15 June 2013

It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got that Spring

I know, I know. It has been far too long since I last posted. I hit a mental road block late last fall, and found myself unmotivated to create during the winter.

This is a regular, seasonal pattern for me. I am excited to make art in the late spring & summer, and even feel the drive in the bustle of autumn. Then, I find myself pulling off the road by the time the leaves fall off the trees and the sun sets at 5 o'clock.

*sigh* Despite best intentions, I was on the wrong side of the creative train tracks all winter.

Until May. It was a vibrant, bright month. I saw Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby, got my hair bobbed, and downloaded Bryan Ferry's classy vintage jazz album.

While we were on vacation, my husband took me to see a hot jazz band touring south of the Mason Dixon from New York City. The Hot Sardines, they're called. They have a half-French chanteuse and belt out numbers complete with a living and breathing tap dancer as instrument.

Suddenly my head is full of art moderne motor cars, streamlined movie palaces, and flappers in elegant cloche hats. All the things I loved in college and why I obsessed about the 1920s are back briefly in vogue and life is wonderful.

I am driven to dust off my studio table and decoupage again. To celebrate joie de vivre, I used a charity auction certificate and invited my friends to a wine taste in the rolling Blue Ridge foothills.

In these heady, madcap days close to summer, I am enjoying the flow of inspiration and the joy of making.

I have several projects going, but the mini-piece I display on this post is my new iPhone cover. I took my background from a magazine, glued tissue over it with a star and a quote from Fitzgerald's book. The champagne bottle is a sticker. Everything got a coat or dab of picket fence shade Distress Ink.

I'm also posting my sketch of a torpedo-car that goes along with the Deco art I am pinning on my Pinterest boards.


  1. Welcome back, Maria! I'm so happy to hear that you're an Art Deco, 1920's fan! I've loved the '20 forever and grew up in a house that was built in 1926 and had stained glass windows and art deco mirrors! Unfortunately, I didn't get the mirrors. I love Gatsby, it's one of my favorite books. One of only 2 that I've read more than once. I too made a tag with a Gatsby quote just recently. We'll have to get back to our art evenings and "begin over again in the summer"!

  2. Maryanne, I wrote my MA thesis on art deco art & design, culminating at the NY World's Fair in 1939/40. You're right. Gatsby is a book sultry summer. I think C is already scheming to get us together for an art evening. Thank you for reading.

  3. Fantastic! Gotta love Art Deco, and I'm glad it's gotten you inspired again. Can't wait to get together for some studio play!