Wednesday, September 30, 2015

A Piece of Autumn Magic

I am a huge advocate of keeping a sketchbook journal. I must have at least 40 or 50 of them stacked in the studio. I honestly feel they contain my best work, full of freshness and excitement. These books remind me of memories with my family, nature's offerings throughout the year, and captured ideas for future work.

So today I'm sharing a simple page from yesterday. But I know when I read it years from now, I'll be transported to this afternoon spent at Alligator River.

Copyright E.M. Corsa 2015

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Monday, September 28, 2015

Ooh La La

The French don't really say this. They say, Oh la la which means a totally different thing. But my new collection is called, Ooh La La, and the meaning is just what you think it is.

I was fortunate enough to get a hold of some vintage, Paris souvenir bracelets. With a little imagination, I turned them into this. I didn't want to alter them too much since they are so delicate and beautiful on their own. One of these is already spoken for.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Surprise Inside

This is a favorite of mine. When you open up this brooch you find my sweet frog couple drifting down a creek on Bodie Island! Very Wind in the ... beach grass?

Love Boat

Saturday, September 26, 2015

First Show of the Season

My first show of the fall season is just around the corner. Along with my paintings, I'll be bringing my wearable art line of adornments. So right now I'm just adding to my inventory.

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Shortage of Space

Once again, I was left with about one square foot of space in which to create while Erb stretched his long form across the worktable.

Fortunately Buddha didn't join him. He was off stalking the cricket that is now residing in my house. Wonderful Buddha - he never hurts them; just watches till I capture them and take them outside. Erb however is another story.

Copyright E.M. Corsa 2015

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

A Little Magic

This is not a good photograph. But there was a stiff breeze blowing and it was the best I could get.

People are always amazed at what I learn and share from The Crooked Little House. Yes. TCLH is a magical place, no doubt about it,BUT there is magic everywhere. One must just be aware and take the time to look around you, not just at eye level, but above and below.

This tiny spider, no bigger than a deer tick, has chosen to place his web near a potted plant under the pergola. While the wind blew, enough to rattle his silken home, I watched as he tucked his tiny legs in close to his body to withstand the wind. I've seen writing spiders being battered by the wind, legs splayed, hanging in place.  I had no idea spiders could or would tuck in except when meeting their demise when they curl up to half their size, and maybe it's only this little one that does.

I know I am easily amused by nature. But I call this magical, don't you?

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Evening Impressions

The moon has been magical this week. Last night it was a perfect half, smothered in light clouds of crimson, gold, heather, ...  I've been doing little evening sketches every night in an attempt to capture a feeling.

Monday, September 21, 2015


Here's a peek at a necklace I just completed. This very old mandolin (?) brooch had lost its pin back. It's quite heavy so I didn't think it should live its life as a brooch anyways. I've incorporated it into a necklace called, Listen. I quite like it.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

A New Ritual

This has become a daily ritual. Each morning, my two crows fly in and sit atop the pine tree and begin to call my name, quite loudly I must add. I gather my camera and sketchbook and go outside. They stay long enough for me to capture their portraits, then fly off. What a lovely relationship we have!

copyright E.M. Corse 2015

Friday, September 18, 2015

Thursday, September 17, 2015

End of Season Event

I spent yesterday in the village of Corolla hosting an outdoor event. As my work evolves through the years, I will let some of my reproductions go out of print or I will discontinue those that aren't strong sellers. Some artists have "sales" while others don't believe in them. For me, my line of reproductions is also part of my business of being an artist, and if inventory becomes too much, I have a yearly sale just like other businesses do. This only applies to my reproduction line. I never discount or put my original work on sale.

Each artist must decide what's best for them. My way of conducting business has allowed me to make a good living solely from my art. So, all that being said, yesterday was a big success for me; extra money, less inventory and a lot of very happy clients; some new, some old. The "old" clients look at this as a thank you for their continued patronage. The new customers were excited and hopefully will now become collectors. It's also going to allow me get a big project off the ground this winter. More on that later.

