getting ready for the holidays

I’ve been getting in the holiday mood by drawing wreaths and decorating the house. Here are a couple of my wreaths.

Holiday Wreaths

I’ve also been making my own gift tags.

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Here is a picture of our hearth. We didn’t do a tree this year. I love my reindeer, gifted to us by our son-in-law a couple years ago.

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What have you been up to this week?

kyrrha

chimney rock and lake lure flowering bridge

Recently I visited North Carolina. I went on many hikes. My favorite one was Chimney Rock. Here is a shot above the chimney.

Chimney Rock, North Carolina

After the hike up Chimney Rock, I visited Lake Lure and found this wonderful flower garden. It was built over a bridge. Here are flowers and foliage pictures I took.

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It inspired some flower drawings here is a peek into my sketchbook.

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kyrrha

penland school of crafts

I recently stumbled upon Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina. I really want to take classes there someday. It’s an amazing little school and a tiny town of 200 people in the Blue Ridge Mountains. They have classes in books and paper, clay, drawing, glass, iron, metals, photography, printmaking and letterpress, textiles and wood. Here is the entrance sign.

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I visited the gallery.

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I saw Cristina Cordova’s “Cerca Y Lejos” exhibit.  These were so moving and HUGE.

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Here are some pics of the classrooms. Who wouldn’t want to play here, right?

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As I was walking the campus I came upon this porch with rockers. I thought I had died and gone to heaven. I LOVE to rock.

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I hope I have the privledge of attending a Penland class some day. It’s beautiful and the students and teachers are really nice and welcoming.

What have you been up to this week?

kyrrha

bugs and the north carolina arboretum

I visited the North Carolina Arboretum recently. It was a lot of fun. They had this exhibit called the “World of Giant Insects.” They were huge and they moved and made noises. Here is a picture of some of them.

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They inspired me to draw. Here is a peek into my buggy sketchbook.

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What have you been up to this week?

kyrrha

 

graffiti in asheville

I’ve been impressed with the street art of Asheville, especially the graffiti. I’ve always admired the bold, bright use of colors and the illusive nature of the art. There are several artists that come to mind when I think of this genre. One I LOVE is Banksy and his political pieces. Another is skateboard and surfboard artist Jim Phillips. Graffiti is controversial and is considered vandalism but, it is an inspiring part of our natural consciousness. Here are some inspiring and colorful pieces I came across on my walks through Asheville.

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Here is some that I found inside the Asheville Art Museum. I didn’t get the artists name. ;(

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kyrrha

hex signs and art show

It’s two weeks until my First Friday art show!

Come join me on December 4th at stripe Men and see my hex sign series ‘Abundance.’ The ‘Abundance’ series was painted with the intention of creating a sense of plenty in the home where it is hung. Each hex sign features an eight-pointed star on a 15” x 15” fence board. Slight variations in the wood’s character reveal upcycled origins, with designs painted with acrylic and a polymer varnish used as a sealant. Some of the works also contain collaged paper.

If you like the signs and can’t make it to the show, you can buy them in my etsy store.

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k