Thursday, January 3, 2019

Great Grandmother Martha's Yellow House

Date:  1/2/19
Title:  Great Grandmother Martha's Yellow House
Medium:  Oils on Canvas
Style: Folk Art
Size:  8x6
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This little house where Martha Dunn Corey and her sons lived in Pacific Beach is still standing.  And on the opposite corner another great grandmother's house still stands, where Margaret and Joe Richert and their family lived.    Martha Corey's son Fred married Margaret Richtert's daughter Ruth and they lived happily ever after.

I had some difficulty getting a good photo of the painting so I may re-post at a later date if I can do better.

Monday, September 3, 2018

Title: Jacks.
Medium: Collage: Fabric, Paper and Ink on 8.5x11, 48 lb archival paper. And
Digitally Embellished Original Print version. 8.5x11 on 48 lb archival paper.
Style: Folk Art
Size: 8.5x11"
Date:  8/31/18
Art by: Sandra Corey

Versions of Jacks date back to ancient cultures. As children in the 1950s (not quite ancient times) Jacks was a game my brother and I and our friends had fun playing.  The occasional fresh game of Jacks was a welcome surprise in our Christmas stockings. 

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Jacks Digitally Embellished 

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Jacks Original Collage

Jacks is part a series of retro art pieces I am looking forward to working on in the coming year.

Here's the inspiration ad image.  Part of the fun of re-imagining objects is deciding how to represent them in a way that is understandable but different; how to change the reality without loosing touch with the objects.

Jacks are metal, hard and cold.  So I thought it would be interesting to make them out of a material that was soft and warm.  The balls are shiny and smooth so they became fabric and paper; warm/soft and smooth/hard.  Then it's deciding which details to include or add and which to leave out, and so forth.

Although I thought the photographer who created the composition of the inspiration image did it nicely I needed to arrange the elements into my own composition and one that would work well in the calendar format, which is horizontal; 8.5x11, rather than square.  

For more about the digitally embellished Jacks, please click HERE 
For more about the original collage Jacks,  please click, HERE.
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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Wonder Bread

Title: Wonder Bread.
Medium: Original print, HP ink on 8.5x11, 48 lb archival paper.
Style: Freehand drawing with handheld mouse.
Size: 5x5, 6x6 or 8"x8"
Date of origination: 5/23/18
Art by: Sandra Corey
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I'm still in a retro mood.   And Wonder Bread is certainly a retro icon.  Although it is still on shelves today, I remember it from childhood in the 1950s.  It goes back a bit further though and actually made its debut on May 21, 1921;  97 years and 3 days ago.

When I began working on the idea for this print I didn't realize that my timing aligned with a Wonder Bread anniversary.   Nor did I realize that the colorful dots on the packaging represented the many colorful balloons at the Indianapolis Speedway International balloon race that year or that the name Wonder was inspired by the wonder of that spectacle.

My best friend even had a cotton shift sporting a fun Wonder Bread print on white fabric.   (Shift: a retro garment defined as "a short dress that hangs straight down from the shoulders with clean, simple lines that hangs loosely from the body without a fitted cut.")

Looking around online today I see the Wonder Bread balloon color pattern on all sorts of products.  I'm guessing the commercial artist, Drew Miller, who created the logo for the VP of the bakery at the time, Elmer Cline, had no idea how iconic it would become.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Milk and Cookies

Title: Milk and Cookies
Size: 5x7x.75"
Medium: oils on archival stretched canvas.
Date: 3/2/2018
Style: Abstract, folk art, mid century
Colors: Blues, creams, yellow, red, orange.
Original painting by Sandra Corey

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A nostalgic look at an old favorite, Milk and Cookies is among many fond memories of childhood in the 1950s.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Fresh Like Pears

Title: Fresh Like Pears 
Medium: Oils over acrylic on archival canvas.
Date: 1/5/2018
Size: 20x16x1.5, mulit-directional, vertical, horizontal, right or left.
Sandra Corey

For more views and information, please click HERE.

Fresh As Pears was begun on an enjoyable Christmas afternoon.    Dear friends in Washington had sent a gift that included a box of beautiful and delicious fresh pears, hence the title. 

Monday, October 23, 2017

The Art Calendars are back for 2018!  Some are familiar faces but with a 2018 calendar grid, while others are brand new.  You can see them by clicking this Etsy Link.

As long as you're there, meander on in to my other shoppe departments to see Mouse Pads, Whimsical Original Art and fun prints...

Speaking of fun prints, this is the newest Mid-century Modern Typewriter print, which also makes an appearance in the new Pop Art Calendar and will debut soon as part of the mouse pad collection.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Little Folk Art Hotel del Coronado

Title: Little Folk Art Hotel del Coronado
Size: 6x6x1.5
Medium: Oil over acrylic on stretched canvas.
Date: 12/11/16
Mini-scape folk art painting of Hotel del Coronado with view toward  downtown San Diego, Julian and Point Loma, California.

I couldn't seem to get an accurate photo of this painting.  And photo editing was not of much help.   It looks fresher and more lively than it looks here.   For additional views and information, click HERE
Historic Hotel del Coronado is a favorite spot for locals and tourists alike.  Often referred to affectionately as "The Del",  the iconic resort hotel is also a film location, wedding venue, honeymoon destination and vacation resort offering fine dining, ice skating by the sea and a lovely,  broad, white-sand beach.  Hosting a large, decorated tree in its front lobby it is also a festive spot to visit during the Christmas holiday season.  For an interesting glance back in history and a timeline with photos of The Del, click HERE

Monday, May 23, 2016

Then Came the Sun - Not For Sale

Original art by Sandra Corey
Date: 5/22/16
Title: Then Came the Sun
Medium: Oils over Acrylic on Stretched Canvas

Size: 36x36x1.5d  or (3/4  without frame.)
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This is going to sound silly.  

But I have fallen in love with a painting; which is the reason it is posted as not available for purchase.  I even built a frame for it...which made me love it even more.   

It isn't the first time.  And usually after spending "some quality time" with a painting I have fallen in love with,   eventually I can part with it happily.   After all, it's part of the process.

But for the time-being I am smitten and will continue sitting on my sofa and gazing lovingly into its eyes! Go ahead and laugh at my silliness.  I'm laughing too!

Friday, May 6, 2016

A Little Birdie Told Me

Another member of The Shores Series, A Little Birdie Told Me.  We can only imagine what the Little Birdie said.

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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Note Cards Are For The Birds

The Little Dapper Bird  is one of the newest members of The Shores series note and greeting cards.  You can just  tell he has colorful opinions and stories to tell.

Each card in The Shores Series is made from a print of the 2010 oil painting, La Jolla Shores in the 1950s.

That's where I spent most of my childhood; in a lovely pink house with orange trees, green lawns, blue skies and a blue ocean in La Jolla, California.  One day I had the idea of turning a print of the colorful painting on its side and making candles for a friend's birthday card.  It became Birthday Candles! and from there grew into The Shores Series of greeting and note cards.

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