It’s finally Spring. I always breathe better once we begin to turn the corner from colder air. And although March always feels like an in between kind of month, the slow but sure return of the light fills me with a certain peace. No one anticipates the bloom of Spring’s blossoms more than me.
It’s been a while since I have visited here. Fine art has taken a back seat to current design work, studio organization, product launches and family life but I have managed to find a little time here and there to create a few new pieces that I am proud of, so I will begin to share them along again.
Some paintings really need to be seen with your own eyes or held in hand to truly feel their subtle magic. Underwater Shimmer is that kind of painting. What doesn’t come across here on the page is the iridescent accents of gold throughout the watercolor. The ink work also has a really beautiful delicate quality that somehow feels flat to me when I view it here. So you’ll have to take my word for it that this one is special.
A lot to share… gently encouraged to do so… lovely to float back in ~
Original watercolor and Ink ©Michelle Rummel / Shell Artistree LLC / Shellrummel.com
So thrilled to share that my Bloom Beautiful decoupage and craft paper collection is finally available in the US, via Jo-Ann fabric and Craft stores online. The papers are gorgeous, and the Bloom Beautiful Book is particularly lovely with special, subtle touches like glitter and foil embellishments… a treasured gift, so do keep it in mind for the crafty types on your holiday shopping list! So perfect for card making projects, Christmas gift tags, decoupage holiday ornaments and so much more… The collection launched earlier this year in the UK and ever since, I have been receiving inquiries as to US availability. Happy to share this news along to my crafters here in the US!
My Bloom Beautiful paper pad can be found on the Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft website… here.
A nice assortment of my decoupage papers can be found…here.
…I slowly found my way. The day was mine and the light was beautiful.
Original ink and watercolor ©Michelle Rummel / Shell Artistree LLC www.shellrummel.com
“I held my breath as we do sometimes to stop time when something wonderful has touched us…” ~ Mary Oliver
Yesterday’s play at end of day as the light was quickly fading.
Original Ink and Watercolor ©Michelle Rummel/ ShellArtistree LLC Shellrummel.com
It’s a sleepy, quiet, solitary day of painting back in my studio. I am paying close attention to those little sparks within…I find I often come back to drawing/painting figurative works. I am drawn to faces, necks, hair and lips. I don’t always get the lines or the proportion right, but there is something familiar and pleasing just in the trying. I do often use photographs for reference but more often than not, at some point in the process I veer far off reference point and just let my hand and imagination lead the way. Always an element of organic abstraction… intricate detailing…watery colors, controlled… and yet, I do try to let watercolors just be watercolors and do their thing, too. It’s the sweetest dance between ink and water and although she doesn’t look like me, she becomes a true portrait of me at my creative happiest…
In this moment, I am fulfilled.
Original Ink and watercolor painting… ©Michelle Rummel / Shellartistree LLC / Shellrummel.com
The ocean inspires me in many ways. Soft, tranquil, salty… Here, the light restores and I am reminded to slow down and breathe deeper. Some places just feel like home.
My soul colors can be delivered right to your doorstep… beautiful, easy… just like the foamy tide.
See the full collection, here…