tools of my trade
tools of my trade

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 yet – but from what I’ve seen so far, you won’t be disappointed.

chalk paint pots
chalk paint pots

chalk paint jars

I can tell you that I’ve been experimenting with all kinds of paint, even my favorite vintage furniture paint – Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. In this case, I decided to try to use some of the gorgeous colors on some of my canvases.  I bought some of the little test pots from Danielle Shupe at Blue Butterfly in Concord. She is an Annie Sloan stockist new to the area and couldn’t be a nicer person to chat with.  She’s got a cute little shop with a fab workshop upstairs to paint your furniture, take a class or have a ladies night out.

Take Flight
Take Flight

When Danielle heard that my recent painting Take Flight was painted with chalk paint and acrylics she asked me if I would consider sharing the piece with the store.  So for a limited time, Take Flight is hanging at Blue Butterfly in Concord.  It is sitting in a lovely antique frame made more beautiful with a wash of Old White chalk paint.  That painting is dedicated to my son and his friends that are graduating on Saturday. I hope you stop by to see the painting and say hello to Danielle at Blue Butterfly as well.  More to come on my painting gig with Matthew Mead

 

See you soon,

Ellen

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “Hanging around and painting the town …

  1. Amy@MaisonDecor says:

    Oh that is super cool! All of it really. How fun to see your artwork hanging at Danielles shop! Excellent times…can’t wait for the MM debut, but I will confess he told me it rocks!

  2. Ellen (aka Nelley Kelley) says:

    Thanks for sharing the good news about my MM debut – I love that Matthew gave you the skinny on it. I’m so excited to see how it turns out. Have had a few little peek and am over the moon. Can’t wait to share it with you. xo Ellen

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