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2014 Jr League Holiday Shoppes

 

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Getting ready to load my trailer for the show! What a busy time of year. I do enjoy kicking off the Holidays at this show. It is usually where I hear my first Christmas music for the season. It always makes me want to come home and pull out my Holiday piano music and start playing!

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I will have lots of topiary themed gifts for the people on your list. The monogrammed guest towels are perfect hostess gift as well as gifts for garden club members.

Teacher Bunny

I love “the Fundaments” topiary design for elementary school teachers. The design comes in blank notecards, lavender sachets as well as 8 x 10 matted/framed prints. Too sweet!

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My newest Hedges & Hares topiary design “Book Club” would make a charming gift for your book club members… a set of notecards or a bookmark.

Irish Setter Garden Portrait

Don’t forget, linen hemstitched lavender sachets and blank notecard sets make lovely stocking stuffers for the dog lover in the family. Who doesn’t want to see their favorite dog stretched out on a hedgey topiary piece of furniture for a unique and whimsical garden portrait?

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New Work for Clothesline Festival

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Oil Landscape on canvas paper

I’m looking forward to exhibiting at the M&T Clothesline Festival in Rochester, New York again this year! It is one of my favorite shows!

I hope to bring some of the sketches and small oils shown here to the show. There will be framing in my future. : ) It’s so nice to be up in the studio… finally! Finishing up some custom work and going on to new things. Yay. Stay tuned and hope to see you at the festival Sept. 6th & 7th!

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Graphite Drawings

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Oil on Canvas Paper

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Watercolor on Paper




Work of Art

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The Work of Art design has been uploaded to michellemasters.com and is available as a Birthday Greeting Card, Blank Notecards and Lavender Sachets! For more information click HERE.




Ceramic Pendants!

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Some of you may know that I really enjoy ceramics- making, touching, throwing. I think its an “earth/soil” kind of thing, you know… toiling, digging, planting, making mud-pies, composting. Seriously! There is something about that connection to the earth that is joyous, playful, fulfilling and meditative.

Where was I? Oh yes, during my play with clay these ceramic pendants have come to the surface. I experimented with making them last fall and loved giving them as Christmas presents!

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I will have a limited number of these little darlings to sell at the Flower Show along with the neck cuffs. I’m thrilled with the way they came out! Some of the designs are flowers made from pressed almonds and pressed rosemary. Others are burlap textures with plants incorporated into the design. I even have a couple of little topiaries featured to tie it all together. Hope you likey. They make a beautiful, artful statement!

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ARTiculture! Philadelphia Flower Show 2014

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What a theme to work with! Where do you start… where does it end? ARTiculture. The fusion of ART and HORTICULTURE. A fun concept to work with- but rather challenging to encompass.

My design went through many revisions. I wanted it to be fun, colorful, current, yet historical and relevant to Philadelphia and the Flower Show. There are numerous Art and Garden references. Can you find them? I’ll post the nods at the bottom.

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I love the little guy in the gallery of the garden who is viewing the flower series. A Surrealist exhibit is currently being featured at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and it seemed only fitting to add a melting clock to this fantasy garden full of sculpture, art and topiary. I had hoped to sneak a de Chirico train in the distance but there had to be some restraint… believe it or not!

Did you find the art references? Here is the list:

There are also historical garden references…

Every year we stay with friends in Kennett Square during set-up for the show. They live a half of a mile down the street from Longwood Gardens. For years I have driven by the gate on my way to work in Philly. This summer I finally had the opportunity to go! It was amazing. The topiary garden was more than I could stand! The conservatory, views, orchids- were completely overwhelming. I really couldn’t take it all in. A second visit is in order. : )

Come to the Philadelphia Flower Show! It is a blast and a welcome relief to the winter. I’ll be there in booth Z-1002. Stop in and say hi! For more information click here.

 

 

 

 

 




Recent Ceramics

There have been some fun pieces coming out of the kiln at Clayscapes for me! Exciting. This little darling makes my heart go all a flutter.

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The new hand thrown pots for the Philadelphia Flower Show are coming out nicely. Each one will be planted with an Angel Vine or Rosemary Standard.

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And… I’m excited to possibly be bringing some of my ceramic pendants with me to the show for purchase. (Fingers crossed that they come out of the kiln okay and in time!) There will be a limited number of them with various designs and colors available with the neck cuffs. Live rosemary and boxwood cuttings were used to create the designs as well as burlap textures. I wanted to incorporate the plants and textures used throughout my work to tie it all together. Not sure about pricing as of yet. Please contact me directly if you are interested… I don’t expect to have them for long. : )

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2013 Holiday Card Design

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A charming new design for this year, the Partridge in a Pear Tree Topiary is now available as a boxed set of 10 Holiday Cards with contrasting Poppy envelopes ($18). Printed in the US on acid-free, recycled cardstock, the cards are shown with envelopes inserted. Order now while in stock!




New 2013 Holiday Design

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A new little design to get into the Holiday spirit! The Partridge in a Pear Topiary design is available on Linen Guest Towels, Linen Cocktail Napkins, Lavender Sachets and Boxed Seasonal Cards. A perfect gift for the holiday hostess. To order click HERE.




Sketching Today

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Thought I would do a “little” sketching in the studio today… that is my foot at the bottom right. I had to stand on the table to see the whole thing. My proportions are all out of proportion from drawing while standing next to the table. The watercolor paper is attached to the surface- I wish I could stand the table on end.

The photo reference was taken at the Kentucky Horse Park during a demonstration with a Friesian on long lines. I love the angles and motion. They are such beautiful horses.

Sometimes when I haven’t painted in awhile I work really big and just play. The opportunities for disaster are tangible. The paper is fairly light-weight so it may not hold very much water. We’ll see what happens with this one!

 




New Birthday Card Design

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This little guy has been hanging around the studio for awhile. I’m so happy that he’s ready to start sending out those birthday greetings. The card reads: Happy Birthday   inside:  to a real work of art.   Hope your day is a masterpiece!

To order the “Work of Art” design or other charming topiary themed birthday cards click here.




ABOUT

Hi, I'm Michelle. I am an artist/designer specializing in unique topiary themed illustrations for the Home & Gardener. I live on a farm in Upstate New York with my husband, aka Farmboy, my two children affectionately known as "La La" and "the Bean" and a small petting zoo of other family members.

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