Show Canopy

Well I started my current series of classic car art, Cars with Curves, just about 8 months ago. I can't believe I have finished over 22 pieces! They each take at least 15 hours to draw (not including the time it takes to create the geometric patterns- which is a lot!) 

Now that I created all of these pieces,  it is time to hit the road and sell some art! I decided the best way to start is with a beautiful display. I spent the past month organize framed pieces, ordering the canopy and other display items and putting prints in matts. It was a huge effort. You know what else was a huge effort? Proving to myself that I could set up the canopy with NO HELP and no instructions (for some reason this company does not include any instructions-  minimal info online). So now I know... ask for help, but if everyone says "no" I am strong and I can do it!

Now I am ready for my first shows (car shows and art festivals) starting next week. Keep an eye on my events page as I add more dates. See you out there!

Safe Art for the Bedroom

Choosing art for your bedroom can be tricky. Maybe you want something soft and romantic? Or there are two of you and agreeing on the theme is difficult? After you know what look you are going for, you need to make sure your art is bedroom safe!

If you live in an earthquake zone you know you need safe bedroom art. Some of you might have never thought about it before. The most important art is the piece hanging at the head of your bed. No one wants a heavy picture frame dropping on them in the night! 

Art quilts are a great art choice for above the bed. My Classic Car Art Quilts are soft cotton fabric. Most are hung by a lightweight dowel in a fabric sleeve on the backside of the quilt and will be unlikely to hurt you if they do fall down. If you did not want a dowel other hanging solutions can be utilized in earthquake country too. 

Sleep tight! Love, Dawn

3 Reasons Not to Buy Art

I was in Pier One one time and I wandered back to the art section. There were large framed prints for several hundred dollars a piece. The first thing I thought was, "Too bad people buy their art here". I thought that not because it wasn't "good". It was lovely. I just felt like it lacked personality and was the kind of art people get to match their napkins in the dining room. Feels kind of soulless to me.

That experience led me to the conclusion that there are reasons to purchase art and reasons not to!

1) Don't buy art just because it matches the couch or walls. You want art that gives you a mood, feeling, has meaning... Matching is overrated.

2) Don't buy art because other people like it. You need to love your art. Sometimes I spend several minutes looking at the art on my walls, just letting it speak to me.

3) Don't buy art from a chain store. OK this thought is a bit self serving. I think it is so special to be able to meet an artist online or in person and purchase directly from them. 

I would like to introduce you to some of the art in my home. (My art is all over my house, but today I am showing you some pieces made by others.)

My artist friend, Suzanna Roberts, painted this portrait of my kittens and rabbit for me. It is so nice to have such a personal piece in the house.

My artist friend, Suzanna Roberts, painted this portrait of my kittens and rabbit for me. It is so nice to have such a personal piece in the house.

My father, Michael Costerisan, is a woodworker and he made this clock for my grandparents in the 1980s. I consider it a work of art and display it with pride.

My father, Michael Costerisan, is a woodworker and he made this clock for my grandparents in the 1980s. I consider it a work of art and display it with pride.

This is one of my favorite pieces on my main floor, crayon on paper, by Sierra Allen (my daughter age 5 at the time).

This is one of my favorite pieces on my main floor, crayon on paper, by Sierra Allen (my daughter age 5 at the time).

Love, Dawn

PS This yellow Chevy hangs in my living room. (By one of my favorite artists- me!)

PPS Joint me on my roadtrip!

The Sky is Bigger Today

I have previously written about my journey of healing through vision therapy and prism eye-glasses. It has been a three year process (so far), and frankly a huge life challenge. The short story is that I was really sick with headaches, dizziness, and body aches. Turns out I had been seeing double (and other visual issues) since I was born! These visual issues finally took me "down" when my eyes changed around age 40. During the past three years we (Northampton Vision Specialists and I) gradually changed my glasses prescription and I did vision therapy.

The wild discovery during my treatments was realizing that I had never had depth perception. Actually the wild part was getting depth perception! Last week we made another step forward in my healing with yet another lens prescription change. I put the glasses on and went outside. As I looked up at the sky it was bigger! I don't know how to describe it to you... kind of like if you had been looking at a stream in New Hampshire then looked at the Grand Canyon. Bigger like that! The trees looked firm and a little menacing as I drove home. Every object seemed like it wanted my attention. Nothing was blending anymore. 

As I drove home tears streamed down my cheeks and I had the thought- I will never feel joy again. The whole world looks stern and stark. Then I reminded myself that this is exactly what I have gone through with each visual change, and I have managed to adjust each time. 

My artist journey has been forever changed and shaped by these visual changes. I am so curious to see what I create next week with my newly informed visual system. I am a little scared too. Just being honest!

Love, Dawn

Donkey, Donkey, Horse

My little daughter and I love writing stories about our animals together. We wrote and illustrated a children's book starring her and our Haflinger horse, Mallory, a few years ago. Today we did a short graphic novel titled Donkey, Donkey, Horse. This cartoon really represents each personality perfectly (with some liberties taken in personification of course).

Creating this cartoon on my day off is the perfect end to a very horsey month. I have been immersing myself in equine art, finishing over 10 portraits of horses and donkeys. If you want me to draw your equine check out my commissions page!