Ten Gables Cottage

Ten Gables Cottage
Ten Gables Cottage

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Busy days

Hi Everyone, it has been a very long time since I have posted on my blog! I have been extremely busy with my art gallery.  Then I finally had a big stalk of bananas grow on my banana tree patch, and had 65 bananas to use somehow!  I gave some away and made banana pudding and several loaves of banana bread.  Now I have another bloom, so another stalk will be forming! How wonderful to have bananas in one's own back yard! Eat your heart out, all you who are having snowy weather! It is 80 degrees in Florida!

My gallery is really going well. Some pieces of furniture sell within a day or two of being displayed, so it is hard to keep the space full!. I often forget to take photos, I am so busy getting things displayed. I have done some Christmas "smalls", too, such as painted wine glass candle holders, old shutters with snowmen painted on them, pillows and ornaments. It is time to decorate my home, too, so hopefully, I will post more this month. Hope you are having fun, too, this time of year.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

More Painted Furniture

Hi Everyone, here it is almost Fall and I am painting palm trees and the ocean on a chest of drawers! But I am in Florida, so this is the kind of furniture enjoyed year around here. I just finished this piece and put it in my gallery.

This piece is the bottom I painted to go with that shelf with the parrot on it that I posted last time. However, I didn't like the shelf on top of this, as they weren't the same size. So I think as coordinating pieces, the top shelf could be hung. They are both in my shop priced seperately.  Always in my photos, the colors are never exactly as they are in real life. This piece is a color called "Pear" by Martha Stewart.
 It went on beautifully and is a pretty greenish, almost a mint color, but true to a pear starting to ripen from green to yellow. I love it! The terra cotta color, I mixed myself and it is really pretty, too. Enlarge these for a better look.
Wish it were Fall here. In sunny Florida, it is hot and humid. For months our temperature has been in the 90s with heat index of over 100, so I have basically stayed in and painted all summer.  My garden has not liked the heat much, but does like the rain we have daily for an hour or so.  Tropical weather! I am ready for a respite!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Painting furniture

Hi Everyone, it has been a long time since I have posted! I have been extremely busy with the new gallery and I suppose, a little lax about anything but painting!! I am doing furniture besides my paintings, and am painting on leaves, rocks and all kinds of things! It is too much fun!  Above is a modern chair done with chalk paint and I make 2 pillows that can be used with it or in the room with it. The zebra pillow top is painted with fabric paint. The pillows I paint are selling fast!
This is a shelf and I am in the process of painting a piece sort of like a small buffet that this will sit on top.  It has three drawers, so I am trying to decide whether to paint them the reddish color and add tropical leaves....I probably will as it will certainly take it to an arty level and that is what I like doing.  Hope you enjoy seeing a bit of my new things. I would post more, but am having trouble with my computer right now. I am so lucky to have done this much. I wish I knew a little more about electronics, but that really isn't my field. Every so often I decide to never get on the computer again. Then I cool off and decide that maybe I can do it, so I just jump in not knowing what in the world I am doing.  Of course, none of you are like that I am sure.  Hope to have some thoughts and comments on this!!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Egretta Wells Art Gallery and Treasures

Hi Everyone, it has been a long time since I have posted. My new shop is really keeping me busy in the studio and I haven't taken much time to photograph my creations. Today, I finally am posting a few photos of pillows I have painted, as well as a piece or two of furniture and wall hangers, paintings, etc. I am having so much fun! Every few days I take a load of painted things to the shop and work on displaying items. Back at the studio, I am designing and painting new items. The wonderful thing about this is that I rent my space, but don't have to sell things, because the owner, Susan, does that! She is so nice...the shop is very pleasant and is full of interesting things to see, not only in my space but in others as well. Susan carries furniture and accessories for the home as well as clothes and fashion accessories. It is a great place to shop!

I have some "beachy" items. 
This piece is a beautiful bowed buffet. It has been painted a gorgeous blue with top and feet in a soft caramel. Great storage plus a statement piece! I will try to get time to post more photos soon. Hope all of you are having a great week end.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Old chair, painted white with some bits of paint scraped off, and the chair seat covered in burlap with keys stenciled on.  The final touch is a key tied to the chair back.  I had a heck of a time blogging today. It has been so long, maybe I have almost forgotten how! Anyway, hope you like the chair. I am so busy in my studio and really having loads of fun! Hope you are enjoying this nice Sunday afternoon!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Trompe l'oeil table and harp back chair redo

Hi Everyone, I am still painting some furniture for my art gallery just to add another dimension.  The wing back chair I painted sold immediately so I needed something else to put in that empty spot.  I painted this cute little table "Refined Red", a pretty color chalk paint from Vintage Furniture Paint Inc.  I love the paint because you don't have to wax it...the wax is already in it, and it goes on very smoothly and feels amazing to the touch. Inside the drawer, I papered with a little hounds tooth red and white check. But the top is what I am most proud of.  I painted a key, a letter and a pocket watch in Trompe l'oeil, which is a French technique and means to "fool the eye".  The objects, through shading, appear to just lie there on the table.  You feel like you could just pick them up! 

This photo is more true to the actual red color. Enlarge to see the details. They are in my studio in the photo, so I had to cover stuff in the background so you could see them! My studio needs a good cleaning and now that I am doing furniture, too, it is a bit over-crowded. I need to organize it a lot better, but just don't have time. I am painting as fast as I can!!!!I have watercolors going, acrylics, too and then the furniture. That is why my blogs are getting fewer and far between, but I appreciate you looking!