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Fresh Windows

The front windows of the First & Spring shop had a beach-y sailing vibe going on for the sunny months. We sold tons out of them and they were starting to look a little worse for the wear, having started out pretty darn spiffy. This time of year is always tough, as it is still Summer and the weather has been glorious so the timing of doing an Autumn theme just does not feel right. By the last of October we will be installing Holiday so it leaves a span that can be tricky. But I love a challenge! Both of the blue walls painted by Heather in June were just too cool to give up, so they stayed, becoming a jolt of color background which I quite like. The above window became a nod to all my favorite things–France, England and all our WK perennial favorites, like Diptyque, Molton Brown and Mariage Freres. The bottom became a collegiate tailgate party with a little football thrown in. I giggle, as I know very little about football and I know lots about throwing a party, and gin! Both windows will give folks who walk and drive by plenty to peruse.



 

 

Our Very Own Earl

We have been going to Hudson for over 20+ years, long before we had a home in the area. Walking up & down Warren Street is one of my very favorite activities of all time. Amazing vintage shops, places to eat, people watch, pick up a new book, get coffee, more people watching. You get the idea. Super easy to spend the afternoon meandering. Over the years we would spot art being sold in shops and on the street, all signed EARL. Usually painted on boards, some old, some new, always varying sizes. Often people, animals, things. They would catch my eye but for whatever reason, we did not buy one. Until the other day. I had heard the artist of these lovely, quirky pieces, Earl Swanigan, had recently died. At age 54. Something about that struck me. Maybe it has to do with him being younger than me. On our May stay I had heard of his passing and it made me long to have one in homage to him. Art is such an incredible legacy to leave the world when you are gone. Everything we have ever heard or I have read about this man is he lived life on his own terms. I say bravo to that! This sweet little bird caught my attention instantly when I saw it in a shop that has stacks and stacks of his works. It flew home with me as a little surprise to TPS. It snuggled right in on the windowsill between the two green wicker chairs on the front sunporch. A little piece of Earl. A man we did not know but am sure we would have enjoyed breaking bread with and getting to know. His little bird can watch over things while we are away. It can keep the two lions out front company.



 

 

New Sid Dickens at WK

Just In, the latest memory block tiles by Vancouver, B.C. artist Sid Dickens. During the course of the year he adds to the collection and retires others. Above some of his latest that arrived the other day. We have carried his work since day one. I love how versatile the pieces can be. One or many. Prop one up in a bookcase, lay one flat on a coffee table, choose a grouping to go up on the wall.



 

 

New Works by Jackie Clark Mancuso

Just In, new original works by Los Angeles artist Jackie Clark Mancuso. Her pieces are like taking a quick trip to France. I was first introduced to Jackie when we started carrying her book about a dog in Paris. She later sent us the sweetest drawing of Bailey which sits proudly on our gallery wall in The Gainsborough. Then I saw the variety of her work and lovely use of color. I just knew they needed to be hanging at the shops, just waiting for their permanent home.



 

 

Original Works of Art

An original work of art has a specialness to it that always pulls at my heart strings. There is not another like it. You see the strokes or brush marks and you see the intention. You are there for a second with the artist. Our shop walls are brimming with one of a kind works. They speak to me. Their individual beauty a prize. With a variety of art in a mix of mediums, I like to keep in varied for all sorts of tastes. Be it a gift or something for your home, we have you covered. Here, an assortment from our WK e-mailer that went out the other day. I pulled two works by some of the fine artists we show.



 

 

Living With Art

Art is such a personal thing. A piece might resonate with you yet do nothing for the next person. That is entirely ok, but I think that is what slows down or in some cases paralyzes a person from buying art. Connecting with a piece of art should be all about you. Or you and your partner/spouse. Take everyone else out of the equation. It will relieve a huge amount of the stress over purchasing a work of art. Then you open your mind to what truly stirs your soul.



 

 

A Painterly Flower Friday

This Flower Friday is a tad different as the blooms are painted. Many, many different ways to enjoy flowers, with artwork being one of my personal favorites. Picked up new original pieces by Hugo Guinness from the framer yesterday. Was so excited to share as I am so smitten, always, with his work. Color plays such a glorious part of each of these divine pieces.



 

 

Here’s Looking At You

Over the years we have been drawn to and collected many paintings of faces, grouping them all in our guest bedroom at The Gainsborough. Portraits have a ‘moment in time’ feel. Even though they are painted by a variety of artists, there is a similarity that makes them a collective whole. They are always on my wish list when out vintage shopping for the stores. You just never know when you might turn a corner and be looked upon by the newest member of the collection.



 

 

An Anniversary and A Painting

The portraits by our friend, photographer Richard Beaven for a show in honor of the bicentennial of Ghent, New York. 275 residents were chosen to be part of the exhibit called All of Us, shot in their home environs. Thought it fitting to post these as Tuesday was our 31st anniversary. Just typing that makes me think, “Who are those people?!” Time really does whiz by. All kidding aside, we feel incredibly fortunate and always celebrate the day looking back on the years. As well as give each other a piece of art. I have written much about this over the years but for those new readers, this has been our tradition since anniversary number one. It is a collection among our many collections that brings us the most happiness. The art surrounds our lives each day and we are able to enjoy the works at random moments. To me, that is the thing about collected treasured objects, they tell your story. They are a reminder of your past. The below my gift to TPS, a painting by Connecticut artist Karen Kellogg. We sell her work at Watson Kennedy. Last year I was able to go to her studio and spotted this piece the moment I walked in. It had Hawthorne written all over it!



 

 

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.