Gift Wrapped

By Beth Scanlon
on February 22, 2014
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 The hollyhock made a pretty tag. The challenge was to gingerly and generously cover it in bubble wrap to ship.

Graphite and Watercolor

By Beth Scanlon
on February 17, 2014
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Here are two 16" by 20" botanical graphite and watercolor paintings ready to ship in a custom green marbled folder. When I finished painting the flowers I missed the shadows the three dimensional boxes provide.  So, I laid the flower stems down on a piece of white paper and marveled at the play of all the shadows from my studio's multiple light sources. I then duplicated them in paint to add interest and integrate them with the rest of my work. 

Outside

By Beth Scanlon
on January 26, 2014
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Looking for something pretty and different I took this completed hollyhock diorama outside to try a picture in the late afternoon. The reflected trees and sky were a pleasant surprise but the colors are not at all true. I thought of my studio in Cleveland when on another January afternoon I stamped the snow down and carried this freshly painted tea table out to record. I think the colors and the curves make them a pretty juxtaposition.

Flower Magazine

By Beth Scanlon
on January 20, 2014
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Hollyhock placed an advertisement in the current issue of the glossy magazine, Flower. They featured two of my Floral Cartonnage waste paper bins. The ad is shown here in the middle picture. I am delighted to be represented by Hollyhock so this is a great treat for me.  And, I was surprised to see how much the photograph they used looks as if it could be taken in my studio. The last picture shows the corner of my worn studio table.

I used a new technique on these tulips, gouache on each layer. I think it gives them even more dimension and they shipped to Hollyhock today.

 

 

Entetants, Paperolles, and Canivets

By Beth Scanlon
on January 16, 2014
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We have a Valentine from The World of Interiors.  I am charmed, just as I was when they introduced me to Jean-Philippe Arnould and his paper cut-outs in the December 2011 issue. The photo above is from Arnould's website, www.papers-gallery.com.  

I have a subscription to The World of Interiors now from my dear friend Kathy Sitzwohl.  It was so wonderful to find it in my mailbox, and an added bonus, there is no script over the cover photo on subscriber issues.

Studio Folly

By Beth Scanlon
on January 12, 2014
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Vacation time in my studio sends me down many paths.  I was delighted to find this Christmas card painted by Alexandre Serebriakoff for Charles de Beistegui on the Notebook of David Netto. On the far right, de Beistegui's pyramid folly is depicted under construction. My pyramid folly box is decoupaged with images from an old print found on the front of a Martin Randall Travel catalog. I wasn't certain at first why a bundle of sticks were packed on the camel.  Then it dawned on me, I was looking at blue and white striped tent fabric and tent poles. The tented bed in the last photograph is another folly. I couldn't resist asking Serebriakoff to paint the wall mural and Robert Calasso (author of the book Tiepolo Pink) to funish the flooring.

Gently Down the Stream

By Beth Scanlon
on January 09, 2014
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The boat shape is a favorite of mine, transporting and dreamy.  Here is a stack of valet trays before a Pillement study I painted a few years past. There is an echo in the shape of our crafts.

Happy

By Beth Scanlon
on January 06, 2014
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                        This engraving by Martin Engelbrecht, c.1735-40 depicts a dominotière, or maker of all kinds of colored and printed papers. I was happy to begin the week with her terrific image and a new idea, tacking the first layer in place.  The new lining paper looks like just the kind of pattern she would create.

This is her partner. I think I will pair him with the bold turquoise zebra paper of Jemma Lewis. Martin Engelbrecht created a number of these amusing couples, many represent trades associated with interior design.

 

This statue of a bronze parfumeur is in Grasse, France outside the Fragonard museum. It was created after a 1697 series of prints by Nicolas de l'armessin dedicated to the trade guilds.  I like them all.

 

Nostalgia

By Beth Scanlon
on December 30, 2013
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I am sentimental about the German Wendt and Kuhn angels my parents hang on their Christmas tree. Similar angels here perform an outdoor concert on a woodland stage. The three inch wooden frame for this stage is wrapped in a hand stamped Italian paper. This charming, nostalgic paper was designed in the 1930's by Eleonora Gallo.  She named the pattern Siena and designed it after a cross-stitch embroidery found on a Tuscan apron. In her book, Peasant Art In Italy, she wrote:  "'Wait',he says, 'the first autumn rains will hide the burnt-up crests with a mantle of vegetation and they will be covered with browsing flocks'. All the cities in Tuscany endow their country-side with a halo of that art and poetry which is their heritage."

I studied a painting once by an old master who used a checkered table cloth as his canvas.  I delighted in seeing the pattern emerge and disappear in the ground. Here I painted my stage curtain and background on the same Siena paper as the frame. I think I will add clouds.

Pine Bower

By Beth Scanlon
on December 25, 2013
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The porch outside my studio window dressed for the holidays.

 Wishing All a Joyous Christmas: Light shining in the darkness.

Italian Paper Collection

  • Baroque letter holder Faux Apt Faience in brown/blue
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  • Baroque letter holder Faux Apt Faience in green/lavender
    Baroque letter holder Faux Apt Faience in green/lavender Baroque letter holder Faux Apt Faience in green/lavender
  • Cartonnage Boat Valet Tray in Italian Paper
    Cartonnage Boat Valet Tray in Italian Paper Cartonnage Boat Valet Tray in Italian Paper
  • Edwardian Triptych Letter Holder in Florentine Metallic Gold Italian Paper
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  • In-Box with Lid in Blue Tile Italian | SOLD OUT (available in other paper)
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  • In-Box with Lid in Fierenze Italian Paper
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  • In-Box with Lid in Fiori Blue Italian Paper
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  • In-Box with Lid in Giglio Italian Paper
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  • In-Box with Lid in Light Green Marble Paper
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