own textile designs and fashion pieces! I feel like a kid the night before summer camp starts; I’m just so excited to roll these out. Recently, the fabrics with my patterns were delivered, so of course I had to share it with all of you. Next step will be lots of sewing and then a fashion shoot! So stay tuned. There may be a chance to pre-order coming soon.