Our little St. Albans was bustling yesterday. Bustling, I tell you! We went to a lovely luncheon followed by an art show with wine and chocolate tasting. I drooled over the new oil-on-board paintings by St. Albans artist Corliss Blakely. Oh, how I wish I had a few thou just lying around so I could get one or two. Oh, oh! The rose hips! The blueberries! The flowers..... Oyoyoyoy!
She showed me her new iPhone painting (iPhone! Painting! There's an app for that!) technique which is going to be featured in an upcoming book. I've got several of her smaller limited-edition prints -- three of them are still awaiting framing -- but I would die to own one of her more recent oils on black background. OMG.I.love.them.
In more affordable news, I had this poster of The Singing Butler lying around the house, leftover from Abigail's dorm room (Ryan bought it for her).
It needed to be properly matted and framed as a part of the recent room redo. I already had a nice frame and mat from a different poster I brought back from England, so I had my framing friend Norm switch out that one and put in the Vettriano piece, because I think this one goes with the new room better. I picked it up yesterday and hung it in the room. I think Jack Vettriano's artwork is romance personified, and I took a half hour to lie on the bed and gaze at it after it was hung on the wall.
The other thing we had framed was this special family artifact that was uncovered in the recent archeaological dig which took place in my office. We'd been looking for it for years, and decided this time we were not going to fool around. We had it -- complete with creases, coffee stains, rips, and thumbtack holes -- properly framed with UV-blocking glass and the whole nine yards. Norm once again did a fabulous job of floating the piece on a piece of black mat board, then adding a mat that had similar little gray fibers that were in the paper Abigail used to compose her first recorded poem, almost exactly 18 years ago.
Now we won't lose it.
And then the day ended with watching Apolo Ohno's magic on the ice and having such a fun response from my women friends in Facebook when I posted, "Apolo Ohno is so HOT." The hilarious and lustful comments made me crack right the hell up. THANKS, ladies!!
Happy Valentine's Day