A SURPRISE PARCEL FROM LONDON


The other day had been "one of those days" and I was feeling a little less than chipper. The long absence of sunshine here in Florida due to Tropical Storm "Debby" wasn't helping matters any. 
Cabin fever was setting in. 
Then I heard the door bell ring.
I opened the door to find a huge package from London sitting on my doorstep.
After opening the box and several layers of protection (by far THE most thorough packing job I've seen to date!) I uncovered a beautifully framed print.  The gift was from none other than Liza and Hubert Hirst of  Tusch und Egon Gallery in London. They sent me the framed version of one of my limited edition Jubilee prints with the diamond dust on the crown. They had chosen a perfect mat and mounted it very tastefully in a large white frame. I was surprised at how generous the proportions were (27x27 inches), especially with the frame and mat. Included was a lovely note on one of Liza's own cards featuring another of her fantastic paintings. (below)


It reminded me of how wonderful it can be to connect with like-minded fellow artists who share a love of beauty and a respect for one another in this crazy cut-throat world. I was touched by Liza and Hubert's kindness and generosity and it was one of THE nicest surprises I have had in a long time!
As an artist (emerging or emerging wannabe or whatever I am) there have been many collaborations through the years, some were great and worked beautifully. Those involved mutual respect, kindness and benefits for both parties. Others were with people who were less than honorable, less than truthful and less than respectful. In short, people who were out to prostitute another's talent or hard work for their own personal gain and leave you on a pile of ashes. I was what got incinerated.... 
In this collaboration with Liza and Hubert, it's reassuring to know there are still good people out there who are fair, honest and then even take it even a step further - they are gracious, giving and generous. Some may call it karma, I call it the law of sowing and reaping. Whichever label you may you give it, how you treat others IS of utmost importance and you WILL get the same payment you give out, only multiplied and most often, later on down the road. That can mean a promising future for some and a cause for dread for others. 
In Liza and Hubert's case I am praying that their lives and business will flourish and be full of blessings on all fronts.
I can assure you that if you order a piece of art from them, no matter where you are in the world, your purchase will be protected well and arrive safely and you will be delighted and impressed with the quality and beauty! 
So, please take a moment to browse their online store, or stop by their charming gallery if you're in London. You can find both versions of my limited addition print here.
Sending out a huge thanks and warm hug to Liza and Hubert in London. This couple has true class!
Have a wonderful weekend and be sure to cherish and thank those people in your life who go above and beyond and do the unexpected kindness! 

A STEAL!


Don't be koi!  Add this cheeky 18x24 framed poster to your digs - great pairing at a great price. (please ignore the faint reflection of me and the ceiling fan in the pic)
Find it here.

Please have a stupendous weekend and don't forget



that if you still want to take advantage of free shipping from Tusch & Egon Gallery in London,
you can find my Diamond Jubilee silhouette prints here.
Use code AHJUNE2012 at checkout. Free shipping ends June 10th!

DIAMOND JUBILEE PRINTS & ANNECHOVIE in LONDON


It's exciting to see my "Lilibet" Silhouette Print in the London storefront window of Tusch und Egon. Especially fitting for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebration!
International artist, educator, gallery owner and blog-friend Liza Hirst has recently opened a gallery/store with her husband in Islington, London (England).  Liza is a phenomenal artist and a lovely person as well.
I have had the joy of collaborating with them on these limited edition screenprints below to commemorate Queen Elizabeth 2's Diamond Jubilee. There are only 20 prints available of each and all are signed and dated by the artist.  Liza is offering FREE SHIPPING for a limited time - through June 10th when you use this coupon code at checkout: AHJUNE2012


This print features diamond dust on the crown and is available on the gallery website here


and this version, the original "Lilibet" sans the diamond dust is available here



Check out the stores website here
If you live in London or are visiting, stop in and tell them I sent you!

