Hatton House Diaries

One day, we decided to buy a 125 year old Victorian House in Des Moines, Iowa…….

Almost Back From Vacation March 26, 2013

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I had a flurry (I’m cracking myself up…just wait) of activity on my blog last week, setting up my home art studio and the studio portion of this website, and then went dark for a week. I was traveling to and from Denver, Colorado, for my other passion, following US Soccer. My family and I went to “The Battle of the Hoth,” a snowy soccer match between the US and Costa Rica in qualifying match for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. If you’d like to know more about our soccer travels, head on over to Soccer Family Style, and follow our adventures there. I’ll be back to work on the house soon, I promise….right after tonight’s game vs Mexico.


Overtasked, Seeking Peace – Hatton House Artist Tanya Keith March 18, 2013

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Overtasked, Seeking PeaceWe’ve been working on Hebrew study for my Bat Mitzvah, which I promised to accomplish before Aviva’s on August 15, 2015 (tick tock, tick tock, tick tock) and I’ve been working on incorporating some Hebrew into my work. I love the connection to my ancestors that I feel when I’m studying this ancient language. This canvas was about Shalom (which is what the white letters spell), or peace, and started with the bird that I found in my scraps from when I used to design kids rooms. I was thinking about how hard I used to work at my company, and how sad it made me to be away from my kids. I went through my antique photo file looking for a photo that would fit the painting. I found this lovely bit of a woman, slaving away at the books, and it captured my mood perfectly. Then I flipped it over, and the photo was titled “Overtasked,” I word I just love! It was Beshert…”meant to be” which is my next word to incorporate!

Acrylic and mixed media on 12×12″ canvas, $90 (quintuple chai)


Aviva’s Love – Hatton House Studios Artist Tanya Keith

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Aviva's LoveI spent the afternoon doing abstract art with my daughter, Aviva. We were having artistic disagreements, so on this round, we each did our own canvases. This is what it’s like working with Aviva: a giant ball of great creative energy that can’t be directed. Even when she makes me crazy smearing paint all muddy (on the previous canvas) I love her, and even love how she pushes my creative boundaries (to the brink).

Acrylic on 10×20″ canvas, $100


Paisley Clouds – Hatton House Studios Artist Tanya Keith

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Paisley CloudsI don’t care if it won’t stop snowing, I have Spring on the brain. I’m going to will it to get all green and colorful outside (while I watch the snow fall.)

Acrylic on 12×12″ canvas, $70


Hatton House Studios – Works in Progress

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imageA glimpse of what we’re working on right now, including a fireplace mantle I’m either restoring or selling, since I finally found a Victorian one for our house! I’m debating taking the canvas on the right apart and splitting it into two canvases. Tanya and Aviva were working on it together and it developed a split personality on us! We’ll see how it develops!


Launch – Hatton House Studios Artist Tanya Keith with Aviva

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LaunchIn the midst of my career as a shop keeper, I craved time with my daughter. When I asked what she wanted to do for Spring Break, she said she wanted to have an “art day.” So I booked time in my friends’ studio (before I got my own space at the Hatton House!) and off we went. We each created two pieces on our own, then collaborated on this piece. It was my first big break into abstract (and pallet knives, which I now love), and I don’t know if I would have gotten there without a shove from my daughter.

Acrylic on 54×61″ canvas, Not for Sale











Launch progress

A progress shot, photo documentation that Aviva is slowly learning it’s OK to be messy as an artist, a lesson taught to me by Caren Raphael, a New York based artist who taught children’s art at my hometown Montclair Art Museum. I was her assistant my senior year in high school. One day, she said “Tanya, you’re a very neat artist.” I said “Thanks.” She said “It’s not a compliment.” We all have important lessons to learn, especially from our early mentors. I’m pretty sure she’d be proud of how far I’ve come, messiness and otherwise.


i carry your heart – Hatton House Studios Artist Tanya Keith

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i carrye e cummings’ poem “i carry your heart with me (i carry it in my heart)” written in art pencil in the layers of this work from 2011.

Acrylic and Prismacolor pencil on 20×20″ canvas, $175