May 13, 2020
By Chelsea Reed
Everyone can use a smile each day. No matter who you are or where you live, smiles are good for the soul. Even science shows the health benefits of smiling. That means there’s one more excuse to enjoy the International Miniature Art Show! We found eight pieces this year that are especially uplifting. Caution: one look at them may make you grin from ear to ear.
If you’re feeling down in the dumps, this friendly rose is here to cheer you up. Its soft petals and peaceful background reassure us that there are always brighter days ahead. The mini is a beautiful gift for a friend on any occasion.
Looks like there’s a party going on here! What’s not to smile about this vibrant collage? You can feel the soft rugs and smell the spiced couscous just looking at it. It’s a fun and fresh update for any living room, bedroom or dining area.
This elegant herald of springtime is a welcome addition to a foyer or hallway. The ivorine allows light to pass through the paint and reflect back. Place it in a room with lots of lighting, and you’ll see it glow!
Check out this gorgeous floral perspective. One look at the bold acrylic flowers is all you need to know that it’s not your average still life. The blue door and stone walkway hearken back to European towns of the Old World, or charming New England. Can you detect the aroma of fresh baked bread yet?
The transparent watercolor medium captures a graceful portrait of this slice of life. Perhaps you dream of getting married or remember fond wedding moments. Or maybe you know a good friend who does. Whether it’s for yourself or someone else, this mini is sure to rekindle fond feelings for the past and the future.
This choir of daisies seems to be singing the joys of the season. The whimsical arrangement of purples and pinks offers the viewer a fantasy getaway. Only an encaustic painting can do that... It’s a musical in bloom!
Speaking of blooms, there’s nothing quite like the first bloom that emerges from the snow. Lewis’s painting captures the feeling here perfectly. Cold, dreary snow melts away to the hope of spring. The painting is oil on masonite. Its hard surface is less likely to crack over time.
Last but not least, this acrylic mini is by a local painter who pays homage to the late Outer Banks artist Glenn Eure. We can’t stop grinning at this flower poking through the pavement. It’s a clever nod to Glenn Eure’s famous joke about “life in the crack.” Thanks for the laughs, Glenn!
As Bob Ross used to say about art, “There are no mistakes, just happy accidents.” You can find more pieces that make you happy at the International Miniature Art Show page. The show continues through May 30th and features artists from all over the world. Let’s spread some cheer with these little jewels!
December 17, 2020
Rebecca Latham is in her studio surrounded by the artwork she’s creating. Her favorite household cat is curled up next to her keeping her warm... with a rolling purr. With her paintings in sight, you can feel the knobby pines, the downy swans, and the wiry coat on the fox kit as she brings them to life on canvas.
It is in this setting that Rebecca shares the journey that brought her here.
December 03, 2020
While Bonnie Latham was painting art to get ready for The Wonderful World of Wildlife event that is going on right now at Seaside Art Gallery, we found her in her studio and asked her a few questions about her career as an artist.
Here’s a look at a fun one-to-one chat with Bonnie.