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    Folk Art

    February 24, 2009 by Brandy Vencel

    I suppose I’m using the word “art” here loosely. I certainly don’t mean any sort of Myers’ high culture arthere. I say folk because I associate folk with things that are made at home and with love rather than in a studio by a professional. This is not to malign real artists with studios. It is only to say that I am the farthest thing from a real artist with a studio.

    When Si and I got married, I remember we discussed not wanting to hang just anything on our walls. We talked about not having a lot of framed posters purchased on sale at Target. I don’t know why he liked this idea, but I dreaded my house ending up looking just like everyone else’s. This wasn’t a snobbish thing. I just wanted our home to look like we lived there.

    For about seven years, I just let decorating slide. I was perpetually pregnant. We were living in a rental and I hated to spend money on a home we weren’t keeping. {No, Dana, I hadn’t yet read Hidden Art of Homemaking, though I own a copy now.} And I didn’t have a lot of money, even less vision.

    But now here we are. In a home that we own. And our little girls have a room that is slowly taking shape. I wanted them to have something pretty in their room. I wanted it to be something that went with the colors already there and which appealed to their interests.

    So, I went to a store that sells art supplies and made a purchase. Actually, I collected items on sale and using coupons for about six weeks. We won’t mention how many times Si had to wait in the car while I ran in to grab something for my project.

    One Saturday morning, I was finally ready. So I grabbed two canvasses.

    I also grabbed A. because this sort of painting was right up her alley.

    Solid pink.

    Yes, our girls are traditionalists. Pink. Flowers. Butterflies. Etcetera.

    Later, in the secret recesses of my office, I tried to pretend I was an artist.

    Then I had fun with a craft knife. These things are way sharp, by the way.

    Ask me how I know.

    Did you know that English bluebells curve over while Spanish bluebells stand straight up? It’s important to know these things. I think Antoine de Saint-Exupery would agree.

    Don’t forget daffodils.

    Hmmm…I wonder how it turned out.

    I think I’ll tell you on Thursday since I just realized I don’t have a photo of the final product on my computer yet.

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  • Reply Brandy February 26, 2009 at 5:12 pm


    I could brainstorm with you someday if you like. It’d be fun! And it’ll give you an excuse to drop by next time you are in town.


  • Reply rebecca February 25, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    I am so glad you posted this. The room for the twins has these two odd windows- they are up high and are only about 12×12, I think. I have been thinking that canvasses would cover them nicely, but haven’t yet started because I am a big chicken when it comes to making my own art.

  • Reply Dana February 25, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    Very creative!!

  • Reply Rahime February 25, 2009 at 6:25 am

    so cute!!!

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