Wednesday, May 14, 2014


My little art loft is such a happy space this May
I can't get enough of how cheerful and full of life it is.

May's artist is Lulie Wallace...her work fascinates me
it's naive like a child and I thought she would be a great artist for my little kiddos

It's been warm enough to finally paint these antique Chinese chairs outside
I ran out of paint and one of the pitfalls of small town retail?  Well...they ended up two different colors
which turns out--is rather cool!

I enjoy seeing the work all lined up to dry until next time

the paints and plates are works of art too!

in progress

so pleasing and fun

drying in the sunshine

her work is harder to duplicate

than you might imagine

interestingly enough...the younger ones are better at it...
maybe they are still more free
these are my studies for them to look at

we use acrylics...oil takes too long to dry


the sweet messages I find on the table

I will save this table cover forever...or cut it up and give it to them as a gift when they graduate highschool

who wouldn't want to create here?

even my 4 year old rescue poinsettia is turning colors

and I'm having a hard time moving my ferns outside...
seriously...we had a freeze last night MAY 13!!!

This nesting dove is just outside our window
in the loft we look down on her but from the ground she is way up there
and I would imagine this confuses her but she maintains her composure

are you a 


she is adorable and her work is full of happy lively color


Optimistic Existentialist said...

Wow this is amazing. I love those chairs and the dove picture is awesome :)

chateau chic said...

You do have a very delightful place to create!! All of the art is beautiful. Love the vibrant colors.
Mary Alice

NanaDiana said...

I love the simple pure look of her paintings. Childlike simplicity but yet intricate, too (if that makes sense).

Love the ones the kiddos did and that tablecloth is wonderful.

Hope you have a happy midweek day- xo Diana

Maureen Wyatt said...

It is wonderful to see kids learning to express themselves and develop and appreciation for art. It will serve them well all their lives. Capturing the dove is great and I love the chairs! It's all such a pretty and inspiring space.

bj said...

How great the kids are doing..totally in love with the space and the chairs...most of all...
I so love your sweet attitude and the plans to give parts of the work cloth to them later... You are blessed to be able to see all the beauty, even their colors in the plates.....:)

miss b said...

The chairs look beautiful in different colours. So much lovely artwork too.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Gina! Hello there! I have missed your posts but it's sure nice to see you up and running again! Your loft is fantastic, and is somewhat similar to mine but I only have one leaded window on one side of the room, then another on the other side. But these loft arrangements are the best and coziest places for creativity! You are sitting pretty with those chairs and the sunlight coming in - it must be fascinating to watch through the leaded glass!

Happy creating my friend, and I love this happy style of painting!

The Charm of Home said...

Such pretty art! It is small and would be a great collection!

Jane and Lance Hattatt said...

Hello Gina,

This is a wonderfully creative space which you have made. Beautifully light and visually stimulating. No wonder you and your children love to be there.

Lulie's work is delightful and she herself looks to be a most sympathetic and sensitive soul. It is so good to support an artist by buying their work and, of course, it gives enormous pleasure for all time.

Heather - New House New Home said...

Hello, my friend. No wonder you've been missing from blogland. I wouldn't be able to tear myself away from that amazing creative apace if I were you!

I love your happy accident with the chairs!

Leslie said...

I like your loft and chairs Gina! Such a great spot to foster creativity. The paintings are so pretty and I like all the pretty spring colors. xxleslie

Marissa said...

Such pretty and creative artwork
one thing I have always wanted to learn to do.
Your chairs are bold and bright I think I would love to be in that room so cheerful.
xo marissa

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Love your happy, sunny loft of creativity. The chairs sing out their personalities, each different and cheerful. Personality I have always adored child's artwork, perhaps the cloth could be made into pillows?

Stacy Curran said...

I am most DEFINITELY a fan now! Love her work - thanks for the intro!

Burlap Luxe said...

Hi Gina, thank you dearly for taking the time to visit me and so ensuring me of the beauty in what I saw in my beach weathered find of my lantern.

As for your art gallery loft ( studio) I so wish I had one. A space that I could call my studio, rather then creating in a garage studio where pieces are not enjoyed until finished and brought in to the home.
As for the artist work and teachings, I have a soft spot for pure honest art that touches you in a way of easiness. Almost child like, and less then scale or perfectness.
Yes I love her works, and it's so me. In many ways when a child developers there style in creating in there own imagination this is when you let them freely paint so not to alter or disrupt there art style keeping it as honest as it is.
The drop cloth could even be hung on the wall, or cut up and simply framed and then all the sections of the cloth could be gallery style hung in a grouping collaging the wall. True art from the heart :)

I love your chairs and for an art studio feel they are best painted as they are, bright and much cheer for the room. It almost reminds me of a favorite magazine many years ago called Mary Engelbrit where the style was full of mixing reds with pinks, and every color you could imagine in a room.
The sunlight shines beautifully and soulfully through your ethereal windows. You have a lofty space to love.

See you soon and all you inspire.
Keep inspiring the beauty in art, so outsider art style when children paint and don't even realize they are true artist :)

I too have been painting the last few day, back to art boards.

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

What fun to teach art to kids! I'd keep the table cover, too. Pretty special. :)

Ivy and Elephants said...

I am a fan, the paintings are fun and just the perfect muse for your little ones. Thanks so much for sharing her work.

Mr Paul said...

I want to paint in the art loft! Such a wonderful environment to let your creative spirit free Gina and I think the chairs look superb, thank heavens for small town retail I say!

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

thanks for stopping by the blog today. Love the colorfulness of your home and those paintings. I would definitely save that precious cloth for when they grow up. you won't regret it.

for the love of a house said...

Love the art! So cheerful and charming. Your studio looks like a magical place indeed!

Brandi said...

I love your colorful chairs! And all of the beautiful paintings really inspired me to do a fun activity with my children this summer. Their last day of school is Friday so I have to keep them occupied!!

White Lace and Promises said...

Love your little art nook. All the color is fabulous for an art room. I too think the drop cloth and the plates are simply art too. Thanks for sharing.

Julie Taylor and Danni Greenwalt said...

Love your chairs and the art is wonderful!

Algodão Tão Doce said...

O valor das coisas não está no tempo que elas duram, mas na intensidade com que acontecem.
Por isso existem momentos inesquecíveis, coisas inexplicáveis e pessoas incomparáveis.(Fernando Sabino)
Um lindo e abençoado final de semana!!!
Abraços Marie.

Anonymous said...

I lost you for a bit but now I have found you, what a talented artist, her style is so fresh and uncomplicated, your studio space is beautiful, I have joined to follow, I won't lose you again!

Minha vida de campo said...

ameis as cadeiras e também as cores. Pintura é uma das habilidades que não tenho, mas admiro muito. Lindas artes. Nesse cantinho aconchegante sai preciosos trabalhos.
Tenha um ótimo dia.

Algodão Tão Doce said...

Palavras gentis podem ser curtas e fáceis de falar, mas seus ecos são verdadeiramente infinitos.
(Madre Tereza de Calcutá)
Beijos Marie.

Ann said...

That is such a lovely place
I bet you'll get to create so much more in there because it looks so inspiring and with a little whimsy.
Love the colors.