SPOTTED IN CALIFORNIA!

It's always fun to see where an order I send out ends up! From Minnesota to Japan to Texas to Australia to California, it gives me endless satisfaction and joy to see my customers and clients enjoying their pieces. So, when my friend Stacy sent this Decor8 link to me, it made me smile. One of my favorite bloggers, Holly Becker, was featuring the lovely home of California designer and blogger Simone Howell and she had included two of my chair prints on her gallery wall. You have to check out Simone's home as well as her prolific body of work on her Gardenhouse site, blog and Etsy shop.

THANKS DECOR 8!


Thanks to Holly Becker of superblog Decor 8 for her post on my Etsy site and my new quote prints. Holly has been an important part of supporting me from the beginning and introducing me to the blogosphere. She is a great, warm person who happens to have a ton of talent! She is known for her keen eye and design prowess and has done so much to support and promote Indie artists and craftspeople. You can check out her post here.


Happy Valentine's Day to all of my readers! Thanks so much for your readership and support - I love blogging and sharing my art with you and being a part of your lives! You have added so much to my life and I am grateful for all of the special people I have come to know through my involvement with Etsy and this blog.

THE BLOGGING SISTERHOOD


Patricia's superior version of a thank-you note

Patricia van Essche - President of the "Artists' Support Network"!!

A gift package, van Essche style! What a gift for presentation!

One of the guys in my "break room"

The view at my recharge spot - not bad, eh?

My break lounge

You know, things have been really crazy here lately. I love my work, but it's also beyond amazing to get away for a couple of hours for a break and recharge. Nothing kills creativity like fatigue, and all it takes sometimes is just a short 2 hour break. When I do need a break, I head to one place in particular, a quiet local beach. Sitting there listening to the surf and soaking up a few rays is my way to relax and I feel so blessed to have such an incredible"breakroom"! Some of the guys there are a little pesky, especially when they come over to beg for food, but I just ignore them and they eventually fly off.

One of the drawbacks of being an artist is that you generally work alone, although that's also how I work best. It's imperative that you make time for social interaction and have a support base to keep you balanced and inspired. That is why it's been so wonderful, since I've been blogging, to meet some incredible people who share many of the same interests and challenges. One person in particular is Patricia van Essche. I am sure many of you have seen her work before and read about her on my blog, as well as many others. She is an amazing artist and one of the nicest, most genuine people I have ever met. I am excited that she is going to start her own blog very soon. Although we've never met yet in person, she has already been such a great friend to me. She has offered me some wonderful advice, sources, support and feedback. The other day, I got a wonderful package in the mail from her. The best part was that she took the time to send me the best thank-you card I've ever received, a hand rendered illustration that's not only adorable, but incredibly clever as well. There was also a charming little painting on wood of a crab. Very apropos for my location! Knowing I love anchovies, she was also thoughtful enough to include some Dutch fish spread her husband loves (she recently returned from a trip to Europe with her family, her in-laws live in Monaco). Her instructions made me laugh - "Eat this on toast with parsley, LOTS of parsley". I am guessing the parsley is to counteract the deathly toxic breath the fish spread probably gives you! LOL. It definitely put a big smile on my face. Thank you, Patricia! I will let you know how it goes when I open the can.....

My point is that, as the year begins to draw to a close, I am so thankful for all the friends I have met here. There's an endless list of people I could thank that includes many fellow bloggers, readers, and clients. Especially, Patricia van Essche, Courtney Barnes, Joni Webb, Ronda Carman and Holly Becker. Thanks for serving as such an inspiration and support network. There is a real "sisterhood" (and brotherhood, too) that's very real, despite the fact that there are many miles between all of us.

HOLLY BECKERS SEASIDE RETREAT





Top image:Gouache/ink painting on Arches cold press paper (8x11) by Anne Harwell
Bottom image: Jack Deutsch for Adorn Magazine via Decor8

This is a painting I did for Holly Becker of Decor8 design blog. It was featured in a post by her yesterday on her blog. This is a room she designed for the Fall 2007 issue of Adorn Magazine. Holly is a very talented designer and writer who has been a pioneer in the world of design blogs. Her blog is a hip and reliable source for the latest and best. She is also an exceptionally nice person. She was the first to feature my work and has been so incredibly helpful in getting the word out. She has been beyond supportive, as she is to so many indie artists, designers, bloggers and craftspeople out there. Thank you, Holly, for the mention yesterday, and for everything!

Now this piece is available as a print in my Etsy shop. Please contact me at: anneharwell@hotmail.com if you would like a similar painting done of your favorite room.