Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Attention Facebook users! Free offer!

I have recently created a new Facebook professional page for London Hummingbird Arts! Here you will find links to posts from both of my blogs, as well as updates and shared items of interest found on Facebook. You can find it at this address:

Anyone who signs up as a fan of my new facebook page for London Hummingbird Arts  and emails me with your snail-mail address, will receive a FREE laminated bookmark printed on heavy translucent vellum, with an original pressed flower “Petal Girls” design, “Mother and Daughter”.

Have you already “liked” my page? Thank you! You're already eligible for this offer, so email me for your free bookmark today (remember to include your mailing address!).

This bookmark is not yet available in the online pressed flower store at my website, so "like" my page today, send me an email, and I'll send your bookmark as soon as possible!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Visit to San Francisco to Museum of Modern Art and More

Last Friday we went to see the "The Stein's Collect, Matisse, Picasso and the Parisan Avante-Garde" exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco.  What an amazing show....Gertrude Stein was a pioneer in her writing and also the art she purchased.  She played a pivotal role in art in the 20th century and the new styles that emerged, especially from Matisse and Picasso.  I was particularly struck with the courage it took for Matisse to paint, "Woman with a Hat" in 1905.  It was a portrait of his wife wearing an enormous hat and it was brilliantly colored, unlike anything being painted in that time.  In the exhibit they said that when people first saw it, they didn't like it and even clawed it because the colors were so "unrealistic".  His wife had actually been wearing black when she posed as that was what respectable married women wore and yet he saw the humaness of her and all the beautiful colors.  I was quite touched by this.  My art form of course is pressed flowers and one of my friends, Marie Ann Robinson, who is an excellent pressed flower artist, did a pressed flower rendition of this picture and it is very beautiful.  Go to her website: Prairie Petal and click on services and scroll down to see her pressed flower "Woman with a Hat".  
After we saw the show at the Museum of Modern art we walked a few blocks to the Contemporary Jewish Museum to see one of their exhibits, "Seeing Gertrude Stein:  Five Stories."  It gave a more personal look at Gertrude Stein and her complex relationshop to her identity, culture and history.  It also gave us a view of her domestic life with her partner, Alice B. Toklas.  After seeing her art collection, learning more about her personal life was like "icing on the cake".    

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Fall Class.... Mandala: Luminous Symbols for Healing

We have two spots open in our fall "Mandala: Luminous Symbols for Healing Class".  The class begins on Sept. 14th, Wednesday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Medford.  The rest of the class dates are: 9/21, 9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 11/2, and 11/9.(All dates are Wednesday evenings.)  We will be using exercises from Judith Cornell's book,  "Mandala:  Luminous Symbols for Healing".  The class fee is $75 and the class facilitators will be myself and Diane Tibbitts, M.S.  The above drawings are ones that Diane and I did while we worked our way through the class text last year.  

If you are interested in registering call Diane at 541-779-1840 or me (Janet) at 541-608-9238 or e-mail 

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Petal Girls Assorted Cards

I am excited that I have had 7 orders for the "Petal Girls" cards since last Thursday when they went up for sale.  The first day I posted the cards for sale in my new Pressed Flower Art Store on my website, I received my first order on Paypal from a customer in Eugene, Oregon.   It felt like one of the "firsts" for me like getting my driver's license or graduating from college.  I had so much fun creating the "girls" and they seemed to take on aspects of my personality.  Who would've thought that.  Now I cannot pass a flower without checking out the shape of the petals to see if they would make good skirts for my "girls".  The next project I want to work on is matting some beautiful laser prints of the "girls".   

Friday, August 5, 2011

New Pressed Flower Art Store

I am happy to announce that I have opened a new Pressed Flower Art Store on my website and am featuring my new line of print "Petal Girl" art cards.  I was inspired to create 6 designs when I took a class from the World Wide Pressed Flower Guild in May 2011.  It was an on-line class and the instructor,  Anagha Shinde is from India.  She taught us a very engaging style of pressed flower art and for me the "petal girls" took on a life of their own.  You can purchase an assorted pack of 6 designs or 6 cards of one design.  The box of 6 cards is $12.00 plus shipping.  Click on my Pressed Flower Art Store and check them out.