August 28, 2010

INSPIRATION FROM THE GAS STATION


I hit a creative wall yesterday afternoon and needed to take a little breather from the studio, so I got in the car and drove down the road to the gas station to get a cold drink. While I was there, I surveyed the aisles for bits of inspiration and came home with this little collection of treasures.

I've painted the Prairie Belt sausage can before, but it's worth having on a shelf in my studio because I love it so. I've painted a cracker before, too, but this mini-pack is just too cute. And how awesome is it that the gas station down the road has pimentos? I guess you never know when a craving for pimento cheese will hit.

I guess you never know when inspiration will hit, either.

August 27, 2010

PAINTING PREVIEW: COUNTRY HAM

PAINTING PREVIEW: DONUT

BEEN SPENDING A LOT OF TIME IN HERE LATELY


I took a few days off of work to spend some quality time in the studio, getting ready for my upcoming show at Amelia here in Oxford. This is the first  good little stretch of time that I've had to spend in this gorgeous space, and I am already spoiled. It's such a bright, airy, happy place to be, never mind the awesome commute from my back door. I've also discovered the joys of getting to leave my workspace as is, not having to worry about cleaning up and putting this away, which, I have to say, is incredibly satisfying. Just to know that pieces are sitting there, just waiting for me to come work on them, makes me anxious to get back out there.

I'm also anxious to get back out there just to spend time in this nest. I'm all moved in and surrounded by things of beauty and inspiration.

I've made a deal with myself: spend time in the studio every day. It doesn't matter if it's just to look at a book or prime a panel, just be in this space.

I think I can do that.

August 23, 2010

CHANGE OF ADDRESS


It took five years to change my name and one more to have that name reflected on my website: AmyCEvans.com is now AmyEvansStreeter.com. I look forward to feeling just a bit less schizophrenic.

ELIZABETH YARBOROUGH'S FINGER FOOD RINGS


Elizabeth Yarborough's rag rug bracelets are featured in the current issue of Garden & Gun, but a visit to her website led me to her fabulous line called "Finger Food," a collection of miniature foods set atop sterling bands.

Pie bling, anyone? Yes, please!

August 19, 2010

NEW WORK TO SHOW AT AMELIA IN OXFORD, MS - OPENS ON 9/11/10


Ethel Loved Breakfast In Bed. Too Bad She Had to Make It For Herself. 
Acrylic on wood, 14 in. x 18 in., 2010

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Yep, it's true: I'm back in the studio, making new work! This painting is part of a show I'm having at Amelia in Oxford, MS, that will open on September 11 and run through October 25 or thereabouts. If you're in the Oxford area, stop on by and say hello. It's going to be a heck of an opening because it's also Amelia's one-year anniversary.

For more on Amelia, a gem of a store that's packed to the gills with all things design-y, craft-y and awesome, go here.

To see more of my new paintings, hold tight. I've got to put in some more time in the studio before I upload everything to my website. I'll be sure to let y'all know when you can take a peek.

Until then, send me good studio mojo, so I can get these paintings finished!

SOMEONE MADE ME AN EASEL!

As if building me a studio in the woods wasn't enough, Kurt built me an easel, too! Gorgeous, right? And oh, so practical. I'd been wanting one for a while. For years, I've worked on small paintings at this table. But I've been wanting to create some larger pieces, so Kurt gave me the ultimate easel hook-up.  And it fits this space beautifully. I think Jackson likes it, too.