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A Fresh Round of Hugo Guinness Works at WK

Just In, and back from our new framer in Seattle, over 40 new works by Brooklyn artist Hugo Guinness. We house his linoleum cut prints in vintage frames we find on our travels. Both shops have a lovely variety of them. Hugo’s work is collected around the world–his iconic singular image pieces spiff up any wall they grace.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 174

The gift of art. Never underestimate the powers of such a special gift. Your thoughtfulness will be remembered always.



 

 

Just In, at Watson Kennedy

Just In, all sorts of good things arriving daily at the shops. Some make it onto the website, some not, so always feel free to call or e-mail if you see something you like on the blog but can’t find on the Watson Kennedy website. Many of our most savvy customers from out of town use both to shop creatively. The above vignette of new Hugo Guinness pieces my last task of the day on Tuesday before heading home to pack. All housed in vintage frames, many we find at Brimfield or hunting & gathering when we are at Hawthorne.

This extra large canvas tote our largest bag to stock, to date. It is really big, which I quite like. Sometimes you want a bag that you can put ‘everything’ in when traveling or spending the day out and about. This is what you reach for and look stylish to boot carrying.

Seattle artist Jeanne McKay Hartmann brought new paintings to the shop yesterday and I was so excited to receive these images by way of e-mail from the WK crew. This round has the largest works yet that we have carried. So much goodness in her choice of images she paints. I fall in love with each one and it is always tough to choose a favorite.



 

 

The Gift of Art

This past week we were given two very personal and incredibly special pieces of art. Both by the artists who created them. Which got me thinking about giving art as a gift. Being on the receiving end, I can speak of how meaningful each work was to both of us. Over the years we have given art to friends as gifts (with the shoe on the other foot, so to speak) which was equally gratifying. Art stirs the soul. It makes you think. I brings back memories. It inspires. Art in any form truly is a beautiful gift.

Our friend Mindy Carpenter created the above for our upcoming 20th anniversary in November of Watson Kennedy retail. The below by Vashon Island artist and new friend Don Olson. He met Bailey at a Sunday supper we hosted at WestWard and asked if he could do a painting of her for us. It captures her essence perfectly and will be beloved in our home, always.



 

 

Denise Fiedler Ships

Just In, a fresh round of Denise Fiedler ships have sailed into the shops. They found their way up on the wall almost instantly as these gems have been the runaway hit this Summer. They combine vintage papers that she cuts out and then draws on to create truly special one of a kind works of art. The simple thin black frames allows you to prop them up in a bookcase, hang them on the wall or lay it flat on a coffee table as a conversation piece in place of an art book. Stylish and versatile.



 

 

An Artful Sunday Marc Chagall Thought 



 

 

A Wall of Happy Beauty 

Just In, new works by Seattle artist Jeanne McKay Hartmann. The wall is nice and full and brimming with happy beauty. When she dropped the pieces off the other day, I was delighted as we have been wanting to have her artwork behind the back wrapstand so folks could admire it all while we wrapped away–the large number of new works made this possible. Jeanne created some larger pieces, like the below oysters with lemon, which make me absolutely swoon. One or many, they will make any wall they grace brighter.



 

 

Loretta Trevino Painting Raffle at WK

We had the great pleasure of having artist Loretta Trevino painting at our Anniversary Holiday Open House this past Saturday. A Pacific Northwest native who now resides in Texas, she charmed all who stopped to chat with her while she painted her iconic houses. In the spirit of the passing holiday of thanks, Loretta thought it might be fun to raffle off one of her works. “Washington Barn” will go to the lucky winner, chosen this Friday. Simply leave a comment here, or on the Watson Kennedy social media platforms of Instagram or Facebook, of what you are MOST GRATEFUL FOR this season. You have until the end of the day this Thursday to enter. Good luck! 



 

 

Surround Yourself With What You Love

It all started with having our windows washed at our home in town. Our building was built in 1929 with classic large windows in each room, all of which we have shutters on both the top and bottom, which makes creating the space cozy by closing them in a quick minute. But most of the time we leave the top part open, streaming in tons of glorious light during the day and the twinkle of the downtown buildings at night. It had been quite sometime since we had the outside professionally cleaned, as it involves a bit, actually make that quite a bit, of work by a pro with a big ladder to get the job done. But when they are cleaned, oh my, our hearts sing. Which lead me to polishing hotel silver and moving a bunch of ‘things’ around in the living room & entry way, in the built in shelves & etageres and on a few of the table top surfaces. Which got me thinking about stuff. Objects to me hold history. I am so drawn to old things as I feel they have an energy and history to them. They remind us of travels, gifts from friends, and become a timeline of your life. The afternoon I spent moving things around was like a walk down memory lane. Even though our home is filled with lots of stuff, we edit ruthlessly and only keep objects that have deep meaning to us. By keeping only the things you truly love, even if it is quite a bit, both your eye and heart lands on each and every thing with happiness. Moving, polishing, and cleaning those beloved possessions just reconnects us with them and the memories they evoke. 








 

 

A New Wall of Jeanne McKay Hartmann Original Watercolors

It was a full day of display yesterday, ending with hanging new pieces by Seattle artist extraordinaire Jeanne McKay Hartmann. A big part of display in my mind is telling a story with the goods you are working with. When it comes to artwork, for the shops I generally like to group pieces from an artist together. The visual story becomes stronger when you see a collection hung en masse. 

In Jeanne’s case, the new watercolors she delivered the other day complimented her other works we had in another spot, so I took them all down, started fresh, and found a completely new location to highlight the collection. Shop displays are a tad different than those hung in a home, as the collection must remain fluid as pieces sell and the assortment must be re-displayed in a short amount of time. The new works highlighting her love of flowers, just divine. I can’t stop dreaming about the tomato assortment…