Just thought I should introduce you all to one of my favorite artists of all time, Norman McGuire. During high school I learned oil painting from him for two years and he's been one of the most inspiring people I've ever known. These are just a few of his many paintings, and who says Christian art is dead these days? The first painting is of Jesus showing compassion to Mary Magdalene right after she was nearly stoned by a mob of self-righteous men, some of which had slept with her and who just wanted to put the blame on her for the sins. The second is of the crucifixion, which is easy to identify. The third is my personal favorite, where the Pharisees and Sadducees are verbally attacking Jesus and he walks through the crowd without reacting to their words.
Painter Norm unfortunately doesn't have a website where you can go check out the rest of his work, but if you want to get in contact with him for any reason just let me know.
Julie Persons from the Etsy storeChicks in Hats talks a little bit about the chickens behind all this and the reasons behind why in the world she would want to photograph them wearing hats. Make sure to like visit her shop and like her Facebook page!
Who's chickens are these!?
These are our family pet chicks, we raise them as egg chickens here on our farm and we love them dearly.
What inspired you to take pictures of chicks in hats?
My (then)8 year old daughter first made tiny hats for her pet gerbils and then decided to try little hats on our newest batch of baby chicks and we had such fun we decided we needed more hats.
Where do you get the hats from?
My daughter and I make many of the hats, either from fabric or paper or needle felted wool and the rest are vintage doll hats we find along the way.
Amy Dawson from the Etsy store Cheese Before Bedtime brings us answers about her unique hand-stitched works of art, all the way from New Zealand. Make sure to like her Facebook page!!
What got you so interested in making
embroidery into art?
My stitching began a
few years ago when I was asked to make a large piece of art for my
sisters Birthday present. I was a little un-enthused by painting and
wanted to do something a bit different. I had a light bulb moment (no
doubt at night after a cheesy pizza) and decided to stitch a picture
and wrap it around a canvas. After a lot of hours, needle pricks and
all-nighters I got it done and thoroughly enjoyed the process (she
liked it too!). From there it grew into making some stitching’s of
my own and experimenting with processes as I went. Due to the time it
takes to do each piece I decided to make smaller pieces that were
more affordable and Cheese Before Bedtime was born.
What are your inspirations?
I am inspired by interesting people in
the streets, fashion blogs, kid’s blogs, hipster magazines and
vintage sewing pattern illustrations .Or anything bright, cute and
Do you have a philosophy behind your
I like to create quirky embroideries
that are one of a kind and definitely not like your Nana would make.
I love to use bright colours and unexpected fabric combinations. Most
of all I want people to smile when they look at my work.
How did you come up with your shop
I find that most of
my inspiration comes just before I fall asleep. Sometimes I can lie
awake for hours with images or new ideas running through my mind. I
wanted a shop name that reflected that crazy, inspiring time for me.
I love the myth that eating cheese before bedtime gives you funny
dreams. I also liked the fact that it was a memorable name and could
grow with my shop if I decided to expand into different products.