Hatton House Diaries

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

Paisley Clouds – Hatton House Studios Artist Tanya Keith March 18, 2013

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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

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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

 

Lost in Space…Alien Survival – Hatton House Studios Artist Tanya Keith

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Lost in Space - Alien SurvivalDo you ever have pieces of your kids’ clothes that are too cute to part with once they’re outgrown? I loved the fabric in a shirt my daughter outgrew last summer for all it’s funny messages, including the “Alien Survival” bit you see here. It made me smile to think about how aliens might communicate with glass tiles or cool little snips of paint.

Acrylic and mixed media on 12×12″ canvas, $85

 

Smile…I Love You – Hatton House Studios Artist Tanya Keith with Aviva

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891975_10200687471447542_228994476_oThis piece started with a day of painting with my 10 year old. I gave her a canvas that I’d painted while I owned my store. I didn’t like it, but couldn’t bring myself to paint over it. She took it and made this lovely design of stripes and hearts, then gave it back to me. I cut out her heart shapes to give them more dimension and clarity. We embellished them with beads I’d saved since my childhood (in little tic tac boxes!) and glitter (there’s never enough sparkle in our world. Then Amy, another Hatton House artist ponied up the handmade “smile” charm, which I painted.

Acrylic and mixed media on 12×12″ canvas, $85

 

Home Cooked Love – Hatton House Studios Artist Tanya Keith

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Home Cooked LoveWe were searching for a fireplace when I came across a box of silverware and various household goods that I couldn’t pass up. I’ve been thinking about the impact of our new stove and how much more we are cooking at home. I like how food grounds us and creates a brand of family that’s unique. I knew this piece was finished when I discovered this photo at Second Hand Rose’s shop. On the back was written “Here’s to you (me)” It’s the perfect finish.

Acrylic and mixed media on 12×12″ canvas, $85