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by Buddy on October 21, 2018

Holy Smokes!!!

Anne’s paintings are now hanging at the Central Vermont Medical Center…
a fine venue here in the heart of our green state.

See them all at the…

Opening Reception
Thursday November 8th 4:30-6:00
130 Fisher Road Berlin Vermont

 

Here’s her easy to understand artist statement and bio….

PEACEABLE KINGDOM 

New Work by Anne Davis

Here’s what I’m looking at every day:

my dog

my cat

my husband

the view from my couch

the view out my studio window

trees and lakes and

there is so much green out there

what it looks like at the beach

people in bathing suits

people’s bodies

what they wear

the way they move

the many ways of sitting on a chair

or in a chair

and of course animals.

It’s a Peaceable Kingdom…

These paintings have all been done this year, but many of the canvases and panels are recycled relics from my artistic past. I painted over old paintings. I like the way doing this makes layers, makes history. I like the way doing this lends soul.

For years I’ve been painting dogs and cats and (sometimes) people. I’ve also kept sketchbooks of my daily life. With this peaceable kingdom in mind I’ve been able to combine the two and produce a whole new body of work.

When you start a painting you never know what you’re going to end up with. When I’m painting, I feel like a novice. I love to paint. It reminds me of what it felt like when I was a kid and I played in the dollhouse and made a world of my own happen.

A Brief Bio:

I went to art school in Philadelphia, the city of my birth. I studied fabric design there and tapestry weaving, and got into outsider art and working on a loom. I wove tapestries filled with strange primitive animals. Time passed and over the years I ended up working in many art (and non-art) related jobs. I worked as a bookbinder and a graphic designer. I designed window displays. But I wanted to be a self supporting artist and so I started my own greeting card business, Anne Made Cards. I learned a lot about painting from making all those cards. This led to publishing two children’s books with Harper Collins: Bud and Gabby and No Dogs Allowed. 

I live and work in Barre. The four big windows in my garage studio were put there by a previous owner—a granite sculptor who was noted for his angels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

tick tock a chicken clock

by Buddy on July 19, 2018

Anne did some more clocks. Limited editions… as in they are very satisfying to produce… as in it’s fun to use the scroll saw and cut out animal shapes and then paint this colorful and cool bird or dog or cat and make it look real pretty and drill the little hole and put in the clock hardware and then coat it with some polymer medium gloss so it looks gorgeous. It’s a bit of work. So Anne did three of the hound dog and two have sold so there’s one more if you are interested and there are 4 of the chicken cluck clocks.

So next up what Anne?
Oh… I see you’re going to take a break from the clock factory so you can work on your paintings for your upcoming show. That’s a good idea.

When and where the show and how is it coming along?

October at The Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin Vermont.
Some big walls there so I am thrilled to be doing some big paintings.

Like how big?

You’ll see.

 

 

Ooops.  Almost forgot. In case you would like to procure a clock you will need this link to our Etsy Shop.

 

He was lost

by Buddy on July 2, 2018

But he was found


Benny- my protege in training- flew the coup a few weeks back. The lad has always been a house cat but he managed to escape one summer evening. Anne searched in the dark. She called his name, but it was all in vain. The night was long. Where was the little guy. We imagined the worst. Anne was sure he would get hopelessly lost. Have an ear chewed off. He doesn’t know his way around Barre, let alone the neighborhood. So not much sleep. Early the next morn Anne composed the heartbreaking ‘Missing’ poster and barely left the driveway when she thought to look under the porch, just in case…. and there he was… and he was so ready to come back in the house. In one piece. And very clean, just a cobweb or two. It was a very short ordeal.

Other local news:


This is another shot from the front porch.
Summer time.
The stoop.
We also have a back stoop.

 

And inside the studio…
#WIP’s…
Miniature paintings in the miniature painting gallery.

And on the wall… bigger stuff.

Small painting on right inspired the BIG ONE on the left.

She’s still working on it. Sofie is the model in this painting.

Note to Anne: Finish painting this week.

 

Note to the reader:

Thanks for reading.
Whoever you are.

Birds who tell time

by Buddy on June 2, 2018

We’re back in the clock business… briefly. A limited edition clock series. Anne is trying out this concept as a way to have fun making things that people might want to buy. This gull clock is one of a limited edition of 4. She made 5 but Lauren already bought one- and she even paid cash… which we love. Anne gets help cutting the wood and then she paints. She likes to put down a nice coat of paint. It’s very satisfying to paint on wood. Then she puts the clock parts together- and that’s a not as easy as it sounds.

 

Here’s some pictorial documentation.

Before the birds had ‘hands’…

This guy is trying to keep his feet from interfering with the ’12’.

               

This one has no feet. That solves the ’12’ problem.

Look at her feet.
She doesn’t care if she interferes with the ’12’.

 

some bird painting

by Buddy on May 3, 2018

The birds are back. Anne started painting these little guys when she was on vacation. These are matchboxes. She said it’s fun to paint very small things cause if you don’t like what you’re doing it’s really easy to paint over and start over.

 

Then she painted on little canvases.
Nice but I hear her complain about ‘canvas’
not being such an enjoyable surface to work on.
I have no idea what the big deal is.
But she’s the artist.

