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I Love Art, Adore the Handmade and Treasure the Vintage. I am the Fun Mom, the Silly Friend and the Writer who wants to make more room for beauty in the everyday.

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Sunday, April 15, 2007

How do you pick?




















How do you make them, choose them, pick them? What you like, your favorite flavor, how to decorate a room, where to put something on a shelf, what you love... ? Decisions are funny things with lives of their own. Some of us carefully weigh the choices and slide into a decision that fits like a glove, others charge in head first and make their choice, whatever choice, work. What do you do? I try to read the roadsigns... I let fate take a hand an lead me, open minded, to a conclusion that seems right, even if it's odd turns and bizarre twists in the road have bought me there.
It's those strange undulations of the path that brought Jennifer and I together.... When Jen emailed me as a customer to buy a pair of "Hotcakes" earrings, I recognized her name from Diane Allison's blog. In my life one thing usually leads to another so, totally trusting kind fate to have put us in contact I said to her, "We are meant to work together". And I wholeheartedly believe we are....as sure as chocolate will remain on my most loved food list forever, along with sushi and the fried shrimp at the Colonnade in Atlanta. And nevermind fate,THANKS DIANE!
So how do you pick them? What do you hang on your walls? You pick what you love, what feels good to look at, and what seems full and ripe. Jennifer Lanne's works are among my picks for sure. It's just hard to choose a favorite among her canvases that drip with sensuous color and whisper of nature.

She loves her life. It shows in her festive use of hue, her penchant for taking the every day around her and spinning it into painterly wonders that pay homage to what she knows best …floral, fauna and farm…
Her brave strokes tell us of happy days, good memories and vistas filled with the possibilities of an afternoon in the country. Her work has the strength of classic themes, but the scale is bright with a freshness all her own.
I do think I just might have to pick a new favorite color…Jen makes me love them all! Her painting are pure delight, succinct of story but dense in fragrant shades that capture a mood and throw it back at us with three cheers for deep, apple greens, the oceans's collection of blues (which are in stiff competition for our attention with the sky's own shades) goldenrod and feisty orange....
Hmmm how to pick among colors....or among plums, cherries or apples...I say chose what ever is closest to your heart. It's the one meant for you...and nudge fate to help you. After all, she just might be feeling kind today, most likely she is, if she's been looking at Jennifer's art...
I cannot wait to meet Jennifer when she visits in May for our annual Spring Soiree. Do you think she'll wear those earrings?
xxoo Jen
PS ....please note...we are experiencing such high traffic on our website that certain pages are just crawling and some are not loading correctly. Paul is working on this diligently and we appreciate your patience...in the meantime we are unable to upload new images to the site so we are preparing email updates and can send you images of the latest arrivals...including Jennifer Lanne, MUDCAKES, Ulla's jewelry, Elements, , EarthGirl, Momentos, and Jill Kenny's bears.

7 comments:

Lori said...

OH MY GOSH!! I love these. The colors are fantastic!! The cherries in the bowl: PERFECTION!!

Theresa said...

I really like Jennifer's paintings. I especially love the bird's nest paintings . Have I seen Jennifer's work before... maybe an article in Country Living??? I can't wait to see her stuff in person... it will most likely blow my socks off :)

paige knudsen said...

oh yippie...i LOVE jennifer lanne. i have been taking an oil painting class and her artwork is often my inspiration. i love her use of colors and common objects such as the flowers she chooses...wonderful!

Kathrine said...

I anxiously await! I love my 3 Jennifer's that I received. FABULOUS!

Rosanne said...

I loved seeing the pictures of Jennifer's paintings on the website but in person they are truly out of this world. The colors are so vibrant and yummy. Had to have a bird nest and some cherries! I love mixng in the smaller paitnings with my pottery since they stand on their own. I need more!

purple cucumbers folk art said...

hi darling,just passing threw,I put my new(not my choise)hairdoo on my blog,getting great comments about it.Some of my youni'ns said to die the rest of it purple!ha ha.Come on over and read the hair do comments. enjoy reading,seeing your artisy and blog have a great day.so glad to see you have lots of folks comming by and supporting the arts. xxoo Purple/Jessie

Lana said...

I'm one of the few that can't see the pics from your site.... but you sure do make up for it here on your blog! Thank you for sharing the works of all these wonderful artists and for providing such a fun and inspiring site.
Lana

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