Friday, July 4, 2014

HOOT HOOT * Happy 4th of July!

Here's wishing you a very Happy 4th of July from Johanna Parker Design! May it be star-spangled and filled with fire-crackin' fun!

Cheers,
~ Johanna, JP & Jack

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Star Spangled Web Sale!

I set a date! Mark your calendar for the evening of Wednesday, June 18th. Just one week from today, I will be hosting my Star Spangled Web Sale on my Folk Art Originals Page. This small collection of 9 one of kind Americana characters will be available. For more information, including the sale's start time, etc… please Join our Mailing List! (If you have already joined, there is no need to join again. You will be receiving our newsletter soon!) In the meantime, here is a fuzzy sneak peek of my red, white and blue crew!

See you on the 18th!

Best Wishes,
~ Johanna

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Mixing it up with Red, White & Blue!

Hello friends! I know it has been far too long since I have blogged. I miss writing and sharing photos of my work, and I miss having the extra time to do so. Thus far, this year has been a busy one, brimming with creative projects, family visits and volunteering for the community. I told JP that we really needed to snap a few quick pics in the workshop just to reassure folks afar that we are still alive and creating! So, today, JP captured a few photos while I added the final layers of papier mache patch to my in-progress collection of patriotic characters. The Americana-themed subject matter is a rare genre for me as I often jump directly from spring to Halloween. But, the requests from collectors to make a few red, white a blue guys have begun to echo more and more. So, I set the orange and black paints aside for a palette more reminiscent of 4th of July! I look forward to painting these pieces soon and watching them come to life! Currently, I have nine pieces in the works. The plan is to host an Americana Web Sale in mid to late June. So, stay tuned for more information to come! And Join my Mailing List if you have not done so. Enjoy the photos, and thank you for taking the time to visit my blog!

Wishing you a Happy Summer!

~ Johanna

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* There I am filling in the voids and smoothing out the face of a Lady Liberty bust. Each piece goes through a process of many layers of papier mache between periods of drying...

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* More patching was also necessary for an Uncle Sam ball character underway. As I do not use underlying forms, manufactured spheres, etc… to build my pieces, each has a hand formed feel. I do try my best to even out the ball characters to balance their appearance. Some may notice that my folk art is organic in form.

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* Here is a sneak peek at pair of patriotic egg cup characters. JP just finished sanding these little guys, and they have been yearning for paint!

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* And of course, Americana art is not complete without a bald eagle!

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Sunday, May 11, 2014

Have a Purrrfect Mother's Day!

Here's wishing all our Dear Mom's a very Happy Mother's Day! Take a little extra time to enjoy the flowers, savor a few chocolates and allow yourself to be pampered and purrrrr. You deserve it!

With much Love,
~ Johanna, JP & Jack

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Spring Folk Art Delights...

My spontaneous Spring Folk Art sale debuted this evening, only via my e-Newsletter, and I want to offer my THANKS to all of you that adopted a collectible original. I know some of you were anxiously awaiting for the sale to start with eyes peeled on the 'ol inbox! Thank you for your perseverance and your patience. I wish I had made more pieces to go around, but I appreciate the interest of so many art-loving friends hoping to acquire a special piece! For those of you that missed this sale, you can peek at my "Spring it On" Newsletter for links to more photos of each piece. Prior to the sale, I snuck a few artsy photos of these blooming delights. So, Enjoy!

Happy Spring,
~ Johanna

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* A sweet tulip egg cup blooms from a vintage flower-shaped ice cream bowl! I love mixing my old pottery with my folk art....

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* A trio of spring folk art characters nestle together on an old green serving tray. McCoy pottery finds, turned upside down, make the perfect pedestals...

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* More pottery, in various shades of blue and green, complement the painted earth and sea hues of this sweet owl egg cup....

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* Folk art tulips blush while posing for another photo. A primitive garden trellis adds design interest to the background...

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* And, this sweet tulip bust was the perfect topper for a lovely antique Roseville vessel...

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* A chocolate brown bunny looks delish on this vintage pink serving dish...

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* And a pair of chocolate brown folk art cats take a spring sun bath together......
Purrrrfect :)


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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Spring it On!...


Hi Friends,

It seems that my blog posts are fewer and farther between these days, Although I have had good intentions to post and share here, time has been slipping away. For some reason it seems that the hours are speeding up, and my to-do list often falls short! I hope I am not alone! Lately, I have favored the convenience of snapping a quick photo with my phone while I work and simply posting with a touch of the button to Instagram and or Facebook. So, for those of you that follow me there, these photos will be yesterday's news. I must admit that there's nothing quite like choosing a camera lens, adjusting the lighting and styling a photo. But sometimes I just do not have the time... especially when my fingers are covered in papier mache and paint!

Well, spring has just about sprung, both outside and inside my workshop! And my excuse about time speeding up also extends to my art. I feel like I have been working on this small collection for months, as I have been juggling other projects as well. But, with Easter just around the corner, it's time to wrap it up! While I had hoped to schedule a spring web sale, I have now decided to simplify things a bit by "springing" a spontaneous newsletter which will include links to these items. So, please keep an eye on your inbox during the next few days. I still have to add trims to each piece, and take their individual photos with a real camera. So, don't hold your breath just yet. But, thank you for your patience! And when my newsletter arrives, and if you see something you like, please EMAIL ME with the name of the piece you are interested in. I will be reserving each piece in the order of inquiries received. If you have not joined my Mailing List just yet, you can do so HERE...

For now, I am sharing a sneak peek at my spring original works in their various stages of progress.....

Cheers,
~ Johanna

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* A peek from above of my spring originals in the works, all laying on their sides...

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* An earlier photo reveals my rather random process of painting these whimsical characters... This is the first time I have added a flower character into the mix! I had fun making a few tulips.....

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* Included in this small collection of eight pieces are busts, ball characters and egg cups...

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* And, here's a look back at one of my colorful palettes where I continued to mix my colors of spring!