west elm holiday pop up mini paintings

Grateful to be in west elm for the holidays. Partnering with west elm with proceeds to benefit St. Jude’s Research Hospital. These mini’s will be a special price for the west elm event. To see more from my store go to https://squareup.com/market/eileen-tomson

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I invited a cowboy for dinner and fed him a pineapple


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This past weekend I was invited to share my notecards with a very talented jewelry designer named Susan McVicker for a Spring Time Trunk Show at a special friend’s house. Our work really complimented each other!

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Snap out of It!

I have not meant to be silent for so long, I thought when I got laid off from my job, I would have all the time to write my blog, instead I am creating artwork and trying tirelessly to market it! When you don’t get a paycheck, your life is so up and down trying to make ends meet! Do you ever just feel overwhelmed, spending so many hours at your desk just producing, producing, producing. The hours fly by, the weeks, the months. I feel remiss in saying that often I get in a funk when so many challenges are thrown at me. But then, I have to pull myself up, and as Cher would say in the movie “Moonstruck”,

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Have you ever watched “Undercover Boss”? I cry at each show, many have health issues,
large families to support, and work so hard.  Thankfully, and most importantly, I have my health, and a roof over my head!

Thank you to all that support me with your kindness and thumbs up. In the past 6 months, I feel so much gratitude for having the ability to be a creative person, I love being an artist! When I scroll through my photos on my computer, I have much to be proud of and need not be so hard on myself. Right now, I am most excited of my work with West Elm. They have been so supportive of my art, and stationery products! Here are some of the photos that I would like to share of my past Pop Up Valentine Event at West Elm. Whenever you feel frustrated with yourself, take a deep breath, say to yourself “snap out of it”, keep perservering in your goals, know that loved ones around you want the best for you- and…go for it! Much love, eileen

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A Voice out of History “Keep Calm and Carry On”

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I think it is rather curious how a phrase gathers momentum and becomes popular. One of these sayings is, “Keep Calm Carry On”. It would not be surprising to hear this from a chap in England, but how does this line, “carry on” across the country and become a critical mass?  The original origin of  “Keep Calm and Carry On”  was the third British propaganda poster commissioned by the British Government in 1939 during World War Two, the first two designs looked like this:

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The Original British Government Posters

They used the crown of King George IV as the only graphic device and only two colors. The final designs were to be uniform in style and used a Special & Handsome typeface making it difficult for the enemy to conterfit. The third poster was never officially used, “Keep Calm and Carry On”, was held in reserve and only to be used in crisis or invasion, and remained unseen by the public .

The poster was discovered 50 years later in a second hand bookstore called Barter Books Ltd, in Northumberland, England. Opened in 1991 by Mary and Stuart Madley. The  bookstore was originally an old Victorian railway station. It was in the year 2000, that Stuart found the poster in a pair of dusty old books sold at auction. Mary liked it so much she had it framed and sold copies in their store.

“The design has become simple and timeless and commonly recognizable. Like a voice out of history, it inspires confidence in others during difficult times.”

This post is dedicated to my father, John Tomson, who served in the Royal Air Corp as a pilot during World War I and II, in London England.

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http://www.barterbooks.co.uk/

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g504032-d663300-Reviews-Barter_Books-Alnwick_Northumberland_England.html

Knit One, Pearl Two on the Warhol Bridge

I like to knit, I find it very relaxing. When my daughter was in high school we had a great group of women, including Nicole’s French teacher curling up on several couch’s, eating scrumptous appetizers and sharing fun stories while catching up on each other’s lives. While everyone around me was doing complicated patterns for sweaters, I was a very beginning knitter, staying in my comfort zone of simple projects like dish cloths or muffler’s, I never did graduate into an accompished knitter. I still have those cotton dish clothes stacked neatly underneath my kitchen sink~do I ever use them? No, I always think they are too nice to wipe the counter, so I  grab the yellow sponge to do it’s duty.

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The Fiberart Guild of Pittsburgh has a new project. To wrap the Andy Warhol Bridge in Allegany.  The Allegheny County Council voted unanimously to approval “Knit the Bridge”, and will be “yarn bombed” from August 10-September 7, 2013.

Andy Warhol Bridge, also known as the Seventh Street Bridge, spans the Allegany River in downtown Pittsburgh, PA and is the only bridge in the United States named for a visual artist.

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Named for the artist Andy Warhol, a Pittsburgh native, it is one of three parallel bridges called The Three Sisters, the others being the Roberto Clemente Bridge and the Rachel Carson Bridge. The Three Sisters are self-anchored suspension bridges and are historically significant because they are the only trio of nearly identical bridges, as well as the first self-anchored suspension spans built in the United States.

