Pablo Picasso once said, "Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life." This quote could not be more true for me. I have always loved studying art, since a young child. One of the best gifts I ever received was a set of books about different famous artists. I read each book cover to cover when I was in elementary school. Later, while in college, I found myself sitting in Art History class completely absorbed in my professor's lectures each week. There was a time when I thought about majoring with a focus in elementary art education....a little known fact about me! I was much less bold back then and wasn't brave enough to go for it, since I lacked actual art training. I can't explain what I love about art. It is just a part of me. As an adult, I have developed my own unique taste. I love folk art, especially art that incorporates text. It shouldn't surprise you that I am hugely inspired by words!
Last fall, my mom and I stumbled into a tent for Earth Angels at the Country Living Fair in Columbus, OH. Earth Angels is a store in New York that sells a variety of art work from various American artists. In the tent we discovered the paintings by Deirdre Friebely, a young artist from Florida who I was delighted to discover is about my age.....a young 30ish. :) Deirdre creates mixed media paintings on gallery wrapped canvas. Her paintings are all inspired by newspaper clippings. Each painting includes a tiny newspaper clipping that inspired the subject or title of the painting. When I saw these paintings, my heart literally skipped a beat! I just love the way that words inspire her paintings. The folksy look really appeals to my aesthetic. I am the proud owner of five of her original paintings! She never repeats a painting, so that is special! Here is what they look like grouped in my stairway at home.
This next painting reminds me of my life at home with my girlies. Avery and Piper make constant noise all day, so those three birds are truly "us".