 

This is a nice bird.
So upbeat.
She just put it on her Etsy page and it sold right away.
It pays to be cheerful.

 

I also like this goofy guy with the funny hairdo.
Another happy bird.

 

There’s more on the Etsy page.
I’m posting these birds now cause Anne is just about done with the bird chapter for now.

Time to get back to her ‘domestic interiors’ with people and animals.

Like these… I like them a lot. So does Anne.

Anne’s vacay away

by Buddy on April 12, 2018

Hey… who wants to look at some photos from Anne’s vacay?

Here’s the dog Anne tried to kidnap on the first day of vacation while waiting for a table at Stella’s awesome eatery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s another FOA… friend of Anne. She loved the beach birds. Boy would I like to ‘love’ a beach bird.

Then there was this guy. Bently. I just don’t get the tongue thing. Can’t he close his mouth? I guess not. I hear that’s how he sweats. I do not sweat. Never have, never will.


Then there were the beach people. Let the good times roll. Not my idea of good fun but they like it.

Here’s Anne’s little art set-up in the kitchen. A small space so she painted some small things.

Like match boxes. Cheese and crackers-
this must be cocktail hour.

Anne also had fun with her comics.

And she drew people on the beach.

And the knitting. I don’t what the hell she’s making but… it’s a very nice color.

And speaking of color… here is Anne displaying her best feature. Her gorgeous toenails.

Joe really wanted to loose some weight on his vacation but I think he overdid. Now he’s too damn small.

Okay. That’s all. Now I have to work. Sell cards and get Anne back in the studio so she can paint. You know artists really have to make their art or they get grumpy and depressed. It’s a fact. I don’t know what she’d do without me. Seriously.

And this is what it looked like when we got home.

Some personal favorites of mine

by Buddy on November 29, 2017

Holiday Cards Anyone ?…

I thought I would share with you a sampling of some of my personal favorites (in which I am featured).


‘REJOICE’… is this cards message.
It’s a good one to send if you
don’t want to do the ‘Merry’ thing.
Send it as a ‘Happy New Year’ card and ‘REJOICE’


Ah yes… the all species holiday toast.
This was Christmas dinner back when we were still inviting the skunk.


Here I am in my true element…
with my homies.
Grooving on jazz  no doubt.


And here is a sampling of some of my
personal favorites in which I am not featured.

The kissing ball. This is one of our new cards this year.
In this one Anne was inspired by two dear friends who have traveled over to the other side… Booker and Cookie… long gone but not forgotten.


This one was inspired by a
famous painting. Check it out here.
I think Anne’s is way better-
more colorful-and the dog looks
fabulous in that red outfit.


Anne got Sofie and Benny and Lucy to pose for this.
It was quite a production.
They all wanted to hold the donuts but Lucy was
selected for the honor.
I love donuts.
I wish I was Jewish.


Look at all these farm animals. No way they were posing for Anne. She made this one up. This one is called ‘Peaceable Kingdom’ and Anne did it a while back but it’s still in print and I really like it. I give it ‘4 Paws.’


This one is good because it’s all about
everybody from everywhere…
and the best thing is that they’re all wearing hats!

I have many stories to share about all the characters that show up in Anne’s cards but… but I’ll save that for another time. Excuse any misspellings or grammatical faux-pas or sloppy punctuation and bear in mind that as a feline animal I did not attend grammar school or any other school. I am completely self-taught. I am a cat. Hear me roar/purr.

Who is Dave anyway?

by Buddy on June 20, 2017

This was a new thing for Anne. A request for a portrait from a customer turned into a little book. A little book about Dave (a male of the human species) and Frankie and Leo (two dachshunds). Anne said telling a story and drawing and painting pictures is more fun than doing a “PORTRAIT”. Also she had a really nice customer/client/commissioner/dog-art patron who was fun to work with. She had stories galore about her boys and tons of photos that inspired Anne to tell a tale.
Anyway… If you want to look at the book you can go here…
http://www.blurb.com/b/7861822-dave-s-boys

It started out with a painting of Dave and the boys.


Then Anne did a lot of sketching…

And more painting…

and more drawing…

It was all in the way of an experiment really. Now Anne is discussing the possibility of offering this to others. The commemorative custom made book/written and illustrated by Anne Taylor Davis (Anne’s full name). I say it’s a jolly good idea. What do you think?

Let’s Go Guys!!!

by Buddy on June 13, 2017

Yes, shirts for the gents.

Yes, I know they look great on the ladies
but I’m selling you boys now.

This is Eric. Anne’s handsome brother-in-law. He’s on the phone as you can see and I believe he’s telling someone about his cool new shirt.

And here’s our pal Ted.

He’s wearing our charcoal gray shirt.
I took this picture of Ted against the blooming pink rhododendron. Note how it brings out the pink of the pussy hat.

Want to buy a t-shirt?

by Buddy on May 17, 2017

The t-shirts have arrived. Now we have to sell them. If you want to buy a shirt go to Anne’s ETSY Shop page and order up. If we don’t have your size or color please bare with me. I’m new to ‘garment’ sales. Here’s Anne in a black crew…

girl shirt

Joe sporting an early test print of the new design.

my favorite model

More details about shirts on the ETSY page.

And here’s some good news. It’s spring time in Vermont.

house w/flowering tree