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Small Steps and Big Leaps; the working artist's life

For me, Inspiration is a moment or message that gives you a glimpse of yourself and your world at its highest potential. It's a surge of energy that makes you want to take immediate action towards something bigger than your daily tasks. But it's the little steps that make the ultimate change in your life. What Inspires you? Music? Literature? Beautiful rooms? Our great earth? Photography? Who Inspires you? A family member? Leader? Artist? Friend? Poet? Seek out inspiration, gather it around you, move towards it, do one small thing about it- and then another... At the very  beginning of my painting career, I saw a beautiful photo in a book that inspired me to paint this wall. It's what...

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Vintage Chairs Sparkle with Rough Diamonds

[caption id="attachment_9089" align="alignleft" width="500" caption="Shannon Kaye HOME launches a unique and evolving collection of re-imagined furniture called Plein Heir, which is a playful pun on 'Plein Aire", the outdoor painting style the Impressionists made so popular, combined with Heirloom referring to the vintage pieces I re-imagine with art and color."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_9093" align="alignleft" width="500" caption="I start by finding interesting pieces in good condition that I can imagine with one of my paintings. I found this cool versatile pair of chairs at a local flea market."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_9091" align="alignleft" width="500" caption="I liked the retro modern lines and look of the chairs and thought they'd pair nicely with a relief painting I finished just a few weeks before. 'Rough Diamond' (40x30" on...

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Save the Date- May 18th Art Show

It's been a long time since I've shown my work as a collection, but I'm thrilled by Kaffeehaus' invitation show my work and present a reception for me. You'll see familiar pieces, new works and pieces I've been completing for my painting-a-week challenge. Original pieces are for sale and prints and pillows will be available for order. Contact me if you'd like to be added to the invite list.

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Street Art and Power Walk Pics

Those of you who follow me on facebook know that I like to post images from my morning power walks. Sometimes my walks are more wandering than powerful, but at least I'm outside enjoying the view. Sometimes I want to tie a bunch of images together, so I'm trying out a regular series of Street Art and Power Walk Pics here, on my blog, rather than make a bunch of albums on facebook. Here's my first in the Power Walk Pics series. Let me know what you think. I saw the image, above, and then the next day I saw this: Then just a couple of days later I saw this page in a design book at my gal artist,...

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Linen to Linen and Paint to Print

People have been asking me about the creative process behind my decorative pillows. It's been awhile since I explained it so here's a quick recap: [caption id="attachment_7999" align="alignleft" width="500" caption="I paint..."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_7998" align="alignleft" width="425" caption="then have my painting printed onto linen."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_8002" align="alignleft" width="500" caption="and sewn into pillow covers... OR..."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_8001" align="alignleft" width="500" caption="...panels for furniture. I'm not sure if I'll continue the current pillow designs with my next round of product development (what do you think?) so, let me know if you'd like a list of the pillows I have left in stock. For now, all furniture pieces are one-of-a-kind, so let me know if you'd like to talk about a custom piece for your home....

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