Thursday, March 31, 2016

The Greening of The Crooked Little House

Everything is turning into shades of green, and the fine weather has lured me to the local nursery to select some lavender for my favorite eggplant colored urn. "They" say lavender helps keep one emotionally and psychically balanced by activating energy within and the aura without. It is a plant associated with Midsummer Eve, perfect for the Goddess party I usually hold. It's also believed that wherever lavender grows there will always be much faerie and elf activity.

It appears The Crooked Little House is laden with magical plants. My rosemary has been blooming for 20 years. I planted it when it was only about 4 inches tall. Rosemary offers protection and healing. I always put a sprig in my pillowcase because I love falling asleep to the smell. In the "olden times" it would be hung over the doorways to keep negative energy and spirits away. I don't worry much about that. The Crooked Little House has nothing negative anywhere near it. Rosemary too is linked to the kingdom of nature spirits and elves. And it is said to bring clarity to the mind and stimulate creativity.
I think it might actually work for the creativity part.

My trumpet vine now has tiny leaves along the vines and honeysuckle has joined up with it to decorate the pergola. Soon the honeysuckle will blossom and the air will carry the sweet fragrance through the open windows, permeating the house, an event I look forward to all year. Honeysuckle too attracts faeries and elves though personally I have never seen one. This plant stimulates dreams and psychic energy and supposedly sharpens the intuition.

So you would think with all these magical plants at The Crooked Little House (a magical place anyways) I would see something, some evidence of a faery or nature sprite. Well, look carefully at these photographs I took this morning. Imagine my surprise at what I found. Someone left, or lost, a jewel and feather encrusted shoe amidst the honeysuckle vine. Anything's possible.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Oldies but Goodies????????????

There is nothing quite like going through an old portfolio that has been tucked behind a stack of boxes in the garage for years. When my son came home for Christmas, we decided to clean out the garage and we found this one, chock full of what I thought were all kids drawings. But tucked in between the finger paintings and abstracts of childhood were some originals of mine, only recently viewed by field mice and spiders.

I had one painting in particular, not quite finished, I wanted to share with you but apparently it ended up going home with my oldest son and now resides in Florida, probably in a back room. These pieces are all from 1995 and 1996. I thought I'd be embarrassed to share them with you, but actually they aren't half bad. I can see how much I've improved but I can also see where I have lingered and where I still remain. Hope you enjoy the look into my past art.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Happy Easter

Hoppy, I mean Happy,  Easter everyone!

Copyright E.M. Corsa 2016

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Flick of a Switch

It's like a flick of a switch, one glance heavenward and I'm hooked. Racing through the house, paints and paper in hand, I fly out the front door to the table under the pergola. I swipe off the leftover bird seed, throw my supplies on the table and begin to try to capture the drama of the sky above before it morphs into something else.

These plein air cloudscapes usually end up as backdrops for my air angel paintings but I must say, every once in a while, one appears on my paper that I know will be hard to sacrifice. Very few people purchase my cloudscapes. People like them but not enough to own one. They want my animals. And to be honest, my air angels wouldn't be the same without those skies behind them. But oh, this one will be hard to use as a backup subject.

March 21, 2016   12:40 pm  SW  cool and breezy

Monday, March 21, 2016

Decisions, Decisions

Sometimes artists have to make difficult decisions. Is a painting good enough to keep, important enough to show or should it be scrapped? But this new Air Angel painting required me to make one of the toughest decisions possible.

Last week I found a gorgeous cotton blouse at the thrift store. I couldn't believe my luck; it was a beautiful blue, perfect for my skin tone, with silver patches and it was in my size. The draping was unlike anything I had ever seen before and it fit perfectly. And then it happened.

It began as a whisper, worming its way into my brain, The creative soul that shares my life began to fight for the blouse. This has happened before and it's always about my favorite blouses. Wouldn't this look great in the new painting? Maybe I could steal just a small amount that wouldn't be noticeable. (That never works by the way.) Who won you ask? Look at the left side of the painting and you'll know.

Copyright E.M. Corsa  2016

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Feelin' Groovy on a Saturday

Sometimes, unexpectedly, you have one of those perfect days. A day when there's lots of laughter, invigorating conversation and of course inspiring ideas and art. Yesterday was one of those days.

My friends, John and Chris Riddick, two young artists, came for a visit, up from Charleston. I rarely have the chance to spend a large amount of time with them. But all the stars aligned yesterday and they had the time as did I; no orders to fill, no meetings to attend and no deliveries to make. The housework could wait as it does so often.