When I got home, a bit tired and worn out, this fellow was hanging about the pergola, fiddle in hand. Tsk, the ants say, "Winter is coming!"

copyright E.M. Corsa 2015

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Daily Inspiration

At least once at every appearance or show, someone asks me where my ideas come from. I tell them, all I have to do is just step outside at The Crooked Little House to find my inspiration.

Yesterday this beautiful boy arrived and stayed for some time, posing for me so I could get some sketches and photographs. How could I not be inspired to create something? I'm thinking, something magical.


Sunday, September 13, 2015

Deja New

A couple of years ago I had done a painting called Star Gazer. I loved this painting and had considered keeping it myself. But a client who loved my work ended up purchasing it. I ran into her the other day and we talked about that painting.

I had done a smaller version for licensing but of course it couldn't compare to the original version. They never do do they? But once again, I decided to do a miniature painting along this theme. This time I had no expectations about trying to make it "as good" as the original one. So I'm quite pleased with how this came out. If it doesn't sell by the end of the year, perhaps I'll keep it.


Friday, September 11, 2015


Avon made these perfume brooches years ago, some in the shape of owls, some shaped like leaves, etc. I got a hold of some of them and this one has been adapted to reveal, the secrets that owls keep hidden.

The Secret Life of Owls

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Beautiful Dreamer

I'm working on a series of miniatures for upcoming shows. This beautiful dreamer seems to have fallen asleep in a bird's nest. The painting measures only 4 inches square. For additional information:

Copyright E.M. Corsa 2015

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Autumn Skies

Autumn ushers in everything I love; blustery cool air, less traffic, great apples, the opportunity to don boots and favorite sweaters, and most importantly, magnificent skies full of enchanting clouds reminding me of fairy tales.

Though it's not officially fall yet, yesterday brought mounds of moisture to the sky all day long. Of course I was lured outside with brushes and paints. Here's one of the plein air paintings I did. What I like about this one is that the more I look at it, the clouds really show their depth and shadows.

September 8, 2015   2 pm   SW

Monday, September 7, 2015

Luna Lure

I love anything to do with nighttime; moths, stars, the moon, etc. So I created this brooch using vintage elements to encompass all those things I love. I call it, Fly Me to the Moon.

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Fly Me to the Moon

Sunday, September 6, 2015


I have been spending some time amassing my own hive of honeybees. These sweet creatures are disappearing; a very, very bad thing.

So to honor the diminutive honeybee, I have created pins, pendants and bracelets using an image from one of my honeybee paintings along with various words. They will fly in the first week of October at a show in Hertford, NC. Buzz on by if you can or get your own by emailing me:

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Save Some for Later

Wrapping up breakfast.

Those close to me know I love all creatures. I find beauty in every sentient being and this lovely lady lives here at The Crooked Little House. I spent a few minutes with her while she wrapped up breakfast for later.

I am not a spider expert; she may be a barn spider. I know she builds a huge web which she takes down by 8 o'clock in the morning. And before nightfall, a new one is constructed. People always ask me where ideas for my paintings come from. Well, this little girl may make an appearance soon, maybe not as the main star but certainly as a walk on.

Her breakfast looks interesting too.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Sylvan Heights Bird Park Art Exhibit

my section
Last night's opening reception at the Sylvan Heights Bird Park was spectacular! It was such an honor to show with this talented group of artists.

But anyone who has ever visited this world acclaimed park knows that you must begin your visit by feeding the budgies and flamingos.  Here's a couple of pics of myself and my friend Eve. These little guys didn't even want the seed sticks. They just wanted to hang out with us and maybe "eat" some of our jewelry!

my friend Eve
These guys loved to nuzzle!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Birds and the Bees

I'm happy to say, my brooches and pins are flying out of here. This is one I'm rather fond of. I've incorporated a section from a vintage View Master reel. And the bird images are reproduced from my paintings. Inquiries:

Come Fly With Me