Thursday, March 6, 2014

Spring Mantel Vignette: Homage to the Artist + a Free Printable!

Spring is a time of renewal. 
An awakening of my creative soul that has been going a little stir crazy staying indoors.

The weather warms up and I can go outside to paint furniture or open windows and finally start painting rooms throughout my home (something I have been longing to do for quite awhile). I can stroll through my backyard to find bits of nature to inspire my creations. My children can explore and find beauty in all the life blooming around us.

In honor of this season, I created a mantel vignette paying "homage to the artist".
 My grandmother was an amazing artist. Seeing her paintings never ceases to inspire me. I was blessed to be given many of her art supplies and incorporated them into this display. She is alive and doing fairly well these days at 88, but no longer paints as she once did. 

The creative spirit she had moves through me though. 
And I see it in my children.

These palettes were hers, as well as the oil paints, linseed oil, tools and brushes. It is honor to have these in my home.
My grandmother's favorite color is blue. I added blue hydrangeas, faux eggs, and a sheet of pale blue drawing paper in recognition of that.
The artistic gene runs all through my family. My sister did these beautiful charcoal drawings in college. They remind me of Matisse. One of my favorite painters of all time. 
The rustic, old egg basket adds a subtle spring touch.
Stacked suitcases, trunks and a metal box fill the interior of the mantel.
This will actually be the last mantel vignette that I will have to share here on my blog.
From my dining room anyways.

 I had this set up early in the week, but since that time, I have done a lot of rearranging. I have decided to put the mantel in our master bedroom to switch things up. I am very excited that I am getting closer to getting that room completed! I will definitely do a reveal post once it is finished.

Just because the warm weather still seems weeks away, that does not stop us from creating around here. The same day that I created this mantel vignette, I set my 2 1/2 year old, Hazel, up with a large canvas, one of my grandmother's palettes, and some paint.
Now, we have this stunning abstract painting proudly displayed in our living room.
There truly is an artist within all of us, if only we take the time to cultivate it.

I am so thrilled to be joining up with the very talented bloggers of Seasons of Home for the Spring Edition: Blooming with Color.

Blooming with Color Tour via Town and Country Living





It is such a privilege to be alongside such amazing women. 
I hope you will visit each of them to see their spring decorating and inspiration.

I also have a little something for you for visiting me today. I made a free 8x10 printable with one of my favorite Matisse quotes. I actually took this design from the vintage wallpaper in my upstairs bathroom! 
You can see that in the post here.
Click on the link below to view the printable and download:

Save the file to your computer, print and enjoy! 
(Free for personal use only. No selling or for use in graphic designs of blogs, websites, etc.)

Till next time...happy almost spring!
~Alice W.

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