The bridge was renamed for Warhol on March 18, 2005, as part of the tenth anniversary celebration for the Andy Warhol Museum.

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In case you have not heard of the term “yarn bombing”, it is an art movement that covers anything-including trees, bikes, military tanks, buses and buildings. Until now, no group in the world has attempted to yarn bomb a bridge this large. This event, if completed, will mark the largest project of its kind ever tackled in the United States.

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The large group of supporters includes 1,256 individuals and more than 100 organizations from across the county. These volunteers will create 580 panels, each 3 feet by 6 feet, to drape the length of the bridge.

After the panels are removed, they’ll be washed and distributed to homeless shelters, nursing homes and animal shelters, or perhaps stay neatly folded underneath a kitchen sink.

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Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/neighborhoods-city/allegheny-county-council-approves-yarning-of-warhol-bridge-692165/#ixzz2XRzekY3E

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/neighborhoods-city/allegheny-county-council-approves-yarning-of-warhol-bridge-692165/#

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andy_Warhol_Bridge

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yarnbombing_Los_Angeles

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I am from Los Angeles and now live in Nashville. Here is a wonderful wallpaper company named Abnormals Anonymous based in Los Angeles, the two owners met in a Nashville hotel elevator, perhaps The Hutton Hotel, and discovered their common passion for wallpaper design and fell in love. They are now a happily married couple living in Venice, California. My mother, a talented artist and chorus line dancer designed wallpaper during World War II in London, England.

To maintain anonymity they call themsleves Henrietta and Paco. It makes me wish they would open a restaurant by that name. “I just had a marvelous squid salad with baratta and tomatoes at our local restaurant called Henrietta and Paco.”

Their story can’t get any better than this, except it does, they create beautiful, quirky wallpaper inspired by their nautical adventures in a part time Seattle home. A local fisherman based in Los Angeles finds the couple old etchings, which they enlarge for wallpaper. The wallpaper has fun names like “meet the flockers”, “squindle” and “mimso”.

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These beautiful papers are designed and printed in Los Angeles. Henrietta and Paco use eco friendly, VOC free inks on all of their papers and can print on a variety of materials including paper, mylar, type II vinyl, textured papers and even a new recycled material great for earning LEED points.

If you want to experience a good night’s sleep with this wallpaper surrounding you, go treat yourself to a stay at the new Palihouse Santa Monica. Avi Brosh bought this landmark 1927 Morrish Revival apartment-hotel near the Third Street Promenade.

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Palihouse Santa Monica, 1001 Third St., Santa Monica; 310-394-1279 or palihousesantamonica.com

Read more: http://www.purewow.com/entry_detail/la/6133/Charming-Palihouse-Santa-Monica-opens.htm#ixzz2YlkHhzET

http://www.lonny.com/magazine/October+2012/YDYwrWzwkf5/12

http://abnormalsanonymous.com/about/

http://www.palihousesantamonica.com

“Maddie on Things” ~ a dog and a man’s journey traveling the United States

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This past Saturday, Parnassus Books was the latest stop for Maddie the coonhound, her owner Theron Humphrey, and their friend Garrett. They are going across the United States promoting their book “Maddie on Things: A Super Serious Project About Dogs and Physics”.

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Coonhound is a type of scent hound and a member of the hound group.

Coonhounds are an American style of hunting dog developed for the quarry and working conditions found in the United States.

Theron Humphrey adopted Maddie a coonhound, from a rescue shelter in Georgia and set out for a journey across all 50 states that he turned into a book, “Maddie on Things: A Super Serious Project About Dogs and Physics” that was released in March.

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“I was just burned out on corporate life,” Humphrey said. “The biggest catalyst was a broken heart, which I think a lot of people can relate to. I just wanted to go out into the world and connect with people and tell stories and celebrate everyday life.

“She’s never fallen, she’s never been hurt, and she lets me know her limitations,” Humphrey said. “We’ve been doing it so long now that we’ve just gotten really good at it. She’s definitely well-trained.”

“She just has inherently great balance,” Humphrey said. “While out on the road I wanted to remember my companion I was traveling with so I literally put her on the roof of my truck and took a photo. She just stood there and looked at me and I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, that’s so amazing Maddie.’ The project just grew from there. When you’re traveling, you’re always seeing new things and meeting new folks, and along the way I just started putting her on top of objects I would encounter.”

