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

Monday, January 2, 2017

Roses

The Flying Clubhouse: Roses #outfit
The Flying Clubhouse: Roses
The Flying Clubhouse: Roses
The Flying Clubhouse: Roses
The Flying Clubhouse: Roses | layered necklaces
The Flying Clubhouse: Roses
The Flying Clubhouse: Roses
The Flying Clubhouse: Roses
The Flying Clubhouse: Roses
The Flying Clubhouse: Roses | painting
Happy New Year!

I posted a very similar outfit with this American Apparel dress not terribly long ago, but I wanted to highlight my favorite dress from 2016. I might have worn this to a party, but I didn't actually go out for New Years Eve. Steven and I had a great time staying in, playing video games and eating celebratory chocolate cake. 

It felt like the world went nuts in 2016, and it was hard on the soul. It taught us a lot, though. On a personal and practical level, 2016 was good to us. We're alive, we stayed healthy. I picked up painting again after a long hiatus. 

Despite all the darkness, I have high hopes for 2017 and I wish all the best for you in this New Year.

shoes: thrifted
vintage 70s clutch: etsy