Online shop up and running

I’m very excited to announce that my online shop is now open for business on Etsy. There are prints, 13 of them – unlucky for some maybe but they are up and out there so its official – I’m in business.

Soon I will also be listing small originals and for those who follow me on Instagram where I am posting process, progress and finished work almost daily you will know that I have recently been working on a series of circles and mini floral paintings. These will also go into the shop as and when I am able to sort the photography.

Etsy is a huge marketplace so I will be promoting slightly more than usual over the next week or so during the Christmas and festival season to ensure that those who would like to buy get to know that the work is out there.

Each print is produced by a local printer in Bristol who specialises in Giclée art reproductions. These prints are beautifully made and unlike cheaper methods they are designed to last without fading and each is very carefully colour matched to the original painting.

The word Giclée (“g-clay”), is derived from the French verb gicler meaning “to squirt or spray”, Giclée, is used to describe a fine art digital printing process combining pigment based inks with high quality archival quality paper to achieve Giclée prints of superior archival quality, light fastness and stability.

The print below – one of my favourites is included in the new product range.

Visit my Etsy shop surprisingly named artistintheshed by clicking here

Flowers for an angel ©Mary Price 2016

Flowers for an angel
©Mary Price 2016

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My Frida Kahlo

 

Frida Kahlo is an inspiration to so many and she has been having more than a moment in popularity just lately. Wherever you look right now her unique and distinctive monobrow seems to be displayed on anything from shopping bags to aprons and magnets to mugs in some of the trendiest gift shops in my home town, Bristol.

But her ubiquitous image appearing on all kinds of gift items is not the reason that I felt compelled to tackle her beauty albeit these may have had some responsibility in raising my awareness.

I noticed on my Instagram feed that people were using quotes by Frida to inspire and this led me to want to get to know more about her. She has, I learned, become something of a feminist icon and it is this primarily that peeked my interest.

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Frida Kahlo and flowers (detail – earlier in painting progress) ©Mary Price 2016

Her tenacious approach to a life marred by physical disability and disappointment is famously and beautifully reflected in the wonderful paintings she made where she pours emotion and her own life story through self portraiture and symbolism.

Frida said, “I don’t paint dreams or nightmares, I paint my own reality.” To follow Frida’s paintings chronologically throughout is to follow her life. She lost herself in the very act of painting and found herself reflected back onto the canvas. Despite being unable to move for much of her life she found freedom through her art. She famously said, “Feet , what do I need them for when I have wings to fly.”

This sense of how painting can give wings to fly to an imaginary freedom resonates with me entirely. Painting, I find, is an escape route into another place, another universe where when lost in the act, time stands still and reality is for the moment suspended in a creative dream.

My Frida is relaxed with her eyes closed and surrounded with a meadow of imaginary flowers symbolising her beauty and reflecting her enigmatic passionate energy. She also once said, “I paint flowers so they will not die” so I wanted my Frida to be almost floating or bathing in flowers.The bath of flowers is also an important analogy in respect of her famous painting,’What the water gave me’.

Her palm tree earrings are where I have chosen to connect us both. Palm trees are my symbol reflecting my love of travel, natural beauty and by their swaying loveliness growing best in warmer climates a sense of eternal optimism and hope.

 

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Frida Kahlo and flowers ©Mary Price 2016