“I think the beautiful thing about this project is that it grew organically over time. It started out really small, and over the course of the year, it just gained more and more traction, and more people got into it. I learned quickly that people just love dogs because they see and smell the world in a way that we’ll never be able to, and there’s something beautiful about that that brings us joy into our lives.”

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Maddie’s Fan Club

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Maddie the coonhound visited the set of TODAY after having traveled to all 50 states to show off her balancing skills. Here is Maddie balancing on a chair while Matt and Savannah prepare for the broadcast.
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http://www.today.com/pets/perching-pooch-maddie-shows-skills-today-set-6C9801122

http://www.parnassusbooks.net/

Click to access Maddie_Tour_Poster.pdf

http://maddieontour.com/

http://prints.maddieonthings.com/

http://www.lifewithdogs.tv/2013/03/maddie-on-things-the-instagram-celebrity/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coonhound

“America is the country of the art of the future” ~ Marcel Duchamp 1915

In honor of Fourth of July coming up, we honor America. The above quote from the artist Marcel Duchamp, was written in 1915, almost 100 years ago! I love ART stamps. When they came out with a Warhol stamp awhile back, I bought 1/2 a sheet and framed it.

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If you like stamps like me, you are going to want to get to your local post office and buy the latest, “Modern Art in America, 1911-1931” Forever stamps. The stamp sheet also includes a quote by Marcel Duchamp and verso text that identifies each work of art and briefly tells something about each artist. Art director Derry Noyes worked on the stamp sheet with designer Margaret Bauer.

These stamps are being issued in sheets of 12 Forever® stamps. Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce rate. Issue date is March 7, 2012 ~ and of course the stamps are made in USA.

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  • Stuart Davis’s vibrant depictions of contemporary commercial objects made him an important precursor of the later Pop artists. His oil-on-canvas painting, House and Street (1931), presents two views of a street in New York, forcing the viewer to be in two places at once.
  • Charles Demuth, a leading watercolorist of his era, created his “poster portraits” of friends such as the poet William Carlos Williams, the subject of the work I Saw the Figure 5 in Gold (1928), in oil, graphite, ink, and gold leaf on paperboard.
  • Aaron Douglas was the most important visual artist to emerge from the Harlem Renaissance. The gouache-on-paper painting, The Prodigal Son (1927), was created in a modernist style that has been described as “Afro-Cubism.”
  • Arthur Dove was one of modern art’s earliest abstract painters and was probably the first American artist to paint a totally abstract canvas. Dove was interested in attempting to duplicate sound as colors and shapes. The oil-on-canvas painting, Fog Horns (1929), suggests the peal of foghorns at sea.
  • Marcel Duchamp, an important forerunner of the Pop art and conceptual art movements, outraged and disturbed many viewers by irreverently flouting artistic convention. His oil-on-canvas painting, Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2(1912), was the most talked-about work at the Armory Show of 1913.
  • Marsden Hartley was one of America’s greatest modernist painters. His oil-on-canvas work, Painting, Number 5 (1914-15), is an abstract composite portrait of Karl von Freyburg, a young German officer who was killed in World War I.
  • John Marin was the preeminent watercolorist of his era. He transformed the medium by experimenting with abstraction, such as in his watercolor-on-paper painting, Sunset, Maine Coast (1919).
  • Gerald Murphy produced only about a dozen works in less than ten years as a practicing artist, yet today he is recognized as a significant painter whose work prefigured the Pop art of the 1960s. The oil-on-canvas painting, Razor (1924), typifies Murphy’s work in its detailed depiction of commonplace objects.
  • Georgia O’Keeffe was one of the foremost painters of the 20th century. Widely known for her close-up flower paintings, O’Keeffe also famously painted urban and desert landscapes, including this oil-on-canvas painting, Black Mesa Landscape, New Mexico / Out Back of Marie’s II (1930).
  • Man Ray was associated with some of the most important artistic movements of the 20th century—chief among them Dadaism and Surrealism—and is best known for his photography. His gelatin-silver print, Noire et Blanche (1926), is from a series of photographs juxtaposing a woman’s face with a Baule mask (or a replica) from West Africa.
  • Charles Sheeler explored the balance between abstraction and realism in his photographs and paintings, which often depicted aspects of the mechanized modern world. By titling this oil-on-canvas painting American Landscape (1930), Sheeler explored the relationship between rural traditions and his modern subject matter.
  • Joseph Stella, America’s first Futurist painter, is remembered for his multiple images of the Brooklyn Bridge and other iconic New York scenes. The oil-on-canvas painting, Brooklyn Bridge (1919-1920) has been read as a comment on the tension between technological achievement and the spiritual dimension implicit in any human endeavor.