I had managed to hook John up with a new gallery who fell in love with work and took every piece he brought. And we delivered his and Chris's entry to the self-portrait show. We looked in thrift shops for treasures to turn into art; John and Chris found great objects, I found a great blouse. We ended the day having a seafood dinner with more friends and eating way too much. A picture perfect day and I can't wait to do it again.

I am fortunate to have lots of John work gracing The Crooked Little House both 
inside and out. Here are the newest pieces to move in.

John uses a lot of religious icons in his work which I am so drawn to. 
This one now rests above my mantle.

And this lovely Owl Goddess hangs near my bed. She watches over
me while I visit faraway lands in my sleep.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Happy Saint Patrick's Day

Wear a touch of green, eat some corned beef and cabbage and drink a green beer. Happy Saint Patrick's Day to everyone.

Irish Pub Crawl was painted on a reproduction of a map of Ireland published in the 1800s.

Copyright E.M. Corsa  2016

Monday, March 14, 2016

The Day After

I love the day after a show. On Saturday, I participated in the local Quilt Show, offering my spools and quilting images as well as Easter cards and charms.

So yesterday, I spent the day puttering around the house; putting stock away, sprawling on the couch with a book for a couple of hours, and baking (all low calorie of course). I even found time to catch a rambunctious sky in my sketchbook. I rarely take a day for myself so this was a real treat.

from the sketchbook of E.M. Corsa

Sunday, March 13, 2016

All Things Honey

Another beautiful day has arrived with the promise of a warm, delightful week ahead. It's hard to stay in the studio on days like this. I plan to take a few minutes and have a cup of tea sweetened with honey under the pergola this afternoon. And speaking of honey, even the honeysuckle vines have become lush and full, getting ready to produce those fragrant-filled blossoms in late spring. Perhaps I'll see my first honeybee of the season.

Copyright E.M. Corsa  2016

Friday, March 11, 2016

Air Race

The weather here at The Crooked Little House has been hovering around 75 to 80 degrees all week. This of course brought out all kinds of flying creatures. Yesterday an Air Race took place. I'm not actually sure who won but I'm thinking the spider came in last since they "fly" backwards and can't see where the finish line is.

Copyright E.M. Corsa  2016

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

The Lure of Spring

My friend Judy stopped by yesterday. As we were walking to her car we spotted this nest about 7 feet high in the wax myrtle tree. I've been seeing my mockingbird hanging around this spot for a few days now. Could this be his construction?

A bit messy with bits and pieces of plastic waving in the wind, it still is a welcoming sign of spring and rebirth. Now I know it's there,
I'll be able to spy on the babies, whoever they may be.

I also saw my first hummingbird of the season two days ago. He arrived at the pergola and began poking his nose into all the tube feeders. He left disappointed and no doubt hungry.

So I hurried up and hung the feeder from the bee bush. The contraption at the top is my brother's anti-ant invention - a plastic top from a paint can with a hole drilled through the middle and reinforced with glue. I then fill it with water and the ants can't get down to the food. Do the birds care about the ants? I really don't know. But my brother is pretty knowledgeable about these things so...

I had worried that my quince wouldn't come back from our fake spring in January which caused it to break out in blooms, but here we are with many more  luscious buds forming. It's so hard to stay in the studio on days like this.

Ah spring.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Books, Books and More Books

I love making these little handmade books and Air Angel books. Now that I've delivered to my accounts so they can be ready for Easter weekend, I needed to bump up my stock for my first show next Saturday. I spent the last two days making pages, covering boards and attaching ribbon so I'll have a pleasing variety at the Quilt Show.

Blank Books waiting to be tied.

Blank books all packaged up.

Air Angel books still need their enclosures and ribbon ties.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Early Bird

My Red-Wing Blackbirds always inspire me. Since they are the first spring bird I usually see, I did this painting of my early bird. Can you guess what all the worms are along the top?

Here are some of the elements I've included in the painting, almost all published in the 1800s or the turn of the century. There is a piece of a spine from a book on the left along with a little original bee sketch of mine. The two birdies are from an old childrens book from the 1800s as is the beetle illustration and text on fireflies. The eggs and almanac are also from the 1800s. The bug house ticket is newer, 1950s, and the dragonfly paper is handmade. Lastly, the spiderweb behind the beetles is a copy of a real one I captured early in the morning near my pergola.