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vintage furniture refresh and renew with chalkpaint

Whenever I am in a creative rut with my art, I love to poke around old dusty antique shops,flea markets and vintage stores to find some long ago creative inspiration. Giving new life to old things opens up new ways of thinking for me and I get the added benefit of having some unique piece in my home. This month if you are looking to feed your inner creative why don’t you stop by The Blue Butterfly in Concord …

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Surfing Santa, Finish Magazine and a Happy New Year’s wish…

had a great year collaborating with my friend Matthew Mead and had the opportunity to grace the pages of his beautiful publications: Matthew Mead Upcycled Style and Finish Magazine with Matthew Mead and Wagner Paint. I’ve also stretched creatively and have been painting and designing more and more – perhaps that nest is not so empty!

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chalk paint pots
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Hanging around and painting the town …

It has been busy around here with an impending graduation, renovations and helping to pull together a silent auction to benefit The Umbrella, our community arts center, but I’ve also been busy working with my friend Matthew Mead on a new collaboration which will debut in July. All very exciting but I can’t show any pictures […] » read more

50:fifty project, art, inspired to create, seasonal

Nell’s Flowers number 50 of my 50:fifty project

Drumroll please … number 50 of my 50:fifty project is a bouquet of flowers for me! I decided that I would end my 50 paintings with the kind of artwork that I’ve grown to love best – painting flowers and this time I’ve made them just for me. I create most of my art right in my imagination with a reference image sometimes to help me sort out my subject. I’m inspired by everything and…

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A March Hare welcomes Spring

There some interesting happenings today – the Vernal Equinox for one, a total eclipse and a supermoon although you may not see the supermoon you will for sure feel it’s tidal pull. That’s why we are celebrating with my new artwork ” When Rabbits Surf” – who else to usher in Spring on the back of a Supermoon while riding the waves but the Mad March Hare?

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Matthew Mead and Nelley Kelley Designs Give Away Winners …

    The winners of the Matthew Mead and Nelley Kelley Designs give away are … Susan Ryan and Christine Horrigan Spitale.  Congratulations and Happy St. Patrick’s Day, indeed a lucky day.  I will be contacting you both separately to arrange delivery of your “winnings”.   Each of you will receive a copy of Matthew […] » read more

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Matthew Mead and Nelley Kelley Designs give away ~ and Sneak Peek into Matthew Mead’s Upcycled Style Magazine

The Matthew Mead / Nelley Kelley Designs give-away is the chance for us to share with you how excited we are with the new magazine. Two winners will be picked and they will receive an issue of Matthew Mead’s Upcycled Style signed by both Matthew Mead and artist Ellen Kelley McHale and one fine art print of my favorite flower artwork: “Riot of Color”.

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50:fifty project, art, inspired to create, seasonal

Red Flowers in Blue Vase: abstract floral art

My paintbrush pretty much did this all on her own. Swirls of orange, pink and red paint created the abstract flowers and magenta, teals, blue and purple pulled together to create a beautifully weathered blue vase. All my paintings begin with a myriad of colors splashed across the canvas and then I begin to rein them all in letting a few of the colors peek out in the shadows of the piece.

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