Inspiring Art

How is it already Wednesday?  This week is flying by isn’t it?  I guess I am going a little crazy trying to squeeze in as many chores and activities as possible before the kids are off for summer.  Luckily in New Jersey, schools don’t get out until mid-June.  Still, time is ticking by…

Last week, my lovely friend, Karolyn from The Relished Roost invited me to accompany her on a road trip to Rye, New York.  A group of Karolyn’s blogger friends were getting together to welcome the super talented artist, Jeanne McKay Hartmann who was making an appearance at the store, Nest Inspired Home.

Watercolors by Jeanne McKay Hartmann

If you are like me and love vibrant watercolors, you need to check out Jeanne McKay Hartmann’s work.  She brought a selection of her gorgeous original framed watercolors with her to display.  I think almost every piece was sold that day.  Not surprising, considering one was more beautiful than the next!  Jeanne was an absolute delight to meet and her sparkling personality matched her cheerful paintings!

Jeanne McKay Hartmann

Here is Jeanne customizing some adorable watercolors of tote bags bursting with flowers.

Customized watercolors by Jeanne McKay Hartmann - love the monograms!

I had to have one done for my monogram-loving niece who just graduated from law school.  How perfect for summer are these?  I couldn’t resist purchasing one for myself as well!

Nest Inspired Home - Store in Rye, NY

Nest Inspired Home was the perfect place to display Jeanne’s paintings.  The store was filled with gorgeous furnishings, gifts and unique decor items.  I would love to be able to shop there more often – if they weren’t 2 hours away!  Oh well.  It’s always nice to visit new places and it was a beautiful day for a road trip.  I was thrilled to be able to meet Jeanne Mckay Hartmann and purchase some of her original artwork.  Be sure to also check out her Instagram for more inspiration!

Not only was I fortunate enough to meet Jeanne McKay Hartmann at this event, but I also had the pleasure of meeting another talented artist, Patricia Van Essche who blogs at PVE  I recently discovered her blog through Karolyn and found myself paging through her entire portfolio.  Her attention to detail is amazing and I enjoyed scrolling through her colorful images of people, places and of course, pets…some of the most exquisite animal illustrations I have seen!  She also has an Etsy Shop so I definitely see some more shopping in my future…

Notebook by PVE Designs - Available on Etsy

Here is an example of a beautiful notebook she painted which is available on her Etsy Store.  Patricia was so kind to bring this thoughtful gift to the bloggers who attended!

And while we are the subject of talented artists, if you don’t already follow my friend, Karolyn from The Relished Roost, then you need to stop by her blog.  Karolyn is an amazing artist and interior designer.  She just recently finished a room for the One Room Challenge which included a stunning mural.  You might also recognize Karolyn for her famous chinoiserie pumpkins!

A day surrounded by beautiful artwork and lovely people…what a wonderful and inspiring way to end the week!

What inspires you lately?

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  1. Hi Shelley, It was such an art-filled day – what fun! It was a pleasure to meet you and now I am enjoying your blog!!! Hope you are enjoying this sunshine! xoxo

  2. Wow! Jeanne is so talented! I am loving her artwork! Thank you so much for sharing at Inspiration Thursday!

  3. What a fun day! Love that monogrammed art. Enjoy the warm weather this weekend.

  4. These are so awesome! I'm a monogram fiend- I also have two daughters, so lots of things at our house are monogrammed. Thanks so much for sharing at The Creative Circle.

  5. Count me inspired! How did I not know she was opening a store – we are big fans of Jeanne's talent!!

    1. Actually, Jeanne was just making an appearance at the store, not opening one. (I updated my wording in the post so it wouldn't look that way.) Yes, she is so talented!

  6. Sandy, Patricia, Jeanie, Elizabeth, and Karolyn are such great ladies. So sorry to have missed it and missed you, dear Shelley. Hope I get to meet you in person some day. Have a wonderful week.

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