Monday, April 24, 2017

Savannah, GA

Oh dear! I did not mean to take such a long break from blogging. I've been so busy, and I'm not very good at balancing my time. I've been settling into more of a routine and working at carving out time for this space, though.

Over spring break, Steven planned a short surprise trip to Savannah, GA. It was a lot of fun and we packed so much into three and a half days. The first evening we took a ghost story walking tour at night. Savannah is packed with ghost tours, and while we were on ours we saw many others go by - by bus, by horse and carriage - even by hearse! I'm a skeptic  - I don't believe in ghosts, but I do love a good ghost story and local legends. We chose this particular ghost tour because it was advertised as having a historical component. This claim was... shakey, at best. But despite being weak in the factual department, it was a fun way to tour the city at night.

We enjoyed the beach at Tybee Island best, and I'm only brave enough to show you the back of my thrift-store bathing suit. :D I know it's the beginning of fashion revolution week, and I'm sorry to I have nothing prepared on the subject. I will say this: if you think buying a bathing suit at a thrift store is weird, please don't be put off by my polka-dot swim shorts. Getting swimwear second-hand has been a good economical solution for me, and I also brought along a cute thrifted 80s floral one-piece (not pictured). That's just my aesthetic, but it's amazing how much like-new and contemporary swimwear you can find at a local thrift store.

One interesting stop on our trip was the old Ogeechee Canal. The canal was no longer used by the late 1800s, but today you can walk a trail next to the ruins of the barge canal and enjoy to beauty of the wetlands. It was a haunting place. We didn't know anything about this historic site before our trip - we just ended up following a sign, and I'm glad we did. We kept a wary eye for alligators and snakes, though.

On our last day, after visiting the SCAD Museum of Art (do not miss)! we got a distant view of the Cockspur Island Lighthouse - a forlorn building now surrounded by water. It's located near historic Fort Pulaski, which is also worth visiting. It was almost too hot to walk the trail to the view, and we were eaten alive by mosquitos. However, I'm a bit of a lighthouse enthusiast, and ultimately it was worth the trek. I would bring bug spray next time.

This was such a busy whirl-wind of a trip that coming home has felt like a vacation as well! One important travel tip: don't visit Savannah in the warm months without getting your car's broken air conditioner fixed first! #lessonslearned #toohot

I hope you all have been having a beautiful spring!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Visit to the Biltmore Estate

The weekend before last, we visited the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC as guest of some friends who have season passes. When we visited the historic estate last year, I took the photos, so this time I passed the camera off to Steven. All of these photos are his - except for the first one. I love his photography - he has a great sense of pattern. We definitely have different eyes when it comes to capturing images.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Flying Clubhouse Art

The Flying Clubhouse: Around the Clubhouse and Flying Clubhouse Art
The Flying Clubhouse: Around the Clubhouse and Flying Clubhouse Art
The Flying Clubhouse: Around the Clubhouse and Flying Clubhouse Art
The Flying Clubhouse: Around the Clubhouse and Flying Clubhouse Art
The Flying Clubhouse: Around the Clubhouse and Flying Clubhouse Art
Hello! I've disappeared for awhile, but I'm back with a little post. I promise I'm not turning this space into an art blog - I still have a passion for second-hand fashion - but here's a small reflection of what's currently going on in my life.

The cupcake and Dashie mug are from my birthday earlier this month.The mug was a perfect gift from my sister. It's a little bigger than my other mugs - perfect size for my tea habit, and it also features Rainbow Dash. Enough said. :-D

After some hard work and planning, I opened a shop on Etsy for my art. This is new territory for me, although I've had experience selling vintage and second-hand on Ebay. Anyway, I'm not sure where this is going, but I've found painting to be incredibly fulfilling in my life so I'm excited about the future. My shop is called Flying Clubhouse Art, if you'd like to visit. I plan on creating more listings this week as soon as the varnish is dry. https://www.etsy.com/shop/flyingclubhouseart.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Recent Paintings

Coleus, mixed media on paper, 11" x 14"
Paper Valentine, mixed media on paper, 11" x 14"
Juniper, mixed collage on canvas, 11" x 14"
Raspberry, acrylic on canvas, 16" x 20" x .75"
Cloudscape II, mixed media on canvas, 16" x 20" x .75"
Sky Mirror, mixed media on canvas, 16" x 20" x .75"
Fuchsia, mixed media collage on canvas, 12" x 12" x .75"
Yesterday was my birthday! Wheee!

I'm still recovering a little from some sort of mega-cold. I haven't been out much recently, mostly staying in and painting. I wanted to share my art from this past month. I shared Cloudscape II in the last post, but I present it here in its final version.

1. Coleus, mixed media on paper, 11" x 14"
2. Paper Valentine, mixed media on paper, 11" x 14"
3. Juniper, mixed collage on canvas, 11" x 14"
4. Raspberry, acrylic on canvas, 16" x 20" x .75"
5. Cloudscape II, mixed media on canvas, 16" x 20" x .75"
6. Sky Mirror, mixed media on canvas, 16" x 20" x .75"
7. Fuchsia, mixed media collage on canvas, 12" x 12" x .75"

Happy February!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Fleeting Snow

The Flying Clubhouse: Fleeting Snow
The Flying Clubhouse: Fleeting Snow
The Flying Clubhouse: Fleeting Snow
The Flying Clubhouse: Fleeting Snow
The Flying Clubhouse: Fleeting Snow #mixedmedia #painting #cloudscapeI'm loving the current bizarre spring-like weather, but not long ago we were blanketed in a beautiful snow. It prompted us to buy our first snow shovel, the handle of which served as a perch to a tufted titmouse (see first photo).

Have you seen Fantastic Beasts? We caught it at a local dollar theatre the other day and I fell in love. Steven liked it too - he's a proud Hufflepuff and could relate to Newt Scamander in many ways. :-) We have been spoiled with entertainment this month, also enjoying the new Series of Unfortunate Events on Netflix. Lemony Snicket was the subject of one of our first conversations when Steven and I met at school. We were both fans of the books, and Steven ended up giving me a copy of The End early in our relationship.

I've been busy painting my little heart out - mostly abstracted cloudscapes with acrylic and metal leaf. I haven't had much time for blogging, but if you'd like to follow along with my painting adventures, I set up a new Instagram feed @annafranklinart