Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Beauty is Healing

24 x 18″, acrylic, auto paint, acetone finish on canvas
I was talking with artist Keith Kimmel the other day and something he said struck me, he described beauty as "healing." Well, how obvious, and yet I had never quite put these two words together like that.  Keith is passionate about creating narrative art. This makes his images complex and exciting, edgy and entertaining. The viewer is invited into the image to explore their own perspective. I really like this image above. For me, this sensual image brings forth sounds and smells, as well as visual delight. What are your thoughts on this painting? To view more of Keith's wonderful work click here.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Pretty Penny Earrings

(c) 2012 - Ruth Mitchell - all rights reserved
I have really gotten into creating "Pretty Penny" earring designs. It started last year when I discovered some wonderful sheet copper left over from building our house. I started experimenting with the rich metal, then I discovered beads!

These three pairs feature handmade beads by my friend Grace Hobbs, who also makes beautiful chain mail bracelets.

The name "Pretty Penny" comes of course from the copper elements in the earrings. I started out using surgical steel hoops as they are the most hypoallergenic solution, but then I started using some silver findings as well. Findings are what the "hardware" part of the jewelry construction is. I have recently discovered that I can construct my own findings, which gives a whole other design element to the earrings. Please visit our Facebook page, either Buyoutsidethebox or Bottle Tree Gallery if you are interested in seeing more of these creative designs. And yes, of course all items are for sale.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

The Twins

"TheTwins" - Sondra Seaton
Artist Sondra Seaton recently brought this beautiful original watercolor painting of two fawns into the Bottle Tree Gallery. Not only is it a beautiful painting, but it has a wonderful story to it. These two innocent animals were orphaned and a neighbor of Sondra's bottle fed them until they grew large enough to be taken to a wildlife sanctuary. "They were such innocent creatures," Sondra says. This extraordinary watercolor is available for just $350. Follow us on Facebook for this and other offers on all kinds of wonderful art
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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Beautiful Batik

"Magical Music" $1,200 - 29x35 framed

Terri Haugen is an award winning self-taught Artist, who is best known for her Batik paintings. Batik is an ancient cloth art traditionally made using a manual wax-resistant dyeing technique. Terri is considered to be one of Americas foremost Batik Artists, and her work has been featured on the covers of National Magazines such as Yankee and Readers Digest.

Terri's work is collected worldwide; her strong sense of design along with her romantic nature and painterly qualities has brought international recognition, for her Batiks. Each of Terri's Batik paintings reveals a command of materials and techniques. She has mastered the traditional method of overdying and combines that with more modern techniques. Her work features a wide range of colors and subtlety of hues, to complicated bright color combinations difficult to achieve in Batik. Her experimental work is fun and unusual.

Batik, is an ancient art form. It has been known to exist in the 4th century BC, in Egypt where it was used to wrap mummies. It was also used in early times in  Asia, China, India and Africa.
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Saturday, June 15, 2013

Wonderful Walk Ins

"Desert Moon"
Occasionally we have a what I call a walk in. Someone will walk into the Bottle Tree Gallery with something they have created and say, would you like to sell this? I love that when that happens. Now in a mere 1,000 Square Feet, you are careful what you select.

Artist Karen E. Johnson came in one day and said, "are you interested Western art? Well, I love Western art, but wasn't sure if it would be compatible with what we have going on here in the store.

"Let's see what you've got," I told her. Turns out she spends a lot of time traveling out West with her husband, and has a plethora of small but ravishingly beautiful images. This is one of them. One of the cool things Karen does is to carry the detailing of the painting around the side of the canvas.

Karen's small but impactful images are a great value at $30-$40 plus shipping. Go to the Bottle Tree's Facebook page to view them all.
(c) 2012 - Ruth Mitchell - all rights reserved

Monday, April 08, 2013

Live Steam in the Garden

This live steam garden railroad is amazing!
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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

So Cool and So Creepy!

Old Self: Portrait of the Artist as He Will (Not) Be Variation #2  

During a recent visit to Crystal Bridges I came across this sculpture by Evan Penny. It was so fascinating, I spent a lot of time with it.  The description card says it is made with silicone, pigment, hair, and aluminum. Yes, I said hair. Up close and personal you can see the stubble on its faces and the eyebrows look very lifelike. Okay, so who is Evan Penny?

He was born in South Africa as a Canadian citizen, and now lives in Toronto. So what is his work doing in the premiere Museum of American Art? Not sure but he did attend some American schools.
(c) 2012 - Ruth Mitchell - all rights reserved

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Postcard Art Prevails

George Wittenberg's Postcard Art 
The Summer 2003 issue of Watercolor Magazine featured a 6-page spread, featuring artist George Wittenberg's Postcard Art. The story focused on his artistic techniques as well as how he mails the postcards he paints from the many exotic locations he visits. I was the author of that story, and since that time nearly a decade ago, George has been to many more places and painted many more images. He just got back from Costa Rica, and we look forward to seeing the results of that trip. It has been an honor to work with George through the years! To view more of his work available online at please click on this link.
(c) 2012 - Ruth Mitchell - all rights reserved

Thursday, February 07, 2013

"Favorite French Village"
Just in new work by Ann H. Aldinger. Check out her work here.
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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Pennies From Heaven

The government prints a lot of $1 bills. But it turns out that minting $1 coins is much, much cheaper. Over the course of 30 years, the government could save $4.4 billion by switching from dollar bills to dollar coins. Conversely, the cost of making the pennies (1.26 cents each) is higher than face value, and the melt value of pennies ranges from more than 2.4 cents for the pre-1982 copper pennies, to nearly a full cent for the zinc pennies.