TEA WITH THE QUEEN IN MIAMI BEACH


This is an entirely hand made collage that features cantaloupe silhouette of Queen Elizabeth 2's profile on an aqua background. It's like tea with the Queen in Miami Beach!! Very strong graphic quality. Sort of what I'd call neo-traditional pop art and perfect for gift-giving. Work is mounted on an 5x7 board, ready for framing or even perfect on its own! Limited edition piece signed and numbered by artist on the back.  
Layered with non-yellowing protective coating and available here

BERMUDA SWIRL - NEW PAINTING


I am not one of those people who subscribes to the theory that certain colors have to be confined to certain seasons.  I like color and don't think it necessarily needs "muddying" for the Fall and Winter months. 
Someone bitter and critical once told me that I liked what they resentfully termed "Circus Colors". That was probably the truest statement that ever came out of their mouth and I am not about to argue with it! 
So, I like circus colors......to each his own!  I will live joyfully with my circus colors and they can live miserably entombed with their "morgue colors". 

It's ironic to me how people that attempt to manipulate by insulting or tearing down others often times just have the opposite of their desired effect. More often, they cause you to become even more established in whatever preferences or behavior they are fighting against.
My mantra is "Live and Let Live". It's so important to let people be who God created them to be. I once heard someone say that the greatest key to influencing people is ACCEPTING them, just the way they are. That doesn't mean you deny the existence of their weaknesses, shortcomings or areas that can benefit from discipline and growth, it just means that you extend credit and grace to them, giving them latitude to be individuals and you don't try to mold them into what fits your own selfish desires. 

This is my goal: not to be a cringe-inducer, but a person who causes other to sigh with relief when I ENTER a room, not EXIT it! Ok, off my soapbox now. 
This original painting is available now in my online shop here

TREAT YOURSELF ROYALLY


Since Royal Wedding fever has struck, even here in the U.S., I thought it fitting to post this silhouette from my shop today. You can find it, along with others, here. I remember watching the countdown fanfare and wedding almost 30 years ago with my grandmother when I was a kid and then becoming an ardent fan of Princess Diana for many years.
Here's hoping you enjoy your weekend, everyone!
Best wishes to the royal couple!!

SPRING AT ANNECHOVIE



The calendar may not agree with me, but Spring has definitely sprung here at my studio! 
I refuse to accept "colors" purely because they are dictated each season. I have my own color forecasts and like to go with the colors I am passionate about, rather than to try to fit in with something that may be acceptable but doesn't "light my fire" creatively speaking. Right now, I am infatuated with what I would call "cantaloupe" and "geranium" pink. My love for color hasn't always been understood or appreciated, but I am learning that there are always like-minded souls out there who "get" me and what I am doing and it's such fun to encounter so many of you through this blog.
These new collages are now available in my Etsy shop.
I hope that your weekend is filled with good things!

NEW ORIGINAL WORK - TOUCH OF SPRING


Here's "Queen with Chevrons", an original mixed media piece.
My latest - a paper and acrylic on board painting. Features an aqua hand-cut silhouette of Queen Elizabeth 2 on an pink, orange and white chevron-patterned background. Great graphic quality! Measures 12x12 inches with a 2 inch profile that is painted with a pink wash, gallery style. Complete with protective finish and wire and groove on back for hanging. Signed and dated by artist on back. A great piece to banish the Winter doldrums and brighten your room or office - more photos and price here.

LILIBET IN LILAC


Blame it on my English ancestry, but there's just something I find so appealing about this monarch's profile! This handcut silhouette collage features the British regent in all her regal splendor on a luscious lilac colored background. This is a limited edition, completely hand-cut and assembled collage - 6x6 on gessoboard. Numbered and signed by artist on back.


ROYAL SILHOUETTE


Hand-cut 3 layer silhouette (11x14)
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This is an entirely hand made collage, not a print. Collage features white hand-cut jewelry on black silhouette of Queen Elizabeth 2 of England's profile with a purple and white leaf-print background. I had fun creating this partly because of it's very strong graphic quality. I also love the silhouette for it's classic beauty - feels like decorating a stamp or coin and colorizing it a little. Sort of what I'd call neo-traditional pop art. Work is mounted on an 11x14 gesso board, ready for framing or even perfect on its own! Protective coating included. Signed and dated by artist on the back.