Hatton House Diaries

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

Hatton House Studios Work by Tanya Keith and Amy Carrell Hanging at the Juice Company! September 17, 2013

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Juice CoAs we work on restoring the house, we’ve started to think of this place as a retreat for artists and writers to some day come and stay and refresh their creative spirits. while we prepare the house for overnight guests, I will sometimes invite over my artist friends to create with me as I am painting or making pottery. The eat-in kitchen has become the studio, and I love having friends or my kids around me as I create new work.

The Juice Company in the Shops at Roosevelt currently has a show of our work hanging for you to see some of the things that we’ve been working on this Summer. On the north wall is mixed media artist Amy Carrell, and on the south wall are paintings by me, Tanya Keith. My pieces are acrylic and mixed media paintings, featuring works with Hebrew and German language, a few that my children collaborated with me. I hope you’ll stop by, grab a smoothie and check out some of our work, and maybe even do a little early holiday shopping! Local art that supports local restoration is sure to be a hit!

 

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

 

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.

 

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

 

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