Lately, I have been doing some research on the late artist Ruth E. Newton. Ruth grew up in Pennsylvania where she attended art school. She went on to spend her career illustrating children's books for Whitman Co. and later a line of dolls for Sun Rubber Toy Co. Most famously, the doll Amosandra for the Amos and Andy show. Her illustrations (see above) are a vision a babies and animals come to life. Chubby cheeks and hands. Gerber baby faces. Gentle innocence and wonder all in one. I am smitten with her work.
A few weeks back I was reading my daily blog roll when I happened upon a post by one of my favorites Miss Cindy at Retro Revival. The post was an interview with artist Patti Ballard. Patti's style reminded my of the late Ruth E. Newtons. (click on the link to read the post)
|The Little Mermaid...by Patti Ballard|
Patti Ballard captures that whimsy in color and texture. Her art is warm and gentle. Sparing any harsh lines and borders, Patti blends paint with wood, paper, words and canvas. What can I say...I am smitten. But wait there is more...recently I was reading my morning blog roll when I realized I was the lucky winner of some of Patti's work! Thank you Cindy...
Hold on to your hat because it gets better and better. I went swiftly to Patti's art shop on Etsy. I must have spent an hour trying to figure out which one to pick when I decided to let this wonderful artist choose for me.
Over the weekend I recieved the most amazing prints from Patti herself. All her personal choices. All some of her personal favorites. That in itself is gift enough. Owning some of her art that she hand picked...over the top for me. As an artist (I hope) I love others choices, but it is the choice that I see them having sometimes that makes it for me. It is the art I see in them...Could be just me?
I am deeply touched at these beautiful prints and how much they remind me of my dreams each day to create happiness if even so small as a stitch in fabric. Thank you Patti.
Patti's altered art can be purchased at galleries online, local art shows, and at her Etsy shop. It is incredibly affordable and well worth it. I can't tell you how much art pieces make a home.
My daily stitching has been lofty...
This is just a sneak peak at a primary project I am working on. It involves nursery rhymes, primary colors and ruffles....hmm!