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Monthly Archives: November 2017

  • The Wry Eye of Heather Gauthier

    One aspect of Heather Gauthier’s work that’s so appealing is its dignified simplicity. The pensive deer in Wine Rack, for example, seems neither bothered nor especially surprised by the wine bottles and stemware balanced in his antlers. There’s a deep whimsy to the painting that balances its fine art realism as delicately as the buck himself balances his wares.

    “I love the classic portraits of people, but I love the idea of personifying animals,” Gauthier explains. “Giving them certain tastes. Having them pose, like ‘here is my cake, don’t touch it.’ They don’t have hands, so how do they collect things? How would they pose with their treasures? They end up balancing their cakes or their teacups. So they’re very serious about their tasks.”

    Gauthier describes the wry approach to her work this way: “I like realism, but I can’t paint reality.” The mashup of animals with home decor accessories came from her love of both subjects. “For years I did store merchandising and display,” she explains. “I worked at a lot of places that had both new furniture and antiques and I was a buyer too. I just loved it. I love china, flowers, the patterns of collected objects. When I started painting, I thought, ‘what do I want to look at? A pincushion in the shape of a pear with little calico patterns.’ So I’d paint what I wish I had. It wasn’t enough to paint just an animal. I needed more colors and a lot of texture.”

    The first animal with human she painted was an albino deer with “a bunch of sewing stuff in its antlers,” she remembers, “pincushions, buttons, all that kind of stuff. All I had to do was one and I realized this is what I want to do forever.”

    And Heather Gauthier’s fans are thrilled to hear it. Her first big gallery show in New Orleans nearly sold out last October, and she averages about one hundred original paintings a year. She’ll have about ten canvases going at once, all around her house, and start with a background, then add an animal, then add the animal’s prized possessions.

    “It’s like a big puzzle when I paint them,” she says of her process.

     

    And fortunately, those of us who appreciate Gauthier’s art don’t need to worry about her running out of ideas, even with so many canvases being created at once. Because there are so many animals and so many wares to combine. “The subject matter is unlimited,” she says. “It’s hard to imagine doing anything else.”

    Shop Heather's wildly inspiring collection here.

  • Thanksgiving Table Crafts for Kids

    Thanksgiving Placemat

    It's almost Thanksgiving! If you are as excited as we are, you might need some ways to keep yourself busy. How about helping to get the table ready? Here are some Thanksgiving table crafts for kids to do while they're waiting for the big dinner.

    thanksgiving table crafts for kids

    Wrap the Silverware

    Grab some bright napkins (doesn't matter if they're paper or cloth) and wrap each one around a knife, fork, and spoon. Tie thew bundle with twine or pretty ribbon. Put one at each person's place at the table.

    thanksgiving table crafts for kids

    Create a Fruit Tray

    Here's the cutest turkey we've ever seen! Follow this picture or use your favorite fruits. Just make sure you start with a pear for the turkey shape and fan out lots of fruits around it. It's healthy and it's fun.

    thanksgiving table crafts for kids

    Decorate a Candle Holder

    The one in the picture uses popcorn kernels, but candy corn would look pretty, too. Put a candle in a glass holder and then carefully pour the kernels or candies around it and voila! Be sure not to fill up too close to the flame!

    Make Placemats

    This one's our favorite, because at Oopsy Daisy, we love personalized placemats! Get a large piece of paper (or tape 4 standard drawing papers together) and draw something that's special to one guest at your Thanksgiving dinner. Put that person's name on it so they know where to sit and that the artwork is just for them. Make one for every guest and your friends and family will have a treasure to take home with them after the meal is over.

    Next year, how about an Oopsy Daisy Thanksgiving placemat for everyone? Come take a look, and Happy Thanksgiving!

     

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